R (on the app. of Rotherham Borough Council & others) v Secretary of State for B.I.S. – Supreme Court

R (on the app. of Rotherham Borough Council & others) v Secretary of State for B.I.S. [2015] UKSC 6 (YouTube

Supreme Court, 25th February 2015

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Courtroom communications experts to double – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in budgets, courts, evidence, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Victims and witnesses will be given more support than ever before with double the number of courtroom experts soon to be available.’

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd February 2015

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Council defeats High Court challenge to consultation on adult care cuts – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council’s consultation on its proposal to cut its adult social care budget for 2015/16.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2015

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Law chief marks Magna Carta with fierce attack on Cameron – The Independent

‘Britain’s chief criminal barrister will tear into David Cameron and past governments for treating public law “with contempt”, at a lavish £1,750-a-ticket government-backed conference tomorrow marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2015

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Court intermediary numbers to double – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in budgets, courts, evidence, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘The government has pledged to double the number of experts who help vulnerable witnesses and victims in courts in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2015

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High Court budgeting ruling narrows use of contingencies – Litigation Futures

Posted February 5th, 2015 in budgets, costs, news by sally

‘Judges should only allow a contingency in a costs budget “if it is foreseen as more likely than not to be required”, a High Court judge has ruled in striking out £50,000 worth of contingencies that one party had included for ‘strategy review and consultation’ and ‘possible further work’.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th February 2015

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Judicial College to train foreign judges – for a fee – Litigation Futures

‘The Judicial College, which trains UK judges, has said that it intends to “introduce a charging scheme for the delivery of international training”.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd February 2015

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Legal aid providers “trying to innovate” but destablised by cuts – Legal Futures

Posted February 4th, 2015 in budgets, case management, law centres, law firms, legal aid, legal services, news by sally

‘More than a third of advice agencies that have so far implemented charging for legal services appear to have done so sustainably, a survey of post-LASPO innovations has found.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd February 2015

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First judicial review over 2014 Act duties to disabled children reaches court – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge will this week hear what is being billed as the first judicial review to consider local authorities’ duties to disabled children following reforms brought in under the new Children and Families Act.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2015

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High court upholds legal aid rules in domestic violence cases – The Guardian

‘Government regulations on access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence have been upheld by the high court.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2015

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CCTV: Too many cameras useless, warns surveillance watchdog Tony Porter – BBC News

‘Too many CCTV cameras are ineffective and useless, the government’s surveillance commissioner has warned.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2015

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Enhanced court fees: the government response to part 2 of the consultation on reform of court fees – Ministry of Justice

‘The government response to part 2 of the consultation on reform of court fees and further proposals for consultation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th January 2015

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Government set to hike general civil application fees – Litigation Futures

Posted January 19th, 2015 in budgets, civil justice, consultations, costs, courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The government has dropped plans for “enhanced” court fees specifically for commercial cases, but is now targeting increased fees for the hundreds of thousands of general civil applications made each year.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2015

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Court fees: Proposals for reform – Judicial responses – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Responses of the Lord Chief Justice, senior judiciary and the Civil Justice Council to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Consultation on Court fees – enhanced charging.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 16th January 2015

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Legal aid cuts hit divided families as contact centres close down – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2015 in budgets, children, families, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Child contact centres, where children meet their separated parents who cannot agree access rights, are disappearing as legal aid cuts take effect.The National Association for Child Contact Centres (NACCC) says 40 centres have closed in the last 18 months across England and Wales – and the pace of closures is accelerating. It says that, because it can no longer obtain legal aid, the number of parents accessing the family courts to resolve their problems has halved. As a result they are not receiving advice from solicitors who are likely to refer them to the centres.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2015

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Chris Grayling spends £72,000 of taxpayers’ money to defend ‘unlawful’ prison book ban – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2015 in budgets, fees, news, prisons, solicitors by sally

‘The Justice Secretary spent £72,000 of taxpayers’ money in an attempt to maintain his ban on inmates receiving books in prison from visitors.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2015

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Legal aid immigration case guidance ‘unlawful’ – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2014 in appeals, budgets, civil justice, immigration, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Guidance on granting legal aid for exceptional immigration cases is “unlawful”, judges have ruled.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Policing cuts put public safety at risk, warns Met chief – Daily Telegraph

‘The head of the Metropolitan Police has warned that large cuts to police budgets and other services will put public safety at risk.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2014

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Family of Ben Needham to sue Home Office for funding of police operation – The Guardian

‘Ben Needham’s family is preparing to take the home secretary to court in an attempt to secure funding for British police to pursue suspects who might be linked to the toddler’s disappearance 23 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2014

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“We’re all in this together”, says incoming Bar Council Chairman in Inaugural Address – The Bar Council

Posted December 10th, 2014 in barristers, budgets, fees, judicial review, legal aid, news by sally

‘Incoming Chairman of the Bar Council, Alistair MacDonald QC, has pledged he will “continue the excellent work” started by predecessors Maura McGowan QC and outgoing Chairman, Nicholas Lavender QC, in preventing further cuts to legal aid, in order to defend a “proud and independent profession”.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

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