R v O’Brien (Appellant) – Supreme Court

R v O’Brien (Appellant) [2014] UKSC 23 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 2nd April 2014

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Government confirms court fees increase within weeks – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 3rd, 2014 in civil justice, consultations, courts, fees, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has confirmed it will go ahead with a series of changes to court fees from 22 April.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd April 2014

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Domestic violence victims helped as injunction fees are scrapped – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 2nd, 2014 in civil justice, consultations, domestic violence, fees, injunctions, news by sally

‘Vulnerable domestic abuse victims will be helped by the scrapping of fees for domestic violence injunctions, Courts Minister Shailesh Vara has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st April 2014

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Legal aid cuts: six lawyers on why they will damage our justice system – The Guardian

‘Why have lawyers taken to the streets to protest against legal aid cuts? Self-interest or because they care about the havoc they see being wrought on our legal system?’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2014

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Why an inquisitorial system for family courts won’t work – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, delivered a speech last week in which he radically called for a judge-led inquisitorial system to be considered for family and civil courts. He commented that, within the family law arena, the current adversarial method of dealing with cases was ill-suited to both the types of cases seen there and the significant numbers of litigants in person who now make up large numbers of the users of that system.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th March 2014

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Reshaping Justice – Speech by The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice

Posted March 6th, 2014 in charities, civil justice, Crown Court, fraud, judges, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘It is a pleasure and a privilege to have been asked to give this short address tonight. It is an important time for both Justice the organisation and for our justice system. With that in mind I want to focus on what I have described in the title as “Reshaping Justice”.’

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Judiciary of England & Wales, 4th March 2014

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Court fee plans herald justice for those who can pay – senior judges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2014 in civil justice, costs, family courts, fees, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Senior judges have savaged government proposals for reforming court fees, warning that they are based on ‘inadequate’ and compromised research, and basic misconceptions about the way the courts operate.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th March 2014

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Senior judges attack government’s planned court cost rise – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2014 in civil justice, courts, fees, judges, news by sally

‘Government plans to increase the cost of going to court in England and Wales would undermine the civil and family justice system, top judges have said.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2014

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Inquisitorial system may be better for family and civil cases, says top judge – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2014 in civil justice, family courts, judges, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A judge-led, inquisitorial system of justice may be a better way of conducting family and civil cases where litigants are unrepresented, the lord chief justice has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2014

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Legal aid cuts could put Britain’s reputation for impartiality and fairness at risk – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2014 in civil justice, legal aid, news by sally

‘Britain’s international reputation for justice is not just a matter of pride: it also earns billions in exports.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2014

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Unfinished business – New Law Journal

‘Dominic Regan predicts the likely civil procedure developments for 2014.’

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New Law Journal, 29th January 2014

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Revealed: the top cases of 2014 – The Lawyer

Posted January 6th, 2014 in civil justice, news by sally

‘The High Court will host some of the largest-value cases it has ever seen in 2014 – but only the biggest disputes will fight all the way.’

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The Lawyer, 6th January 2014

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Government proposes higher court fees for commercial cases – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 6th, 2013 in civil justice, company law, consultations, courts, fees, news by tracey

‘Companies seeking to recover large sums through the civil courts could be charged up to £20,000 in fees under proposals put forward by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th December 2013

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Support for vulnerable women and taxpayers in court fees changes – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 3rd, 2013 in civil justice, consultations, courts, domestic violence, fees, injunctions, news by sally

‘People taking high value cases through civil courts in England and Wales will be expected to pay much more towards their running costs, Courts Minister Shailesh Vara has announced – while the fees for domestic violence injunctions will be scrapped.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd December 2013

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Philip Murray: Natural Justice at the Boundaries of Public Law – UK Constitutional Law Group

Posted November 21st, 2013 in civil justice, constitutional law, contracts, news by sally

“The intention of this post is a simple one: to assess the ways in which natural justice arguments have historically been raised in private law proceedings. By ‘natural justice’ I mean those common law principles requiring a fair procedure and an unbiased tribunal when powers are exercised. Ordinarily, of course, natural justice arguments arise in judicial review proceedings against public bodies in the Administrative Court or Upper Tribunal, usually when those bodies are exercising a statutory power. But to what extent can it be argued that a private body, in its private relations with private individuals, has acted unlawfully by making decisions in a procedurally unfair manner?”

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 21st November 2013

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Civil justice reform – another crack in the wall? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The government’s response to the consultation paper on whiplash claims has recently been published. Within it, the government scraps the idea of raising the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000; a measure which would capture most road traffic claims in the UK. It was seen by many as a pivotal brick in the Jackson campaign for proportionate costs, as it would fix the costs entitlement for most whiplash claims at fixed commencement costs for small claims. This would net a significant saving in adverse costs payments at a national level. So, why was a measure of seemingly vital importance discarded so summarily by the government?”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 15th November 2013

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First verdict on Jackson: litigators give thumbs down – Litigation Futures

Posted November 1st, 2013 in budgets, civil justice, costs, legal profession, news by sally

“Seven months into the Jackson reforms and litigators see rising costs and no greater access to justice as the main results so far, according to a new poll.”

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Litigation Futures, 31st October 2013

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Advances in open justice in England and Wales – Speech by the Master of the Rolls

“Master of the Rolls speech: Hong Kong lecture – 18 October 2013.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 22nd October 2013

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Justice in one fixed place or several? – the Lord Chief Justice

Posted October 22nd, 2013 in civil justice, courts, judiciary, legal history, legal profession, speeches by tracey

“Birkenhead Lecture by the Lord Chief Justice, 22/10/2013.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 21st October 2013

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A Rough Guide to the Civil Appeal System in England and Wales – Garden Court Chambers Blog

Posted October 22nd, 2013 in appeals, civil justice, courts, judicial review, news, Supreme Court, tribunals by tracey

“As part of a recent EU project, Marc Willers has produced this rough guide to the Civil Appeal System in England and Wales.”

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Garden Court Chambers Blog, 22nd October 2013

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