MoJ unmoved by MPs’ damning verdict on court fee hikes – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2016 in budgets, civil justice, fees, Ministry of Justice, select committees by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice shows no sign of backing down over court fee hikes, despite a damning verdict from an influential group of MPs. The Commons justice committee called in June for an overhaul of employment tribunal fees and the scrapping of this year’s increase in the divorce petition fee. The government initially stood firm on the necessity of the fees – and a full response to the committee now suggests that position has not changed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th November 2016

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Top judge warns rising court fees threaten access to justice – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, fees, judges, judiciary, news, reports by tracey

‘Excessive court fees are in danger of driving away international legal business from London and preventing access to justice, the lord chief justice has warned. In his annual report, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd also expresses concern about low morale in the judiciary and the difficulties in recruiting high court judges.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2016

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Legal aid cuts have left ‘the most vulnerable people’ unable to pursue justice – The Independent

Posted October 12th, 2016 in civil justice, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Amnesty International report lays bare “a two-tier civil justice system, open to those who can afford it, but increasingly closed to the poorest and most in need”. ‘

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The Independent, 11th October 2016

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Legal aid cuts creating two-tier justice system, says Amnesty – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2016 in children, civil justice, legal aid, legal representation, news, reports by sally

‘Cuts to legal aid are far worse than anticipated and are creating a “two-tier” system which denies the poorest people access to justice, warns a critical report by Amnesty International.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2016

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First the UK deports people, then it denies them justice – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2016 in appeals, civil justice, deportation, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘From Jamaica to Albania, the victims of Britain’s mass deportations are dumped destitute – and, as the Home Office is aware, usually unable to exercise their right to an ‘out-of-country appeal’.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2016

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10 steps to help safeguard access to justice – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 26th, 2016 in civil justice, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘On Thursday 22 September 2016, Halsbury’s Law Exchange (HLE) hosted a panel discussion on the future of access to justice and litigants in person, specifically focusing on proposing solutions to this critical problem. In the lead up to the panel discussion, HLE produced a state of the nation paper that looks at the state of legal aid provision in the UK currently and asks the urgent question: “Can we safeguard access to justice?”’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 26th September 2016

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Profession expresses concern over online courts plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 20th, 2016 in barristers, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, Law Society, news by tracey

‘Professional bodies have reacted sceptically to the government’s plans to introduce online courts, raising concerns that defendants could be placed at a disadvantage.’

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Law society’s Gazette, 16th September 2016

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Transforming Our Courts and Tribunals System: By the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 16th, 2016 in civil justice, consultations, courts, criminal justice, reports, tribunals by tracey

‘Our justice system is the envy of the world. We have an outstanding independent judiciary that is widely admired as an international leader. Our lawyers have a global – and deserved – reputation for excellence. And we have a legal services industry that contributes billions of pounds every year to the UK economy.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 15th September 2016

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Fixing the vicious cycle – Counsel

Posted September 1st, 2016 in civil justice, criminal justice, Law Commission, news, parliament by sally

‘Rawdon Crozier considers what legislators and policy makers could learn from British cycling.’

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Counsel, September 2016

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Landlords behaving badly – Nearly Legal

‘While the Magistrates Courts continue to hand out paltry fines to landlords on conviction for illegal eviction, despite the removal of the upper £5000 limit, it is good to see that the civil courts are capable of taking a more reasonable approach to quantum.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th August 2016

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Police to hire law firms to tackle cyber criminals in radical pilot project – The Guardian

‘Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

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What is London litigation’s place in the post-Brexit world? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘It will be a while yet before the dust settles following the outcome of the 23 June referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. London’s litigators are likely to have voted in different ways on an issue that touches so many different areas of our lives. But I am sure all would agree that the uncertainties generated by the result have the capacity to damage London as a global centre for litigation if not properly managed and addressed. Other litigation hubs are already seeking to capitalise and highlight challenges litigants in London may now face in a bid to attract work. It is vital that as a profession we work to meet that head on.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th August 2016

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Briggs presses ahead with Online Court and challenges profession to get to grips with unbundling – Legal Futures

Posted July 28th, 2016 in civil justice, costs, courts, internet, news, reports by tracey

‘Lord Justice Briggs published his final report on the structure of the civil courts and retained his strong support for the creation of an online court for claims worth up to £25,000 – which he said should be called the Online Solutions Court – although he has shifted position to say that parties should be able to recover a limited amount of legal costs.’

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Legal futures, 27th July 2016

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Bar Council response to Lord Justice Briggs’ review – The Bar Council

Posted July 28th, 2016 in barristers, civil justice, courts, internet, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council has responded to Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review. Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, said: “Efforts to modernise the courts and improve efficiencies in our justice system are essential. It is surely time to make a proper investment in our civil justice system for the future, to provide justice for all.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 27th July 2016

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Civil Courts Structure Review (CCSR): Final Report published – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 28th, 2016 in civil justice, courts, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The final report of Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review was published on 27 July 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th July 2016

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Breaking: ‘minimal assistance’ from lawyers in online court – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A long-awaited report on the future of civil courts has recommended a new online court for dealing with all monetary claims up to £25,000.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2016

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The Treatment of Migrant Workers: A Patchwork of Protection – Littleton Chambers

Posted July 26th, 2016 in civil justice, employment, immigration, news by sally

‘June was a bumper month in the developing field of claims concerning vulnerable migrant workers who are badly treated by their employers. English law offers a patchwork quilt of contractual and statutory protections. One of the challenges for advisers and representatives is identifying the most appropriate causes of action for the treatment received.’

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Littleton Chambers, 14th July 2016

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JR jurisdiction ‘disadvantage’ for criminal cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has dismissed a bid to reconsider a judicial review decision, highlighting jurisdictional differences between criminal and civil proceedings.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th July 2016

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The digital drive – Counsel

‘Catherine Baksi considers whether lawyers, judges, courts and clients are ready for a digital revolution, the drivers for change, and impact on access to justice.’

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Counsel, July 2016

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Supreme Court to give reasons for allowing appeal over legal aid residence test – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court will next week give its reasons as to why it concluded that the Ministry of Justice’s introduction of a residence test for civil legal aid via secondary legislation was unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th July 2016

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