MoJ says it sets no travel time target when closing courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in budgets, courts, Ministry of Justice, news, transport by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has denied ever promising a benchmark figure for an acceptable maximum public transport travel time for people attending court when it considers court closures. In a letter to House of Commons justice select committee chair Bob Neill MP, permanent secretary Richard Heaton said access to justice was “not just about” court proximity.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th November 2016

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Magistrates quitting in ‘considerable’ numbers over court closures – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2016 in courts, criminal justice, magistrates, news by tracey

‘Magistrates are resigning in “considerable” numbers, the head of their national body has said, after scores of court closures and swingeing government cuts.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2016

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Responding to human rights judgments: 2014 to 2016 – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in courts, declarations of incompatibility, human rights, judgments, reports, treaties by tracey

‘This report sets out the government’s position on the implementation of human rights judgments from the European Court of Human Rights and our domestic courts.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 18th November 2016

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UK’s top judge unveils plan to make supreme court more diverse – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in courts, diversity, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The UK’s most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, has announced he will retire next summer and signalled the launch of a judicial appointments process that could – through offering flexible working practices – improve diversity on the supreme court bench.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Sarah Nason: Justice Outside London? An Update on ‘Regional’ Judicial Review – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 17th, 2016 in Administrative Court, constitutional law, courts, judicial review, news by sally

‘In April 2009 Administrative Courts were established in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester to deal with judicial review claims and other aspects of the Administrative Court’s jurisdiction. An important aim of this reform was to improve access to justice by ensuring that public law claims are issued and heard at the most appropriate location. In this post I consider some recent data relevant to whether the ‘regional’ Courts are continuing to achieve this aim in 2016.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th November 2016

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Magistrate court cases take a week longer to complete – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2016 in appeals, courts, delay, magistrates, news, trials by sally

‘A victim’s charity says growing court delays are damaging “the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system”.’

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BBC News, 17th November 2016

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Speech by The Chancellor of the High Court: A Look at the Future for Insolvency and Business Litigation in London – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 15th, 2016 in courts, insolvency, judges, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘I am keen to speak tonight about the important work of the Rolls Building and the real value of the international reputation of our law and our judges in the post-Brexit world.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 10th November 2016

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Failure to pay correct Court fee leads to strike-out – Park Square Barristers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in courts, fees, news, proportionality, striking out by sally

‘Mr C claimed that he was injured as a result of a fall in a pub in November 2012. Proceedings were issued by Mr C four days before limitation expired in November 2015. The Statement of Value on the Claim Form limited the claim to £10,000 and the relevant court fee of £455 was paid.’

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Park Square Barristers, 17th October 2016

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Digital courts’ success will win over sceptics, says senior judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 8th, 2016 in courts, internet, judges, news, witnesses by sally

‘The judge leading efforts to drag the courts system into the 21st century has reassured sceptical lawyers they will be won over by technological advances.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th 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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Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder: Raising the Bar: Innovation and global opportunity for a forward thinking profession – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 20th, 2016 in barristers, courts, legal profession, speeches, tribunals by tracey

‘Keynote address at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th October 2016

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High Court rejects attempt to end case over ‘wrong’ court fee payment – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 20th, 2016 in courts, fees, limitations, news by tracey

‘An architect and engineering firm’s application to claim a dispute was invalid because the wrong court fees had been paid and the limitation period had expired has ‘no prospect of success’, the High Court has ruled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th October 2016

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Judges prepare profession for ODR across less complex cases and court administration in the cloud – Legal Futures

Posted October 18th, 2016 in courts, dispute resolution, internet, judiciary, legal profession, news, speeches, tribunals by sally

‘Online dispute resolution “will become the norm for much of the less complex work in civil, family and tribunals jurisdictions”, the Senior President of Tribunals said over the weekend.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2016

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Briggs urges barristers to embrace direct access – Legal Futures

Posted October 18th, 2016 in barristers, courts, dispute resolution, internet, news by sally

‘The Bar has nothing to fear from an online court, but it must take direct access “seriously”, Lord Justice Briggs has said.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2016

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Hundreds of UK lawyers register in Ireland in Brexit insurance move – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in courts, EC law, Ireland, legal profession, news, rights of audience, solicitors by sally

‘More than 700 British solicitors have applied to register with the Law Society of Ireland this year as lawyers scramble to secure professional rights of audience in European courts.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016

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Game of tomes: Blackstone’s gets the judges’ nod – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2016 in courts, crime, news by tracey

‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice will remain the standard text in criminal courts, the judiciary has confirmed, ending speculation that an earlier decision to replace the venerable Archbold would be reversed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th October 2016

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HMCTS reform will mean fewer staff and fewer courts but a better system, says Gross – Litigation Futures

Posted September 27th, 2016 in courts, judges, news, speeches, tribunals by sally

‘The court reform process will lead to staff cuts and fewer court buildings, the former Senior Presiding Judge has said, but it is not a cost-cutting exercise and the end result should be higher-grade staff and an improved court estate.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th September 2016

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Briggs: online court will take the ‘A’ out of ‘ADR’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 27th, 2016 in arbitration, courts, dispute resolution, internet, judges, news by sally

‘Mediation will become the cultural norm should a new online court dealing with all monetary claims up to £25,000 become reality, Lord Justice Briggs has predicted.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 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

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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