Higher value commercial court cases will not be brought into costs regime retrospectively, says rule committee – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 17th, 2014 in civil procedure rules, Commercial Court, costs, courts, news by tracey

‘Higher value cases raised in the commercial court will not be brought into the civil court costs regime retrospectively when the regime is extended to catch claims worth up to £10 million next week, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th April 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Family head clamps down on care time limit, but hails pioneering court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 17th, 2014 in care orders, courts, drug abuse, family courts, news, time limits by tracey

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) must be a “vital component” of the unified Family Court, the head of the Family Division said in a judgment highlighting the need for strict adherence to the time limit for resolving care cases.’

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Family Law Week, 16th April 2014

Source: www.lawsocietygazette.co.uk

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A Family Justice System Fit for Families – Family Law Week

Posted April 17th, 2014 in children, courts, delay, divorce, family courts, news, time limits by tracey

‘Justice Minister Simon Hughes MP welcomes the family justice changes which come into force on the 22nd April.’

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Family Law Week, 16th April 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Lord Chief Justice steps into Strasbourg row – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 17th, 2014 in courts, extradition, human rights, judges, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd urges European Court of Human Rights to leave terror extradition decisions to British courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Backlog in coroners’ courts: Bereaved families wait up to seven years for inquests – The Independent

Posted April 14th, 2014 in bereavement, coroners, courts, delay, inquests, news by sally

‘A new standards code calls for investigations to be completed within six months.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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The City of London Solicitors’ Company – Speech by The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice

Posted April 9th, 2014 in courts, diversity, judiciary, law firms, London, news, speeches by sally

The City of London Solicitors’ Company (PDF)

Speech by The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice

Judiciary of England and Wales, 31st March 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Government unveils massive court modernisation programme – Litigation Futures

Posted March 31st, 2014 in budgets, courts, delay, HM Courts Service, internet, news by sally

‘The government has announced an investment of up to £375m to modernise HM Courts & Tribunals Service over the second half of the decade.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th March 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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English courts will not generally interfere with court proceedings in Brussels Regulation member states, expert says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 27th, 2014 in abuse of process, courts, foreign jurisdictions, injunctions, news by tracey

‘A recent High Court decision shows that courts in England will not usually interfere with litigation taking place in other countries that are signatories to the Brussels Regulation, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th March 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Delay to the operation of new unified patent court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 25th, 2014 in courts, delay, news, patents by sally

‘A new court system that is being set up to handle disputes about unitary patents may not be operational until 2016, the group established to deliver the new system has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th March 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in ASBOs, courts, criminal justice, dogs, forced marriages, legislation, police, repossession by tracey

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Grayling rules out privatised courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 12th, 2014 in contracting out, costs, courts, fees, news, probation by tracey

‘Privatising the courts service is not on the government’s agenda, Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, told a free-market thinktank today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th March 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Senior judges lay bare hostility to government’s court fee rises – Litigation Futures

Posted March 6th, 2014 in consultations, courts, fees, judiciary, news by tracey

‘The senior judiciary has dismantled the government’s proposals to raise court fees, questioning the underlying policy, highlighting the “clearly inadequate” evidence and warning that introducing enhanced fees in commercial cases is “unworkable”.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th March 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Commercial barristers and Law Society join chorus of opposition to court fee changes – Litigation Futures

Posted March 4th, 2014 in barristers, consultations, courts, fees, Law Society, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) proposals to increase court fees for litigants above cost price have been roundly condemned once again, with the Law Society and commercial barristers adding their voices to what has become a chorus of disapproval.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th March 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Magistrates should sit in police stations, report says – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2014 in courts, magistrates, news, police, reports by sally

‘The government should allow magistrates to dispense on-the-spot justice inside police stations at peak times, a report by a right-leaning think tank has said.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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The High Court’s new Planning Court – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted February 14th, 2014 in bills, courts, judicial review, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court is now to include a formally designated Planning Court and permission to apply will be required for section 288 applications against planning decisions in the latest government reforms to judicial review and related proceedings. Ministers have just published their response to the latest reform proposals and the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2014 proposing changes to judicial review.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2014

Source: www.39essex.com

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Civil Justice Council slams government’s court fee reforms – Litigation Futures

Posted February 13th, 2014 in consultations, courts, fees, news by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council has become the latest and one of the most influential bodies to lay into the government’s proposed increases in court fees, warning that they could have a “chilling effect” on people who want to bring claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th February 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Grayling’s proposals for environmental and planning judicial review – UK Human Rights Blog

‘At first sight, proposals full of sound and fury, and signifying not a great deal for planning and environmental challenges. There are some slippery costs changes which we need to look at, but some of the potentially more concerning proposals do not fully apply to this area, as I shall explain. There are also some perfectly sensible proposals about harmonising planning challenges which lawyers have been advocating for years.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th February 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Criminals to pay towards cost of running courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 7th, 2014 in bills, costs, courts, criminal justice, press releases by tracey

‘Criminals will be made to pay towards the cost of their court case under legislation introduced to Parliament today by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th February 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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