100 judges and magistrates received death threats over cases in past five years – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2016 in courts, harassment, intimidation, judges, judiciary, magistrates, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘A hundred judges and magistrates have received written threats connected to cases they presided over during the past five years, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2016

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Top UK judges denounce ‘dangerous’ increase in court fees – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2016 in budgets, courts, fees, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Court fee increases that were hastily introduced to plug a £100m hole in the Ministry of Justice’s budget were based on “hopeless” evidence, according to the most senior civil judge in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2016

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Justice demands court records are kept – The Independent

Posted January 26th, 2016 in appeals, archives, courts, documents, news by sally

‘Open and accountable justice requires records to be kept. Those who believe they are the victim of a miscarriage of justice need to know what was said at their trial if they are to show that they have been wrongly convicted. It seems extraordinary, therefore, that official guidelines require the destruction of the recordings of court cases after seven years. ‘

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The Independent, 24th January 2016

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UK legislates to support ratification of Unified Patent Court reforms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in courts, EC law, news, patents, regulations by sally

‘The UK government has prepared legislation to give effect to EU legislation on the unitary patent and to the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC), which backs the creation of a new UPC for resolving disputes over new unitary patents.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2016

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People with advanced dementia have no place in court – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2016 in accidents, courts, elderly, fitness to plead, mental health, news, road traffic, trials by sally

‘The Law Commission has recommended a new test of incapacity after the Greville Janner case. We must be cautious about punishing those no longer in control of their actions.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2016

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Top judge says justice system is now unaffordable to most – The Guardian

‘Civil justice is unaffordable for most people, more people are being forced to represent themselves, and judges – whose pensions have been cut – feel underappreciated, according to the lord chief justice.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Interim review of civil courts proposes online court for claims up to £25,000 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 14th, 2016 in civil justice, consultations, courts, internet, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘There is a clear and pressing need to create an online court for claims up to £25,000, a senior judge has said in his interim review of the civil courts structure in England and Wales.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2016

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Government decides against doubling court fee cap but gives green light to general increase – Litigation Futures

Posted December 18th, 2015 in consultations, courts, fees, news by tracey

‘The government has decided against doubling the maximum court fee cap to £20,000, but is to press ahead with its planned 10% increase in court fees across the range of civil proceedings.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th December 2015

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DPP faces criticism from MPs for failing to see the “shambles” at magistrates courts – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 16th, 2015 in courts, Crown Prosecution Service, magistrates, news by sally

‘Alison Saunders told she is “living in a bubble” after saying she went to see cases in action only every few months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2015

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MoJ considers specialist courts for issues such as domestic abuse – The Guardian

‘The potential for developing more US-style specialist tribunals – including courts dedicated to tackling the surge in domestic abuse cases – is being examined by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Courts – Written statement to Parliament – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in costs, courts, criminal courts charge, criminal justice, press releases by tracey

‘The courts take money from offenders in a number of ways, including fines, the victim surcharge, compensation orders, prosecution costs and the Criminal Courts Charge. This array of penalties, fines and charges is complex and confusing. I have therefore asked my department to review the entire structure, and purpose, of court-ordered financial impositions for offenders, in order to bring greater simplicity and clarity to the system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd December 2015

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Criminal courts charge to be scrapped by government – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in courts, criminal courts charge, criminal justice, magistrates, news by tracey

‘The criminal courts charge is to be scrapped, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has announced.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2015

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Survey: Public want justice system to modernise faster to improve access – Legal Futures

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in civil justice, courts, internet, legal profession, news, reports by tracey

‘The public believes that the legal system should be modernised faster than is happening at present, with many feeling “the justice system has retained tradition at the expense of efficiency”, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd December 2015

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Autumn Statement: £5k small claims limit and end to general damages in whiplash – Legal Futures

Posted November 26th, 2015 in budgets, courts, damages, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘The government is set to remove the right to general damages for minor soft tissue injuries and increase the small claims limit for personal injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000, it was announced in the Autumn Statement today.’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2015

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Practice guidance: Arbitration in the Family Court – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 26th, 2015 in arbitration, courts, family courts, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Guidance issued by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division on 23 November 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 23rd November 2015

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Spending Review 2015 – Bar Council response – The Bar Council

Posted November 26th, 2015 in barristers, budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, fees, press releases by tracey

‘Chairman of the Bar Council Alistair MacDonald QC said: “Investment to modernise courts and tribunals is vital to the successful reform of our criminal justice system and today’s Ministry of Justice settlement safeguards the £700 million announced earlier this year.”‘

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The Bar Council, 26th November 2015

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Major new report highlights mixed advocacy standards in youth court proceedings – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 19th, 2015 in advocacy, courts, reports, young offenders, youth courts by tracey

‘The Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review report, published today as a result of extensive research, highlights the damaging effects that poor advocacy has on access to justice for young and often very vulnerable offenders, and their perceptions of the system in general.’

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Bar Standards Board, 19th November 2015

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Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder: In the Shadow of Magna Carta – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 17th, 2015 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, judges, magna carta, speeches, tribunals by tracey

‘The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder gave a speech “In the Shadow of Magna Carta” in Washington DC on 13 November 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th November 2015

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: The Centrality of Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 17th, 2015 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, judges, judiciary, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice, “The Centrality of Justice: Its contribution to Society, and its Delivery” The Lord Williams of Mostyn Memorial Lecture on 10 November 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 16th November 2015

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Sir Brian Leveson: Security and Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division gave the 13th Annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture in London on 12 November 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th November 2015

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