New court charge sees judges cut compensation orders for victims – BBC News

Posted September 1st, 2015 in compensation, costs, courts, criminal procedure, fees, news by sally

‘Compensation payments to victims of crime are being affected by a new charge imposed on criminals.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2015

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Infographic lays bare impact of court closures – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 17th, 2015 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, news by sally

‘The Law Society has today published an online map to show how Ministry of Justice plans to close 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales will affect solicitors.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th August 2015

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Criminal court charges ‘trapping’ penniless suspects – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 6th, 2015 in courts, criminal justice, Crown Court, fees, homelessness, magistrates, news by sally

‘A charity today called for an urgent review of criminal courts charges after collating cases which it says prove the fees are ‘unrealistic and unfair’.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2015

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Magistrates resign over court charges that encourage innocent to plead guilty – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2015 in benefits, courts, criminal justice, guilty pleas, magistrates, news, penalties by sally

‘Magistrates have begun to resign in protest at punitive court charges of up to £1,200 that they claim can never be collected and encourage the innocent to plead guilty.’
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The Guardian, 31st July 2015

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English drug dealer not sentenced in Wales because he doesn’t understand the accent – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2015 in courts, news, sentencing, Wales by sally

‘A drug dealer from the West Midlands has reportedly refused to appear in court in Wales – because he doesn’t understand the Welsh accent.’

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The Independent, 28th July 2015

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Divorce court fees to rise by a third – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in asylum, civil justice, consultations, courts, divorce, fees, immigration, news by sally

‘The cost of getting divorced is to rise by about a third after the government announced increased court fees.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2015 in consultations, courts, tribunals by tracey

‘Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th July 2015

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Criminal trials could take place in town halls to save money, says Michael Gove -Daily Telegraph

Posted July 16th, 2015 in courts, criminal procedure, electronic monitoring, magistrates, news, trials by tracey

‘Magistrates’ courts could meet in town halls or even hotel suites in a bid to save money, the Justice Secretary has said. Michael Gove confirmed there will be a new programme of court closures but the minister stressed he was keen to retain the way justice is dispensed at a local level.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th July 2015

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Gove announces review of Legal Services Act – Legal Futures

‘There will a review of the Legal Services Act 2007 during this Parliament, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove announced today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th July 2015

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No damage caused by civil legal aid reforms, says defiant MoJ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Cuts to civil legal aid have reduced the amount of “unnecessary and adversarial” litigation while ensuring funding is targeted at those who need it most, the government has said in response to a devastating report on changes to civil legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th July 2015

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Lawyers’ strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms – The Independent

‘The “strike” by lawyers which threatens to bring chaos to the criminal justice system next week has received a substantial boost after the country’s biggest legal aid firms pledged to support the action.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Courts set for vulnerable witness reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in children, consultations, courts, criminal justice, news, witnesses by tracey

‘The “fundamental architecture” for modernising the way in which the family courts deal with vulnerable people could be introduced before the end of the year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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Justice system badly failing most users, says Michael Gove – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in courts, criminal justice, delay, news by tracey

‘Britain’s justice system is badly failing most people who use courts while providing a gold standard of service to the wealthy, according to the justice secretary, Michael Gove.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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The Round-up: 21/7 bombers in Strasbourg and other news – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 9th, 2015 in bills, courts, drug offences, freedom of expression, human rights, news by tracey

‘Three high profile cases concerning the UK government have been granted hearings in the European Court of Human Rights grand chamber, putting the relationship between the government and the ECHR “in the spotlight”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th June 0215

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No call for revolution – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 8th, 2015 in courts, human rights, news, treaties by sally

‘Last week the Queen revealed that the newly-elected government had delayed its promised proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act. If this signals a willingness to listen and reflect, rather than an opportunity to bring potential rebels into line, then so much the better. Let us keep talking.
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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th June 2015

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British judges not bound by European court of human rights, says Leveson – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2015 in courts, human rights, news, precedent, treaties by sally

‘Sir Brian Leveson, the judge most famous for his report into press ethics, has said he does not consider himself “crushed by the European jackboot” when it comes to applying the European convention of human rights in British courts.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2015

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Lord Chief Justice’s Statutory Delegations – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 14th, 2015 in courts, judiciary, news by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice has a number of statutory functions, the exercise of which may be delegated to a nominated judicial office holder (as defined by section 109(4) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (the 2005 Act). This document sets out which judicial office holder has been nominated to exercise specific delegable statutory functions.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th May 2015

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What to do about the new Practice Direction – Pre-Action Conduct – NIPC Law

‘CPR 63.20 (2) requires those bringing claims in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (“IPEC”) including the small claims track to state whether they have complied with paragraph 7.1(1) and Annex A (paragraph 2) of the Practice Direction (Pre-Action Conduct). If they don’t the defendant has an extra 28 days in which to file his or her defence under CPR 63.22 (3). But if you actually turn to the Practice Direction – Pre-Action Conduct you will find that the old paragraph 7 and Annex A aren’t there any more.’

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NIPC Law, 6th May 2015

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Reporting Restrictions in the Criminal Courts – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘A fourth updated set of guidelines on open justice and reporting restrictions in the criminal courts is published today by the Judicial College, News Media Association (NMA), Society of Editors and the Media Lawyers Association. The new edition covers the new reporting restrictions applying to under 18 year olds, which came into force last month, the Female Genital Mutilation anonymity provisions which came into force this month and other changes relevant to reporting the work of the criminal courts.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 6th May 2015

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Fairness in the courts: the best we can do – Speech by Lord Neuberger

Fairness in the courts: the best we can do (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger

Supreme Court, 10th April 2015

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