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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Stalking victim warns of legal loophole – BBC News

Posted April 30th, 2015 in civil justice, criminal justice, defamation, harassment, news, stalking, victims by sally

‘Stalkers must be stopped from using a loophole in the legal system to harass their targets, a victim has said.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2015

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Critics of Lord Janner decision misunderstand justice system – The Guardian

‘The creation of the Crown Prosecution Service nearly 30 years ago was pretty traumatic for the police. I remember it well and wrote a book about it at the time. Overnight, detectives lost the power to decide what charges should be brought against people they had arrested. Instead, the director of public prosecutions — whose remit had been confined to cases of “importance or difficulty” for the previous 100 years — took responsibility in 1986 for most public prosecutions across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 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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News focus: law and justice pledges – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The general election manifestos are in – here’s our quick-fire summary of their headline pledges on law and justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2015

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Theresa May admits justice system fails families over deaths in police custody – The Guardian

‘The criminal justice system makes is too hard for families whose loved ones have died in police custody to get answers, according to a candid letter written by the home secretary to two families affected by such deaths.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2015

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Satellite litigation warning as new fundamental dishonesty rule comes into force – Litigation Futures

‘The new rule on fundamental dishonesty in personal injury actions, which comes into force today under section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, brings with it “a lot of potential for satellite litigation”, a leading defence lawyer has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th April 2015

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McKenzie friends could drive ‘bulldozer’ through Legal Services Act – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in criminal justice, fees, legal services, McKenzie friends, news, reports by sally

‘Giving McKenzie friends permission to speak in court would drive a bulldozer through the Legal Services Act, which was intended to regulate reserved activities, criminal barristers have said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st April 2015

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Tackling trafficking: beyond criminalisation – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has rightly drawn attention to the issue of trafficking, its role in the modern world and its prevalence in the United Kingdom. It ties together previously piecemeal legislation and creates specific criminal offences of slavery and human trafficking. Yet, to make a practical difference the legislation must go beyond criminalisation. Does the Modern Slavery Act do enough?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st March 2015

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Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted March 31st, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, news, reports by sally

‘A new report by His Honour Geoffrey Rivlin QC, chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Group, commissioned by the Bar Council, sets out key recommendations for sustaining the criminal justice system in England & Wales.’

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The Bar Council, 31st March 2015

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Regina v Quillan and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Quillan and others [2015] EWCA Crim 538; [2015] WLR (D) 144

‘If it was likely that a judge would need to make a ruling on a question of law relating to a criminal trial, it would usually be better to order a preparatory hearing before the start of the trial rather than having to make such a ruling after the jury had been sworn and the trial commenced, when any appeal against such a ruling by the Crown would require an undertaking that the defendant was entitled to be acquitted if the appeal failed.’

WLR Daily, 25th March

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Society outrage at ‘back door’ criminal court fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 31st, 2015 in courts, criminal justice, fees, news, trials by sally

‘Suspects pleading not guilty in the Crown court will risk paying a court fee of £1,200 if convicted under guidelines slipped into legislation without debate in the final days of the current parliament.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th March 2015

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New sentencing measures to take effect next month – Ministry of Justice

‘A series of tougher sentencing measures, new criminal offences and a more balanced judicial review system will come into force when the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 takes effect on 13 April.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2015

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Barristers’ regulator asks QCA to consider QC re-accreditation – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 24th, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, news, quality assurance, queen's counsel by sally

‘The barristers’ regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today formally asked that Queen’s Counsel Appointments (QCA) considers developing a system of re-accrediting criminal silks.’

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd March 2015

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Barristers’ regulator lobbies for QC re-accreditation – Legal Futures

Posted March 24th, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, news, quality assurance, queen's counsel by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has issued a formal request to Queen’s Counsel Appointments (QCA) – the body which runs the annual silk round – to consider developing a system of re-accrediting criminal QCs as “it is not in the public interest to exempt QCs from quality assurance”.’

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Legal Futures, 24th March 2015

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Paedophile cases may need to be streamlined, warns top officer – Daily Telegraph

‘National Crime Agency chief hints at possible updates to the way child pornography offences are prosecuted, as it emerges more than 260 people have been charged in new investigation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2015

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Last minute adjournment in criminal legal aid appeal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 20th, 2015 in adjournment, appeals, criminal justice, judicial review, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has adjourned delivering judgment on the lord chancellor’s criminal legal aid reforms until Wednesday. The case had originally been listed for this morning.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th March 2015

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What were this decade’s most significant advances in law? – OUP Blog

‘The past decade has seen a number of advances in the field of law. As part of our exclusive Oxford law event, Unlock Oxford Law, we have asked some of our expert authors to identify what developments they thought were most significant. With constant changes and developments occurring across all the different areas of law, this is a subject that is very much up for debate. Read on to see what our authors said, and to see if you agree.’

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OUP Blog, 18th March 2015

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Tougher standards for UK senior bankers will come into force from March 2016 – OUT-LAW.com

‘A new regulatory regime, designed to make it easier for senior managers of UK banks and building societies to be held accountable for failings in their area of responsibility will come into force in one year’s time, the government has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th March 2015

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Regina v Boardman – WLR Daily

Posted March 4th, 2015 in appeals, case management, criminal justice, delay, evidence, law reports, trials by sally

Regina v Boardman [2015] EWCA Crim 175; [2015] WLR (D) 92

‘A judge was fully entitled to refuse to allow the prosecution to adduce evidence of telephone data records where they had failed to progress the case properly or in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Rules or other direction even though such refusal effectively brought the prosecution to an end. The Court of Appeal would support trial judges in the exercise of their discretion in discharging their case management responsibilities.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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