New Family Court comes into being amid justice reforms – BBC News

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in care orders, delay, divorce, expert witnesses, family courts, news, time limits by sally

‘New combined Family Courts have come into being in England and Wales as part of family justice system reforms.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2014

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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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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

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Small claims courts ‘failing the public’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 11th, 2014 in costs, delay, news, small claims by sally

‘Increasing costs and lengthy delays before hearings are causing people to shun small claims courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th April 2014

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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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Solicitors and probation workers to strike over plans – BBC News

‘Solicitors and probation officers in England and Wales are staging joint action against changes introduced by the Ministry of Justice.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2014

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Legal aid cuts leave family courts in chaos, experts say – The Guardian

‘Cuts in legal aid are creating chaos in the family courts, according to legal experts, who warn that the resulting delays are having a serious impact on the children of warring parents.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2014

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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

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Basically, we are all… – NearlyLegal

‘Associated Electrical Industries Ltd v Alstom UK [2014] EWHC 430 is the latest case to be handed down in the post Jackson/Mitchell dystopian legal world.’

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NearlyLegal, 4th March 2014

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DPP seeks public views on bringing non-recent cases to court – where a nominal penalty is likely – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 27th, 2014 in consultations, Crown Prosecution Service, delay, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions has today instructed prosecutors not to dismiss complaints about crimes allegedly committed decades ago just because of the lapse in time of reporting, in a shift of focus towards ensuring potential victims have their day in court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 27th February 2014

Source: http://blog.cps.gov.uk

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In re NL (A Child) (Appeal: Interim Care Order: Facts and Reasons) – WLR Daily

Posted February 17th, 2014 in care orders, delay, family courts, law reports, lists by sally

In re NL (A Child) (Appeal: Interim Care Order: Facts and Reasons) [2014] EWHC 270 (Fam); [2014] WLR (D) 70

‘The case raised issues of practice and procedure arising in the early stages of care proceedings including: (i) the importance of the need to ensure a just and fair assessment process despite the impetus to complete public law cases within 26 weeks, (ii) the alarming and patently wrong practice of justices sitting in the family proceedings court adopting the local authority’s analysis of what their findings and reasons might comprise, and (iii) the importance of listing appeals from interim care orders, where separation had been sanctioned, as a matter of urgency.’

WLR Daily, 13th February 2014

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Police failings left suspect free to shoot man in face resulting in ‘life-changing’ injuries – The Independent

Posted February 13th, 2014 in complaints, delay, firearms, news, police, professional conduct by sally

‘A suspected gunman was free to shoot a man in the face after apparent police failings meant that he was not identified as the owner of a sawn-off shotgun seized in a police operation 17 months earlier, it has emerged.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2014

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Family law in crisis – New Law Journal

‘Cuts to legal aid have thrown family proceedings into chaos, say Kim Beatson, Caroline Bowden & Ellen Lucas.’

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New Law Journal, 10th February 2014

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Salliss v Hunt – WLR Daily

Salliss v Hunt [2014] EWHC 229(Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 56

‘When considering whether or not to grant an application to annul a bankruptcy order there was no reason in principle why the court should take any account of a debt due to a creditor where the creditor was aware of the bankruptcy but had never submitted a proof and had made an informed commercial decision not to lodge one in the future.’

WLR Daily, 10th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Supreme Court allows removal of incorrectly-registered land from village greens register despite delays – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 7th, 2014 in commons, delay, land registration, news, rectification by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has allowed the removal of two pieces of land, that were incorrectly registered as town or village greens (TVGs), from the register preventing their redevelopment, despite the landowners’ lengthy delays in applying for the rectifications.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th February 2014

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Adamson (FC) (Appellant) v Paddico (267) Limited (Respondent); Mrs Gill Taylor (on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Markham and Little Francis) (Appellant) v Betterment Properties (Weymouth) Limited (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Adamson (FC) (Appellant) v Paddico (267) Limited (Respondent); Mrs Gill Taylor (on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Markham and Little Francis) (Appellant) v Betterment Properties (Weymouth) Limited (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 7 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 5th February 2014

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Supreme Court in key ruling on village greens and rectification – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has handed down a major ruling on applications to rectify the register of town and village greens, lapses of time and the question of whether there would be a serious detriment or prejudice should an application be granted.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th February 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Company barred from giving evidence in court due to “substantial delay” in providing witness statements – OUT-LAW.com

‘Civil court litigants must comply with court orders or “face the consequences”, an expert has said, after the High Court barred a company from giving evidence about a particular issue at trial after it failed to exchange witness statements within a reasonable time.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th January 2014

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Parole system failing prisoners and close to be overwhelmed, lawyers warn – The Independent

Posted January 27th, 2014 in budgets, delay, news, oral hearings, parole, prisons, standards, Supreme Court by sally

‘England and Wales’s parole system is on the brink of a crisis that will result in reformed prisoners being detained months after they should have been released, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.’

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The Independent, 26th January 2014

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Mitchell Part Two: a practical view from the Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in appeals, case management, civil procedure rules, delay, news, sanctions by sally

‘In his monthly column, James Bickford Smith discusses Durrant v Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary [2013] EWCA Civ 1624 in which the Court of Appeal, after its decision in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537, took further eye-catching steps to impose the new approach to relief from sanctions.’

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Littleton Chambers, 8th January 2014

Source: www.littletonchambers.com

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