CPS seeks retrial for prison officer after conviction quashed – The Guardian

‘A prison officer whose conviction over leaks to newspapers was quashed by the court of appeal is facing a retrial, it has been confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2015

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Family Court Key Decision Review: Part 1 – No. 5 Chambers

Posted April 7th, 2015 in care orders, costs, delay, documents, local government, news by sally

‘In the first of a new series of quarterly round ups, Kathryn Taylor reviews some of the key decisions of the family court since December 2014, with a particular emphasis on Local Authority failings.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 30th March 2015

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Transfers of Proceedings under Article 15 Brussels II Revised in a Public Law Context – Family Law Week

Posted March 31st, 2015 in adoption, care orders, delay, EC law, foreign jurisdictions, news by sally

‘Oliver Jones, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, and Maria Wright, solicitor of Freemans, currently seconded to the Court of Appeal, analyse a series of recent judgments in which the English courts have considered whether public law children proceedings should be in this jurisdiction or abroad.’

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Family Law Week, 27th March 2015

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Airlines face court threat over customer services – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2015 in airlines, compensation, consumer protection, delay, news by sally

‘Three airlines are facing legal action over complaints about how they handle passengers hit by flight disruptions.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2015

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Miscarriage of justice review body is dismissed as the Court of Appeal’s ‘lap dog’ in hard-hitting report – The Independent

‘Innocent victims of miscarriages of justice are “languishing in jail” due to delays and faults in the case review system, according to MPs behind a hard-hitting report to be published this week.’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2015

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High Court grants overworked law firm relief from sanctions – Litigation Futures

Posted March 18th, 2015 in delay, evidence, law firms, news, sanctions by sally

‘A High Court judge has granted relief from sanctions, after a law firm blamed pressure of work for late service of evidence in a Russian libel case.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th March 2015

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Water cannon decision delayed until after election – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2015 in delay, London, news, police, water, weapons by sally

‘Theresa May postpones ruling on whether Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, can use three machines already purchased by Metropolitan Police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2015

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Ofsted finds authorities wanting on child social care – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2015 in care homes, children, delay, local government, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Child social care is “inadequate” or “requires improvement” in three-quarters of the local authorities in England inspected by Ofsted last year.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2015

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Plans to restrict use of conditional fee agreements in insolvency cases dropped ‘for the time being’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 5th, 2015 in delay, fees, insolvency, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Successful parties to insolvency cases will not be prevented from recovering conditional fee agreement (CFA) “success” fees and legal insurance premiums from their opponents from April, after the UK government extended a temporary exemption from the general ban “for the time being”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th 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

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Alternative dispute resolution – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The recent case of Laporte v The Commissioner for the Police of the Metropolis [2015] EWHC 371 (QB), which came before Turner J (pictured), reinforced the pro-ADR stance of courts and the obligation on parties to seriously consider and engage with ADR processes. Although the case also dealt with indemnity costs, this article specifically focuses upon ADR.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd March 2015

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Airlines told to stop delaying flight compensation claims – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2015 in airlines, compensation, delay, news by tracey

‘Airlines have been told by a judge in a test case that they cannot keep passengers waiting for compensation for delayed flights. The decision will affect tens of thousands of people demanding compensation for flight delays, according to solicitors representing Kim Allen, the passenger in today’s case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2015

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DNA tests to cut courtroom battles – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 18th, 2015 in delay, divorce, DNA, family courts, news by sally

‘DNA tests in family courts will be provided across England from later this year, Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th February 2015

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Council to pay £17k damages for “truly lamentable” failures in child care case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 6th, 2015 in care orders, child abuse, children, damages, delay, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A High Court judge has ordered a county council to pay £17,000 in damages under the Human Rights Act following a “truly lamentable” catalogue of errors, omissions, delays and serial breaches of court orders in a child care case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2015

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Late claimant’s bid to delay trial refused – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 4th, 2015 in care homes, costs, delay, news, privilege, time limits, witnesses by sally

‘The High Court has rejected a non-compliant claimant’s plea to set aside a trial date but stopped short of effectively ending the claim altogether.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th January 2015

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Rehabilitation code “needs to deliver faster results” – Litigation Futures

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in codes of practice, delay, mental health, news, personal injuries, rehabilitation by tracey

‘There should be tight deadlines on all parties to an injury claim – solicitors, insurers and rehabilitation providers – to ensure that rehabilitation achieves as much as it can, according to one well-known rehabilitation case management company.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd February 2015

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“Lamentable”, “egregious” and “wholly indefensible”: High Court lambasts local authority’s conduct of care proceedings – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in care orders, children, damages, delay, guardianship, human rights, local government, news by sally

‘A Family Division judge has awarded damages under the Human Rights Act against a local authority in what he described as an “unfortunate and woeful case” involving a baby taken into foster care. Mr Justice Keehan cited a “catalogue of errors, omissions, delays and serial breaches of court orders” by Northamptonshire County Council. Unusually, the judge decided to give the judgment in this sensitive case in public in order to set out “the lamentable conduct of this litigation by the local authority.”’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st February 2015

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UK broke law in fewer than 1% of European human rights cases in 2014 – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2015 in delay, human rights, news, statistics by sally

‘The United Kingdom was found to have acted unlawfully in fewer than one per cent of the cases lodged against it last year at the European court of human rights (ECHR), it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2015

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High Court sanctions claimant for failing to update budget – Litigtation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, costs, delay, media, news, sanctions by tracey

‘A claimant’s failure to update his budget in advance of an unplanned preliminary hearing has led a High Court judge to rule that “every assumption” would be made against him in assessing the costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th January 2015

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Sir Brian Leveson’s Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings published: Media Release – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Sir Brian Leveson, The President of the Queen’s Bench Division publishes his review into efficiency in criminal proceedings today (Friday) with a wide ranging set of recommendations. He was asked by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas to find ways to make criminal justice more efficient and streamlined.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 23rd January 2015

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