Judge voices fears over ‘relentless rise’ in child care cases following Baby P tragedy – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 21st, 2016 in care orders, child abuse, child neglect, judges, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘The effect of the Baby P case has contributed to a “crisis” in the children’s care system, the president of the High Court’s Family Division has said. Sir James Munby called for urgent research into why the number of cases in which children can be separated from their parents on the application of a council had more than doubled in the last decade.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th September 2016

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Senior judge questions policy of removing court funding while raising fees – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in asylum, costs, fees, immigration, judges, news by tracey

‘Lord Justice Jackson, the senior judge who shaped key legal reforms, has questioned the government’s policy of imposing steep rises in fees while withdrawing public funding of the court system. In a detailed legal work, entitled The Reform of Civil Litigation, the appeal court judge added his voice to the chorus of criticism from human rights groups and lawyers’ representative bodies who argue that the rises put access to justice beyond the reach of many citizens.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Smile: High Court judge uses emoji in official ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2016 in children, custody, family courts, judges, judgments, news, terrorism by tracey

‘It is the kind of document in which one might expect to find daunting legal terminology, interspersed with Latin phrases or even a smattering of Norman French.But one High Court judge has gone to previously unheard-of lengths to make a judgment in a family court case comprehensible even for the children it affects – by replacing dry terminology with a battery of down-to-earth phrases and even a smiley face symbol.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2016

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UK inquiry into child sexual abuse ‘will include historical cases’ – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The focus of the official inquiry into child sexual abuse will not be narrowed to exclude historical cases, the home secretary has made clear, as she also suggested that its former chair, Dame Lowell Goddard, may have quit because she was lonely.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2016

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Old Bailey judge retiring after 20 years condemns burden foreign criminals are placing on state – Daily Telegraph

‘An influx of Eastern European criminals risks clogging up the criminal justice system and placing an extra burden on its finances, a senior Old Bailey judge warns. His Honour Judge Tim Pontius also expresses concern at the surge in historic sex abuse cases which he called “troubling”, while conceding that the system is struggling to cope with young Islamist terrorists.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2016

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Child abuse inquiry needs to be remodelled, warns Dame Lowell Goddard, criticising its ‘scale and size’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 6th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘The wide-ranging inquiry into child sex abuse needs to be completely reviewed and remodelled, the judge who resigned as its head last month has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2016

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Judge sacked for viewing porn at work accepts SRA rebuke as others also strike deals with regulator – Legal Futures

Posted September 2nd, 2016 in disciplinary procedures, judges, news, pornography by sally

‘All four of the judges named by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office last year after being found to have watched pornography on judicial IT equipment have now been rebuked after the final one accepted his sanction.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd September 2016

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Care case judge fury at solicitor after pensioner patient left unable to see beloved pet – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in care homes, dogs, elderly, judges, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor appointed to represent an elderly stroke victim has been thrown off the case by a judge furious that he failed to take steps to let the woman see her beloved pet dog.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st August 2016

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Britain’s sweariest judge may also be Britain’s toughest – The Independent

‘Judge Patricia Lynch told a flasher ‘no-one wants to see your penis’, ordered a weeping defendant to ‘man up’ and left colleagues in no doubt that ‘if you crossed her, you would be in trouble’.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2016

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Swearing judge launches four-letter response after being abused by racist defendant in court – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 11th, 2016 in ASBOs, judges, news, racism by tracey

‘A judge launched an expletive-laden response when a racist thug hurled abuse at her in court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2016

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Seen and heard? Children as witnesses in family proceedings – Family Law Week

‘Damian Stuart, Barrister, FOURTEEN, re-visits Baroness Hale’s seminal speech in Re W (Children) (Abuse: Oral Evidence) in the light of Lord Justice McFarlane’s recent judgment in Re E (A Child).’

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Family Law Week, 22nd July 2016

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People and principle in the developing law – Speech by Lord Carnwath

Posted July 25th, 2016 in appeals, judges, news by sally

People and principle in the developing law (PDF)

Speech by Lord Carnwath

University of Cambridge, 19 July 2016

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Judge admonished over fraud finding and exclusion of claimant – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2016 in appeals, dismissal, fraud, judges, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge was wrong to exclude claimants from parts of their own county court hearing – but concluded their case was still right to be dismissed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st July 2016

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Supreme Court revamp raises hopes for women – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 13th, 2016 in diversity, equality, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘The Supreme Court is expected to revamp its judicial selection process, which could result in more women filling vacancies.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th July 2016

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Retiring judge uses farewell speech to blast CPS and police – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 11th, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, judges, news, police by sally

‘An often outspoken and controversial senior Crown Court judge used his retirement speech to slam the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2016

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Lord Chief Justice calls for codification of criminal law – Legal Futures

Posted July 8th, 2016 in criminal justice, judges, legislation, news by sally

‘The Lord Chief Justice (LCJ) has revived Lord Bingham’s call for criminal law to be codified in a single document.’

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2016

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Senior judge: bigger fine discounts needed for companies agreeing deferred prosecution agreements – OUT-LAW.com

‘Companies should receive substantial discounts on fines if they enter into deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after uncovering and self-reporting corruption offences, according to one of the UK’s most senior judges.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th June 2016

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To recuse or not? – Ghadami v Bloomfield and others [2016] EWHC 1448(ch) – Zenith PI

‘Norris J has recently had to deal with an interesting case where he faced an application that he should recuse himself from a case. It also highlighted the negative impact a litigant in person can have on a case and administration of the Courts.’

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Zenith PI, 29th June 2016

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Costs lawyers highlight “arbitrary” nature of budgeting – Litigation Futures

Posted June 30th, 2016 in budgets, costs, judges, legal profession, news by tracey

‘The extent to which the costs management regime is working very much depends on which judge you are before, according to a survey of members of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).’

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Litigation Futures, 28th June 2016

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Speech by Lord Justice Gross: Judicial Leadership – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 30th, 2016 in judges, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘The changes in judicial leadership, is my central theme tonight. It is one that has a number of facets, in court and outside of court, all vital to the success of our justice system, both domestically and internationally.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 24th June 2016

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