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

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

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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

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Ellie Butler judge ‘took unwarranted steps’ to reunite her with violent parents – The Guardian

‘A senior judge in the family court took “unwarranted” extra steps in reuniting a man with a violent and criminal past with his young daughter 11 months before he beat her to death, the author of a serious case review has said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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Neuberger urges debate over ethical implications of artificial intelligence – Legal Futures

‘The president of the Supreme Court last week called for a debate on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and for “greater prominence” for ethics in legal training.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2016

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Family law at a distance – Speech by Lord Sumption

Family law at a distance (PDF)

Speech by Lord Sumption

At a Glance Conference 2016, Royal College of Surgeons, 8th June 2016

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

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Sumption: Legal specialisations are “essentially bogus” – Legal Futures

‘Legal specialisations are “essentially bogus”, Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption declared today as he urged practitioners to break out of their core areas and learn from other parts of the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 8th June 2016

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Judge slams ‘disgraceful behaviour’ and armed forces drinking culture as Royal Navy officer is cleared of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 8th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, judges, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A judge has slammed the “disgraceful behaviour” and drinking culture in the armed forces as a Royal Navy officer was cleared of the rape of a drunken colleague following a training college ball.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2016

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Judge suing Ministry of Justice says he has been denied a fair hearing – The Guardian

‘A judge facing a disciplinary hearing has complained he is being denied a fair hearing because he has been told he cannot be legally represented or call witnesses.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2016

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Judges who viewed porn at work rebuked by SRA – Legal Futures

‘One of three judges removed from the bench last year for viewing pornography from a work computer, along with another who resigned before he was removed, have accepted rebukes from the Solicitors Regulation Authority for their conduct.’

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Legal Futures, 25th May 2016

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Jackson: fixed costs grid is “starting point for debate” – Litigation Futures

Posted May 24th, 2016 in civil justice, costs, judges, negligence, news, personal injuries, speeches by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has sought to calm fears raised by the “grid of fixed costs” he proposed in January this year for all civil claims worth up to £250,000.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th May 2016

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A judge-shaming list is bad for justice – The Guardian

‘Judges shouldn’t be frightened to set precedents. A list of those that have “gone too far” – including over a Guardian freedom of information request on the Prince of Wales’s letters – risks deterring justice.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2016

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Teach that judge a lesson – Technology Law Update

Posted May 4th, 2016 in expert witnesses, intellectual property, judges, judiciary, news, patents by tracey

‘Patent litigation in the English courts can be a bit of a see-saw, with experts from either side weighing in with their own perspective on technical matters. The judge must then make a choice between their views and come up with what he or she feels is the right answer.’

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Technology Law Update, 4th May 2016

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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