Senior judge launches extraordinary attack over “blackmail” by solicitors and tells barristers to stop defending them – Legal Futures

Posted January 17th, 2017 in barristers, blackmail, immigration, judges, law firms, news, professional conduct, tribunals by tracey

‘A senior judge has accused solicitors of “blackmailing” the immigration tribunal in an extraordinary attack that also branded their conduct as “disgraceful” and “shameful” in not pursuing the appeals they had lodged.’

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Legal Futures, 16th January 2017

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City council wrongly decided child was not in need, High Court judge rules – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 16th, 2017 in children, housing, judges, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘Birmingham City Council acted wrongly when it decided that a child was not in need of accommodation in its area because his mother had recently left the London Borough of Bromley.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2017

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Court orders exemplary damages in fundamental dishonesty case – Litigation Futures

Posted January 11th, 2017 in accidents, costs, damages, fraud, insurance, judges, news, road traffic by sally

‘A district judge in Manchester has made an award of exemplary damages after finding road traffic accident claimants guilty of bringing fundamentally dishonest claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th January 2017

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Judge cleared of misconduct after calling racist thug a ‘bit of a c—‘ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 10th, 2017 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, judges, news, racism, trials by sally

‘A judge who called a racist thug a “bit of a c—” after he launched a foul-mouthed tirade at her has been cleared of misconduct.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2017

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UK justice system is racist, suggests one of Britain’s only non-white judges – The Independent

Posted January 10th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, judges, news, racism by sally

‘Britain’s justice system is racist and should not be trusted by ethnic minorities, one of the UK’s only black judges has suggested.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2017

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Senior military judge mishandled trial of jailed marine Alexander Blackman, official report finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s most senior military judge mishandled the trial of a Royal Marine accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter to the extent that his conviction may now be quashed, the body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2017

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Reform is about much more than just Online Court, top judges remind profession – Legal Futures

Posted January 9th, 2017 in courts, enforcement, judges, judiciary, jurisdiction, legal profession, news, reports by sally

‘The senior judiciary has acted to remind the profession that implementation of Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review will cover much more than just the introduction of the Online Court.’

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Legal Futures, 6th January 2017

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Black judge claims he was discriminated against by disciplinary panel – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, judges, judiciary, news, race discrimination, racism by sally

‘A disciplinary panel has recommended that a prominent black judge should receive both an apology and “formal advice” – a dressing down – after its members found he committed misconduct in a speech he made referring to a fellow judge and that the matter had not been handled well.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2017

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Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law: Is the Human Rights Project Undemocratic and Elitist? – Family Law Week

Posted January 5th, 2017 in constitutional law, human rights, judges, judiciary, news, treaties by tracey

‘David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the arguments in a debate of vital importance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 4th January 2017

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MoJ plan to impose fixed-term contracts on judges “could be unlawful” – Legal Futures

Posted December 21st, 2016 in diversity, fees, fixed-term contracts, judges, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘Plans by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to impose fixed-term contracts on fee- paid judges could be unlawful, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 21st December 2016

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Judge calls for LiP powers after court ‘bombarded’ with emails – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2016 in case management, judges, litigants in person, news by sally

‘An appeal judge has called for extra powers to curb the activities of litigants in person who inundate courts with communications.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th December 2016

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Profile: the 11 justices of the UK supreme court – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2016 in judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The justices deciding on the appeal by the government against the high court’s ruling on article 50.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2016

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High Court judge criticises sex attack victim for ‘foolishness’ – The Independent

Posted December 5th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, judges, news, sexual offences by sally

‘One of Britain’s top judges castigated a sexual assault victim for “foolishness” for getting drunk on the night she was attacked.’

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The Independent, 2nd December 2016

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Mother who stamped daughter to death appeals conviction because her lawyer was interrupted by judge – The Independent

Posted December 1st, 2016 in appeals, child cruelty, judges, news, trials by sally

‘A mother who was jailed for life after stamping to death her 21-month-old daughter has launched an appeal against her conviction.’

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The Independent, 1st December 2016

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Lord Chief Justice: Community service is not tough enough and needs to be a more visible punishment – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 1st, 2016 in community service, judges, news, penalties, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Community service is not tough enough and needs to be a more visible punishment, Britain’s most senior judge has suggested as he says offenders view non-jail sentences as “getting off” free.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2016

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Attacks on Brexit judges are bad for democracy, says former law lord – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2016 in EC law, freedom of expression, judges, judiciary, news, referendums, speeches by sally

‘Harsh personal attacks on judges are bad for democracy and in danger of diminishing the independence of the judiciary, the former deputy president of the supreme court has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2016

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Speech by Lord Justice Gross: The Judicial Role Today – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 24th, 2016 in constitutional history, judges, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘It is a great pleasure to have been invited to give this year’s Law and Society Lecture. Earlier this year, in another lecture, I addressed the topic of “Judicial Leadership”. My subject on this occasion is the judicial role today, exploring some of its boundaries’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 24th November 2016

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Top judge urges tougher community service as alternative to prison – The Guardian

‘Fewer criminals should be jailed and tougher community punishments developed as an alternative to imprisonment, the lord chief justice has urged.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2016

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UK’s top judge unveils plan to make supreme court more diverse – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in courts, diversity, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The UK’s most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, has announced he will retire next summer and signalled the launch of a judicial appointments process that could – through offering flexible working practices – improve diversity on the supreme court bench.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Supreme Court’s most senior judge urged to stand down from Article 50 legal hearing over wife’s anti-Brexit Twitter posts – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2016 in conflict of interest, EC law, judges, news, recusal, referendums, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘The Supreme Court’s most senior judge has been urged to stand down from a crucial legal hearing on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union after it emerged his wife had posted a series of anti-Brexit tweets.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2016

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