Appeal judges condemn district judge who failed to give “any adequate reasons” for ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted March 31st, 2015 in appeals, judges, judiciary, news, reasons, retrials by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has strongly criticised a district judge who failed to produce “any adequate reasons” for reaching his conclusions in an adverse possession case.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st March 2015

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Lord Woolf: Conditions in prisons are as bad now as they were 25 years ago

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in inquiries, judges, news, prisons, recidivists, standards, statistics, violent disorder by sally

‘Conditions in prisons are as bad now as they were at the time of one of Britain’s worst jail riots, a former lord chief justice has warned.’

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The Independent, 23rd March 2015

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Supreme Court splits the baby over the benefit cap – Mike Spencer – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R(on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others)) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] UKSC 16. The Supreme Court was sharply divided yesterday over whether the benefit cap breaches the Human Rights Act.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th March 2015

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Three judges removed and a fourth resigns for viewing pornography at work – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, judges, news, pornography, professional conduct by sally

‘Three judges have been removed and a fourth has resigned following an investigation into an allegation that they viewed pornographic material on office computers.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

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Legal aid cuts hurt those who need help must, claims High Court judge – The Independent

Posted March 12th, 2015 in judges, legal aid, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Deep cuts to the legal aid budget have backfired by failing to help the people who need it most, a parliamentary report has concluded.’

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The Independent, 12th March 2015

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Judge dismisses case after Muslim swears oath on Bible – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in evidence, Islam, judges, news, oaths, robbery by sally

‘Judge regrets stopping trial because Muslim man gave evidence having sworn on the Bible instead of the Koran.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2015

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No entitlement to human rights damages after ‘caste discrimination’ case collapse – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The High Court has ruled that when long-running employment tribunal hearing collapsed as the result of the judge’s recusal due to apparent bias the claimants in the action could not obtain damages for wasted costs under section 6 of the Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998 (specifically Article 6, the right to a fair trial) or the EU Charter.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2015

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Top judge says claims Sun trial judges were switched to secure conviction are ‘absurd’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 13th, 2015 in conspiracy, judges, media, misfeasance, news by tracey

‘In a rare move, Mr Justice Sweeney weighs in at the Old Bailey to settle the legal row which erupted that week over the retrial of senior Sun executives.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2015

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Child abuse inquiry: Judge has ‘no establishment links’ – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, select committees by sally

‘The judge leading the inquiry into historical child sex abuse in England and Wales has said she has no links to any person or institution which it might scrutinise.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2015

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Two-thirds of judges feel their six-figure salary is too low – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2015 in judges, judiciary, news, remuneration by sally

‘Hundreds of judges have said they are considering taking early retirement because they are not paid enough and feel undervalued after a series of Government budget cuts to the legal system, according to a survey of attitudes within the judiciary.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2015

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Related link: UK Judicial Attitude Survey (PDF)

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Child abuse inquiry: Infighting leads panel members to abandon roles – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, victims by sally

‘Several former panel members on the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry are refusing to return to their roles, having become worn down by the growing infighting between rival groups of campaigners, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2015

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The President, Mr Justice Holmes and the Life of the Law – Family Law Week

Posted February 10th, 2015 in female genital mutilation, judges, legal history, news by sally

‘Following Sir James Munby’s judgment in B and G (Children) (No 2), David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the continuing relevance of the American jurist, Oliver Wendell Holmes.’

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Family Law Week, 30th January 2015

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Lord Justice Lewison and the Return of English – NearlyLegal

Posted February 10th, 2015 in appeals, housing, judges, landlord & tenant, legislation, news by sally

‘I recently found myself reading and writing about the Court of Appeal judgement in Edwards v Kurasamy (our report here). Doing so made me think about the recent spate of judgements given by Lewison LJ that have touched on the private rental sector. I am thinking here of Spencer v Taylor (which we analysed here), Charalambous v Ng, and now Edwards v Kumarasamy. (our report). All of these are cases that touch primarily on the Private Rented Sector and all of them feature leading judgements by Lewison LJ. These are not of course the only big PRS cases to come from the CoA recently so I am not suggesting that Lewison LJ is the only CoA judge dealing with the PRS (see McDonald v McDonald for example) but he does seem to be getting a healthy majority right now.’

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NearlyLegal, 9th February 2015

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‘Gratuitously rude’ judge reprimanded in CoA ruling – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A family judge was reprimanded by Court of Appeal judges twice in two days and told he should be “embarrassed” by the way he handled a case, it has emerged.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th February 2015

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Sun journalists retrial row after judge removed from case – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2015 in complaints, electronic mail, judges, media, news, trials by sally

‘A decision to remove a judge lined up for a retrial of four Sun journalists has led to a legal row at the Old Bailey involving some of the most senior judges in the country.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2015

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New Zealand high court judge named as new chair of child abuse inquiry – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news by sally

‘A New Zealand high court judge is to be the new head of the official inquiry into child abuse, the home secretary, Theresa May, has announced.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2015

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Court of Appeal slams judge for “unprincipled” approach to final care orders – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in appeals, care orders, case management, children, judges, local government, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has sharply criticised a county court judge for adopting a “ruthlessly truncated” and “fundamentally unprincipled” process when he made final care orders at what the parties expected to be a directions hearing.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd February 2015

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Appointment to the bench is not a licence for judges to be gratuitously rude to those appearing before them – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in appeals, care orders, case management, children, judges, local government, news by sally

‘HHJ Dodds is well known to readers of this blog. His style of case management was also analysed (and found wanting) by the Court of Appeal the following day in Re S-W (children) [2015] EWCA Civ 27 (30 January 2015). The judgments leave one to ponder whether these cases are a product of the stresses that have emerged from the greater expectations now put on the shoulders of judges to case manage litigation or whether, as previously discussed in this blog by David Hart QC here, it is a problem that arises with clever judges who find that they are, by temperament, not inclined to listen patiently to other people (generally considered to be a core part of the job description).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st February 2015

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Lord Chief Justice calls for independent review of legal market – Legal Futures

Posted January 29th, 2015 in competition, fees, judges, legal services, news, reports by sally

‘There needs to be an independent review of the operation of the legal market to investigate whether the Legal Services Act 2007 is working and why fees have not fallen in the light of greater competition, the Lord Chief Justice said today [27 January].’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2015

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Pornography online is driving ‘horrific’ crimes, says top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 29th, 2015 in internet, judges, murder, news, pornography, violence, violent offenders by sally

‘Lord Chief Justice warns that extreme material on the internet appears to be intensifying the actions of some murderers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015

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