Lord Chief Justice steps into Strasbourg row – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 17th, 2014 in courts, extradition, human rights, judges, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd urges European Court of Human Rights to leave terror extradition decisions to British courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2014

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Impose tougher sentences for knife crimes, says top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 17th, 2014 in judges, magistrates, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘The most senior judge in England and Wales has called on magistrates to impose tougher sentences for youths who carry knives.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2014

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CoA dismisses silk VAT appeal but criticises judge’s handling of the case – The Lawyer

Posted April 11th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, judges, news, tax evasion, VAT by sally

‘A senior criminal judge has been criticised over his handling of a trial last year, which led to the conviction of former 39 Essex Street barrister Rohan Pershad QC.’

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The Lawyer, 10th April 2014

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Young women lawyers – stop feeling so entitled and get on with it, says top female judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2014 in judges, legal profession, news, women by sally

‘Dame Anne Rafferty, an Appeal Court judge, has said that girls today have a sense of entitlement that stops them from getting on with their jobs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2014

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Judge refuses whiplash damages as he criticises Britain’s ‘compensation culture’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 27th, 2014 in compensation, expert witnesses, judges, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Britain’s compensation culture is a “national phenomenon,” a High Court judge said as he refused to grant damages to two women to “stem the tide” of fake insurance claims.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2014

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An English Judge in Europe – The Rt Hon. Lady Justice Arden

Posted March 26th, 2014 in EC law, judges, judiciary, jurisdiction, news by sally

An English Judge in Europe (PDF)

Speech by The Rt Hon. Lady Justice Arden

Judiciary of England and Wales, 11th March 2014

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Are the judges too powerful? – Speech by The Rt Hon Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls

Posted March 13th, 2014 in judges, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘Mr Bentham was no great admirer of the judiciary. He once said “the same fungus, which when green, is made into Bar, is it not, when dry, made into Bench?” He distrusted the judges. When drafting a “New Plan for the organisation of the Judicial Establishment in France” in the 1820s, he was adamant that judges should not be permitted to legislate: “Appointed for the express purpose of enforcing obedience to the laws, their duty is to be foremost in obedience. Any attempt on the part of the judge to frustrate or unnecessarily to retard the efficacy of what he understands to have been the decided meaning of the legislature, shall be punished with forfeiture of his office.” ‘

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 12th March 2014

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Reshaping Justice – Speech by The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice

Posted March 6th, 2014 in charities, civil justice, Crown Court, fraud, judges, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘It is a pleasure and a privilege to have been asked to give this short address tonight. It is an important time for both Justice the organisation and for our justice system. With that in mind I want to focus on what I have described in the title as “Reshaping Justice”.’

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Judiciary of England & Wales, 4th March 2014

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Annual Dinner of the Family Law Bar Association – Speech by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division

Posted March 6th, 2014 in family courts, judges, legal history, speeches by tracey

‘Since I stood here last year much has happened. I look back on a year when, between us, we have managed to achieve more than most of us had dared to hope. I look forward to a year of what I am sure will be continuing challenges.’

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Judiciary of England & Wales, 5th March 2014

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Senior judges attack government’s planned court cost rise – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2014 in civil justice, courts, fees, judges, news by sally

‘Government plans to increase the cost of going to court in England and Wales would undermine the civil and family justice system, top judges have said.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2014

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Inquisitorial system may be better for family and civil cases, says top judge – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2014 in civil justice, family courts, judges, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A judge-led, inquisitorial system of justice may be a better way of conducting family and civil cases where litigants are unrepresented, the lord chief justice has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2014

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Leveson inquiry: The spy, the judge and the ‘cover-up’ – The Independent

Posted March 3rd, 2014 in complaints, corruption, inquiries, interception, judges, media, news, ombudsmen, police, privacy by sally

‘Sir Brian Leveson “pulled his punches” over evidence of “serious police corruption at the very highest level” because it was “too hot to handle”, according to a complaint that has been lodged with the judicial watchdog by a News of the World hacking victim.’

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The Independent, 2nd March 2014

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Mark Duggan’s mother lodges legal challenge against judge – The Guardian

‘The mother of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police provoked the 2011 riots, has lodged a legal challenge against the judge who presided over the inquest into her son’s death, which ended with a jury making a majority ruling that he was lawfully killed.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2014

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Judge calls for tougher sentences for dangerous dog owners after attack on toddler – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2014 in dogs, judges, news, sentencing by sally

‘A judge has called for tougher sentences for people who keep fighting dogs as he said the current law prevented him from handing a more severe punishment to a man whose pit bull terrier savaged a toddler in the street.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2014

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Judge pleads for warring family to end £1m legal dispute – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2014 in children, costs, divorce, fees, financial dispute resolution, judges, news by sally

‘Judge Nicholas Francis QC says “untold misery” has resulted from the courtroom battle between Susan and Richard Shield and their children over who owns shares in the family’s RA Shield Holdings company’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2014

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We need to talk about Denning – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 24th, 2014 in advocacy, judges, judgments, news, precedent by sally

‘It’s a familiar scenario to any lawyer.

You’re reading a practitioner handbook and see a case referred to that seems just a little bit odd.

You read the summary in the footnotes and can’t believe it really says that and, before you know it, you’ve been side-tracked from your original research plan into actually getting a copy of the case.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 23rd January 2014

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Judge questions decision to prosecute woman over sister’s car crash death – Daily Telegraph

‘Rosie-Ann Stone is cleared of causing the death of her sister Jennie by careless driving in an accident months after their brother, Private Gregg Stone, was killed in Afghanistan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2014

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Woolf on the “transforming” potential of Low Commission recommendations – Legal Voice

Posted January 16th, 2014 in judges, legal aid, legal representation, news, reports by tracey

‘A former lord chief justice called on politicians to back the recommendations of the Low Commission which last week made the case for an extra £100m to ensure “a basic level of provision” of advice in its final report.’

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Legal Voice, 15th January 2014

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Family judge ‘cannot control foreign media’ – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2014 in anonymity, children, disclosure, family courts, foreign jurisdictions, judges, media, news by tracey

‘A senior family judge says he cannot stop the foreign media from publishing the story of a Slovakian mother whose son has been placed into care.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2014

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Finance and Divorce Update – Family Law Week

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in December.’

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Family Law Week, 2nd January 2014

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