Guide to Judicial Conduct – Revised July 2016 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 21st, 2016 in codes of practice, judiciary, news by tracey

‘The Judicial HR Committee of the Judges’ Council is in the process of revising the Guide to Judicial Conduct to make it more readily accessible to the whole of the judiciary. It hopes to be able to present a revised draft to the Judges’ Council for publication during the coming year. In the meantime, judges’ attention is drawn to the attached interim revision of the 2013 Guide. This brings the current version up to date with, amongst other things, references to the JCIO etc and the guidance on reporting minor offences (published in July 2015).’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st July 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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In re X (A Child) (Reporting Restrictions: Guidance) – WLR Daily

In re X (A Child) (Reporting Restrictions: Guidance) [2016] EWHC 1668 (Fam)

‘Those applying for reporting restriction orders in family proceedings need to comply meticulously with the obligation to adequately notify the media in accordance with the FPR Practice Direction 12I—Applications for Reporting Restriction Orders and associate Cafcass practice note (paras 10, 25–28).’

WLR Daily, 4th 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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Female barristers report high level of sexual harassment at work – The Guardian

‘Female barristers are frequently subject to sexual harassment and discrimination but are reluctant to complain for fear it might damage their careers, research has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2016

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Jamie Susskind Comments on Sir Peter Gross’ Lecture on Judicial Leadership – Littleton Chambers

Posted July 12th, 2016 in case management, judiciary, lectures, news by sally

‘In the aftermath of the EU referendum, observers of British politics have been treated to a Shakespearean orgy of bloodletting, mud-slinging, defenestrating, and back-stabbing. Lawmakers of all parties are settling scores and jostling for position.’

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Littleton Chambers, 7th July 2016

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Speech by Lady Justice Arden DBE: Is Commercial Arbitration the Future of Commercial Justice? – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Is Commercial Arbitration the Future of Commercial Justice?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary,  5th July 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Has the rule of law ever been more important? – Legal Futures

Posted July 5th, 2016 in EC law, judiciary, news, referendums, rule of law by sally

‘Post-Brexit the separation of powers could be said to be all that is holding this nation together. The Executive is in tatters and Parliament has entered a hiatus without an effective opposition. The only element of our constitutional framework which carries on without pause is the judiciary. It’s a moving proposition to think that those who daily work in courts and public services decimated by cuts are the ones who right now form the only fully functioning element of government.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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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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Artificial intelligence mimics judicial reasoning – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in computer programs, judiciary, law firms, news by sally

‘Computer programs can already match judges in decision-making, a conference highlighting the growing use of artificial intelligence in law heard last night.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2016

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Fall in number of magistrates ‘will mean less diversity’ – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in diversity, inquiries, judiciary, magistrates, news, select committees, statistics by sally

‘A sharp fall in the number of magistrates in England and Wales will ensure that those on the bench remain overwhelmingly white and elderly, the government has been warned.’

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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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Saudi prince wins High Court battle against £20m payout to late king’s ‘secret wife’ – The Independent

Posted June 17th, 2016 in appeals, barristers, bias, judiciary, married persons, news, Saudi Arabia by tracey

‘The son of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has won an appeal against a multi-million-pound award handed to his father’s “secret wife”. Palestinian-born Janan Harb, won a package of cash and property worth more than £20m last November. Judge Peter Smith, sitting at London’s High Court, accepted her assertions that Prince Abdul Aziz, had agreed to the huge payout. But lawyers for the prince later asked Court of Appeal judges to quash the “unsustainable” award.’

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The Independent, 16th June 2017

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Artificial Intelligence and the Law – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 8th, 2016 in computer programs, judiciary, legal profession, news by sally

‘Artificial Intelligence has made great advances in recent years, with computer scientists developing cars without drivers, planes without pilots and mobile phones which can double up as a personal assistant. The legal profession is proving to be rich territory in the AI field too.’

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BBC Law in Action, June 2016

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‘Equal merit’ diversity rule applied in 14 judicial appointments – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) selected candidates for the specific purpose of increasing diversity in 14 recommendations, according to the commission’s latest statistics bulletin published today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd June 2016

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White lawyers three times more likely to be appointed as recorders – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news, statistics by sally

‘White applicants are three times more likely to be appointed as recorders than lawyers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, according to the Bar Council.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2016

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Master of the Rolls: Sir Terence Etherton – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 27th, 2016 in judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Rt Hon Sir Terence Etherton as the Master of the Rolls with effect from 3 October 2016. This appointment follows the retirement of The Rt Hon Lord Dyson on 2 October 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th May 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Response to Ministry of Justice consultation: Proposals to reform fees for grants of probate – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 26th, 2016 in consultations, fees, judiciary, news, probation by tracey

‘Response to MoJ Consultation by Sir James Munby: Proposals to Reform Fees for Grants of Probate.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 24th May 2016

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Senior judges oppose singling out clin neg for fixed costs as consultation nears – Litigation Futures

‘The senior judiciary agrees with Lord Justice Jackson that fixed recoverable costs should not be introduced in clinical negligence cases in isolation, but as part of their extension across the entire fast-track and ‘lower’ end of the multi-track, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd May 2016

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BSB echoes Bar Council concerns on equality and access to justice – The Bar Council

‘The Chairman of the Bar Council, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has signalled agreement with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) concern for equality and diversity in the profession. As the independent regulator reported in its recently published Risk Outlook yesterday, the Bar Council also welcomed the focus on access to justice and on ensuring that consumers’ needs are properly met following the prolonged period of cuts to our system of justice.’

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The Bar Council, 18th May 2016

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Crown Court Bench Book – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 13th, 2016 in criminal procedure, Crown Court, judiciary, juries, press releases by tracey

‘The main aim of this Compendium is to provide guidance on directing the jury in Crown Court trials and when sentencing, though it contains some practical suggestions in other areas, for example jury management, which it is hoped will be helpful..’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 10th May 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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