Speech by Lord Chief Justice: Judicial Leadership – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in judiciary, news, speeches by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice gave a speech on Judicial Leadership at the Conference on The Paradox of Judicial Independence UCL Constitution Unit on 22 June 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd June 2015

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Guidance Notes for Chancery Masters following Changes to Practice Direction 2B – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 19th, 2015 in civil justice, injunctions, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Guidance Notes for Chancery Masters following Changes to Practice Direction 2B.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 16th June 2015

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Judges must not speak out on matters “hotly debated in Parliament”, Beatson LJ says – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2015 in bills, judges, judiciary, news, parliament by sally

‘It would be wrong for judges to “intervene or to comment while a matter is being hotly debated in Parliament”, Lord Justice Beatson has said.’
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Legal Futures, 15th June 2015

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On Fantasy Island: British politics, English judges and the European Convention on Human Rights – LSE Public Lecture

Posted June 8th, 2015 in human rights, judiciary, news, speeches, treaties by sally

‘Conor Gearty unpicks the myths, illusions and downright lies that infect political engagement with human rights in Britain – and discussion of the Human Rights Act in particular.’

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LSE Public Lecture, Recorded on 6 November 2014

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Magna Carta: The troubled journey to an independent judiciary – The Independent

‘In popular perception the Middle Ages was a time of lawlessness and cruelty. And to a degree, that characterisation holds true. Crusades abroad, ill-disciplined governance at home, England in the early thirteenth century was not exactly enlightened.’

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The Independent, 7th June 2015

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Good news on diversity in judicial appointments – unless you are a solicitor – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors were the least successful group of people applying for judicial appointment over the last six months, and the situation is getting worse, the latest figures from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have shown.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th June 2015

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Courtroom abuse sparks new McKenzie friend fears – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in barristers, consultations, judiciary, legal services, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘An imminent consultation by the judiciary on the proliferation of paid McKenzie friends in court is ringing alarm bells among lawyers, after a former nightclub bouncer was banned from providing such a service for grossly offensive behaviour.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st June 2015

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Human Rights on the Battlefield – BBC Unreliable Evidence

‘Clive Anderson and guests discuss the controversial suggestion that the UK should withdraw from human rights legislation and re-instate ‘combat immunity’ to protect the British Army from legal action.’

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BBC Unreliable Evidence, 20th May 2015

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Speech by Lord Justice Geoffrey Vos: Presentation to the Conference in Brno Czech Republic – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 15th, 2015 in judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Geoffrey Vos: Presentation to the Conference in Brno Czech Republic.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th May 2015

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Lord Chief Justice’s Statutory Delegations – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 14th, 2015 in courts, judiciary, news by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice has a number of statutory functions, the exercise of which may be delegated to a nominated judicial office holder (as defined by section 109(4) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (the 2005 Act). This document sets out which judicial office holder has been nominated to exercise specific delegable statutory functions.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th May 2015

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Fewer barriers for women in judiciary than the bar – LCJ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 29th, 2015 in barristers, equality, human rights, judiciary, legal aid, news, women by sally

‘The barrier to women progressing further in the judiciary has gone, but more needs to be done to remove the glass ceiling at the bar, the lord chief justice said last night.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th April 2015

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Fairness in the courts: the best we can do – Speech by Lord Neuberger

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Speech by Lord Neuberger

Supreme Court, 10th April 2015

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Judiciary launches its own initiative to improve diversity of High Court judges – Litigation Futures

Posted April 9th, 2015 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Judicial Office has launched a pilot programme to improve the diversity of the High Court bench and encourage more applications from senior lawyers and legal academics.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th April 2015

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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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Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group – Judiciary of England & Wales

‘Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 17th March 2015

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Judges Behaving Badly? – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 19th, 2015 in employment tribunals, judiciary, news, professional conduct, recusal, tribunals by sally

‘Irvine Maccabe discusses practical issues and strategies to consider in relation to recusal, judicial misconduct and transcripts.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 12th January 2015

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Gender equality and diversity in the judiciary – two years later and little has changed – Halsburys Law Exchange

Posted March 10th, 2015 in diversity, equality, judiciary, legal profession, news by tracey

‘In 2009, when asked by the then Lord Chancellor to look at judicial diversity, Baroness Neuberger said: “Judges drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences will bring varying perspectives to bear on critical legal issues. A judiciary which is more visibly reflective of society will enhance public confidence.” Although it would appear that even 6 years later, not a lot has changed.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th March 2015

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A Day in the Life of a Magistrate – BBC Law in Action

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in codes of practice, internet, judiciary, magistrates, news, police by sally

‘As magistrate numbers continue to fall Joshua Rozenberg goes to Bradford to meet one of 300 who sit on the bench there. Would the system of lay magistrates – with no legal qualifications – be invented today? The answer is an intriguing one.’

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BBC Law in Action, 24th February 2015

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Judges to rule on police requests for journalists’ phone records – Daily Telegraph

‘Police to be told they need to obtain the permission of a judge if they want to obtain details of a journalist’s phone calls or emails.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2015

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The view from the bench (III) – New Law Journal

Posted February 16th, 2015 in case management, judiciary, law firms, news, solicitors, witnesses by sally

‘Elizabeth Metliss considers the judicial view of law firms.’

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New Law Journal, 13th February 2015

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