Smashing stereotypes, childcare and class snobbery: My life as a female judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 6th, 2015 in equality, judiciary, news, women by sally

‘New figures show there are more judges under 40 than ever in Britain – and more than half of them are women. Here, Marilyn Mornington, who became a judge at 40, explains what it’s like being a woman at the top of the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2015

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Why doesn’t our judiciary reflect the diverse society it serves? – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2015 in equality, judiciary, news, women by sally

‘What percentage of court of appeal and high court judges would you guess are women? What about the proportion of black and minority ethnic (BME) members of the judiciary?’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2015

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Welsh Supreme Court judge ‘should be considered’ – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2015 in judiciary, news, reports, Supreme Court, Wales by sally

‘Appointing a Welsh justice to the Supreme Court should be considered in the near future, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2015

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‘People got used to younger judges’ says woman who joined the bench at 36 – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2015 in judiciary, news, women by sally

‘Sophie Toms is a deputy district judge who made it on her first attempt. She says shortage of women in the judiciary could be down to confidence issues.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2015

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Courts on Trial – BBC Law in Action

Posted July 24th, 2015 in civil justice, criminal justice, judiciary, news by sally

‘The “creaking and outdated” justice system in England and Wales is failing society’s poorest, Michael Gove argued this week.

In his first speech since becoming Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, he said that the best legal provision is the preserve of the wealthy, while victims of crime are “badly” let down. Mr Gove also said that the case for change had been “made most powerfully and clearly by the judiciary themselves”.

In this special edition of Law in Action, the Lord Chief Justice gives his reaction to Michael Gove’s speech.’

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BBC Law in Action, 23rd July 2015

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Where is the diversity in law recruitment? – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2015 in diversity, equality, judiciary, legal education, legal profession, news, statistics by tracey

‘Despite recent initiatives, the legal profession remains a bastion of white, middle-class, privately educated males. So what can be done to make it more inclusive? Harriet Swain reports on a roundtable debate.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2014

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Speech by Lord Chief Justice: Dinner for Her Majesty’s Judges – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by The Right Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 9th July 2015

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Speech by Lord Justice Beatson: Closer Engagement with Parliament – Speech by Lord Justice Jack Beatson

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in judiciary, parliament, select committees, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Beatson: Closer Engagement with Parliament.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd July 2015

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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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