‘Restrictions on the number of books prisoners in England and Wales can have in their cells is inhibiting inmates’ ability to learn, a charity warns.’
BBC News, 24th September 2014
‘Mr Justice Collins has handed down judgment in the latest case borne out of government cuts. The judgment provides useful learning to local authorities in particular on how to comply with new duties in relation to expressions of interest under the Localism Act 2011, writes Leon Glenister.’
Hardwicke Chambers, 5th August 2014
‘Local authorities proposing sensitive budget cuts inevitably cross minefields laden with lethal legal ordnance. This generally includes volatile consultation and equalities devices. But following the decision of Collins J on 17 July in Draper v Lincolnshire County Council  EWHC 2388 (Admin), consultation may have become more complex.’
Law Society’s Gazette, 4th August 2014
‘Copying content from online journals or other texts for the purposes of non-commercial research is no longer an infringement of UK copyright laws providing copiers have lawful access to that content and they, generally, make “a sufficient acknowledgement” of the original work.’
OUT-LAW.com, 2nd June 2014
‘Building on successful work with the School of Advanced Study’s Open Journals System, a project is in progress at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) to develop an Open Access version of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review.
Established in 2004, the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review brings articles, legal developments and case reports to academics, practitioners and the industry in relation to digital evidence and electronic signatures from across the world.
This Open Access version of Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review is being developed by Stephen Mason (founder, publisher and general editor) with the Institute on the SAS Open Journals System – further raising the visibility and accessibility of the journal and its contents.
Our exciting project, through SAS OJS, will safeguard free online access to all the back issues for legal researchers, support the publication of publicly available future issues and help stimulate new areas of legal discussion and scholarship.
The full back run of published volumes is now available on the service and we are beginning work on Volume 11 : 2014 as a “Born Digital” Open Access publication.’
IALS, 6th February 2014
“Squatters who have occupied a north London library for more than three months with the blessing of the local community are to be evicted, a judge has ruled. However, the court recognised their right to protest and the illegal tenants have been given a six-week stay of execution before they will be moved on.”
The Guardian, 18th December 2012
The BIALL Wallace Breem Award 2012 has been awarded to the team at Inner Temple Library.
Margaret Clay and Tracey Dennis received the award at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, on Friday 15th June.
The award reflects the team’s considerable contribution to the legal information profession via three sources in particular.
Firstly, the publication ‘Transcripts of Judicial Proceedings in England and Wales: a Guide to Sources‘. This was first published in 2006 and a new edition was published in 2011. The guide provides invaluable information on how to find transcripts of judicial proceedings of courts and tribunals in England and Wales in an easy-to-use format. The guide is compiled and updated by contacting service providers directly in order to ensure that the information given about their services is as accurate as possible.
Secondly, a daily current awareness blog. This provides up-to-date information on new case law, changes in legislation, and legal news relating to England and Wales. Users can receive updates via email, RSS or Twitter and a version of the blog is also available for mobile devices. Currently the blog attracts 20,000 visits per month from over 100 countries and has 2,000 subscribers and 2,430 followers on Twitter. The Times described the blog as “An extremely useful digest of latest resolutions and legal news stories from around the web, updated regularly.”
Thirdly, the AccessToLaw Database which provides annotated links to selected UK, Commonwealth and international legal websites. Over 1400 sites are currently included. These are mainly legal, government and parliamentary sites with a particular emphasis on those which contain substantive law or related materials, or which will help the legal practitioner to find such information. New sites are added regularly, and existing site entries are checked and updated every three months.
Nominating the winner, Elaine Wintle of Blackstone Chambers felt that ‘the quality of the work that they do, under considerable budgetary constraints, deserves an accolade’.
The judging panel agreed and were pleased to acknowledge the achievements of the team at Inner Temple Library.
Text taken from the BIALL website.
“‘Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow, and help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow…’ Thus concludes “Library poem”, penned by Children’s Laureate and Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson, the latest high profile recruit to the campaign against planned library closures.”
UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd May 2012
“I [Elisabeth Laing QC] consider 6 topics in this paper
(1) the legislative framework
(2) the implied duty to assess need
(3) community groups
(4) Equality Impact Assessments (‘EIAs’) and libraries
(5) institutional arrangements
(6) the Localism Act 2011.”
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