Bar Council report claims LASPO 2012 damages access to justice – The Bar Council

Posted September 18th, 2014 in barristers, civil justice, costs, delay, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council has today published a report, based on interviews and a survey of legal practitioners, assessing the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 on our system of justice a year after implementation in April 2013.’

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The Bar Council, 18th September 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Judiciary needs fast-track scheme to boost diversity, says top judge – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2014 in diversity, judges, judiciary, law firms, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘A career judiciary with fast-track promotion to higher courts may be required to overcome lack of diversity on the bench, the UK’s most senior judge has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2014

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Family courts unfair for litigants in person, MPs told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2014 in budgets, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news, select committees by tracey

‘Litigants in person are not getting fair hearings, the Common’s Justice Committee heard this morning.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Legal aid cut for family courts ‘damaging’ for children – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2014 in children, delay, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Children are being damaged by the rising number of estranged couples representing themselves in family court battles, a former judge has claimed.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2014

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Supreme Court refuses to hear litigant-in-person negligence appeal – Litigation Futures

Posted August 28th, 2014 in appeals, autism, litigants in person, negligence, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a litigant in person who sued her solicitors for negligence and whose claim included the grounds that she suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th August 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Financial Remedies Working Group Report – A Summary – Family Law Week

Posted August 26th, 2014 in arbitration, financial provision, litigants in person, news, reports by tracey

‘Jacqui Thomas, barrister, 37 Park Chambers, summarises the recommendations of the Financial Remedies Working Group.’

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Family Law week, 22nd August 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group, 31 July 2014 – Judiciary of England & Wales

Posted August 15th, 2014 in financial provision, litigants in person, reports by tracey

‘The Financial Remedies Working Group was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014. Chaired by Nicholas Mostyn J and Stephen Cobb J, its task being described in the “View from the President’s Chambers (number 12)” as being two-fold: “to explore ways of improving the accessibility of the system for litigants in person and to identify ways of further improving good practice in financial remedy cases…. confined to matters of practice and procedure”.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 14th August 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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19,000 more parents in child cases with no lawyer – BBC News

‘More than 19,000 more parents appeared in civil courts with no lawyer in cases about children, in the year after legal aid cuts, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2014

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Bar Council reveals preliminary findings of its impact of LASPO survey – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today presented its preliminary findings from a major survey conducted to assess the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012.’

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The Bar Council, 12th July 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Unintended consequences of family justice reform – Family Law Week

‘Byron James, barrister, Fourteen considers some of the less publicised consequences of the reform of the family justice system.’

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Family Law Week, 27th June 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Finance and Divorce Update – Family Law Week

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

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Family Law Week, 12th June 2014

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Top family judge adjourns father’s contact case amid legal aid impasse – The Guardian

‘The most senior family judge in England and Wales has asked the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, to explain how a case involving a father’s contact with his son can proceed without legal aid.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2014

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Court crisis warning as legal aid cuts trigger surge in parents fighting for child custody without lawyer – Daily Telegraph

‘Lawyers warn of ‘huge delays’ in family court cases as number of parents facing prospect of representing themselves jumps 48 per cent’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2014

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Children suffer as cuts to legal aid penalise parents in court – The Independent

Posted June 2nd, 2014 in budgets, children, custody, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Almost half of all parents fighting to get access to their children through the courts are being made to do so without legal advice, family magistrates warn today.’

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The Independent, 1st June 2014

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Finance and Divorce Update – Family Law Week

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

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Family Law Week, 17th May 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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BSB fails to have barrister’s costs reduced to LiP rate – Legal Futures

‘Barristers who successfully defend themselves in disciplinary proceedings can claim their costs at a rate higher than that of a normal litigant in person, the High Court has ruled in a largely unsuccessful judicial review brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 19th May 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Response of the Judicial Executive Board to the Justice Committee Inquiry: Civil Legal Aid – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted May 15th, 2014 in civil justice, judiciary, legal aid, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘Response of the Judicial Executive Board, drafted with input from the Association of Her Majesty’s District Judges and the Council of Her Majesty’s Circuit Judges.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 13th May 2014

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Leading judges in damning attack on civil aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Senior judges have launched their most scathing attack yet on the government’s cuts to civil legal aid. In written evidence responding to the government’s consultation on the first year of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act, the Judicial Executive Board said courts have faced an ‘unprecedented increase’ in numbers of litigants in person (LiPs).’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th May 2014

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Judges criticise impact of legal aid cuts – The Guardian

‘There has been a large increase in unrepresented claimants, outbreaks of courtroom violence, extra litigation and increased costs, according to senior judges who have criticised the impact of legal aid cuts in the family courts.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2014

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Why an inquisitorial system for family courts won’t work – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, delivered a speech last week in which he radically called for a judge-led inquisitorial system to be considered for family and civil courts. He commented that, within the family law arena, the current adversarial method of dealing with cases was ill-suited to both the types of cases seen there and the significant numbers of litigants in person who now make up large numbers of the users of that system.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th March 2014

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