Government ‘selling justice like a commodity’ with fee rises – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 27th, 2015 in fees, Law Society, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Government plans for a new round of court fee rises are “tantamount to selling justice like a commodity”, the Law Society has said, as the Ministry of Justice acknowledged its plans would be unpopular.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2015

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No damage caused by civil legal aid reforms, says defiant MoJ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Cuts to civil legal aid have reduced the amount of “unnecessary and adversarial” litigation while ensuring funding is targeted at those who need it most, the government has said in response to a devastating report on changes to civil legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th July 2015

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High court challenge to government over services to Saudi prisons – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2015 in judicial review, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, tenders by sally

‘The legality of a bid by the commercial arm of the Ministry of Justice to provide services for Saudi Arabia’s prisons is to be challenged in the high court.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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Gove is right on our two-tier justice system – but cuts caused this crisis – The Guardian

‘We must modernise our courts but that won’t address the fact that those who need it most are failed by the system. Only investment can redress the balance.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2015

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Conditions at Pentonville Prison so bad that staff can’t be bothered to mop up blood stains, report finds – The Independent

Posted June 24th, 2015 in drug abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, violence by sally

‘Conditions at Pentonville Prison have been criticised in a damning reports cataloguing blood stained cells, habitual violence and prisoners claiming to have easy access to drugs.

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The Independent, 23rd June 2015

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Why is the MoJ so scared of allowing journalists into jails? – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2015 in media, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Of course prisons are by their nature closed institutions, but we know what goes on in our schools and hospitals. The media shouldn’t be shut out.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2015

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MoJ hit with further £249m of cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 5th, 2015 in budgets, government departments, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice will have to find a further £249m of savings this year, as part of a fresh round of spending reductions following Whitehall’s in-year budget review announced today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th June 2015

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Access to justice a greater concern than free healthcare – poll – The Guardian

‘The public is more concerned about access to justice than free healthcare, according to a poll commissioned by lawyers campaigning to reverse cuts to legal aid.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2015

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Tom Hickman and Maurice Sunkin: Success in Judicial Review: The Current Position – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Avid readers of the legal press may have spotted the eye-catching statistic that in 2014 a meagre 1% of claims for judicial review were successful.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 20th March 2015

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Miscarriage of justice review body is dismissed as the Court of Appeal’s ‘lap dog’ in hard-hitting report – The Independent

‘Innocent victims of miscarriages of justice are “languishing in jail” due to delays and faults in the case review system, according to MPs behind a hard-hitting report to be published this week.’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2015

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Blow for MoJ as regulations on judicial review and legal aid ruled unlawful – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government’s introduction through regulations of a “no permission, no fee” arrangement for making a legally aided application for judicial review was unlawful, the Divisional Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2015

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Presumed guilty? Ministry of Justice is forced to withdraw advice leaflet – The Guardian

‘Red-faced Ministry of Justice (MoJ) officials have been forced to deny claims that they had dismantled a centuries-old cornerstone of British law in advice that the ministry gave to people facing criminal trials.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2015

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Enhanced court fees: the government response to part 2 of the consultation on reform of court fees – Ministry of Justice

‘The government response to part 2 of the consultation on reform of court fees and further proposals for consultation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th January 2015

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Government set to hike general civil application fees – Litigation Futures

Posted January 19th, 2015 in budgets, civil justice, consultations, costs, courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The government has dropped plans for “enhanced” court fees specifically for commercial cases, but is now targeting increased fees for the hundreds of thousands of general civil applications made each year.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2015

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Court fees: Proposals for reform – Judicial responses – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Responses of the Lord Chief Justice, senior judiciary and the Civil Justice Council to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Consultation on Court fees – enhanced charging.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 16th January 2015

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Judge orders MoJ to pay for LiP’s lawyer – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has ordered the government to pay for a litigant in person to be represented at a hearing despite his lack of eligibility for legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th January 2015

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MoJ commissions new report into accessibility of legal services – LegalVoice

Posted December 11th, 2014 in legal aid, legal services, Ministry of Justice, news, reports by sally

‘Following the recent publication of a report on litigants in person in private family law (reported here), the Lord Chancellor has commissioned a review of accessibility and affordability of legal services.’

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LegalVoice, 10th December 2014

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Better late than never: MoJ finally publishes report on litigants in person – Legal Futures

Posted December 1st, 2014 in litigants in person, Ministry of Justice, news, reports by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has finally published a report it commissioned on litigants in person (LiPs) – more than a year after it was submitted. The report examined the experiences of LiPs in private law family cases before the legal aid cuts in April 2013, to assess their impact and help shape future policy.’

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Legal Futures, 28th November 2014

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Prison numbers could push 100,000 by end of decade – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2014 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, sexual offences, statistics, violent offenders by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, defends revised figures showing an expected surge in the number behind bars.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2014

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Legal aid contracts for on-call criminal solicitors to be slashed by two-thirds – The Guardian

‘On-call, duty contracts for criminal solicitors to attend police stations and courts will be slashed from 1,600 to 527 in England and Wales, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2014

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