Courts reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th September 2016

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Vulnerable witnesses to be spared court – BBC News

Posted September 15th, 2016 in children, cross-examination, news, pilot schemes, trials, video recordings, witnesses by tracey

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will be able to give their evidence before a trial starts, as part of planned court reforms in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2016

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Met police to start using spit hoods on suspects within weeks – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in human rights, London, news, pilot schemes, police, restraint orders by sally

‘Britain’s biggest police force is to allow its officers to use spit hoods on suspects within weeks, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2016

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Courts must prepare for significant increases in care cases, says top judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 24th, 2016 in care orders, children, families, family courts, news, pilot schemes, statistics by sally

‘The family courts must plan on the basis that there will continue to be significant increases in care cases, the President of the Family Division has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd August 2016

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Home Office approved drug trials on young offenders in 1960s – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in medicines, news, pilot schemes, school children, young offenders by sally

‘The Home Office approved plans to carry out drug trials on children at two schools for young offenders in the 1960s, according to files released by the National Archives.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2016

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Police to hire law firms to tackle cyber criminals in radical pilot project – The Guardian

‘Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

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Court of Protection extends pilot testing increased access for public and media – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘A pilot scheme which has allowed the public and media to gain greater access to Court of Protection hearings is to continue for a further 12 months.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th July 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Crown court sentencing being recorded for pilot project that could bring judges’ comments to TV – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2016 in Crown Court, media, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘Criminal court cases could soon be broadcast into living rooms across the country after a landmark project to explore the viability of filming legal proceedings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2016

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Re-launched Adjudication Scheme for Professional Negligence Claims: a good idea whose time has come? – Hardwicke Chambers

‘What can the recently re-launched Adjudication Scheme for Professional Negligence Claims offer parties and practitioners in this area? Those, and don’t worry you’re not alone, oblivious to its original launch as a pilot scheme in February 2015 may be part of the reason for its re-launch 15 months later. The original scheme apparently saw only two adjudications (hardly a sample sufficient to judge the efficacy of the scheme). The re-launched scheme covers a wider range of professionals, the removal of any limit on the amount of the claim and an attempt to cap the fees of the appointed adjudicator within certain bands depending on the value of the claim.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th June 2016

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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A judge by any other name would smell… much the same – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Did you know that a judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) may be able to hear a county court case and vice versa? Under a scheme being piloted at present, such a thing is indeed possible.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 13th June 2016

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson: Concurrent Expert Evidence – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 1st, 2016 in evidence, expert witnesses, lectures, pilot schemes by tracey

‘In this lecture I shall concentrate on one particular Australian invention, which we are now copying in England and Wales. That is concurrent expert evidence.’

Full speech

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 30th June 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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More than 1,200 FGM cases recorded across England in three months – The Guardian

‘Midwives have called for renewed efforts to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) after more than 1,200 cases were recorded across England in just three months. This includes 11 Britons who were identified as being subject to FGM.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2016

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NHS watchdog to weigh cost of HIV prevention drug Prep – BBC News

‘The NHS watchdog NICE has been asked by government to look at the cost of providing an HIV prevention treatment known as Prep.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2016

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Civil Justice Council decides against new housing court – Litigation Futures

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has decided not to back a new housing court to deal with all property disputes, despite support for the move among lawyers in the sector.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd May 2016

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I’ve seen how our jails wreck human potential. Reform will take courage – The Guardian

‘Reoffending costs £13bn a year – and giving inmates an education is the best way to prevent it, says a member of the Coates review panel’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Unlocking potential: a review of education in prison – Ministry of Justice

‘Dame Sally Coates’ report and recommendations following her review of education in prison.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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Biggest shake-up of prison system announced as part of Queen’s Speech – Ministry of Justice

‘More than 5,000 offenders will be housed in new reform prisons by end of the year as part of largest reform programme since Victorian times.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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The Brave New World of Electronic Filing at the Central Family Court – Family Law Week

‘Michael Allum, Solicitor with The International Family Law Group LLP, explains how the Central Family Court’s pilot scheme for electronic filing of documents will work.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd April 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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You’ve lost that loving Ealing (Sorry) – Nearly Legal

‘Ealing’s allocation policy has already had lawfulness problems, compounded by Ealing’s unlawful refusal to do anything about that unlawfulness. But this judicial review of the policy was on a different basis and confirms a whole fresh ground of unlawfulness.’

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Nearly Legal, 27th April 2016

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Judges to be filmed in English and Welsh crown courts – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2016 in courts, Crown Court, judiciary, news, pilot schemes, sentencing, video recordings, Wales by sally

‘Television cameras are to be allowed into crown courts in England and Wales for the first time under Ministry of Justice (MoJ) regulations that will be debated by parliament this week.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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