Attorney general’s rejection of ruling on Charles letters was unlawful, court told – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2014 in attorney general, disclosure, documents, news, royal family, Supreme Court, trials, veto by sally

‘The government’s most senior legal adviser acted unlawfully when he overrode a court and blocked the publication of secret letters written by Prince Charles, the supreme court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2014

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Regina v Pooley (Jonathan); Regina v Lubemba – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2014 in children, criminal procedure, cross-examination, law reports, trials, witnesses by sally

Regina v Pooley (Jonathan); Regina v Lubemba [2014] WLR (D) 472

‘The court gave guidance as to what measures a trial judge might legitimately take to protect a vulnerable witness without impacting adversely on the right of a defendant to a fair trial.’

WLR Daily, 9th October 2014

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Article 6 – the Right to a fair trial – and discrimination in the Armed Forces – Cloisters

‘At a time when the UK’s membership of the European Convention of Human Rights (“ECHR”) and our domestic Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”) is a hot political topic, it is timely that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has handed down a judgment considering Article 6 ECHR in relation to special time limit provisions for discrimination complaints brought by those in the Armed Forces: Duncan v Ministry of Defence.’

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Cloisters, 23rd October 2014

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High Court slashes Google trial budget but says it’s too late for costs capping – Litigation Futures

Posted November 18th, 2014 in budgets, costs, internet, news, trials by sally

‘The High Court has refused to make a costs-capping order in a case against Google because the case was so close to trial and so much had already been spent at a level which made detailed assessment inevitable.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th November 2014

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Jihadis who travel to Syria could be barred from UK return for two years – The Guardian

‘Suspected jihadis, including teenagers, who travel to Syria will be prevented from returning to Britain for two years and only allowed to re-enter if they consent to face trial, home detention, regular police monitoring or go on a deradicalisation course. The plan, agreed after months of internal Whitehall talks, has been cleared by government law officers and devised to minimise legal claims that the British government will be rendering citizens stateless by barring them from the UK.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2014

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Lord chief justice attacks secret trials – BBC News

‘The lord chief justice of England and Wales has condemned an attempt to hold a completely secret trial, saying it should never happen again.’

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BBC News, 12th November 2014

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Couple rack up legal bills of nearly £1m fighting divorce battle (over assets worth just £2.9m) – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2014 in costs, divorce, news, trials by tracey

‘A businessman and his estranged wife ran up legal bills of more than £900,000 while fighting over assets worth less than £2.9 million, a High Court judge heard. Mr Justice Mostyn said the couple had spent nearly a third of everything they had built up over 18 years funding litigation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2014

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Regina v P (J); Regina v Lubemba – WLR Daily

Posted November 11th, 2014 in children, criminal procedure, cross-examination, evidence, law reports, trials, witnesses by tracey

Regina v P (J); Regina v Lubemba: [2014] WLR (D) 472

‘The court gave guidance as to what measures a trial judge might legitimately take to protect a vulnerable witness without impacting adversely on the right of a defendant to a fair trial.’

WLR Daily, 9th October 2014

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Bar Standards Board left with £100,000 bill after QASA costs ruling – Legal Futures

Posted November 4th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, costs, news, public interest, quality assurance, trials by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is facing a bill for over £100,000 after the Court of Appeal ruled that there was no need for it to be separately represented at the hearing of the judicial review against the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).’

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2014

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Abdel Hakim Belhaj wins right to day in court over his kidnap by MI6 and CIA – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2014 in appeals, intelligence services, kidnapping, Libya, news, rendition, torture, trials by sally

‘A Libyan exile who was abducted in a joint MI6-CIA operation has won the right to bring his claim against the government to court.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2014

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Chris Huhne challenges court costs for points case – BBC News

Posted October 28th, 2014 in costs, news, road traffic offences, trials by sally

‘Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne is challenging a court order for £77,750 in costs relating to his prosecution for passing speeding points to his former wife.’

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BBC News, 28th October 2014

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‘Secret’ terror trial begins at Old Bailey – BBC News

Posted October 14th, 2014 in closed material, news, private hearings, reporting restrictions, terrorism, trials by sally

‘A jury has been sworn in at the Old Bailey for a terror trial that will be partially held in secret.’

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BBC News, 13th October 2014

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Child witness court video evidence expansion planned – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2014 in children, Crown Court, evidence, news, sexual offences, trials, victims, video recordings, witnesses by sally

‘Changes to allow children and abuse victims in England and Wales to film their evidence before a trial begins should be brought in “as fast as possible”, a justice minister has said.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014

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Rebekah Brooks and co-defendants try to recoup £20m in hacking trial costs – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2014 in costs, news, trials by tracey

‘Rebekah Brooks and her co-defendants in the phone-hacking trial are looking to recoup between £20m and £25m in legal fees from the tax payer following their acquittal of all charges.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2014

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Witness statements, Mitchell and CPR rules 3.9 and 32.10 – Sovereign Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in civil procedure rules, evidence, news, time limits, trials, witnesses by sally

‘David Partington and Judy Dawson, barristers in the Sovereign Chambers Civil Team in Leeds, consider the civil procedural difficulties that the late service of witness statements cause for both the defaulting and innocent parties, given the interplay of, “Jackson”, Denton, and the cases dealing with sanction for late service of witness statements.’

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Sovereign Chambers, 16th July 2014

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The rise of the secret trial: Closed Material Procedures one year on – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last week Justice Secretary Chris Grayling reported on how often closed material proceedings (CMPs) have been sought under the Justice and Security Act 2013 (JSA), as he is required to do annually under the Act. As the first and only official consolidated presentation of how the new CMP regime is being used, this two-page written ministerial statement warrants close attention.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th August 2014

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Mazher Mahmood could face perjury investigation after Tulisa trial collapse – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in drug offences, evidence, news, perjury, trials by michael

‘Police and prosecutors are discussing whether any legal action could follow the collapse of the trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos, which was abandoned after the judge ruled that the Sun on Sunday’s veteran investigative reporter Mazher Mahmood was likely to have lied about talking to another witness about changing their evidence.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

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Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapses over Mazher Mahmood’s evidence – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in drug trafficking, evidence, media, news, trials, witnesses by sally

‘The trial of the singer and TV entertainer Tulisa Contostavlos over drugs allegations has dramatically collapsed after the judge ruled that the Sun investigative reporter whose evidence was central to the case had seemingly lied on oath.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2014

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Grayling agrees legal aid truce with barristers over complex fraud trials – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2014 in barristers, costs, fees, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, trials by tracey

‘Barristers and the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, have agreed a temporary truce in a dispute that threatened to halt all complex fraud trials. Amid taunts of a government climbdown, the Ministry of Justice has enforced a 30% cut in legal aid fees for what are known as Very High Cost Cases (VHCC) but agreed to make more generous payments at an earlier stage in court proceedings.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2014

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At £100m, phone hacking trial makes history for expense – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2014 in conspiracy, costs, interception, news, trials by sally

‘The phone-hacking trial has been one of the most expensive cases in British criminal history, with News International bearing more than half of the expense.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2014

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