First hearing not a case management conference, says High Court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 15th, 2014 in budgets, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news, trials by tracey

‘A claimant has failed in a High Court Mitchell bid to argue that an initial hearing amounted to a case management conference (CMC) and should be subject to budgeting rules.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th April 2014

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Beyond the veil: What happened after Rebekah Dawson refused to take her niqab off in court – The Independent

Posted April 8th, 2014 in freedom of expression, intimidation, Islam, news, terrorism, trials, witnesses by sally

‘If your memory is sufficiently jogged, you may recall the recent case of a female defendant who refused to remove her full-face veil in court. It prompted a predictable outbreak of public indignation and liberal soul-searching. The question boiled down to this: could, or should, an English court accommodate a woman who hid her face, citing religious precepts, in a country where the face and facial expression are regarded as key to identity?’

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The Independent, 7th April 2014

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Attorney general resists call to protect witnesses from court cross-examination – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2014 in attorney general, children, cross-examination, judiciary, news, trials, witnesses by sally

‘Dominic Grieve QC, the attorney general, has resisted calls for young and vulnerable witnesses to be cross-examined by a judge rather than several barristers to avoid aggressive courtroom questioning .’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2014

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A voice for victims of crime – The Guardian

‘Justice isn’t just about sentencing: it’s about encouraging victims to come forward in the first place. Labour’s planned law will help. By Keir Starmer.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2014

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Vulnerable witness reforms proposed by Keir Starmer in new ‘victims’ law’ – BBC News

‘Radical changes to the way vulnerable witnesses are treated in court are being considered by the Labour Party.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2014

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Chancery Division to pilot fixed-length trials from May – Litigation Futures

Posted March 20th, 2014 in case management, news, pilot schemes, time limits, trials by tracey

‘A pilot of fixed-ended trials will begin in the Chancery Division in less than six weeks’ time – and parties have been warned that they may be given just 24 hours’ notice that they are to be included in it.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th March 2014

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Bedale woman fined for Le Vell trial tweet – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2014 in anonymity, costs, fines, internet, news, sexual offences, trials, victims by tracey

‘A woman who tweeted the identity of the alleged victim in the trial of Coronation Street’s Michael Le Vell has been fined.’

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BBC News, 20th 2014

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Paddy Power Oscar Pistorius ‘money back if he walks’ ad broke rules and brought UK advertising into disrepute, ASA finds – The Independent

‘A Paddy Power advert that offered a “money back if he walks” guarantee for betting on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial broke rules and brought the UK’s advertising industry into disrepute, the regulator has found.’

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The Independent, 19th March 2014

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VHCC cases jeopardised by fee cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in barristers, budgets, costs, fees, fraud, legal aid, news, solicitor advocates, trials by tracey

‘Multi-million-pound fraud trials are being put in jeopardy by the Ministry of Justice’s cuts to advocates’ fees, the Gazette has learned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2014

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Deborah Levey murder: ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Phillip Brown convicted – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2014 in murder, news, trials by sally

‘A man who was once described by his former girlfriend as having a “Jekyll and Hyde” character has been convicted of her murder.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2014

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In the matter of an application of Raymond Brownlee for Judicial Review (AP) (Northern Ireland) – Supreme Court

In the matter of an application of Raymond Brownlee for Judicial Review (AP) (Northern Ireland) [2014] UKSC 4 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 29th January 2014

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Assisted suicide ruling cannot ignore right and wrong, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2013 in assisted suicide, euthanasia, judges, news, Supreme Court, trials by sally

‘Moral questions of right and wrong cannot be “ignored” when deciding whether to allow assisted suicide, senior judge says in landmark challenge to Britain’s euthanasia laws.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2013

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In defence of the jury trial – Attorney General’s Office

Posted December 13th, 2013 in attorney general, juries, news, speeches, trials by sally

‘Speech on the jury system and the challenges it faces, given as part of Politeia’s justice series.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 12th December 2013

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Trial judge rebukes David Cameron over remarks about Nigella Lawson – The Independent

Posted December 13th, 2013 in judges, news, trials by sally

‘The jury in the trial of two former personal assistants accused of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi has been told to disregard comments made by the Prime Minister David Cameron about the Domestic Goddess author.’

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The Independent, 12th December 2013

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Social media users warned over court case comments – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2013 in contempt of court, internet, news, publishing, trials, victims by tracey

‘The attorney general is to publish guidance on Twitter to help prevent social media users from committing contempt of court when commenting on legal cases.’

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BBC News, 4th December 2013

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Abu Qatada: Trial date set for cleric – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2013 in foreign jurisdictions, news, terrorism, trials by sally

‘The trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada, deported from the UK in July, is to begin in Jordan next week, his lawyer says.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2013

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‘Idiots’ cleared of threatening to blow up Manchester-bound plane – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2013 in bomb hoaxing, news, no case to answer, terrorism, trials by sally

“The trial of two men for allegedly threatening to blow up a Pakistani plane in mid-air has been abandoned after the court heard they were ‘idiots’, not terrorists.”

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The Guardian, 28th November 2013

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Lee Rigby murder trial: jurors warned against ‘preconceived beliefs or ideas’ – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2013 in juries, murder, news, terrorism, trials by sally

“Jurors in the trial of two men accused of murdering the soldier Lee Rigby have been instructed not to research the case or view it with ‘any preconceived beliefs or ideas’.”

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The Guardian, 28th November 2013

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Chinese businessman found guilty of murdering family of four in ‘revenge’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2013 in complaints, costs, diminished responsibility, mental health, murder, news, police, trials by tracey

‘A Chinese businessman who massacred a family of four by stabbing them to death in a “cold-blooded” revenge attack after losing a court battle with them has been found guilty of murder.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2013

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Complex fraud trial threatened as barristers decline work at reduced rate – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2013 in barristers, defence, fraud, legal aid, news, trials by tracey

“A complex fraud trial is threatened with collapse because barristers are refusing to take on defence work due to government cuts in legal aid. The case, involving eight defendants accused of what is known as a land bank fraud, is the first criminal proceeding affected by concerted action by advocates declining to accept work for significantly lower fees.”

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The Guardian, 14th November 2013

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