Journalists should not always be prosecuted for paying public officials, says former CPS head – The Indpendent

‘The former head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said it can be “appropriate” for journalists to pay officials for information and that Operation Elveden had overlooked the public interest.’

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The Independent, 18th April 2015

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IPCC takes over investigation into Cyril Smith claim – BBC News

‘The police watchdog has taken charge of an inquiry into the handling of an alleged incident involving Cyril Smith.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2015

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‘Arrange family court open days’ – judiciary – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 24th, 2015 in children, courts, family courts, legal education, news, reports, witnesses by sally

‘Family courts should have annual open days for children, a report from the judiciary recommends.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd March 2015

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Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group – Judiciary of England & Wales

‘Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 17th March 2015

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Advising witnesses on the defence case: what are the issues? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 19th, 2015 in consultations, cross-examination, evidence, news, witnesses by sally

‘The CPS have recently been running a consultation entitled “Speaking to Witnesses at Court”. The consultation period ended on Monday 16th March, and we await their response.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th March 2015

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Witness-informing threatens fairness, Society warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Law Society, news, witnesses by sally

‘Informing witnesses of the general nature of a defence case could jeopardise the fairness of the trial, the Law Society has said in response to a consultation on draft prosecution guidance.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2015

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Al-Sweady file exposes the smearing of British soldiers – Daily Telegraph

‘Evidence drawn up on David Cameron’s orders alleges that Public Interest Lawyers continued to pursue torture and murder claims for a year after realising that they may be “untrue”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2015

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‘Victims’ law’ proposals from Labour panel – BBC News

‘There needs to be a “cultural shift” in the way victims of crime in England and Wales are treated, a panel of criminal justice experts has said.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2015

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Courtroom communications experts to double – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in budgets, courts, evidence, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Victims and witnesses will be given more support than ever before with double the number of courtroom experts soon to be available.’

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd February 2015

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Court intermediary numbers to double – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in budgets, courts, evidence, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘The government has pledged to double the number of experts who help vulnerable witnesses and victims in courts in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2015

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Clavis Liberty Fund LPI v Revenue and Customs Commissioners and others – WLR Daily

Posted February 18th, 2015 in law reports, service out of jurisdiction, taxation, tribunals, witnesses by sally

Clavis Liberty Fund LPI v Revenue and Customs Commissioners and others [2015] WLR (D) 69

‘The First-tier Tribunal Tax Chamber had no jurisdiction to issue witness summonses addressed to prospective witnesses who had no presence in the jurisdiction.’

WLR Daily, 12th February 2015

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The view from the bench (III) – New Law Journal

Posted February 16th, 2015 in case management, judiciary, law firms, news, solicitors, witnesses by sally

‘Elizabeth Metliss considers the judicial view of law firms.’

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New Law Journal, 13th February 2015

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Court guidelines for rape victims ‘are not working’, as study finds aggressive cross-examination and intimidating encounters are still common – The Independent

‘Victims of rape and sexual violence are not being properly protected during trials and should be dealt with in special courts, according to a new study to be published tomorrow. Guidelines meant to highlight the vulnerability of victims and special measures, such as allowing evidence to be given behind screens, “are not having their intended effect”, researchers at Bath University’s Institute for Policy Research warn.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2015

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Late claimant’s bid to delay trial refused – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 4th, 2015 in care homes, costs, delay, news, privilege, time limits, witnesses by sally

‘The High Court has rejected a non-compliant claimant’s plea to set aside a trial date but stopped short of effectively ending the claim altogether.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th January 2015

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Speaking to witnesses at court: consultation – Attorney General’s Office

‘We are committed to giving an excellent service to all victims and witnesses who attend court as part of our overall commitment to support victims and witnesses effectively throughout their time in the criminal justice system. The aim of this consultation is to ask for responses to the draft guidance which sets out the role played by prosecutors at or before court in ensuring that witnesses give their best evidence. This is a core part of the prosecutor’s job and will, if done properly, impact positively on both the quality of the witness’s evidence in court and the perception of the service they receive from us.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 19th January 2015

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Outcry as CPS drops trial of anti-drone protesters at last minute – The Independent

‘The prosecution of arms-trade protesters who occupied a British drone engines manufacturer has been dropped at the last minute, after the company refused to hand over evidence about its exports of weaponry to Israel, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 30th January 2015

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Witness statements by advocates – Free Movement

Posted January 29th, 2015 in advocacy, barristers, immigration, news, tribunals, witnesses by sally

‘Where something goes badly wrong at a hearing it is sometimes necessary for the advocate who was present to explain events as part of the appeal process. It has become customary in immigration proceedings for the advocate to have to write a witness statement and therefore, because he or she is by doing so giving evidence, to stand down from the case and hand over to a colleague. Upper Tribunal judges have seemed insistent that an advocate can barely breath a word of what might have happened at the previous hearing without spontaneously combusting.’

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Free Movement, 28th January 2015

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Sir Brian Leveson’s Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings published: Media Release – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Sir Brian Leveson, The President of the Queen’s Bench Division publishes his review into efficiency in criminal proceedings today (Friday) with a wide ranging set of recommendations. He was asked by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas to find ways to make criminal justice more efficient and streamlined.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 23rd January 2015

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Prince Andrew: the legal issues – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 27th, 2015 in immunity, news, royal family, treaties, witnesses by sally

‘If the UK press love a sex scandal and a good royal story, imagine what you get when you put the two together. This month the news broke that victims of Jeffrey Epstein, an American paedophile, were attempting to sue Prince Andrew alleging, amongst other things, that she was coerced into having sex with him when she was 17.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 26th January 2015

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Court of Appeal: BSB official “blind to any sense of fairness” in disciplinary prosecution – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has criticised in the strongest language the behaviour of an official at the Bar Standards Board (BSB) responsible for “subverting the rules” on disclosure.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2015

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