Lord Macdonald says fair criminal trials ‘imperative’ – BBC News

Posted June 27th, 2011 in cross-examination, news, trials, victims by sally

“Defendants must be able to put their case – ‘however appalling’ – fairly before a court, ex-director of Public Prosecutions Lord Macdonald has said.”

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BBC News, 26th June 2011

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DPP: We will look at victim support – The Independent

Posted June 27th, 2011 in cross-examination, news, victims by sally

“The director of public prosecutions said he would examine how victims are treated in court after admitting the Milly Dowler murder case raised ‘fundamental questions’.”

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The Independent, 25th June 2011

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Legal aid reform could end right to a free solicitor – The Guardian

Posted June 27th, 2011 in budgets, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

“A ‘cornerstone’ of the legal system, the universal right to a solicitor upon arrest, could be jettisoned in favour of means-testing under controversial plans drawn up by the Ministry of Justice.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2011

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Law firms are opening up to non-graduates – The Guardian

Posted June 27th, 2011 in law firms, legal education, legal executives, news by sally

“A new mood of egalitarianism is sweeping the profession just as higher tuition fees are likely to reduce social mobility.”

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The Guardian, 24th June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk