“The concept of ‘fitness to plead’ is often a source of confusion. It is not solely a consideration of whether the defendant is actually capable of being arraigned on the indictment. The question to be addressed is whether a defendant is fit to enter a plea and stand trial. A person may have sufficient capacity to deny the allegation that is made and yet be unable to undergo the entire trial process. The defence should not overlook the possible benefits, where properly available, to a defendant of a finding of unfitness to plead. Where the issue of fitness to plead is raised it must be determined by a Judge. The defendant ought not to be arraigned before this issue is determined. If a defendant is found unfit to plead there is a further hearing before a jury to determine whether or not he did the act or acts alleged. If unsure, the defendant will be acquitted and so he will have the advantage of challenging the Crown’s evidence. If the finding is adverse to the defendant then the Judge has the power to make a hospital order (with or without restriction), a supervision order or an absolute discharge. The defendant can be diverted from the prison system in this way.”
One Inner Temple Lane, 1st May 2012
“False reports to the police are rare. Most complaints are truthful and accurate and amount to a proper grievance. However, there are some that are either false or wild exaggerations of the truth. There are yet more that may well be true but amount only to such a trivial complaint that a reasonable person would not think it worthy of the attention of the authorities. The subject of such reporting has hitherto had limited redress in law. Unless the Crown were wiling to prosecute the accuser the chances of retribution were small. The case of Waxman has brought to notice an area of civil redress.”
One Inner Temple Lane, 1st May 2012
“In the recent decision in Taylor v Betterment Properties Ltd  EWCA Civ 250, the Court of Appeal has provided useful guidance on two questions arising under the Commons Registration Act 1965 and potentially of wider implication.”
Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd May 2012
Undertaking court work across the East Anglian region as a pupil in a large and busy general common law set.
Please contact Chambers’ Administrator, Carol Bull by email (email@example.com)
Dyers Chambers, a leading specialist criminal, regulatory and extradition law set, is recruiting pupils to commence 12-month pupillage in October 2013.
We apply no rigid selection criteria, but it is essential that candidates can demonstrate:
– sound intellectual ability
– knowledge of the criminal law and identification with the work of chambers
– analytical and communication skills
Pupils will receive a grant of £6,000 in their first six months of pupillage, and guaranteed earnings of £6,000 in their second six. Current pupils earn well in excess of this sum.
Chambers is no longer part of the OLPAS system and will accept direct applications for pupillage. The details and application form can be found at: www.dyerschambers.com/contactpupil.asp
We are committed to a selection process that does not discriminate on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion, political persuasion or age.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 4 June 2012
- 12 Month Pupillages
Pupillage 2013 : Interview dates have been provisionally set: first round interviews Wednesday 4th July and second round interviews Wednesday 11th July 2012.
- Third Six Pupillages
We are accepting applications for third six pupillage commencing October 2012. Please send a covering letter, CV, list of cases undertaken in second six and references from pupil supervisors to Hannah Wilson by Tuesday 17th July 2012. Interviews are provisionally scheduled for 19th July.
Third six pupillages are not funded.
“Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly met today with business leaders to launch ‘Justice for Business: Supporting Business and Promoting Growth,’ a new paper outlining how the Government’s ambitious reform programme is making the justice system more effective, less costly and better for business.”
Ministry of Justice, 8th May 2012
High Court (Chancery Division)
High Court (Family Division)
High Court (Administrative Court)