EVENT: IALS – Judgecraft and the Emotions

Posted April 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘In this unusual event, two judges – one from the UK, one from Germany – reflect on their professional experiences and, in particular, the emotional dimension to their work. Their informal conversation will consider the emotional and ethical challenges of their role, and their own take on topics such as judicial diversity, court modernisation initiatives and the role of the media in the pursuit of justice.’

Date: 21st April 2016, 6.00-7.30pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies – 17 Russell Square Charles Clore House, London WC1B 5DR

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.

Paedophile jailed for rape of 11-year-old girl – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2016 in child abuse, kidnapping, news, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘A paedophile who kidnapped and raped an 11-year-old girl after grabbing her off the street as she walked home was branded the “living embodiment of every parent’s worst nightmare”, as he was jailed.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Mum Kathryn Smith guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2016 in child abuse, murder, news, social services by tracey

‘A mother has been found guilty of murdering her 21-month-old daughter, who died with injuries likened to a car crash victim.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rochdale sex abusers jailed for offences against girls – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2016 in child abuse, conspiracy, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘Nine men who committed sexual offences against eight girls and women have been jailed for up to 25 years.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

EVENT: British Academy – Penal power: Its forms, functions and foundations

Posted April 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘This lecture will analyze the forms of penal power, the social uses to which they are put, and their connection to political institutions and social processes. Drawing examples from America’s penal system, the sociology of punishment has not adequately understood the relations between penal power and other forms of state power; or the place of criminal punishment in larger systems of social control and social integration. Rather than see the US case as an aberration, this lecture will argue that American penality helps us refine some of our basic assumptions about the place of punishment in modern societies.’

Date: 7th June 2016, 6.00-7.15pm

Location: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

EVENT: LSE – From Oscar Pistorius to Reality TV: the implications of using the courtroom as a television studio

Posted April 8th, 2016 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The Judicial Images Network Project was established in 2014 to bring together scholars and across disciplines and continents to explore issues surrounding the production, regulation and consumption of judicial images. Directed by Professors Leslie Moran and Linda Mulcahy this lecture is the final event in a series of three. The event will feature two speakers with extensive experience of the issues that arise from televised trials. The Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa Dikgang Moseneke will discuss the experience of, and issues arising from, the televising of the trial of Oscar Pistorious. Ruth Herz will reflect on her experience as a judge who took part in a popular German courtroom based reality TV show. Chaired by the Master of the Rolls this event will examine the ethical implications of allowing cameras into courts and whether and how the presence of cameras impacts on the dynamics of the trial.’

Date: 13th April 2016, 6.30-8.00pm

Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted April 8th, 2016 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

C (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 356 (07 April 2016)

Gurung v The Entry Clearance Officer, New Delhi [2016] EWCA Civ 358 (07 April 2016)

High Court (Administrative Court)

National Crime Agency v Simkus [2016] EWHC 728 (Admin) (08 April 2016)

Al-Saadoon & Ors v Secretary of State for Defence [2016] EWHC 773 (Admin) (07 April 2016)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Ian Gray & Associates Ltd v Investments Ltd [2016] EWHC 724 (Ch) (06 April 2016)

High Court (Family Division)

G, Re (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2016] EWHC 729 (Fam) (06 April 2016)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Harrath v Stand for Peace Ltd & Anor [2016] EWHC 665 (QB) (06 April 2016)

Sparrow v Andre [2016] EWHC 739 (QB) (06 April 2016)

Gurieva & Anor v Community Safety Development (UK) Ltd [2016] EWHC 643 (QB) (06 April 2016)

Commodities Research Unit International (Holdings) Ltd & Or v King & Wood Mallesons LLP [2016] EWHC 727 (QB) (05 April 2016)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Newlyn Plc v London Borough of Waltham Forest (Rev 1) [2016] EWHC 771 (TCC) (06 April 2016)

Source: www.bailii.org.uk

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 8th, 2016 in legislation by tracey

Riot Compensation Act 2016

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Act 2016

NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Act 2016

Scotland Act 2016


Victim surcharge update – Sentencing Council

Posted April 8th, 2016 in press releases, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘There are increases to the victim surcharge for offences committed on or after 8 April 2016.’

Full press release

Sentencing Council, 4th April 2016

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Sorting Out Finances on Divorce – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 8th, 2016 in civil partnerships, divorce, financial provision, married persons, news by tracey

‘This guide provides information for separating couples who are negotiating their own financial agreements on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. It provides a succinct summary of the law to help those who do not have access to legal advice to reach financial agreements without the need to go to court.’

Full guide

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 5th April 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Guest Blog: Rachel Crasnow QC on the Bar and shared parental leave – The Bar Council

Posted April 8th, 2016 in barristers, maternity leave, paternity leave, press releases by tracey

‘Rachel Crasnow QC, who practises in employment law at Cloisters chambers and is the Chair of the Bar Council Legislation & Guidance Panel, looks at why Shared Parental Leave, which came into force a year ago, could be relevant to barristers and why it shouldn’t be ignored by the Bar.’

Full story

The Bar Council, 7th April 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

NHS Christian worker loses appeal after ‘giving book to Muslim colleague’ – BBC News

‘A Christian health worker in the NHS has lost her appeal against a ruling which suspended her for giving a religious book to a Muslim colleague.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

A judge’s sentence is not for entertainment – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 8th, 2016 in judiciary, media, news, public interest, reporting restrictions, sentencing by sally

‘Being appointed a judge is like going to school, one of our distinguished judges noted when he was first appointed. You have to sit in one place every day, all day. You have to listen to people addressing you, to take notes, and hand in your homework at the end.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Leeds robber has prison term more than doubled – Attorney General’s Office

Posted April 8th, 2016 in assault, press releases, robbery, sentencing by tracey

‘A robber from Leeds who violently attacked and strangled his elderly uncle today had his jail term more than doubled to 9 years’ imprisonment after a referral by Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP.’

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 7th April 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Risk-based approach to regulating the Bar: the regulator publishes its Framework, Index and Outlook – Bar Standards Board

‘The BSB is today publishing three documents about its approach to risk-based regulation.’

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 5th April 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Information rights judgment reveals Charles’ views on the Queen – Panopticon

‘The Royal Family has been the subject of a good deal of information rights litigation. The most famous is of course the Evans saga, about the ‘advocacy correspondence’ of Prince Charles. There have also been cases about (to name just a few subjects) the cost of police protection for the Royal Family, whether or not the Duchy of Lancaster is a public authority, royal wills and alleged heirs to the throne, as well as – most recently – whether the Duke or Duchy of Cornwall is a public authority for the purposes of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs). The most recent judgment focuses on Her Majesty the Queen herself, and reveals the views of Charles (J).’

Full story

Panopticon, 7th April 2016

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Linking to copyright infringing material should not constitute copyright infringement itself, says EU court advisor – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 8th, 2016 in copyright, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘The act of posting a link to a website that features “freely accessible” copyright infringing content should not itself be classed as an act of copyright infringement, an advisor to the EU’s highest court has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th April 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Secret court hearing to rule on Foreign Office’s evaluation of human rights – The Guardian

‘A three-year battle by the Foreign Office (FCO) to keep secret how diplomatic issues colour its human rights decisions reached its climax on Thursday, in a court case that was itself largely held in secret at the insistence of the security services.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Angela Wrightson case: Can children be natural born killers? – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2016 in children, families, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two teenage girls have been detained for torturing and murdering a vulnerable woman in north-east England. But when a child deliberately kills, what is to blame? Is it possible some children are simply bad? Or are there other factors at play?’

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BBC News, 8th April 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Global firm must pay £118k over negligent advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 8th, 2016 in contracts, costs, damages, documents, employment, law firms, negligence, news, standards by tracey

‘A High Court judge has ordered global firm King & Wood Mallesons to pay damages over negligent advice it gave to a commodities business intelligence firm – although they were only 5% of the sum claimed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th April 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk