‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2016 with regard to both diversity at the Bar itself and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.’
Bar Standards Board, 27th January 2017
‘More than 500 barristers have signed an open letter opposing the Bar Standards Board’s proposals to shake up the training regime for would-be barristers. In a letter published today, the barristers, who include former master of the rolls and lord chief justice Lord Woolf, say the consultation is not “guided by a proper understanding” of the BSB’s objective of promoting and protecting the public interest ‘
Law Society’s Gazette, 31st January 2017
‘The CCRC is the public body with statutory responsibility for independently investigating alleged miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is based in Birmingham. It is offering an internship, available to those who have completed the BPTC or LPC.
This is an exciting opportunity to assist in the CCRC’s casework and to experience an unusual perspective of the criminal justice system.
The internship will be for a period of 6 months starting in April 2017.
The annual salary is £15,103 (pro-rata), payable monthly.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified during week commencing Monday 27 February 2017; and interviewed at the CCRC in March 2017, dates to be confirmed.
The successful candidate will be notified of the outcome the end of March 2017. However they will have to undergo the vetting procedure applied to all CCRC employees, before their internship offers can be finally confirmed.
Closing date for applications is 12 noon Monday 20 February 2017.’
CCRC contact details are:
Tel: 0121 233 1473
‘Prison inspectors have warned that the situation at Exeter jail is “fragile”, with drugs thrown over the wall on a daily basis and only 29 officers on duty for 490 prisoners. The chief inspector’s report published on Wednesday says staff shortages at the overcrowded category B Victorian prison are exacerbated by problems including drugs and mental health issues, leaving the prison struggling to cope with rising violence and self-harm incidents.’
The Guardian, 1st February 2017
‘The family of Lord Janner yesterday vowed to “undermine from within” the Government’s beleaguered child sex abuse inquiry after being given a formal role in the investigation. The family were granted core participant status which gives them access to documents and to have lawyers attend the inquiry’s hearings.’
Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2017
‘Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences have been posthumously pardoned.
Dubbed the “Alan Turing law”, it will in effect act as an apology to those convicted for consensual same-sex relationships before homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967.’
The Independent, 31st January 2017