Research launched to assess whether biased advice is distorting access to justice – Family Law

Posted October 19th, 2018 in bias, children, legal aid, litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘A new research project will examine whether vulnerable people representing themselves in child court cases find themselves and their children put at risk by misinformed or biased online legal advice.’

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Family Law, 18th October 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Judge who disparaged one party’s counsel “did not give appearance of bias” – Litigation Futures

‘A judge who was “snide” and disparaging to counsel for one of the parties before her did nonetheless not give the appearance of bias, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th October 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Cab drivers to challenge decision to grant Uber 15-month licence in London – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 28th, 2018 in bias, judges, licensing, London, magistrates, news, taxis by tracey

‘London cab drivers have applied for judicial review against Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a dispute over whether a judge’s decision to grant a licence to the taxi app firm Uber was tainted with bias.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Trinidad judge loses bid to halt legal inquiry into his private life – The Guardian

‘Judges in London have dismissed an attempt by the chief justice of Trinidad and Tobago to halt a legal investigation into his private life and alleged business dealings.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Unconscious bias against women holding back ‘New Law’ – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2018 in bias, legal profession, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Unconscious bias in the legal profession against women is so deep-rooted that ‘New Law’ businesses trying to reshape legal services are just as affected, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

A very English scandal – New Law Journal

Posted June 25th, 2018 in bias, conspiracy, judges, murder, news, trials, witnesses by sally

‘Alec Samuels shares his reflections on the legal significance of the Jeremy Thorpe case.’

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New Law Journal, 21st June 2018

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

No point complaining about a barrister’s conduct to head of chambers or BSB, says judge – Legal Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in barristers, bias, complaints, judges, news by sally

‘Complaining about a barrister’s conduct in a written ruling is usually a better way of a judge highlighting concerns than contacting their head of chambers or regulator, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Court of appeal finds arbitrator in Deepwater Horizon case not biased – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in appeals, arbitration, bias, news by tracey

‘Section 33 of the Arbitration Act 1996 imposes a duty on arbitrators to “act fairly and impartially as between the parties” and section 24(1)(a) provides that the court has the power to remove an arbitrator if circumstances exist that “give rise to justifiable doubts as to his impartiality”. This week I’m looking at the Court of Appeal’s decision in Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd and others, where the court had to decide whether an arbitrator should be removed under section 24 in circumstances where he had accepted multiple appointments in overlapping cases without telling the parties’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 1st May 2018

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Arbitrator appointed on multiple related cases was not biased, court finds – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 25th, 2018 in arbitration, bias, news by sally

‘The English and Welsh Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed a claim that an arbitrator who accepted multiple appointments from one party in an arbitration would be biased as a result.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th April 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

“I’m forever blowing bubbles” but I’m biased! – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted April 10th, 2018 in bias, construction industry, judiciary, news, recusal by tracey

‘Bias and apparent bias is a subject that has cropped up many times on this blog, whether it was an adjudicator “phoning a friend“, an arbitrator (allegedly) being appointed too many times by the same referring party (although that isn’t one of mine!) or a judge getting upset over his lost luggage (who wouldn’t be?). It seems anyone involved in court or tribunal work is vulnerable to an accusation of it. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I’m commenting on another example of behaviour that gives rises to the charge.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 10th April 2018

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

CA strongly criticises judge for private meeting with one party’s counsel – Litigation Futures

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in appeals, bias, judges, news, recusal by sally

‘A circuit judge was wrong to have a private conversation with one party’s counsel during the trial, but his actions did not amount of apparent bias, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd March 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Judge dismisses challenge to removal of foster carer from approved list – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bias, fostering, local government, news by tracey

‘Liverpool City Council acted properly when it removed a foster carer from its approved list, a High Court judge has decided.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th March 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Appeal court rejects apparent bias claim over judge’s private meeting – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 15th, 2018 in appeals, bias, judges, news, recusal by tracey

‘A trial judge was right not to recuse himself from a dispute over building work despite meeting one party’s advocate in private and discussing elements of the case, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th March 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judicial review or internal appeal against bias? – UK Police Law Blog

Posted March 9th, 2018 in appeals, bias, judicial review, news, police, recusal, tribunals by tracey

‘Where a police officer makes an unsuccessful application for a panel to recuse itself on the grounds of perceived (or actual) bias, can he apply for judicial review of the decision before exhausting his ‘internal’ right of appeal (under rule 4(4)(c) of the Police Appeals Tribunal Rules 2012)?’

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UK Police Law Blog, 9th March 2018

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Law firm diversity “blocked by unconscious bias” – Legal Futures

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in bias, diversity, law firms, news, reports by sally

‘Unconscious bias in legal businesses is hampering their success, inhibiting a diverse and inclusive sector, and damaging the experience of women and minorities in the workplace, according to a report.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Defendant nationality declarations ‘offensive’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 17th, 2017 in bias, citizenship, immigration, magistrates, news by tracey

‘Making defendants in criminal proceedings declare their nationality is “offensive and objectionable”, the former president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Defendants must reveal nationality in magistrates courts – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2017 in bias, citizenship, immigration, magistrates, news by tracey

‘Defendants will have to disclose their nationality at their first appearance before magistrates in England and Wales from next week under powers that human rights groups say will undermine the right to a fair trial.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Lammy review: final report – Official Publications

Posted September 8th, 2017 in bias, criminal justice, minorities, prosecutions, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system.’

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Official Publications, 8th September 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications

Exposed: ‘racial bias’ in British criminal justice system – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in bias, criminal justice, minorities, news, prosecutions, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘Prosecutions against some black and minority-ethnic suspects should be deferred or dropped to help tackle the criminal justice system’s bias against them, according to a highly critical report written by the Labour MP David Lammy at the request of the prime minister.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Court of Appeal tells barrister she is being “over-sensitive” with complaints about trial judge’s behaviour – Legal Futures

Posted August 9th, 2017 in barristers, bias, complaints, judges, news by sally

The vice-president of the Court of Appeal’s criminal division has told a barrister who complained about a trial judge that she was over-sensitive and lacked an “understanding of the role of the judge in managing a jury trial”.

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk