Family claims win in high court challenge to Northants library cuts – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2018 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘A young girl and her family who took on Northamptonshire county council over its plans to close 21 libraries have claimed a win in the high court, after a judge ruled that the cash-strapped council would have to revisit its plans while “paying attention to its legal obligations”.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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Divisional Court strikes down irrational and unfairly made decision to cut criminal legal aid – Blackstone Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in budgets, criminal justice, judicial review, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A Divisional Court comprising Lord Justice Leggatt And Mrs Justice Carr DBE has allowed a judicial review challenge brought by the Law Society to a decision made by the Lord Chancellor to introduce a 40% cut to the maximum number of pages of prosecution evidence (‘PPE’) that count for payment of criminal defence solicitors. The regulations that introduced the cut will be quashed (p.143 of the judgment).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 3rd August 2018

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High Court judge quashes decision by council to cut SEND budget by £5m – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 7th, 2018 in budgets, local government, news, special educational needs by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce spending on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £5m.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th August 2018

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Legal Aid Fee Cuts To Evidence Work Have Been Declared Unlawful – Rights Info

Posted August 6th, 2018 in budgets, evidence, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Government attempts to cut legal aid fees for solicitor evidence work have declared unlawful by the high court.’

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Rights Info, 3rd August 2018

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Access to justice in family courts ‘inadequate’, says outgoing head – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2018 in budgets, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The outgoing head of the family courts in England and Wales has raised concerns about access to family courts and said help for litigants who had to represent themselves due to cuts to legal aid was “woefully inadequate”.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2018

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Youth fund doubled to £22m to aid violent crime prevention – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2018 in budgets, crime prevention, news, offensive weapons, violence, young persons by sally

‘The government is to double the funding for an early intervention scheme tackling violence among young people, as part of a “public health” approach to combatting knife crime and other offences.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2018

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Government accused of ‘undermining access to justice’ with closure of seven more courts in England – The Independent

Posted July 25th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, news by tracey

‘The government is closing seven more courts in England to save money, despite warnings that the move will “undermine local access to justice”.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2018

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Plans to close courts across the UK could see suspects failing to turn up for hearings, report warns – Daily Telegraph

‘Plans to close courts across the UK could see suspects failing to turn up for hearings, the public accounts committee has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2018

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High Court backs NHS decision to stop funding homeopathy – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2018 in budgets, consultations, health, medical treatment, news, reports by tracey

‘A decision to stop NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England’s decision, made in November last year, to stop paying the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a four-day hearing in London in May, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed the BHA’s case in a ruling on Tuesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2018

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Master takes axe to phone-hacking claimants’ partner-heavy costs budgets – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in budgets, costs, interception, news, proportionality, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has criticised a law firm’s “very heavy reliance on partner time”, and the “astonishing” amount of time junior counsel was planning to spend in preparing for trial, as it slashed by more than half many of their budgeted costs for representing two claimants in the phone hacking litigation against Mirror Group Newspapers.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th May 2018

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MP calls for parliamentary inquiry into Garden Bridge – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2018 in budgets, inquiries, London, news, parliament, transport by sally

‘An MP has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the Garden Bridge project over concerns Transport for London (TfL) may have been misled to secure £7m of its funding.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2018

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Home Office criticised for failures in reforms to criminal records vetting – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has been accused of running a “masterclass in incompetence” over its attempts to improve the criminal records checking scheme.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2018

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Lynette White: Police trial collapse report cost £900k – BBC News

Posted May 11th, 2018 in budgets, news, perverting the course of justice, police, reports by sally

‘An independent review into the collapse of a case against eight former police officers who investigated the 1988 murder of Lynette White cost more than £900,000, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2018

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HMCTS behind schedule on “ambitious” court reform programme, says watchdog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 11th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, delay, electronic filing, news by sally

‘HM Courts Service is behind where it expected to be at this stage of its ambitious reform programme, the National Audit Office has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2018

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HMCTS response to National Audit Office report on court reform programme – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 9th, 2018 in budgets, courts, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

‘HMCTS response from CEO Susan Acland-Hood to National Audit Office report on court reform programme.’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th May 2018

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Courts revolution may be ‘undeliverable’, spending watchdog warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 9th, 2018 in budgets, courts, electronic filing, news by tracey

‘Spending watchdogs have warned courts chiefs of a real danger that they will fail to complete their digital courts revolution in time and on budget. In a comprehensive progress report published today, the National Audit Office says HM Courts & Tribunals Services faces a “daunting challenge” in meeting target for technological and cultural change.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th May 2018

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JY v RY: An Indictment of the Impact of Legal Aid Cuts – Family Law Week

‘Matthew Richardson, barrister, Coram Chambers explains why a case, described by the judge as “the most unsatisfactory” he has heard and in which ‘had one or both of these parents been represented … probably the outcome would have been very different’, serves as an alarming lesson in just how far our justice system has fallen.’

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Family Law Week, 4th May 2018

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‘Nothing to lose’: Bar ponders no returns policy to escalate protest – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 4th, 2018 in barristers, budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Criminal barristers are close to stepping up their action against legal aid cuts by implementing a ‘no returns’ policy in addition to refusing to taking on new work. The Gazette understands the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) is actively considering encouraging members to implement the policy.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd May 2018

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Reduced hourly rates for incurred costs and damages far lower than claimed “not good reasons” to depart from budget – Litigation Futures

Posted May 1st, 2018 in armed forces, budgets, costs, damages, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Master Rowley has become the latest judge to rule that a reduction in hourly rates for incurred costs is not a good reason to do the same to budgeted costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st May 2018

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NHS England faces first legal challenge to plans for health shake-up – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2018 in budgets, health, hospitals, illegality, judicial review, news by sally

‘NHS England faces a legal challenge to its plans to overhaul how the health service operates, which critics say are unlawful and could lead to patients being denied treatment.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2018

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