CPS severely hampered by lack of resources, says report – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2013 in case management, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, reports by sally

“A lack of resources is severely damaging the Crown Prosecution Service’s preparation of cases for court, according to a critical report by the organisation’s statutory watchdog.”

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The Guardian, 10th July 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Getting active! – New Law Journal

“HH Simon Brown QC continues his exclusive NLJ online series on costs management post-Jackson.”

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New Law Journal, 2nd July 2013

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Specialist courts under microscope on costs budgeting – Law Society’s Gazette

“Exempting mandatory costs budgeting for claims in excess of £2m may be ‘unnecessary and inappropriate’, a newly established sub-group of the Civil Procedure Rule committee has suggested.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st July 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Damian Green: ‘Digital Courtrooms’ to be rolled out nationally – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 28th, 2013 in case management, courts, documents, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

“Courtrooms will be fully digital by 2016 ending the court service’s ‘outdated’ reliance on paper, Justice Minister Damian Green said today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Jutice, 28th June 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Courtrooms to be fully digital by 2016 – BBC News

Posted June 28th, 2013 in case management, courts, documents, electronic filing, news by tracey

“Courtrooms in England and Wales will be fully digital by 2016, the government
says, ending what it described as ‘an outdated reliance on paper. ‘ ”

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BBC News, 28th June 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Care Proceedings: the Operation and Effect of Pre-Proceedings – What do lawyers need to know? – Family Law Week

Posted June 14th, 2013 in care orders, case management, children, local government, news, time limits by sally

“Professor Judith Masson, School of Law University of Bristol, and Dr Jonathan Dickens, Centre for Research on Children and Families, University of East Anglia, explain the lessons learned for future practice from research conducted into the use of the pre-proceedings process in care cases.”

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Family Law Week, 13th June 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.com

New employment tribunal procedural rules published – OUT-LAW.com

“Fees will be introduced for workers wishing to raise a claim in the Employment Tribunal from 29 July 2013. Procedural rules governing the process will also change from that date.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th June 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

Blowing the Budget – an early warning – Zenith Chambers

Posted June 4th, 2013 in budgets, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

“The Costs Management Rules, now set out at Section II of CPR 3, will apply to the majority of multi-track cases issued on or after 1st April 2013.”

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Zenith Chambers, 30th May 2013

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Lift off for Budgetary Control – New Law Journal

Posted June 4th, 2013 in budgets, case management, costs, news by sally

“HH Simon Brown QC continues his exclusive NLJ online series on costs management post-Jackson.”

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New Law Journal, 31st May 2013

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Changes to Civil Procedure Rules and court costs made in April 2013 – OUT-LAW.com

“From 1 April 2013 a number of changes to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPRs) governing court action in England and Wales took effect. This is a summary of those changes.”

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OUT-LAW.com, May 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

A brighter future? – New Law Journal

“As of 1 April 2013, standard disclosure is no longer the default provision in most multi-track cases. With disclosure often being the most expensive and time consuming part of the litigation process, this should be welcome news to litigants and solicitors alike. The recent decision in West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited v Willbros Global Holdings Inc. [2012] EWHC 396 (TCC) highlighted the significant issues encountered in the disclosure process, especially in high value claims involving e-disclosure. The new rules aim to tackle these problems by introducing stricter case management in the disclosure process.”

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New Law Journal, 26th April 2013

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Cutting to the chase – New Law Journal

Posted April 22nd, 2013 in case management, costs, damages, doctors, expert witnesses, news, personal injuries by sally

“The Jackson and associated reforms in civil court procedure are largely now in place. Extended ‘tracks’ and ‘portals’, reduced fixed fees, costs budgeting and non-recoverability of success fees will force lawyers to take a close look at the costs incurred in presenting an injury claim and how most efficiently to put the claim together. The medical report is essential, providing the foundations of much of the claim.”

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New Law Journal, 19th April 2013

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

No QOCS here: A Guide to the CPR Amendments you may have missed – Zenith Chambers

“In all of the furore surrounding LASPO and the very real concerns about funding, it seems that very little attention has been paid to the significant changes to the CPR which will come into force on 1st April 2013. This is not an article about funding, legal aid, CFAs, DBAs, or even QOCS. Instead it is intended to provide an overview and guidance on the amendments being made to the CPR.”

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Zenith Chambers, 28th March 2013

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Reforming Civil Litigation: Bar Council Working Group publishes recommendations – The Bar Council

Posted March 26th, 2013 in case management, civil justice, news, reports, witnesses by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today published a discussion document on ‘Reforming civil litigation’, which reflects the recommendations of a Working Group including the chairs of the Chancery Bar Association, Commercial Bar Association and the Technology and Construction Bar Association.”

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The Bar Council, 25th March 2013

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Has The Golden Thread Finally Been Snapped? – Zenith Chambers

“‘Throughout the web of the English Criminal Law one golden thread is always to be seen, that it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt subject to what I have already said as to the defence of insanity and subject also to any statutory exception

No matter what the charge or where the trial, the principle that the prosecution must prove the guilt of the prisoner is part of the common law of England and no attempt to whittle it down can be entertained.’

Per Viscount Sankey in Woolmington v DPP [1935] AC 462 – emphasis added.

There cannot be an English lawyer who is unaware of this paragraph in Viscount Sankey’s judgment in Woolmington. Many non-lawyers who have chanced to read the Rumpole stories will also be as aware of, if not as attached to, it.”

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Zenith Chambers, 19th March 2013

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Every case, a managed case: Using the Criminal Procedure Rules – Speech by Nicholas Moss, JP

Posted March 8th, 2013 in case management, criminal procedure, judges, speeches by tracey

“Nicholas Moss JP, a member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, talked about the origin of, and context for, the Criminal Procedure Rules and explained the Committee’s role.”

Full speech

Judiciary of England and Wales, 8th March 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

“Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers three important recent judgments in Children private law proceedings.”

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Family Law Week, 13th February 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.com

Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations – Speech by Mr Justice Arnold

Posted February 14th, 2013 in case management, costs, courts, intellectual property, news, patents, speeches by sally

Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Arnold

AIPPI UK, 14th February 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Judges ‘should talk to children before making care decisions’ – The Guardian

“Many children who end up in care are never interviewed by the judge who makes the decision to remove them from their families, according to a report by an influential group of MPs and child protection experts.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

He who hesitates is lost – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 17th, 2013 in case management, lists, news, trials by sally

“Listing hearings can be tricky. You need to find a time the Court can fit you in. You need to squeeze it into your hectic diaries without upsetting other clients who firmly believe that theirs is the only case you have on right now. It needs to be a time that your busy barrister and the other side’s busy barrister can make.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 7th January 2013

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk