Legal challenge to put an end to court papers – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2013 in case management, courts, documents, news, trials by sally

“Saying you’re going to end the legal world’s reliance on paper sounds almost as audacious a claim as announcing you’re going to stop banks paying bonuses. Graham Smith, however, believes his small London-based business is set to revolutionise the way trials and other hearings are managed all over the world by doing exactly that.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judges should have extra support in litigation costs reforms, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 18th, 2012 in case management, costs, judiciary, news, prosecutions by sally

“OPINION: A seemingly attractive plan to make judges responsible for predicting the cost of court action is not the best way to encourage the accurate prediction of costs, but it is better than nothing.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th December 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Injured feelings: Jackson reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“Controversy still rages over whether the Jackson reforms are a coherent set of proposals that will rebalance a system where claims and costs are out of control, or if they represent an assault on access to justice for people whom ‘no win, no fee’ represents the only hope of redress for a wrong inflicted on them.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th December 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.gov.uk

Immigration detention casework – poor casework must be addressed – HM Inspectorate of Prisons

Posted December 12th, 2012 in case management, delay, deportation, detention, immigration, news, prisons, reports by sally

“Immigration casework needs to improve so that people aren’t detained for longer than necessary, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and John Vine, Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, publishing the report of a thematic review of immigration detention casework.”

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HM Inspectorate of Prisons, 12th December 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Spotlight On Reform – Speech by Mr. Justice Ryder

Posted December 3rd, 2012 in case management, children, delay, family courts, news, speeches by sally

Spotlight On Reform (PDF)

Speech by Mr. Justice Ryder

The Association of Lawyers For Children National Conference, 16th November 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Independent Chief Inspector’s report on legacy casework – UK Border Agency

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in asylum, case management, delay, immigration, reports by tracey

“Today the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, published his report on the Handling of Legacy Asylum and Migration Cases.”

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UK Border Agency, 22nd November 2012

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Border Agency condemned over asylum and immigration backlog – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2012 in asylum, case management, delay, immigration, news, reports by tracey

“Senior UK Border Agency officials have been accused of misleading parliament after a damning report said they wrongly claimed they had dealt with a backlog of asylum and immigration claims – and that at one point more than 100,000 items of post about such cases remained unopened.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ryan Coleman-Farrow jailed for faking rape case records – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2012 in case management, misfeasance in public office, news, police, rape, sentencing by sally

“A former Metropolitan Police detective constable who specialised in rape cases has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for faking police records.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Draft legislation on family justice published – Family Law Week

Posted September 4th, 2012 in case management, divorce, family courts, news, parliamentary papers, residence orders by tracey

“The Government has published draft legislation on family justice for pre-legislative scrutiny.”

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Draft legislation

Family Law Week, 4th September 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Judicial proposals for the modernisation of family justice published – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 2nd, 2012 in case management, family courts, news, reports by sally

“Mr Justice Ryder’s report into the modernisation of Family Justice is published today (30 July) containing a series of proposals to improve the workings of Family Courts.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 30th July 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Family courts need radical change of culture, says lord chief justice – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2012 in case management, family courts, news, reports by sally

“Family courts need a radical change of culture to combat ‘unacceptably long delays’ caused by a system struggling to cope with an influx of care cases following the Baby Peter tragedy and planned cuts to legal aid, the lord chief justice has said.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Inquisitorial judges at heart of family reform proposals – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2012 in bills, case management, family courts, news by sally

“Greater case management by judges is at the heart of the judiciary’s proposals for the modernisation of family justice, published today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st July 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family Justice Modernisation Programme – Update – Family Law Bar Association

Posted April 12th, 2012 in case management, family courts, news by sally

“Mr Justice Ryder has published his fourth update on the progress of the Family Justice Modernisation Programme.”

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Family Law Bar Association, 11th April 2012

Source: www.flba.co.uk

Guidance : Care Monitoring System Guidance for Practitioners – Family Law Bar Association

Posted April 10th, 2012 in case management, children, family courts, news, pilot schemes by sally

Guidance : Care Monitoring System Guidance for Practitioners

Family Law Bar Association, 5th April 2012

Source: wwww.flba.co.uk

Docketing: Completing case management’s unfinished revolution – Ninth Lecture in Implementation Programme – Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of The Rolls

Posted February 13th, 2012 in case management, speeches by sally

Docketing: Completing case management’s unfinished revolution – Ninth Lecture in Implementation Programme (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of The Rolls

Solicitors’ Costs Conference, 9th February 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Family judges must take bigger role to curb court battlegrounds – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 1st, 2011 in case management, children, family courts, judges, legal aid, news, speeches by sally

“Judges should take a more active role in family cases to stop them becoming ‘battlegrounds’ for warring parents who use children as ‘ammunition’, one of the country’s most senior judges said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Costs Management Orders – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 30th, 2011 in case management, costs, news by sally

“Whether you have been preparing diligently for months or have just stumbled upon it recently, most of you should now have had the pleasure of acquainting yourself with CPR Practice Direction 51G – the Cost Management Pilot Scheme in the TCC and Mercantile Courts.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th November 2011

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Controlling The Costs of Disclosure – Seventh Lecture in the implementation programme – Speech by Lord Justice Jackson

Controlling The Costs of Disclosure – Seventh Lecture in the implementation programme (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Jackson

The LexisNexis Conference on Avoiding and Resolving Construction Disputes, 24th November 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Reading between the Lies – what are we to do with fraudulent claims? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2011 in case management, claims management, compensation, fraud, legal aid, news by sally

“On the 9th of September, the Government declared its intent to tackle the ‘compensation culture’. This phrase, hitherto unknown prior to the removal of legal aid, now appears to typify an apparent endemic problem which is at the centre of the legal political agenda. The debate on the ‘compensation culture’ is now the focus of lobbying by insurers, claimant and defendant firms, unions and human rights organisations who wish either to validate or undermine the concept. Characterised as representing either the ills of society or the self interested protests of the few it has thus far proved impervious to eradication.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th November 2011

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Economists say Jackson reforms will cost £70m a year – Law Society’s Gazette

“Jackson reforms will cost the taxpayer more than £70m a year in employers’ liability cases, according a report prepared by economists.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd November 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk