MPs warned of court modernisation risks – Legal Futures

‘Evidence provided to MPs by those involved in or observing the courts have outlined wide-ranging concerns about the government’s court modernisation programme.’

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Legal Futures, 18th June 2018

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Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind

‘The Ministry of Justice’s top civil servant has told MPs that the government’s massive court reform programme will have failed if it does not carry the support of those who use the courts.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2018

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Speech by President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: What is family law? – Securing social justice for children and young people – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 5th, 2018 in children, civil justice, families, family courts, speeches, young persons by tracey

‘Speech by President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: What is family law? – Securing social justice for children and young people.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 31st May 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Proper procedures in shotgun appeals – UK Police Law Blog

Posted May 30th, 2018 in appeals, civil justice, firearms, news by sally

‘The Divisional Court in R (Mason) v (1) Winchester Crown Court (2) Chief Constable of Hampshire [2018] EWHC 1182 (Admin) has set out proper procedures to follow in appeals heard in the Crown Court concerning the refusal or revocation of firearm and shotgun certificates. This brings some structure to what has sometimes appeared to be the Wild West of shotgun hearings.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 25th May 2018

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New legislation will modernise the courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 24th, 2018 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, judiciary, lists, press releases by tracey

‘The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill will increase efficiency by allowing greater flexibility to deploy the right judge to the right case.’

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd May 2018

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

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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Speech by Lord Justice Gross: Courts and Arbitration – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in arbitration, civil justice, courts, judges, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Gross: Courts and Arbitration .’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd May 2018

No “special treatment” for LiP as judge weighs interests of represented party and the public – Litigation Futures

Posted April 24th, 2018 in civil justice, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A litigant in person (LiP) is not to be given “special treatment” as the rules in the part of the law his case concerns are neither hard to find nor “particularly difficult to understand”, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th April 2018

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Master of the Rolls: More than four in ten of applications to Court of Appeal come from litigants in person – Legal Futures

Posted March 20th, 2018 in appeals, civil justice, costs, courts, internet, litigants in person, news, speeches by sally

‘The proportion of applications to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal by litigants in person (LiPs) has gone up by 50% in the last 10 years, the Master of the Rolls has said.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2018

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Poorest priced out of justice by legal aid rules, says Law Society – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2018 in civil justice, criminal justice, legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘Some of the poorest families in England and Wales are being denied legal aid because they cannot afford the financial contributions they are required to make, according to the Law Society.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2018

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City watchdog: Civil justice ‘out of reach’ for most British citizens – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 15th, 2018 in civil justice, financial regulation, news, speeches by tracey

‘Civil justice is readily available to the international super-rich but out of reach of most British citizens, according to a top City watchdog. But John Griffith-Jones, chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority, believes it is the job of parliament to boost consumer redress by changing the law, rather than simply tinkering with the regulator’s rulebook.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th March 2018

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CPRC backs rule changes to ensure courts sit in public – Litigation Futures

Posted February 15th, 2018 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, news, private hearings by sally

‘The Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) has backed rule changes to ensure that courts sit in public “irrespective of the parties’ consent” unless certain strict conditions are met.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th February 2018

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Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Securing Open Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted February 6th, 2018 in civil justice, judges, judiciary, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Securing Open Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 1st February 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

One in three people with legal problems in UK develop health issues – report – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2018 in civil justice, criminal justice, health, legal aid, mental health, news, reports by sally

‘Almost one-third of those with legal problems in the UK report developing a stress-related or physical illness as a result of their experience, according to a new international survey comparing people’s perceptions of justice around the world.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bar Council response to HMCTS consultation – The Bar Council

Posted January 24th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, press releases by tracey

‘The surprise announcement of plans for yet more court closures has prompted concerns from the Bar over how much harder it may become for vulnerable people to access their local court, and whether the drive to cut costs will impact the quality of our system of justice.’

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The Bar council, 19th January 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Take blame out of personal injury law, Supreme Court judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in civil justice, compensation, judges, news, personal injuries, speeches by sally

‘”Ambulance chasing” lawyers are not to blame for compensation culture as it is the way the system is set up that encourages claims, a Supreme Court judge has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd January 2018

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Crowdsourcing “can accurately predict court decisions 80% of time” says study – Legal Futures

Posted January 8th, 2018 in civil justice, judgments, legal aid, news by sally

‘Crowdsourcing is an accurate predictor of court judgments, at best proving accurate in over eight out of ten cases, according to a rigorous analysis.’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2018

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Put constitutional right of access to justice at heart of LASPO review, MPs say – Legal Futures

‘The government review of its legal aid reforms should reflect this summer’s Supreme Court ruling on access to justice as a constitutional right, the justice select committee said.’

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Legal Futures, 21st December 2017

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An end to private hearing deals and unilateral emails to court: CPRC to strengthen open justice – Litigation Futures

Posted November 7th, 2017 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, consultations, news, private hearings by tracey

‘A default position that all court hearings should be conducted in public, and parties and witnesses named, is under consideration by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) as part of a push to emphasise the importance of open justice, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th November 2017

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New rules to tackle ‘monster’ of civil disclosure – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 6th, 2017 in civil justice, disclosure, dispute resolution, documents, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘Parties in civil litigation will have to persuade a court if they want disclosure to encompass more than just certain key documents, under plans for reforming ‘monster’ levels of disclosure.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk