Prisons and Courts Bill to improve access to justice and better protect the vulnerable – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2017 in bills, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, news, prisons by tracey

‘Plans to revolutionise the courts to make them more straightforward and efficient, and deliver swifter justice for victims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2017

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

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Quality must trump convenience in online justice reforms – The Bar Council

Posted March 21st, 2017 in barristers, bills, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, press releases by tracey

‘As the Government presses ahead with plans for online and virtual hearings, the Bar Council has warned that the quality and the reputation of our system of justice must not suffer.’

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The Bar Council, 20th March 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Business and Property Courts – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 14th, 2017 in civil justice, courts, dispute resolution, press releases by tracey

‘From June of this year, the specialist civil courts are to be known as the “Business and Property Courts of England and Wales”.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th March 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Legal problem and resolution survey 2014 to 2015 – Ministry of Justice

‘These reports present the findings from the Legal Problem and Resolution Survey 2014 to 2015, a telephone survey of 10,058 adults in England and Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd march 2017

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

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Online court “visible by September and no big bang”, top judge reveals – Legal Futures

‘The first signs of an online court (OC) will be visible in tribunals by September, online processes will be extended to a wide range of civil court proceedings by May 2020, and the reforms will be incremental, according to one of the judges in charge.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Vital Times for Human Rights Lawyers as we Face Attacks on Fundamental Rights at Home and Abroad – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in barristers, civil justice, criminal justice, human rights, legal aid, news by sally

‘Leslie Thomas QC on the vital role of human rights lawyers in these turbulent times.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 6th February 2017

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

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Introducing the litigant in person network – Legal Voice

Posted February 21st, 2017 in civil justice, internet, legal representation, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The Litigant in Person Network is an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice. Coordinated by the Litigant in Person Support Strategy, and supported by The Legal Education Foundation, the network is a place for interested professionals to share, discussion and collaborate across sectors on issues relating to both actual and potential Litigants in Person (LiPs).’

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Legal Voice, 20th February 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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Lawyers unite in opposition to massive extension of fixed costs – Litigation Futures

Posted February 16th, 2017 in barristers, civil justice, costs, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lawyers have united against the potential threat of a huge extension of fixed recoverable costs to all civil claims worth up to £250,000.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th February 2017

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Soldiers could be ‘shut out of justice’ under combat immunity plans – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2017 in armed forces, civil justice, compensation, complaints, defence, immunity, news, war by sally

‘Soldiers will be “shut out of justice” and military equipment failures will be covered up under plans to extend combat immunity and prevent military claims going to court, ministers have been warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th February 2017

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Fathers4 (Access2) Justice: Administrative Court ruling on the public’s right to attend court hearings and the Court Service’s limited powers of control – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 9th, 2017 in civil justice, courts, families, news, public order, trials by sally

‘On 20 February 2015 Matthew O’Connor, the Claimant in this judicial review and the founder of the campaign group Fathers4Justice, was due to go on trial at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court for a public order offence. He arrived at court with around ten of his supporters, but when they tried to gain entry to the court building they were prevented from doing so by HMCTS staff. Only the Claimant and his Mackenzie Friend were allowed to enter.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th February 2017

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Legal services at forefront of Global Britain – Ministry of Justice

‘A bold and bright future awaits the UK’s world-leading legal services as we prepare to leave the EU, Lord Chancellor Elizabeth Truss declared today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th January 2017

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

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Rape victims shouldn’t have to pay for their own justice through the civil courts – The Independent

‘The jury in a criminal case must believe the accused is guilty ‘beyond reasonable doubt’, meaning that a victim can be believed and yet a ‘not guilty’ verdict is still returned. This is part of the reason that many cases never reach trial: the police or CPS think the evidence may not fulfil the tough requirements of the criminal courts.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Justice denied: the damning results of the latest report on the impact of legal aid cut – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss, recently announced that the government would soon confirm the time-table for the post legislative review of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). There has been growing pressure on ministers for some time to announce this (see “Back to the drawing board”, 166 NLJ 7698 13 May 2016, p 6). The Legal Action Group (LAG) hopes that the review will be used as an opportunity by the still relatively new team at the top of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to look at funding the provision of early advice in civil legal cases.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th January 2017

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Government forecast on impact of PI reforms “skewed against lawyers”, say economists – Legal Futures

‘The government’s own assessment of the impact of its planned personal injury reforms “makes the implicit assumption that solicitors, and the civil justice system as a whole, produce no benefits to society”, according to independent economists.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2017

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Lecture by Sir Terence Etherton, MR: LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards lecture 2016 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a real pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards lecture. My subject is Access to Justice. I am not interested in it as a slogan. I am interested in it because access to justice lies at the heart of any society that aspires to call itself just, civilised, and committed to democracy and the rule of law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th December 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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MoJ unmoved by MPs’ damning verdict on court fee hikes – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2016 in budgets, civil justice, fees, Ministry of Justice, select committees by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice shows no sign of backing down over court fee hikes, despite a damning verdict from an influential group of MPs. The Commons justice committee called in June for an overhaul of employment tribunal fees and the scrapping of this year’s increase in the divorce petition fee. The government initially stood firm on the necessity of the fees – and a full response to the committee now suggests that position has not changed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th November 2016

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Top judge warns rising court fees threaten access to justice – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, fees, judges, judiciary, news, reports by tracey

‘Excessive court fees are in danger of driving away international legal business from London and preventing access to justice, the lord chief justice has warned. In his annual report, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd also expresses concern about low morale in the judiciary and the difficulties in recruiting high court judges.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2016

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Legal aid cuts have left ‘the most vulnerable people’ unable to pursue justice – The Independent

Posted October 12th, 2016 in civil justice, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Amnesty International report lays bare “a two-tier civil justice system, open to those who can afford it, but increasingly closed to the poorest and most in need”. ‘

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The Independent, 11th October 2016

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Legal aid cuts creating two-tier justice system, says Amnesty – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2016 in children, civil justice, legal aid, legal representation, news, reports by sally

‘Cuts to legal aid are far worse than anticipated and are creating a “two-tier” system which denies the poorest people access to justice, warns a critical report by Amnesty International.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2016

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First the UK deports people, then it denies them justice – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2016 in appeals, civil justice, deportation, human rights, immigration, news by sally

‘From Jamaica to Albania, the victims of Britain’s mass deportations are dumped destitute – and, as the Home Office is aware, usually unable to exercise their right to an ‘out-of-country appeal’.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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