What does the Proposal to Introduce Trial-by-Video Link Mean for Justice? – Rights Info

‘The government’s plans for court modernisation, under Her Majesty’s Courts, Tribunals Service Reform Programme (HMCTS), include the development of fully-video hearings, where all parties join via electronic links and no one is in a courtroom.’

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Rights Info, 9th October 2018

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Shadow justice secretary hits out at Civil Liability Bill – Legal Futures

Posted September 4th, 2018 in bills, civil justice, fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The shadow justice secretary has ripped into the Civil Liability Bill, saying Labour will vote against it as it stands.’

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Legal Futures, 4th September 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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MPs cast severe doubt on court modernisation – Legal Futures

Posted July 20th, 2018 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, HM Courts Service, news by tracey

‘MPs on the public accounts committee (PAC) said today that they have “little confidence” that the court modernisation programme can be delivered.’

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Legal Futures, 20th 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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Legal aid deserts: MPs and peers express ‘grave concerns’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Squeezing the legal aid budget has left vast numbers of people – including the most vulnerable – unable to assert their rights, the Law Society said today. In a report published today, Enforcing Human Rights, parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights reflects the Law Society’s concerns that large parts of England and Wales are becoming “legal aid deserts”, as solicitors are forced to withdraw from services because they can no longer afford to do the work.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2018

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UK government launches consultation on open justice – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government is seeking to clarify the rules governing when litigation should be heard in private, in a bid to safeguard the principles of open justice.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th July 2018

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One court, one judiciary? – New Law Journal

Posted July 10th, 2018 in civil justice, courts, dispute resolution, judiciary, news, tribunals by sally

‘Steven Gasztowicz QC considers the radical question of whether there could ever be ‘one civil court’ & ‘one judiciary’.’

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New Law Journal, 6th July 2018

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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

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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

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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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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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