Criminal cases backlog could take a decade to clear, watchdog warns – The Guardian

‘The backlog of untried cases in the criminal justice system – which has ballooned during lockdown – could take a decade to clear, an official watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2020

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Assume hearings are going to be remote, says judge – Litigation Futures

‘Parties should assume hearings will be held remotely at the moment and explain why it would not be just to do so if they want one in person, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th June 2020

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Yossi Nehushtan and Megan Davidson: The UK 14-Day Quarantine Policy: Is Public Opinion a Relevant Consideration? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘According to the government quarantine policy, that came into force on 8 June, nearly all international arrivals at UK ports must quarantine for 14 days. Elsewhere we argued that the quarantine policy is irrational, unreasonable, disproportionate and therefore illegal. Here we argue that the policy was introduced mainly because of public opinion – and that public opinion in this case is an irrelevant consideration, one that should not have been taken into account by government.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th June 2020

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Remote hearings, hybrid hearings, adjourned hearings – Transparency Project

Posted June 30th, 2020 in adjournment, coronavirus, news, remote hearings by sally

‘Lancashire County Council v M & Ors (COVID-19 Adjournment Application) [2020] EWFC 43 is another case (like Re C that we wrote on here) where an extraordinarily large number of professionals spent many hours working on a notion that was dismissed by the judge, although this time in the Family Court, not the Court of Appeal. Although the judge, Mr Justice MacDonald, emphasised that a case management decision about holding a remote or hybrid or full-face hearing should not normally take very long, he also explained why he had to spell out his reasons in more than 60 paragraphs.’

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Transparency Project, 26th June 2020

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Quality of legal advice for suspects “faltering under lockdown” – Legal Futures

‘The quality of legal help for suspects in police custody has “suffered significantly” due to Covid-19 amid concerns over confidentiality and restrictions on lawyers talking to clients, a new report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 30th June 2020

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Fines for school non-attendance in England to resume from autumn – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, fines, news, parental responsibility, school children, truancy by sally

‘Parents in England who fail to send their children back to school in September will face fines unless they have a good reason for them not attending, the education secretary has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2020

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Protest rights: ‘We have a right to protest despite coronavirus’ – BBC News

‘Lawyer Christian Weaver is teaching people in England and Wales about their rights with a series of YouTube videos called The Law in 60 Seconds.’

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BBC News, 30th June 2020

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Commercial Court eyes future of remote hearings – Litigation Futures

Posted June 30th, 2020 in civil justice, Civil Justice Council, coronavirus, news, remote hearings by sally

‘The Commercial Court has been able to carry on largely as normal while operating remotely, with interlocutory hearings likely to stay that way for some time at least, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th June 2020

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Why did raves become illegal? – BBC News

Posted June 29th, 2020 in coronavirus, freedom of movement, news, public order by sally

‘Strobe lights, thumping bass, a warehouse or field and hundreds, possibly thousands of sweat-drenched people dancing through the night.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2020

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Partially remote hearings in the Coroner’s Court: Chief Coroner’s Guidance No. 38 – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted June 26th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, coroners, inquests, news, remote hearings by sally

‘The Chief Coroner has published his Guidance No 38, headed “Remote Participation in Coronial Proceedings via Video and Audio Broadcast”.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 17th June 2020

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Travel between England and Wales – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The position in relation to cross-border travel between England and Wales has caused confusion in recent weeks. It has been subject to posts from UKHR readers and there have been news articles showing that many people have been entering Wales from England to access beauty spots, unaware that there are different regulations governing the two countries. This post will attempt to clarify the current position.’

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UK Human Right Blog, 26th June 2020

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Proving causation—business interruption insurance coverage amid coronavirus (COVID-19) – Monckton Chambers

Posted June 26th, 2020 in causation, chambers articles, coronavirus, insurance, news by sally

‘Steven Gee QC, commercial barrister and arbitrator, and Kristina Lukacova, barrister, both at Monckton Chambers, discuss coverage under business interruption insurance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.’

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Monckton Chambers, 16th June 2020

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Judgment in Challenge to Exclusion of Workers From Sick Pay & Income Protection During Pandemic- Old Square Chambers

‘On 15 June 2020 the High Court handed down its expedited judgment in R (Adiatu & IWGB) v HM Treasury [2020] EWHC 1554 (Admin).’

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Old Square Chambers, 22nd June 2020

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Chancery Lane demands action to clear employment tribunals backlog – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Law Society has called for action to be taken to clear a backlog of cases in employment tribunals ahead of an anticipated “avalanche” of post-COVID claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd June 2020

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What You Should Know About The UK’s 14-Day Quarantine Rule – Each Other

‘As many Britons bask in a summer heatwave, Kylie Neuhaus will remain housebound for the next week or else she could face a fine of up to £1,000.’

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Each Other, 24th June 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and delays to extradition (Cosar v Governor of HMP Wandsworth) – 5SAH

Posted June 23rd, 2020 in coronavirus, detention, extradition, habeas corpus, news, time limits, warrants by sally

‘This case concerns the impact of the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic on the execution of European Arrest Warrants (EAWs). Extradition is presently impossible due to travel restrictions that have been imposed across Europe. The judgment considered the legality of repeated short-term extensions to the ten-day period in which extradition on an EAW must take place. Under Article 23 of the Framework Decision, extradition can be lawfully postponed where there are serious humanitarian reasons to do so, or where removal is prevented by circumstances beyond the control of any Member State. The court held that the coronavirus pandemic is capable of satisfying either criteria. A requested person is not entitled to be notified of any application to extend the extradition period, or to make representations at a hearing. However, in the present circumstances it is good practice to notify a requested person of any extension and to allow them access to legal representation.’

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5SAH, 23rd June 2020

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Alex Schymyck: Why the proposed changes to asylum legal aid fees are unlawful – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘This blog analyses the legality of the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which came into force on 8 June 2020 The regulations radically alter the renumeration available to lawyers who represent asylum seekers in appeals from decisions refusing to grant refugee status. They threaten the viability of legal aid provision and 66 MPs, including the Labour leader Keir Starmer, have signed an Early Day Motion seeking to annul the regulations. The immigration Bar has gone on strike and a major law firm has already indicated its intention to challenge the legality of the regulations.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd June 2020

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Energy customers face bailiffs as Ofgem allows debt collecting again – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2020 in coronavirus, debts, energy, news, regulations by sally

‘Gas and electricity customers face the prospect of debt collectors chasing up unpaid bills after the energy industry regulator told suppliers they no longer had to offer unlimited coronavirus payment holidays.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2020

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‘Against natural justice’: father to sue exams regulator over A-level grades system – The Guardian

‘Fears Ofqual’s Covid-19 method of adjusting marks in line with a school’s prior performance will penalise bright pupils.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2020

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Barrow rape claims trial faces long delay due to coronavirus backlog – The Guardian

‘A 19-year-old woman from Barrow accused of making up allegations of sexual exploitation against five men may not stand trial until August 2021 because of legal delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2020

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