Disclosure pilot for the Business & Property Courts – Counsel

‘A cut out & keep guide to Practice Direction 51U and overview of the changes to disclosure procedures in the Business and Property Courts.’

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Counsel, December 2019

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Flexible operating hours must stop, says incoming Bar Council chair – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 4th, 2019 in barristers, courts, diversity, flexible working, news by tracey

‘Flexible operating hours in courts are “an anathema to those with caring responsibilities” and inhibit diversity at the bar, the incoming chair of the Bar Council has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd December 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

More barristers to skip court security – but solicitors still have to queue – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in barristers, courts, identification, identity cards, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A scheme which enables barristers to bypass court security has been rolled out in 30 more courts – but solicitors still have to undergo searches.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th November 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The Lord Chief Justice gives the Pilgrim Fathers Lecture 2019 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 15th, 2019 in courts, judges, legal history, speeches by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice gives the Pilgrim Fathers Lecture 2019.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 15th November 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Court reforms may not be completed in time, PAC warns – Legal Futures

Posted November 6th, 2019 in accounts, courts, delay, HM Courts Service, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘The government’s court modernisation programme may not be completed by the deadline of 2023, the House of Commons public accounts committee (PAC) has warned in its latest report on the project.’

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- Legal Futures, 6th November 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Difficulties in recruiting to District Bench “to have adverse consequences” for civil, family jurisdictions: Lord Chief Justice – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 6th, 2019 in civil justice, courts, families, news, reports by sally

‘The Lord Chief Justice has warned of “a very worrying shortfall” in the recruitment of salaried members to the District Bench this year, saying that it will have adverse consequences for the family and civil jurisdictions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th November 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Chaotic court system threatens justice for vulnerable, say MPs – The Guardian

‘The most vulnerable in society are at risk of being excluded from access to justice due to poor digital skills, lack of legal advice, court closures and “dilapidated” courthouses, MPs have warned in a damning critique of the government’s modernisation programmes.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2019

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‘Hot courting’ is causing havoc, says criminal bar – Law Society’s Gazette

‘So-called “hot courting” is delaying trials and fuelling job insecurity for barristers, the criminal bar has warned. Caroline Goodwin QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, said that the practice of different judges using the same courtroom back-to-back has caused backlogs of cases – just for the sake of “saving electric”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd October 2019

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Child sex abuse survivors ‘traumatised again’ by facing attackers in court buildings before hearings – The Independent

‘Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are forced to come face-to-face with their tormentors in court buildings while waiting for cases to be heard, a report has revealed.
Such shocks are among a host of failings by authorities and advisers that are regularly leaving people “at risk of being traumatised all over again” and feeling “discarded” by the justice system.’

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The Independent, 23rd October 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Whistleblowing judges: protected by human rights? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The UK Supreme Court has unanimously granted an appeal by a district judge against the Court of Appeal’s decision that she did not qualify as a “worker” under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (the “1996 Act”), and therefore could not benefit from the whistleblowing protections it conferred.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th October 2019

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Courts chief: closures weren’t based on “real travelling times” – Legal Futures

Posted October 17th, 2019 in budgets, courts, HM Courts Service, Ministry of Justice, news, transport by sally

‘Many court closures in the past have not been based on the real travelling times it would take people to get to an alternative building, the chief executive of HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has admitted.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2019

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‘Incomprehensible’ MoJ guides airbrush barristers out, says Bar Council – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 14th, 2019 in barristers, courts, criminal justice, Crown Court, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Guides explaining the workings of criminal courts should be corrected “as a matter of urgency” according to the Bar Council, which claims they “effectively airbrush out of history the role of barristers”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th October 2019

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Speeches by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Collaboration, The Governance of Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 24th, 2019 in case management, courts, electronic filing, judiciary, speeches, tribunals by tracey

‘Ombudsman Association Conference – Driving Improvements: Collaboration and Peer Learning (May 2019).’

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‘Society of Legal Scholars – Implementation and Application of the Law: The Governance of Justice (September 2019)’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th September 2019

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77 more courts in England and Wales to close – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in budgets, courts, delay, HM Courts Service, live link evidence, news, ombudsmen, statistics by tracey

‘Nearly 80 more courts in England and Wales are due to close under a justice transformation scheme that is falling behind schedule, a watchdog’s report has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2019

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‘Passive’ civil courts urged to improve handling of vulnerable parties – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Rules should be updated, judicial training improved and court rooms rejigged to cater for parties with mental health conditions and other vulnerabilities in civil proceedings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th September 2019

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Criminal cases delayed across England and Wales as courts lie idle – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2019 in courts, criminal justice, delay, news by sally

‘Nearly half of all crown courts across England and Wales were left empty on Monday, a survey suggests, even though lawyers say they have never known the backlog of criminal cases to be so bad.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2019

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“Too early” to say online court is the future, research warns – Legal Futures

Posted August 9th, 2019 in courts, electronic filing, HM Courts Service, internet, news by tracey

‘There is as yet “no clear answer” to the question of whether an online court will facilitate easier access to the court system, research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2019

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Supreme Court backs third party access to court documents – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 2nd, 2019 in civil procedure rules, courts, documents, news, Supreme Court, third parties by tracey

‘Campaigners, the media and others who are not parties to court proceedings should be permitted to access court documents as “the default position”, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st August 2019

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Gauke: no more court closures – for now – Legal Futures

‘There will not be another round of court closures for the time being, but this may change as technology takes hold, justice secretary David Gauke said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 11th July 2019

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Courts to consider wider consequences of arson and criminal damage – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 4th, 2019 in arson, codes of practice, courts, criminal damage, criminal justice, news by sally

‘Courts are expected to get tougher on people who vandalise listed buildings, start a fire at a school or cause criminal damage at a train station under guidelines unveiled today. The Sentencing Council says its arson guidelines, which come into force in October, acknowledge that harm can include psychological effects and damage to property can be about more than just the financial value.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd July 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk