Specialised court encourages boom in IP cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Small and medium-sized enterprises are continuing to use the UK’s specialised intellectual property court despite having more options available for flexible trials, figures have shown.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Mercantile courts to trial fixed costs from later this year – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 24th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, courts, judges, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A fixed costs pilot scheme could get underway in the mercantile courts by the end of this year, according to minutes from recent meetings of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd May 2017

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Judges’ intervention prompts video-link rethink for youth cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 15th, 2017 in courts, judges, live link evidence, news, young persons by sally

‘A senior judge has shed light on the push by the government to conduct court proceedings via video despite widespread concerns.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th May 2017

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Jackson backs cost capping for Mercantile Court pilot – Litigation Futures

Posted April 13th, 2017 in costs, courts, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has chosen cost capping, rather than fixed costs, as the way forward for a voluntary pilot he hopes to introduce in the Mercantile Court, as the judge continues to investigate the possible extension of fixed recoverable costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th April 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

You’ve got bail: judge lets lawyer off over beeping phone – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2017 in courts, internet, judiciary, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The sudden trilling of a mobile phone amid the solemn atmosphere of a court hearing often leads to stern glances from the bench and cringing embarrassment from the offender. But Mr Justice Holman, one of the longest-serving high court judges in England and Wales, responded to an electronic interruption from one lawyer’s device in the family court on Thursday with compassionate forbearance.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The more things change, the more they stay the same – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Every time we think the courts might have given defendants in adjudication enforcement proceedings slightly more latitude in raising their dissatisfaction with an adjudicator’s decision, the court brings us back down to earth with a bump and reminds us that, in fact, no matter how hard done by our clients feel, they will have to “pay now and argue later”, save in the rarest of cases.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 27th March 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Routine denial of access to court file in procurement claims is wrong: judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2017 in confidentiality, courts, documents, judges, news, public procurement by sally

‘A practice where all public procurement claims are being marked on the court file as “private”, so that access to the court file in such cases is being routinely denied, is wrong in principle, the judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

English court dismisses ‘international law’ issues in Ukrainian Eurobond case – OUT-LAW.com

‘Questions of international law raised by Ukraine in a dispute with Russia involving overdue Eurobond repayments cannot be dealt with by the English courts, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th April 2017

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BREXIT: UK government seeking time limited power to ‘correct’ post-Brexit statute book – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 3rd, 2017 in bills, courts, EC law, legislation, news, parliamentary papers, repeals, time limits by sally

‘The UK government is seeking a time-limited power to “correct the statute book” by way of secondary legislation ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th March 2017

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Bar Council issues warning over plan for extended court sittings – Litigation Futures

Posted March 27th, 2017 in barristers, children, courts, diversity, news, pilot schemes, women by tracey

‘Forthcoming plans for courts to start earlier and finish later will disadvantage barristers with children and do not take account of the cab-rank rule, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th March 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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

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

News focus: ‘Virtual justice’ and the IT panacea – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Just over six years ago, a taxpayer funded independent study of a pilot “virtual court” concluded that: “A rollout based on the pilot’s performance and parameters is likely to cost more money than it saves. A break-even scenario may be achieved, but this is still likely to be a challenge.” ‘

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Justice reformer condemns digital criminal courts plan – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Government plans for virtual court hearings and online guilty pleas for criminal offences are poorly costed, based on weak evidence and have not been subjected to proper consultation, a national justice charity says today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Grand Court of the Cayman Islands guest lecture 2017 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 8th, 2017 in arbitration, courts, dispute resolution, international law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Grand Court of the Cayman Islands guest lecture 2017.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th march 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

New costs cap regime in force for environmental cases – OUT-LAW.com

‘Courts in England and Wales have new powers to change the maximum cost liabilities that those challenging environmental decisions of public bodies’ through judicial review could be exposed to under new rules that are now in force.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2017

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MoJ confirms hike in probate fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 28th, 2017 in consultations, courts, fees, news, probate by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has confirmed a massive overhaul in probate charges, which will see some estates charged up to £20,000. From May this year, subject to parliamentary approval, the MoJ is planning to introduce a sliding scale of charges for probate fees to replace the current flat fees.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th February 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

David Davies jailed for live-streaming Cardiff court case – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in contempt of court, courts, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A man who filmed and live-streamed a court case in Cardiff has been jailed for 28 days.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.bb.co.uk

Courts bill: ‘viewing booths’ to preserve open justice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in bills, consultations, courts, criminal justice, criminal procedure, internet, news by sally

‘Interested members of the public will be able to view ‘virtual’ court hearings from purpose-built booths in court buildings, the Prisons and Courts Bill states. The proposal is an attempt to counter threats to open justice by a courts system increasingly operating digitally. Court listings and case results will also be published online, a factsheet published by the Ministry of Justice says.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk