Court modernisation “undermining access to justice”, lawyers tell MPs – Legal Futures

‘Criminal and civil lawyers have spelt out to MPs on the justice select committee a catalogue of ways in which court modernisation is undermining access to justice.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2019

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Call for curbs on Lord Chancellor’s power over online rule committee – Legal Futures

‘A future Lord Chancellor could impose “quite radical changes” on the court system unless changes are made to the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill, peers have warned.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2019

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Demand for commercial courts hits new peak as competition circles – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2019 in brexit, Commercial Court, courts, jurisdiction, London, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of commercial cases heard in London grew significantly last year, according to new research which highlights the difficulties for new international courts to challenge the UK’s position post-Brexit.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2019

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Impact of Brexit on UK courts “exaggerated”, judges say – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2019 in brexit, courts, dispute resolution, judges, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The likely legal impact of Brexit on English law and the UK’s role in international dispute resolution, has been exaggerated, a Court of Appeal judge said yesterday.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2019

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Court service starts another video hearing pilot running – Legal Futures

‘A pilot enabling domestic abuse victims to take part in hearings by video link from a computer in their solicitor’s office has begun running in Manchester.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2019

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Barristers first in queue as court access scheme goes national – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 9th, 2019 in barristers, courts, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘A pilot scheme enabling legal professionals to enter courts and tribunals without the need to pass through security is to be rolled out across England and Wales – but only for barristers initially. The “professional-user access scheme” has already been piloted at 10 courts and will be extended to an additional five courts this month. HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it expects the service to be operating nationwide by next year. The five new courts will be; Manchester Minshull Street, York Crown Court, Reading Crown Court, Guildford Crown Court and Cardiff Crown Court.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th May 2019

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Even more people set to benefit from online court reform – Ministry of Justice

‘New legislation making it even easier for court users to apply for small money claims or divorce online was unveiled in the House of Lords today (1 May 2019).’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st May 2019

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

Judges, police and lawyers warn MPs over court modernisation – Legal Futures

‘Judges, justice campaigners, academics and others have raised wide-ranging concerns about the government’s ambitious court reform programme in evidence submitted to MPs.’

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Legal Futures, 9th April 2019

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Court reforms “must measure impact on vulnerable litigants” – Legal Futures

Posted March 12th, 2019 in civil justice, courts, dispute resolution, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A high-powered body of experts has called for more detailed evaluations of the government’s ambitious court modernisation programme, and complained about the lack of data on the impact of the reforms.’

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Legal Futures, 12th March 2019

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Lord Chief Justice sets up advisory group on Artificial Intelligence – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 5th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, courts, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘To make sure the Judiciary of England and Wales is fully informed about developments in artificial intelligence (AI), the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, has set up a new advisory body.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th March 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

What is really being protected in the Linklaters case? – Legal Futures

‘The Linklaters v Mellish case has brought the issue of how law firms deal with sexual harassment, and how the courts deal with confidentiality, back into the spotlight.’

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Legal Futures, 7th February 2019

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Lay users “must be at heart of court process”, says think tank – Litigation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2019 in courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Greater efforts need to be made to put lay court users at the centre of the legal system so they understand the process, know what to expect, and can therefore participate fully, according to an influential justice think tank.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th January 2019

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Half of magistrates courts in England and Wales closed since 2010 – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2019 in budgets, computer programs, courts, magistrates, news, statistics by sally

‘More than half of all magistrates courts in England and Wales have closed since 2010, forcing defendants, witnesses, police, lawyers and justices of the peace to travel sometimes more than 50 miles to access local justice.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2019

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Courts IT chaos prompts call for compensation and more funding – The Guardian

‘The computer network collapse that disrupted courts across England and Wales for days has prompted calls for compensation and improved funding for the beleaguered criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2019

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Law courts in chaos as IT meltdown disrupts thousands of cases – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in courts, electronic filing, electronic mail, internet, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Thousands of cases have been disrupted or delayed across England and Wales after the courts service’s main computer network repeatedly crashed, preventing lawyers and judges from working.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2019

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Computers fail in courts across England as judges and CPS struggle to access vital case information – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 22nd, 2019 in courts, documents, electronic filing, electronic mail, news by sally

‘Court computer systems have been failing across England as judges and the Crown Prosecution Service struggle to access vital case information held digitally.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2019

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MPs to probe access to justice impact of court modernisation – Legal Futures

Posted January 11th, 2019 in courts, electronic filing, news, select committees by sally

‘MPs are to probe the access to justice implications of the £1bn court modernisation programme, it was announced today.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2019

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Trio of justice bills become law – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 20th, 2018 in bills, compensation, courts, judiciary, personal injuries, press releases, prisons by tracey

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today spoke of his pride in a department “delivering real change”, after 3 important justice bills all became law on the same day (20 December 2018).’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th December 2018

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

Judges reject MoJ plans for trials by video link and warn against cuts – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2018 in budgets, courts, judiciary, live link evidence, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘Judges have rejected radical Ministry of Justice plans to hold full trials via remote video hearings and warned that imposing deep cuts on staff numbers will render the courts system “unworkable”.

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The Guardian, 20th December 2018

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Sir Philip Green: Injunctions, Non-Disclosure Agreements and Parliamentary Privilege – Rights Info

‘In October, Sir Philip Green was revealed in Parliament as the businessman at the heart of ‘Britain’s #MeToo scandal’. The revelation sparked an intense debate about injunctions, non-disclosure agreements, parliamentary privilege and the relationship between Parliament and the courts. But what does all mean? In this explainer we get to the bottom of it.’

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Rights Info, 17th December 2018

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