A quarter of listed cases not published by National Archives – Legal Futures

Posted January 24th, 2023 in archives, courts, delay, internet, judgments, law reports, news, reports by sally

‘The National Archives (TNA), which took over as the immediate online publisher of senior court judgments last year, failed to publish judgments in over a quarter of cases in its first three months of operation, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 24th January 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ministry of Justice to launch call for evidence on open justice – Legal Futures

Posted January 17th, 2023 in courts, electronic filing, media, Ministry of Justice, news, remote hearings, tribunals by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to launch a “wide-ranging” call for evidence on open justice, access to information and transparency across the courts and tribunals.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Members of the Traveller community visit the Old Bailey – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 9th, 2023 in courts, news, travellers by tracey

‘At the end of November 2022, HHJ Dafna Spiro, a Diversity and Community Relations Judge (DCRJ), and HHJ Angela Rafferty KC hosted a group of young people from the Traveller community at the Old Bailey. Planning for the trip began back in May 2022, with HHJ Beccy Trowler KC and June Warwick also playing a key role. HHJ Spiro and HHJ Rafferty were joined by June, a barrister at Rose Court Chambers, herself from the Traveller community. Six young people joined the visit, accompanied by three adults from Friends, Families & Travellers (FFT), a charity that works to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 5th January 2023

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Poor state of English and Welsh courts worsening backlog, says Law Society – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2022 in courts, delay, Law Society, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Broken heating, sewage, mould, asbestos and leaking toilets and roofs are among the problems encountered by solicitors in courts in England and Wales, a survey by the Law Society has found.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Message from the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals – Modes of address in courts and tribunals – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in courts, judges, judiciary, news by tracey

‘We are today announcing a change in the practice of how certain Judges are addressed in court. From now on, the Judges listed below should be addressed in court or tribunal hearings as “Judge.”’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 1st December 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Travel and childcare costs ‘stopping domestic abuse victims getting to court’ – The Independent

‘The cost-of-living crisis is increasingly being used as justification for domestic abuse while some victims are unable to afford to get to court to obtain protection, a charity has warned.’

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The Independent, 24th October 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Construction begins on brand new flagship London court in the Square Mile – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 21st, 2022 in computer crime, courts, fraud, London, Ministry of Justice, money laundering, news by tracey

‘The construction of a state-of-the-art combined court is underway in the heart of London’s legal centre as part of Salisbury Square, a new development on Fleet Street.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th October 2022

Source: www.gov.uk

Lord Hodge, Guildhall Lecture – Supreme Court

‘Lord Hodge, Guildhall Lecture – The Rule of Law, the Courts and the British Economy.’

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Supreme Court, 4th October 2022

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

King’s Bench Division Guide 2022 – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted September 26th, 2022 in codes of practice, courts, judiciary, news by sally

‘The King’s Bench Division Guide 2022 has been published, replacing the Queen’s Bench Division 2022 version.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 15th September 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Delays leave man facing four years in Leicester jail without trial – The Guardian

‘A man has been told he will have to spend at least four years and three months in jail without trial as a result of Covid, barrister strikes and a malfunctioning courtroom.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Disability awareness “often the poor relation” at Bar and in courts – Legal Futures

Posted September 15th, 2022 in barristers, courts, disabled persons, news by tracey

‘The courts and the Bar need to do more to be accessible to disabled people, with their approach to disability lagging behind how they treat other protected characteristics, it has been argued.’

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Legal Futures, 15th September 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Will Trial Rape Courts Address Low Conviction Rates? – Each Other

Posted August 16th, 2022 in courts, domestic violence, news, pilot schemes, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘A year after the Government’s Rape Review, a pilot scheme was announced that would establish three specialist rape courts in England. But with concerns from the sector about access to justice, survivors’ welfare and funding: Will specialist rape courts address low conviction rates and support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence?’

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Each Other, 12th August 2022

Source: eachother.org.uk

An introduction to the Unified Patent Court (UPC) – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in courts, news, patents by tracey

‘The European patent landscape is changing significantly with the introduction of the unitary patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC). The UPC will provide a one-stop shop for patent litigation throughout a large part of Europe. Decisions will be made by local and regional divisions of the UPC based across Europe that sit under the umbrella of one centralised judicial framework.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st August 2022

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UK rape victim left feeling ‘suicidal’ after five-year wait for case to come to trial – The Guardian

‘A rape victim who will have been waiting five years by the time her case comes to court has said navigating the justice process has had a worse impact on her mental health than the crime itself, leaving her feeling “suicidal”.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Public uncomfortable with tech firms’ use of court data – Legal Futures

‘Less than a fifth (18%) of the public are comfortable with the use of data from the courts by tech companies, a major study has found.’

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Legal Futures, 21st July 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New Problem-Solving Courts to combat drug and alcohol-fuelled crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Ground-breaking new courts will direct drug and alcohol abusers to tackle their addiction head-on or face tough consequences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2022

Source: www.gov.uk

New data reveals decline in access to justice – The Bar Council

Posted June 20th, 2022 in barristers, courts, legal aid, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Council is calling for more funding for the justice system, as it launches a new, live, interactive map of key national and regional data on access to justice across England and Wales.’

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The Bar Council, 20th June 2022

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Media reporters’ Charter – open justice, but only for some – Transparency Project

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in codes of practice, courts, HM Courts Service, media, news by sally

‘A new “Reporters’ Charter” outlining the rights and responsibilities of court reporters has been launched to boost transparency in the justice system, according an announcement by HM Courts and Tribunals Service. The charter, part of the General guidance to staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals, was developed by the Media Lawyers Association and HM Courts and Tribunals Service and unveiled at the Society of Editors Annual Conference on 11 May 2022.’

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Transparency Project, 22nd May 2022

Source: transparencyproject.org.uk

New Charter to improve media access to courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 17th, 2022 in courts, law reports, media, news, reporting restrictions by tracey

‘A new Reporters’ Charter outlining the rights and responsibilities of court reporters has been launched to boost transparency in the justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th May 2022

Source: www.gov.uk

New English witness evidence rules likely to influence wider best practice – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 29th, 2022 in courts, evidence, news, practice directions, witnesses by tracey

‘Businesses involved in disputes before a wide range of courts and tribunals should expect their factual witness evidence to be closely scrutinised and should be aware of best practice principles recently set out by one of the main branches of the English courts.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th April 2022

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