New pilot scheme announced for easier court entrance for legal professionals – Family Law

Posted August 13th, 2018 in courts, identification, legal profession, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced a new pilot scheme for practising legal professionals which will allow for them to get direct entrance to courts without the need to be searched. The scheme aims to reduce queues and grant legal professionals easier court access. In preparation of the schemes launch the MoJ is encouraging legal professionals to register with their local courts prior to the start of the pilot.’

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Family Law, 10th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Unified Patent Court: UK to be a member during Brexit transition – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 10th, 2018 in courts, international courts, news, patents by sally

‘The UK government has revealed that a deal was struck earlier this year to enable the UK to participate in the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) system during any Brexit implementation period that might apply.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th August 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Justice in a Modern Way’ – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted August 8th, 2018 in courts, judiciary, speeches, tribunals by tracey

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Justice in a Modern Way.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th August 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov

Hayley Gascoigne, Died of a Broken Heart? – Laura Addy summarises Inquest – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in courts, inquests, news, paramedics by sally

‘On the 28th and 29th June 2018 Laura Addy represented Gary Long in the recent inquest into the tragic death of Hayley Gascoigne that was held at Hull Coroner’s Court before Professor Marks.’

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Park Square Barristers, 6th July 2018

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Video hearings “will not supplant” face-to-face, says HMCTS – Legal Futures

Posted July 31st, 2018 in courts, dispute resolution, news, tribunals, video recordings by sally

‘Video hearings will not supplant face-to-face hearings in the majority of cases before the courts, even after their use is expanded, the deputy director of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 31st July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Government accused of ‘undermining access to justice’ with closure of seven more courts in England – The Independent

Posted July 25th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, news by tracey

‘The government is closing seven more courts in England to save money, despite warnings that the move will “undermine local access to justice”.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

MPs cast severe doubt on court modernisation – Legal Futures

Posted July 20th, 2018 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, HM Courts Service, news by tracey

‘MPs on the public accounts committee (PAC) said today that they have “little confidence” that the court modernisation programme can be delivered.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Plans to close courts across the UK could see suspects failing to turn up for hearings, report warns – Daily Telegraph

‘Plans to close courts across the UK could see suspects failing to turn up for hearings, the public accounts committee has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judicial Protocol update: Expedition of Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 17th, 2018 in children, courts, press releases, reports, witnesses by tracey

‘A Protocol between The National Police Chiefs’ Council, The Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service to Expedite Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th July 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Solon Solomon: The Chequers Agreement: Brexit and the Infeasibility of Judicial and Legal Independence – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Chequers agreement reshapes the UK Brexit position. By formally throwing its lot behind a soft Brexit, Theresa May’s government has made a point. It is unclear how this stance was influenced by the House of Lords voting in favour of such a soft Brexit some months ago or by the City entrepreneurs voicing their support to such a scenario. Projecting into the future, it is equally unclear how the Chequers agreement will impact UK politics and the government’s viability.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 12th July 2018

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

One court, one judiciary? – New Law Journal

Posted July 10th, 2018 in civil justice, courts, dispute resolution, judiciary, news, tribunals by sally

‘Steven Gasztowicz QC considers the radical question of whether there could ever be ‘one civil court’ & ‘one judiciary’.’

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New Law Journal, 6th July 2018

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Lord Mayor’s Dinner for HM Judges July 2018: Lord Chancellor’s speech – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 6th, 2018 in courts, judiciary, London, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary David Gauke gave a speech at the Lord Mayor’s Dinner for HM Judges at Mansion House.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th July 2018

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

We got it wrong: MoJ admits overcharging for court fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 5th, 2018 in courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has admitted overcharging for a string of different court fees – with the lost income from reducing the fees set to cost around £9m a year. The announcement follows the Gazette’s revelation that some personal injury claimants had been overcharged by more than £100 for starting proceedings in the High Court and County Court since 2016.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th July 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

World-class fraud and cybercrime court approved for London’s Fleetbank house site – Ministry of justice

Posted July 5th, 2018 in computer crime, courts, press releases by tracey

‘A new flagship court specifically designed to tackle cybercrime, fraud, and economic crime will reinforce the UK’s reputation as a world-leading legal centre, the Lord Chancellor will announce tonight (Wednesday 4 July).’

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Ministry of justice, 4th July 2018

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

People risk unjust prison sentences due to lack of court healthcare – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2018 in contracting out, courts, detention, health, news by sally

‘Innocent people are at risk of being given unjust prison sentences and suffering physical harm because of a lack of healthcare in courthouses, according to the outgoing head of the independent body charged with monitoring the care and welfare of those brought to court in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

FDAC unit closure threatens future of problem-solving courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in alcohol abuse, courts, drug abuse, families, family courts, local government, news by tracey

‘Days after it emerged that a national board set up to improve the performance of the family justice system and chaired by government ministers had not met for 17 months, a national unit set up only three years ago to support a pioneering problem-solving court service for families is shutting down due to lack of government support.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: The Foundation for Science and Technology – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 21st, 2018 in computer programs, courts, internet, speeches by tracey

‘Debate on how the adoption of new technology can be accelerated to improve the efficiency of the justice system.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st June 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

MPs warned of court modernisation risks – Legal Futures

‘Evidence provided to MPs by those involved in or observing the courts have outlined wide-ranging concerns about the government’s court modernisation programme.’

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Legal Futures, 18th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Speech by The Right Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon: The Age of Reform – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 14th, 2018 in computer programs, courts, internet, judges, speeches, tribunals by tracey

‘Speech by The Right Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon: The Age of Reform.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 8th June 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Jail for solicitor who forged documents and stole £800,000 of client money – Legal Futures

Posted June 11th, 2018 in courts, forgery, money laundering, news, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘A dishonest solicitor who forged documents and stole clients’ mortgage payments after taking the reins of a law firm has been jailed for seven years and six months.’

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Legal Futures, 11th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk