MoJ plans massive rise in court fees – The Lawyer

Posted November 16th, 2011 in courts, fees, news by sally

“Court fees charged to litigants are expected to soar after the Ministry of Justice said the High Court and Court of Appeal should be paid for by court-users rather than the taxpayer.”

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The Lawyer, 16th November 2011

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UK courts following European human rights rulings too strictly, warn judges – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2011 in courts, human rights, judiciary, news by sally

“UK courts are following European court of human rights rulings too strictly and should adopt a more critical approach towards Strasbourg, according to Britain’s two most senior judges.”

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The Guardian, 15th November 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK should not waste this opportunity in Strasbourg – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2011 in courts, human rights, news by sally

“New British president of the European court of human rights begins as the UK takes over as chair of Council of Europe.”

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The Guardian, 7th November 2011

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Court workers opposed to extended opening hours – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 3rd, 2011 in courts, magistrates, news, trade unions by sally

“The union representing court workers has voiced opposition to justice secretary Kenneth Clarke’s wish to extend opening hours.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd November 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Unlocking Disputes: Groundbreaking New Industry-Led Campaign Promotes London as the Global Dispute Resolution Centre – The Bar Council

Posted October 28th, 2011 in courts, dispute resolution, press releases by tracey

“Unlocking Disputes, the groundbreaking new industry-led campaign to promote London as the global dispute resolution centre, will be unveiled this evening at Rolls Building, London’s brand new court complex specialising in financial, business and property litigation.”

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The Bar Council, 27th October 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Legal aid cuts will cause courts logjam, warn top judges – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2011 in budgets, courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“Legal aid cuts aimed at saving £350m a year will result in courts being deluged by people without lawyers and will restrict access to justice, some of the country’s most senior judges have told the Guardian.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

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Attorney General speaks on the European Convention on Human Rights – Attorney General’s Office

Posted October 25th, 2011 in attorney general, courts, human rights, news, speeches by sally

“In a speech to a legal audience at London’s Lincoln Inn this evening, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, said that the benefits of remaining within the Convention and retaining our position as a leader of the international community are seen by the government to be fundamental to our national interest.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 24th October 2011

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Yorkshire judge under fire for banning ‘love’ in courtroom – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, judges, news, sex discrimination by sally

“A newly appointed Yorkshire judge has been criticised by the region’s language campaigners after banning defendants from referring to female court staff as ‘love’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2011

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More secret justice on the horizon – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, disclosure, evidence, intelligence services, news by sally

“The Cabinet Office has released its long awaited Justice and Security Green Paper, addressing the difficult question of to what extent the state must reveal secret information in court proceedings. A consultation has been launched on the proposals; responses can be sent via email by Friday 6 January 2012.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th October 2011

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Courts should ditch ‘absurd’ paper-based systems, say Neuberger and Vos – The Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, electronic filing, electronic mail, news by sally

“Britain’s leading judges are calling for an electronic revolution in the courts, arguing that enhanced use of technology would solidify London’s High Court as one of the best in the world.”

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The Lawyer, 20th October 2011

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Victims’ Views of Court and Sentencing – Victims’ Commissioner

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, criminal justice, news, sentencing, victims by sally

“Victims’ Commissioner publishes findings from research with victims of crime about their experiences of court and sentencing.”

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Victims’ Commissioner, 20th October 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Lawyers condemn police spies who ‘deceive’ justice system – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, demonstrations, evidence, investigatory powers, news, perjury, police by tracey

“Lawyers have condemned what appears to be deception of the courts by undercover police and have called for fundamental reforms of the legislation governing covert operations.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2011

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IPCC watchdog to probe undercover police officer case – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, demonstrations, evidence, investigatory powers, news, perjury, police by tracey

“Scotland Yard has called in the police watchdog over claims an undercover officer underwent a criminal trial using his operational alias.”

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BBC News, 20th October 2011

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Ken Clarke plans secret court hearings to avoid revealing intelligence – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2011 in courts, disclosure, intelligence services, news, private hearings by sally

“Intelligence gathered by MI5 and MI6, even if obtained by torture, will never be disclosed in court proceedings under proposals published by the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Justice in a time of economic crisis and in the age of the internet – Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

Posted October 19th, 2011 in civil justice, courts, internet, legal profession, speeches by sally

Justice in a time of economic crisis and in the age of the internet (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

High Sheriff’s Lecture 2011, 13th October 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Call to extend court opening hours – The Independent

Posted October 10th, 2011 in courts, magistrates, news by sally

“Justice minister Nick Herbert today called for magistrates’ courts to be opened during the night and at weekends.”

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The Independent, 9th October 2011

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Chancery Lane launches action over committal fee reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 6th, 2011 in courts, fees, guilty pleas, judicial review, legal aid, news by sally

“The Law Society has launched a legal challenge against the government over criminal legal aid fees.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th October 2011

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Reforming the ECHR: hostility surrounding deportation ruling – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 22nd, 2011 in courts, human rights, news by tracey

“In the news this week: the publication of interim advice to government by the independent Commission on a Bill of Rights, on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights. Also in the news this week: the ruling by that same court that the UK cannot deport a young Nigerian who was convicted of rape in 2002. Moves for his deportation began in 2003; the long fight against it has now ended.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd September 2011

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Rehashing old ideas? A response to the Bill of Rights Commission’s proposals – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 22nd, 2011 in courts, human rights, news, reports by tracey

“As we recently posted, the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights has published its interim advice to Government on reform of the European Court of Human Rights. The Commission made recommendations to achieve the ‘effective functioning of the Court over the long term’, following which Joshua Rozenberg stated that ‘everybody now agrees on the need for fundamental reform. It has to happen. And it will.’ But if there is such agreement, can the Commission’s recommendations produce any meaningful reform? Or do the proposals simply rehash old ideas?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th September 2011

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Ken Clarke is right – the European court of human rights needs reform – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2011 in constitutional reform, courts, human rights, news by tracey

“There is ‘not the faintest chance’ of the government withdrawing from the European convention on human rights, Ken Clarke told the Commons on Tuesday. But that does not mean the justice secretary is happy about the court in Strasbourg that has ultimate responsibility for enforcing the convention.”

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The Guardian, 14th September 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk