Government announces a new tranche of specialist domestic violence court systems – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in courts, domestic violence, press releases by sally

“The government has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the victims of domestic violence with the announcement of more than 30 new specialist domestic violence court systems across England and Wales.”

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Straw confirms expansion of dedicated drugs courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in courts, drug offences, press releases by sally

“Jack Straw has confirmed that drug courts, dedicated to tackling drug misuse and related crime, are to be extended to up to four more magistrates’ courts.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Dedicated drug court pilots: a process report – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 1st, 2008 in courts, drug offences, reports by sally

“In December 2005, the then Department of Constitutional Affairs announced a commitment to pilot Dedicated Drug Courts as part of the government’s agenda to reduce drug-related crime.

Matrix Knowledge Group has produced an independent process evaluation of the pilots in England and Wales: Leeds Magistrates’ Court and West London Magistrates’ Court.”

Dedicated drug court pilots – a process report (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 31st March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

The Lord Chief Justice’s Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted April 1st, 2008 in courts, reports by sally

The Lord Chief Justice’s Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts (PDF)

Judiciary of England and Wales, 31st March 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Who will become head of the first United Kingdom supreme court? – The Times

Posted April 1st, 2008 in courts, judiciary, news by sally

“A far-reaching reshuffle of top judicial posts is about to be triggered with the announcement of the next senior law lord, or top judge in the highest court of the land. The post is key because that person will become head of the first United Kingdom supreme court when it opens its doors for business in October next year.”

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The Times, 1st April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judge says courts ‘overstretched’ – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2008 in courts, news by sally

“The most senior judge in England and Wales has said a ‘stream’ of legislation had contributed to courts being ‘seriously overstretched’.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Just satisfaction? What drives public and participant satisfaction with courts and tribunals – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 28th, 2008 in courts, reports, tribunals by sally

“This report reviews existing research on drivers of public and participant satisfaction with courts and tribunals. It examines both UK and international evidence (published from 2000 onwards) on what factors may be associated with satisfaction with, and trust in, the justice system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 27th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Specialist courts planned to tackle domestic violence – The Times

Posted March 10th, 2008 in courts, domestic violence, news by sally

“A network of up to 100 specialist courts to tackle domestic violence should be set up to increase prosecutions for wife battering and domestic assaults, the Attorney-General said yesterday.”

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The Times, 8th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

TV cameras to be kept out of court as Straw kills off Falconer initiative – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2008 in courts, media, news by sally

“Plans to allow parts of court cases in England and Wales to be broadcast on TV have been shelved, a Whitehall source has told the Guardian.”

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The Guardian, 10th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Domestic abuse convictions ‘rise’ – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2008 in courts, domestic violence, news by sally

“Dedicated courts that prosecute domestic violence cases in England and Wales have an average success rate of almost 70%, figures show.”

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BBC News, 8th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Technology and Construction Court Annual Report 2006/2007 – Judiciary of England & Wales

Posted March 7th, 2008 in courts, reports by sally

“Technology and Construction Court Annual Report 2006/2007.”

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Judiciary of England & Wales, 5th March 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Judges win bigger role in court funding talks – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2008 in courts, judiciary, news by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge will have direct access to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ask for money for the court system under an unprecedented deal announced today.”

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Joint statement by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice on a partnership model for the operation of Her Majesty’s Courts Service – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 23rd, 2008 in courts, news by sally

“The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice have today issued a joint statement on a partnership model for the operations of Her Majesty’s Courts Service, the text of which has been issued to Parliament by way of a written ministerial statement.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd January 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Civil servant appointed to run supreme court – The Times

Posted January 21st, 2008 in civil servants, courts, news by sally

“Jenny Rowe is to be the first chief executive of the UK’s new supreme court when it comes into being in late 2009, Jack Straw, the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, has announced.”

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The Times, 18th January 2008

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Reshuffle for top lawyers when supreme court opens – The Times

Posted January 14th, 2008 in courts, judiciary, news by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge is being tipped to take over as head of the first supreme court in what will trigger a major reshuffle of top judicial posts.”

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The Times, 14th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) reaches first century in healthy state – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted December 11th, 2007 in appeals, courts, reports by sally

“The latest annual review of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Divison) coincides with the centenary of the court. Perhaps to fittingly illustrate the continuing value and relevance of the court, there has been a rise in both appeals against conviction and sentence in the past year.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 10th December 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Related link: Court of Appeal (Criminal Division): review of the legal year 2006/2007 (PDF)

Community test – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 7th, 2007 in courts, criminal justice, rehabilitation, special report by sally

“England’s first Community Court is now in its third year. Grania Langdon-Down reviews its impact.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th December 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar survey backs retention of wigs in civil cases – profession to work with senior judiciary to find way ahead – The Bar Council

Posted December 4th, 2007 in barristers, courts, news by sally

“A survey conducted by the Bar Council has found that the majority of respondents back the retention of wigs in civil and family cases. The Bar Council, which represents 15,000 barristers in England and Wales, conducted the survey following an announcement in July 2007 by the Lord Chief Justice that the Court Dress worn by Judges sitting in civil and family cases would be changed in January 2008. Judges sitting in these cases will wear a newly designed gown, but no wigs.”

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The Bar Council, 4th December 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Civil cases surge 25% to post-Woolf high – Legal Week

Posted November 21st, 2007 in courts, news, statistics by sally

“The number of civil cases launched in the High Court has jumped by 25% in a year – reaching its highest level since the advent of the Woolf Reforms in 1999.”

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Legal Week, 20th November 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

Prison service faces drastic cuts – The Observer

Posted November 19th, 2007 in courts, criminal justice, prisons, special report by sally

“A dramatic plan to slash the number of prison officers and streamline courts in England and Wales is being drawn up by the government in an attempt to deliver £1bn in savings.”

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The Observer, 18th November 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk