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

Online court’s strategy for assisting digitally excluded “needs reshaping”, says CJC report – Legal Futures

Posted June 8th, 2018 in courts, electronic filing, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is at risk of freezing out a large number of vulnerable people from accessing the online court if it does not reshape its strategy for assisting the ‘digitally excluded’, according to a major study commissioned by the Civil Justice Council (CJC).’

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Legal Futures, 8th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court: Clinton privacy claim can be heard in business or media lists – Litigation Futures

Posted June 7th, 2018 in courts, lists, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The media and communications list (M&CL) in the Queen’s Bench Division, and the Chancery Division’s business list are not specialist lists and a privacy claim can be heard equally well in either, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th June 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind

‘The Ministry of Justice’s top civil servant has told MPs that the government’s massive court reform programme will have failed if it does not carry the support of those who use the courts.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers bring flexible courts into legal aid action – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criminal barristers refusing to take on new legal aid work have asked the government to abandon plans to test new operating hours for courts, as heads of chambers prepare to discuss whether or not to accept the government’s surprise offer of investment last week.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th May 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ministry of Justice unveils legislation that will allow judges to delegate “routine” work to court staff – Litigation Futures

Posted May 25th, 2018 in bills, civil procedure rules, courts, judiciary, lists, news by sally

‘Legislation to allow judges to delegate tasks to court staff was announced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday as it emerged that the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has already begun looking at the issue.’

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Litigation Futures,24th May 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

New legislation will modernise the courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 24th, 2018 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, judiciary, lists, press releases by tracey

‘The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill will increase efficiency by allowing greater flexibility to deploy the right judge to the right case.’

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd May 2018

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

HMCTS behind schedule on “ambitious” court reform programme, says watchdog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 11th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, delay, electronic filing, news by sally

‘HM Courts Service is behind where it expected to be at this stage of its ambitious reform programme, the National Audit Office has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

HMCTS response to National Audit Office report on court reform programme – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 9th, 2018 in budgets, courts, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

‘HMCTS response from CEO Susan Acland-Hood to National Audit Office report on court reform programme.’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th May 2018

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