Judges to get counselling to help them cope with sex crime cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 6th, 2017 in courts, internet, judges, mental health, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Judges are to get mental health help to deal with sex crime cases, the new Lord Chief Justice has announced, as he said we must recognise that “judges are human” too.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2017

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Uber request to take drivers’ rights case directly to top UK court rejected – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2017 in appeals, courts, employment, news, Supreme Court, taxis by tracey

‘Uber’s request to take its appeal to overturn a ruling over drivers’ rights directly to the UK’s highest court, skipping the Court of Appeal, has been rejected.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2017

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UK justice system failing defendants with mental health issues – charity – The Guardian

‘Specialist prosecutors should review all decisions to charge suspects with mental health vulnerabilities and the defence of insanity should be amended, a law reform charity has said.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

English courts committed to high-quality commercial litigation throughout the country, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Comments around the launch of the Business and Property Courts (BPC) underline the judicial service’s commitment to high-quality commercial litigation regardless of where a case is filed in England and Wales, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd November 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

First Courts & Tribunals Service Centres launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in courts, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

‘The country’s first Courts & Tribunals Service Centres will be launched in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2017

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

HMCTS launches new consultation on flexible court hours pilots after heeding objections – Legal Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in consultations, courts, diversity, HM Courts Service, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has launched a new consultation on flexible operating hours pilots which accepts the possibility that extending the hours of courts, although desirable, might have to be abandoned altogether.’

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Legal Futures, 26th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Videolinks in court trials undermine justice system, says report – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in courts, criminal justice, internet, news, reports, video recordings by sally

‘Video-conferencing threatens defendants’ rights and undermines trust in the justice system, according to a report on the government’s drive towards so-called “trial by Skype”.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2017

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Family Drug and Alcohol Court and councils to receive £6m+ from social impact bond – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 20th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, courts, drug abuse, local government, news by sally

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) and partner local authorities are to receive £6.2m over seven years through a social impact bond to support its work within the family court system, the Government has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Junior barristers “bearing the brunt” of pressure in criminal courts – Legal Futures

Posted October 17th, 2017 in barristers, case management, courts, criminal justice, diversity, news by tracey

‘ “Concerned words” about diversity and social mobility need to be turned into action through changes to the way the criminal courts operate if junior barristers are to be retained, the Criminal Bar Association has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New court complex planned to bolster City of London after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2017 in courts, fraud, HM Courts Service, internet, London, news by sally

‘A major court complex specialising in cybercrime and fraud cases is to be built in the City of London to promote the UK’s financial and legal services post-Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Brexit and the Irish Bar – Brexit Law

‘The Brexit vote has opened a Pandora’s box of uncertainties for UK lawyers, not least the issue of how leaving will affect their rights to practise in the EU.’

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Brexit Law, 6th October 2017

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The Lord Chief Justice’s Report 2017 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 7th, 2017 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, judiciary, reports by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice has today laid his 2017 annual report before Parliament.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th September 2017

Source: www.judciary.gov.uk

Home Office funds new video enabled justice programme – Home Office

Posted September 5th, 2017 in courts, evidence, news, pilot schemes, police, victims, video recordings by sally

‘A new video link scheme designed to improve the way police officers give evidence and free up more time for front line duties will be piloted thanks to an £11m government cash injection.’

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Home Office, 4th September 2017

Source: www.gov.uk

Consistory court evidence or “Call My Bluff”: Episode 1 – Law & Religion UK

Posted August 30th, 2017 in Church of England, courts, documents, ecclesiastical law, evidence, judgments, news by sally

‘In our monthly reviews of consistory court judgments, it is not uncommon to encounter assertions in the submissions of petitioners, the amenity societies, and even “experts” which are less than robust. However, in this ecclesiastical variant on “Call My Bluff“, the Chancellor/Commissary-General invariably sees through the weasel words, exaggerations &c, and the published judgments reveal how the perpetrators are diplomatically taken to task, as appropriate. However, whilst statements made on checkable facts are easy to identify, those that transcend the binary “true or bluff” question to matters of opinion or the assessment of a particular “expert” are more complex to assess. The following discussion includes a number of examples on which future petitioners might wish to ponder.’

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Law & Religion UK, 30th August 2017

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The UK and the CJEU after Brexit – Law & Religion UK

Posted August 24th, 2017 in brexit, courts, dispute resolution, EC law, jurisdiction, news, treaties by sally

‘Amid much media speculation, the Government has published its position paper on post-Brexit relations between the UK and the Court of Justice of the European Union.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd August 2017

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UK offers climbdown on European courts deciding cross-border cases – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in brexit, courts, EC law, jurisdiction, news, treaties by sally

‘Britain will be subject to the rulings of European courts after Brexit, the government has conceded, in an apparent climbdown from its promise of judicial independence.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2017

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Flexible Court Hours pilot: Bar Chair’s reply to Lord Justice Fulford – The Bar Council

Posted August 10th, 2017 in barristers, courts, flexible working, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘In a reply to Lord Justice Fulford, Andrew Langdon QC, Chair of the Bar, has expressed continued concern with plans for Flexible Operating Court Hours pilots.’

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The Bar Council, 7th August 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Senior judge attacks “ill-informed comments” about flexible court hours pilots – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 4th, 2017 in courts, judges, news, pilot schemes, working time by sally

‘The Judge in Charge of Reform has expressed regret at “the extent of the widely-broadcast misunderstandings and ill-informed comments from a range of sources” on the Flexible Operating Hours Pilots.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Letter from Lord Justice Fulford: Flexible Operating Hours Pilots – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted August 3rd, 2017 in courts, pilot schemes, press releases, working time by tracey

‘In my capacity as the Judge in Charge of Reform, and in light of public comments – particularly from members of the legal profession – I thought it would be helpful to attempt to demystify the proposed Flexible Operating Hours Pilots. I regret the extent of the widely-broadcast misunderstandings and ill-informed comments from a range of sources.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th July 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Judge spearheading late-night courts confronts the critics – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in courts, diversity, judges, legal profession, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘The senior judge in charge of modernising the courts service has hit out at “ill-informed comments” from lawyers and “misunderstandings” about controversial plans to test out-of-hours courts.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st August 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk