QASA approaches black hole of no return – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 13th, 2018 in advocacy, criminal justice, news by sally

‘A divisive accreditation scheme for criminal advocates wishing to exercise rights of audience in the higher courts could be officially consigned to the history books as early as next week.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th August 2018

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Divisional Court strikes down irrational and unfairly made decision to cut criminal legal aid – Blackstone Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in budgets, criminal justice, judicial review, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A Divisional Court comprising Lord Justice Leggatt And Mrs Justice Carr DBE has allowed a judicial review challenge brought by the Law Society to a decision made by the Lord Chancellor to introduce a 40% cut to the maximum number of pages of prosecution evidence (‘PPE’) that count for payment of criminal defence solicitors. The regulations that introduced the cut will be quashed (p.143 of the judgment).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 3rd August 2018

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Adopt inquisitorial criminal justice system in UK, charity urges – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2018 in criminal justice, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Toynbee Hall says it favours continental-style system because adversarial process is expensive and inefficient.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bar Council response to Justice Select Committee report on Criminal Legal Aid – The Bar Council

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, press releases, reports, select committees by tracey

‘The Bar Council has responded to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee’s report on the current state of criminal legal aid in England and Wales.’

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The Bar Council, 26th July 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

“Fragility” of criminal law firms threatening rights, MPs warn – Legal Futures

‘Fundamental rights to legal advice and representation for people accused of crimes are at risk, the justice select committee has warned, calling for a “comprehensive and independent” review of criminal legal aid.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

John Worboys case shows Parole Board is not independent, court to hear – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2018 in criminal justice, criminal procedure, human rights, news, parole by sally

‘A British prisoner is seeking a judicial review because he says he does not have a fair chance of parole following the controversy surrounding the decision to release the serial sex attacker John Worboys.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2018

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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

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UK may face legal challenge over US extradition of Isis pair – The Guardian

‘UK ministers could face a legal challenge to the decision to assist the US extradition of two former British Islamic State terrorists without demanding they do not face the death penalty, as Downing Street backed Sajid Javid’s decision to allow the move.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2018

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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

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Offenders ‘not getting support they need’ due to decline in pre-sentence reports – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 19th, 2018 in community service, criminal justice, news, reports, sentencing by tracey

‘Fewer pre-sentence reports (PSR) may be linked to the worrying decline in community sentences in England and Wales, according to interim analysis conducted by a justice thinktank. The Centre for Justice Innovation says community sentences are significantly more effective than short-term custodial sentences to reduce reoffending – a key priority for justice secretary David Gauke. However, community sentences have fallen in England, in contrast to other UK jurisdictions.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2018

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Criminal solicitors in England and Wales challenge cut to fees – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2018 in criminal justice, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Criminal solicitors have had their fees for reading large quantities of crown court evidence cut by up to 37% under changes imposed by the Ministry of Justice, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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Independent barristers “better quality” than other criminal advocates, say judges – Legal Fututes

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, criminal justice, news, solicitor advocates by sally

‘The standard of criminal advocacy is “generally competent”, but that of solicitor-advocates and in-house barristers is inferior to the self-employed Bar, research among judges has found.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Justice secretary’s plan for female prisoners ‘underfunded by £15m’ – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2018 in criminal justice, news, prisons, women by sally

‘The government’s advisers on dealing with female offenders have written a joint letter to the justice secretary branding a new strategy for women in prison a missed opportunity that is underfunded by at least £15m.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2018

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Trials and tribulations: my life as a criminal barrister – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, news, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘Years spent representing young offenders left me unconvinced that the system was giving them a fair shot at rehabilitation.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2018

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Consultation launched on General guideline for offences not covered by specific guidance – Sentencing Council

Posted June 21st, 2018 in consultations, criminal justice, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on a General sentencing guideline for use when sentencing offences for which there is no existing guideline.’

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Sentencing Council, 19th June 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Speech by Lord Justice Gross: Disclosure – Again – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 21st, 2018 in case management, criminal justice, disclosure, police, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Gross: Disclosure – Again.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 19th 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

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Bar Council statement on AGFS vote – The Bar council

Posted June 14th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Statement from Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, and Richard Atkins QC, Chair-Elect of the Bar, on the criminal Bar’s vote on the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).’

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The Bar council, 12th June 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

52:48 again – criminal barristers vote to accept government legal aid deal – Legal Futures

Posted June 13th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘The criminal Bar has narrowly voted to accept the government’s offer of £15m additional funding for the advocates’ graduated fee scheme, a result described as “neither a defeat nor a victory”.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk