Criminal defence lawyers face “extinction” as profession unites to fight for justice system – Legal Futures

Posted April 18th, 2018 in criminal justice, legal representation, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales could become “extinct”, the Law Society has warned on the back of data showing that this is an increasingly ageing part of the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 17th April 2018

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Criminal defence solicitors facing extinction – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 17th, 2018 in criminal justice, legal profession, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Criminal defence solicitors are on the way to becoming extinct, according to a graphic depiction published by the Law Society today. A heatmap of duty solicitor coverage shows that in several parts of England and Wales a majority of criminal law specialists are over 50 – and that few young solicitors are choosing the specialism.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th April 2018

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Immaturity means young adults need more support in court, report says – The Guardian

‘Young adults should be given special treatment in court because they are immature and need help understanding proceedings, according to a report by an influential legal reform group. The call for a fresh approach for 18- to 24-year-olds comes from the Centre for Justice Innovation as the sharp rise in knife crime highlights the criminal justice system’s problems in dealing with that age group.’

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the Guardian, 10th April 2018

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Third of criminal law barristers consider leaving jobs as CBA launches direct action – Legal Futures

‘The depth of despondency among criminal law barristers has been revealed in a survey as direct action by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) began on Easter Day.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2018

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Statement from the Chair of the Bar on AGFS – The Bar Council

Posted March 26th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Statement from the Chair of the Bar on AGFS.’

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The Bar Council, 24th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Criminal barristers expecting ‘overwhelming’ support for action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 26th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Criminal barristers are expected to announce direct action this week against what they say is the latest round of government cuts to the legal aid budget. The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) said it will update members on Thursday on the results of a survey it sent to them asking whether they wanted to take action. CBA chair Angela Rafferty said this morning that the signs are that “there will be overwhelming support for unified action.” ’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th March 2018

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Poorest priced out of justice by legal aid rules, says Law Society – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2018 in civil justice, criminal justice, legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘Some of the poorest families in England and Wales are being denied legal aid because they cannot afford the financial contributions they are required to make, according to the Law Society.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2018

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Barrister blows whistle on ‘broken legal system brought to its knees by cuts’ – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2018 in barristers, complaints, courts, criminal justice, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘Damning book by ‘secret barrister’ tells of courts plagued by daily errors leaving them unfit for purpose.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2018

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Evidence not being disclosed on a daily basis, lawyers say in survey – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2018 in criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, disclosure, evidence, news, solicitors by sally

‘More than 1,000 criminal lawyers in England and Wales have experienced disclosure of evidence failings in the last year, according to a BBC survey.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2018

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Helen Newlove: ‘Victims should never be let down by the justice system’ – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2018 in criminal justice, news, parliament, victims by sally

‘The victims’ commissioner on her fight for a long-overdue law to get vulnerable people heard.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2018

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Third of all lawyers believe disclosure problems have led to miscarriages of justice – Daily Telegraph

‘The scale of the disclosure crisis facing the criminal justice system has been laid bare, after a survey found that half of all lawyers were now running into problems on a daily basis and a third saying they believed it had resulted in wrongful convictions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2018

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Helping child witnesses: ‘One girl gave evidence with a hamster on her lap’ – The Guardian

‘They might be victims of rape, or witnesses to murder. But can they really be relied upon to tell the truth at trial?’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2018

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Woman abandons rape case in despair at legal process – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2018 in criminal justice, delay, news, victims by sally

‘A woman who endured five years of delays due to Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan police errors in pursuing a rape case is abandoning the legal process in despair.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

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Private probation firms fail to cut rates of reoffending – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2018 in contracting out, criminal justice, news, probation, recidivists by sally

‘The vast majority of companies set up to tackle reoffending as part of a controversial drive to privatise the probation service have failed to meet their targets, in a substantial embarrassment for the government.’

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The Guardian, 3rd January 2018

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Underfunded justice system ‘crumbling’, top criminal barrister says – The Guardian

‘Failures to disclose evidence in rape prosecutions are a sign of the “dystopian disaster” engulfing the criminal justice system that has been caused by chronic government underfunding, the head of the criminal bar has warned.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2018

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One in three people with legal problems in UK develop health issues – report – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2018 in civil justice, criminal justice, health, legal aid, mental health, news, reports by sally

‘Almost one-third of those with legal problems in the UK report developing a stress-related or physical illness as a result of their experience, according to a new international survey comparing people’s perceptions of justice around the world.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2018

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Disclosure – Joint statement from Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions and Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council – Crown Prosecution Service

‘”Today we met with Chief Constables to discuss further how we can improve the disclosure process.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th January 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bar Council response to HMCTS consultation – The Bar Council

Posted January 24th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, press releases by tracey

‘The surprise announcement of plans for yet more court closures has prompted concerns from the Bar over how much harder it may become for vulnerable people to access their local court, and whether the drive to cut costs will impact the quality of our system of justice.’

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The Bar council, 19th January 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Private probation firms face huge losses despite £342m ‘bailout’ – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2018 in contracting out, criminal justice, news, probation, select committees, sentencing by tracey

‘Private probation companies responsible for supervising more than 200,000 offenders in England and Wales face total losses of more than £100m, even after a £342m “bailout” by the Ministry of Justice, MPs have been told.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2018

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John Worboys’ victims hope for reversal of decision to release him – The Guardian

Posted January 15th, 2018 in criminal justice, news, parole, probation, release on licence, victims by sally

‘Victims of the serial sex attacker John Worboys have welcomed a possible reversal of the Parole Board’s decision to release him this month amid growing calls at Westminster for a urgent review of the case.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2018

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