Case backlog for EU citizens to settle in UK ‘may be cleared by Christmas’ – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2021 in brexit, delay, government departments, immigration, news, statistics, visas by tracey

‘New government figures suggest the backlog of applications by EU citizens and their families received by the Home Office for the post-Brexit settlement scheme could be cleared by Christmas.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2021

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‘Scandalous’ SRA delays in investigation of disciplinary cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A renowned authority on regulating solicitors has today condemned “scandalous” delays in the investigation of disciplinary cases by the SRA. Greg Treverton-Jones QC, long-time co-author of The Solicitor’s Handbook, says solicitors can wait years for their cases to conclude, even where they are exonerated or only suffer a rebuke. In the meantime, they face the “appalling ordeal” of placing their professional lives on hold and in some cases can find themselves unemployable.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th September 2021

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Inquest delays: Three-year wait for answers over death of girl, 4 – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2021 in bereavement, children, coronavirus, delay, inquests, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics by tracey

‘A mum whose four-year-old daughter died with sepsis says waiting more than three years for her inquest has added to her grief.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2021

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Worcestershire NHS managers knew cancers missed due to X-ray backlog – BBC News

‘Senior managers at an NHS trust knew up to 30 cancers may have gone undetected two years before an official probe into a backlog of thousands of X-rays. Three lung cancers were missed at Worcestershire hospitals NHS Trust, a sample check of results in 2014 found.’

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BBC News, 27th August 2021

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500,000 EU citizens left ‘in limbo’ awaiting decision over right to stay in UK – The Independent

Posted August 13th, 2021 in brexit, delay, government departments, immigration, news, statistics, visas by tracey

‘More than half a million European citizens living in the UK are still awaiting a decision over their status six weeks on from the June deadline for the settlement scheme.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2021

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Lawyers pledge to boycott extended court hours – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Almost 400 solicitors and barristers have signed an open letter to HM Courts & Tribunals Service, refusing to attend a ‘single court listing outside of regular court hours’. The Ministry of Justice responded today by denying the existence of any plan for weekend sittings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th August 2021

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Lawyers pledge to boycott extended court hours – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Almost 400 solicitors and barristers have signed an open letter to HM Courts & Tribunals Service, refusing to attend a ‘single court listing outside of regular court hours’. The Ministry of Justice responded today by denying the existence of any plan for weekend sittings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th August 2021

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Fury as Buckland brings back extended court operating hours – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government could face legal and strike action over its decision to resurrect extended court operating hours as part of the widely-trailled “Beating Crime Plan” unveiled today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th July 2021

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Longer court hours re-emerge despite concerns over impact – Legal Futures

Posted July 28th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, courts, delay, Ministry of Justice, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Extended operating hours in the courts – bitterly opposed by the legal profession – have returned, at least for now, in the guise of “temporary operating arrangements” (TOA).’

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Legal Futures, 27th July 2021

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Justice system failing victims, says commissioner for England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2021 in budgets, criminal justice, delay, news, rape, victims by sally

‘Chronic underfunding of the criminal justice system has left victims facing a “bleak” picture, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales has warned.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2021

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Tardy defendant allowed to fight £101m case ‘by skin of his teeth’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 14th, 2021 in costs, debts, default judgments, delay, news, shareholders by tracey

‘A civil defendant who waited three months to challenge a default judgment worth £101m has been given another chance to fight the claim.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th July 2021

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Crime victims ‘hesitant’ to report them over court delays – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2021 in crime, criminal justice, delay, news, victims by tracey

‘A victim of crime says some people are put off reporting incidents because of delays in getting justice. More than 57,000 trials are yet to be heard in crown courts across England and Wales due to a backlog made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2021

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Richard Okorogheye: Police staff served with misconduct notices over teen’s disappearance – The Independent

‘Two Metropolitan Police staff members may have failed to pass on information in relation to the disappearance of Richard Okorogheye and have been served with misconduct notices as a result, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has announced.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2021

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British army identifies serious failings over soldier’s death – reports – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2021 in armed forces, bullying, complaints, delay, inquiries, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘The British army has identified serious failings in its handling of the death of a soldier whose body lay undiscovered at a base for three weeks, according to reports.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2021

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Grenfell Tower fire: Borough called on to admit liability – BBC News

‘Dozens of Grenfell Tower fire survivors have called on a London borough to admit its “liability” for the blaze.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2021

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Secret Justice – The Insiders’ View – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 28th, 2021 in barristers, closed material, delay, government departments, human rights, news by tracey

‘A collective submission made by special advocates (security-cleared barristers who appear in secret proceedings) has been cleared for publication. This document is a response to the review being performed by Sir Duncan Ouseley, looking into the operation of closed material procedures (CMPs) under the Justice and Security Act 2013. It gives an unprecedented insight into the workings and challenges of these procedures, which enable the State to rely on secret material not shown to the other side in court proceedings.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th June 2021

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Crown court backlog hits record high of 60,000 cases as victims wait years for justice – The Independent

‘The backlog of crown court cases in England and Wales has hit a record number of almost 60,000 as waiting times rocket for victims and defendants.’

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The Independent, 24th June 2021

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Public inquiry into Covid must begin now, says senior judge – The Guardian

‘A public inquiry into Covid should be launched immediately, a senior retired judge has said with a warning that if it does not report back for four or five years “it ceases to form a useful function”.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2021

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Small claims court delays continue to increase – Litigation Futures

‘Delays in cases going through the civil court continued to rise in the first quarter of 2021, throwing a potentially huge spanner in the works of the whiplash reforms which came into force last week.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th June 2021

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Rape cases in England and Wales will be hit hard by backlog, says police chief – The Guardian

‘Rape and domestic violence cases in England and Wales will be among the worst hit from the growing backlog in the judicial system, and trials could soon start collapsing because of severe delays, the new crime commissioner for England’s second biggest force has warned.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2021

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