Tribunal judges found it “difficult to communicate” at video hearings – Litigation Futures

Posted June 9th, 2021 in coronavirus, judges, news, remote hearings, statistics, tribunals by sally

‘A major report on the impact of the pandemic on the tribunal service has found that almost a third of judges found it “difficult to communicate” at video hearings in the first few months.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th June 2021

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Newborn care report sparks judicial response – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Judges are to investigate the use of urgent hearings in proceedings involving babies, after a study found that 85% of mothers in cases involving newborns being taken into care were given less than seven days’ formal notice.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th June 2021

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Postcode lottery for baby care orders – judge – BBC News

‘Care order applications are usually made when social workers decide a mother is unable to look after her child on her own. The baby will probably go into foster care and it may be adopted.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2021

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‘Lawyers must do better’: Lord Hodge criticises use of expert witnesses – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 28th, 2021 in bias, expert witnesses, judges, news, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘Instructing solicitors must not jeopardise the impartiality of expert evidence, the deputy president of the Supreme Court said today, citing a study which suggests expert witnesses are being used as “hired guns” by lawyers.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th May 2021

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Judge criticises solicitors for sending him letter during trial – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has criticised solicitors who sent him a letter during a trial trying to explain points that had arisen during cross-examination.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th May 2021

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Judge criticises Priti Patel over policy for asylum seekers in pandemic – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has criticised the British home secretary in court and said he found it “extremely troubling” after one of her officials admitted the Home Office might have acted unlawfully in changing its asylum accommodation policy during the pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2021

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Judges call for probe of discrimination in the judiciary – Litigation Futures

‘A group of serving judges has called on the justice select committee to conduct a “wholly independent audit” of discrimination in the judiciary.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th April 2021

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Judge rejects recusal application after barristers withdraw – Legal Futures

Posted April 21st, 2021 in barristers, bias, case management, complaints, judges, news, recusal by tracey

‘A judge has rejected a recusal application on the grounds of apparent bias made after two barristers withdrew at the last minute from a hearing and complained about his conduct of the case.’

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Legal Futures, 21st April 2021

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Women’s History Month: Justice Zainab Jawara Alami shares her experiences as a female judge – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 21st, 2021 in diversity, equality, judges, legal profession, news, women by tracey

‘Women’s History Month: Justice Zainab Jawara Alami shares her experiences as a female judge.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th April 2021

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Brexit will ‘renew vigour’ in common law heritage, says Supreme Court judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 21st, 2021 in brexit, foreign jurisdictions, judges, news by tracey

‘Brexit could bolster the UK’s relationship with common law jurisdictions such as New Zealand and Canada as the legal system diverges from that of Europe, a Supreme Court justice has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th April 2021

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UK supreme court gets second female judge as Lady Justice Rose joins – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2021 in diversity, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Lady Justice Rose has joined the supreme court, doubling the number of female justices in the UK’s highest court in an appointment that has failed to quell concerns about lack of diversity.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2021

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High Court rejects claim that ‘stern’ judge was hostile towards LiPs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 19th, 2021 in appeals, bias, judges, litigants in person, news, probate, retrials by tracey

‘The High Court has thrown out the suggestion that a judge was biased against three litigants in person, saying the deputy master was stern and showed signs of impatience but handled the case in a “fair and open-minded way.”‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th April 2021

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Senior judge criticises counsel for withdrawing from case without explanation – Legal Futures

Posted April 6th, 2021 in adjournment, barristers, conflict of interest, judges, news, recusal by sally

‘A supervising judge has criticised counsel who withdrew on the eve of an important consequentials hearing for not specifying the concerns they had raised about the conduct of the trial judge.’

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Legal Futures, 6th April 2021

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Our treatment of the vulnerable – Local Government Lawyer

‘The pandemic has shone a powerful searchlight on to the unnecessarily damaged lives of too many of our most vulnerable people and children. In a paper given at a Royal Holloway University of London Symposium, Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division, looks at the challenges facing the family justice system.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2021

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Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls: Speech to Hull University – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 29th, 2021 in dispute resolution, judges, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls: Speech to Hull University. The Relationship between Formal and Informal Justice ‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th March 2021

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Ministry of Justice to consult on judicial review reforms including power to suspend quashing orders, removal of ‘Cart judgments’, and procedural changes – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on giving the courts the power to suspend quashing orders, removing so-called “Cart judgments”, and introducing a series of changes to civil procedure rules, following recommendations by the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) led by Lord Faulks QC.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th March 2021

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Online court may need only one procedure rule, says Briggs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 19th, 2021 in bills, civil procedure rules, internet, judges, news, remote hearings by sally

‘Legislation this year could introduce radically simplified procedure rules for the proposed online civil court, Supreme Court justice Lord Briggs has revealed. Addressing a Cyprus conference on civil procedure rules, Lord Briggs said the online court – whether for civil, family or tribunal cases – might have only one rule: “Do what it says in the electronic form.”’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th March 2021

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‘Unwarranted attack’ by judge on indecent assault accuser could discourage women coming forward, she claims – The Independent

Posted March 15th, 2021 in complaints, harassment, judges, news, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘A woman who accused hedge fund boss Crispin Odey of indecent assault has complained about a judge’s “unwarranted attack” on her character, according to a report.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2021

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The Cab Rank Rule – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘In his blog for the Human Rights Hub, Edwin Cameron criticised Ms Dinah Rose QC, the President of Magdalen, for accepting the brief, in the Privy Council, to defend the Cayman Islands government’s law against same-sex marriage. Having long been one of my few judicial heroes, it is not easy for me to disagree with Edwin. However, on this point he is, with the greatest of respect, wrong.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 7th March 2021

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Law in a Time of Crisis by Jonathan Sumption review – beyond the lockdown sceptic – The Guardian

‘The former judge and renowned historian loses his cool on Covid and the culture wars.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2021

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