Judge married to Tory grandee refuses to recuse herself in ex-MP case – Legal Futures

Posted January 24th, 2022 in families, judges, news, parliament, rape, recusal, sexual offences by tracey

‘A High Court judge married to a senior Conservative politician refused to recuse herself from dealing with a contact dispute that involved a disgraced ex-Tory MP, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 24th January 2022

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Balancing transparency and confidentiality ‘really difficult’ – McFarlane – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Greater transparency is necessary for the public to have confidence in the family justice system but balancing openness with confidentiality will be “really difficult”, the president of the Family Division told MPs today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th January 2022

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Speech by Dame Victoria Sharp DBE: The Challenges and Opportunities Created by Digital Evidence in Criminal Cases – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Dame Victoria Sharp DBE, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, has given a speech to the National Criminal Justice Conference.’

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Courts and tribunals Judiciary, 5th January 2022

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Judge calls for ban on drunken Royal Naval parties after jailing sailor for raping colleague – The Independent

Posted December 17th, 2021 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, imprisonment, judges, news, rape, sexual offences, victims by michael

‘A judge has said there should be a ban placed on parties involving “excessive drinking” in the Royal Navy after a sailor was jailed for raping a female colleague following a party at a hotel. ‘

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The Independent, 16th December 2021

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Lady Hallett to chair spring public inquiry into Covid pandemic – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2021 in coronavirus, inquiries, judges, news by sally

‘Lady Hallett, a former senior appeal court judge, has been appointed to chair the public inquiry into the Covid pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2021

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Increased transparency in the family courts to be the way forward – Family Law

‘On 29 October 2021 the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, published a report with his conclusions on the issue of transparency in the family courts. His view is clear: it is possible to enhance public confidence in the family courts whilst also safeguarding the privacy of the families and the children who turn to the courts for protection and resolution. Increased transparency in the family courts is plainly a top priority for the President; it should be the “new norm”.’

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Family Law, 26th November 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Master of the Rolls fires starting gun on civil costs revolution – Legal Futures

Posted November 26th, 2021 in civil justice, costs, judges, news by tracey

‘The Master of the Rolls yesterday signalled his intention to revolutionise civil costs and has already set the Civil Justice Council (CJC) working on a wide-ranging review.’

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Legal Futures, 26th November 2021

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Lord Leggatt, What is the point of commercial law? – Supreme Court

Posted November 22nd, 2021 in company law, judges, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Leggatt, What is the point of commercial law?’

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Supreme court, 2nd November 2021

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England’s austerity-hit courts losing days of work to collapsing ceilings, broken lifts and Arctic conditions – The Independent

‘England’s courts are so run-down they are losing days of work to collapsing ceilings, broken lift and Arctic conditions, the Lord Chief Justice has said.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2021

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Lord Justice Haddon-Cave pens article for the Australian Law Journal – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 12th, 2021 in courts, judges, news, terrorism, trials by tracey

‘Lord Justice Haddon-Cave has written an article about the conduct of terrorism trials in England and Wales for a special edition of the Australian Law Journal on “National Security and the Law”.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 11th November 2021

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Too many witness statements prepared in breach of proper professional standards, says top family judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 11th, 2021 in codes of practice, families, family courts, judges, news, practice directions, witnesses by sally

‘The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued a memorandum setting out how witness statements should be prepared for use in the Family Courts to ensure they meet proper professional standards.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th November 2021

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Lord Chief Justice warns government over ‘value of the rule of law’ in courts funding plea – The Independent

“In his annual report, published on Friday [5th November], Lord Burnett of Maldon warned that the only way to cut record waiting times was to run crown courts at full capacity for the ‘foreseeable future’.”

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The Independent, 5th November 2021

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Lord Hodge, The Scope of Judicial Law-making in Constitutional Law and Public Law – Supreme Court

‘The scope of judicial law-making in constitutional law and public law.’

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Supreme Court, 27th October 2021

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Lawyers the only winners in “nihilistic” divorce dispute, says judge – Legal Futures

Posted October 29th, 2021 in costs, divorce, families, fees, judges, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The lawyers are the only beneficiaries of a “nihilistic” divorce dispute that has cost £2.3m in legal fees, with the couple’s children the main losers, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2021

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Neuberger ‘unconvinced’ by JR reform arguments – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The former president of the Supreme Court has revealed that he is ‘unconvinced’ by a major argument used to justify the government’s controversial judicial review reforms.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd October 2021

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Speech by the President of the Family Division: Supporting Families in Conflict – There is a better way – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

‘An Address by Sir Andrew McFarlane to the Jersey International Family Law Conference 2021.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 11th October 2021

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A tale of two judges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 11th, 2021 in coronavirus, county courts, judges, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent by sally

‘Solicitors often warn clients that the views of the judge can make a difference to the outcome of their case, especially at first instance. Two county court judgments on the issue of whether a commercial lease renewed under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 should contain a ‘Covid clause’ are the perfect illustration of this.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th October 2021

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Judge’s fury at suggestion his clerk leaked draft ruling – Legal Futures

Posted October 11th, 2021 in barristers' clerks, disclosure, judges, judgments, law firms, news, patents by sally

‘A High Court judge has strongly criticised a law firm and its client for appearing to blame his clerk for the leak of a draft judgment – which it turned out had not even happened.’

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Legal Futures, 11th October 2021

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‘I don’t think I’d be as brave as female Afghan judges’ – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2021 in Afghanistan, judges, news, women by sally

‘UK High Court judge Mrs Justice McGowan says she personally wouldn’t be “brave enough” to have become a female judge in Afghanistan.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2021

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QC calls on UK to support female judges at risk in Afghanistan – The Guardian

‘Helena Kennedy QC has launched an urgent appeal to provide support to judges along with lawyers, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and their families at risk in Afghanistan and in need of a safe haven abroad.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2021

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