35th Blackstone Lecture by Lady Justice Hallett: Trial by Jury – Past and Present – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s Blackstone lecture. Lord Devlin at the outset of his Hamlyn Lectures in 1956 observed: that trial by jury was a subject on which it was not possible to ‘say anything very novel or very profound’. If not a subject suitable for original comment, why did I choose it?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd May 2017

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Lionel Cohen Lecture by the Lord Chief Justice: The judiciary within the state – governance and cohesion of the judiciary – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Lionel Cohen Lecture by the Lord Chief Justice: The judiciary within the state – governance and cohesion of the judiciary.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd May 2017

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Lord Chief Justice emphasises vital role of law schools in face of education reforms – Legal Futures

Posted May 18th, 2017 in judges, legal education, news, speeches, universities by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice has signalled concerns about the impending reform to educating law students, saying that a “very broadly based legal education” and law schools “as the centres of excellence” must not be diluted.’

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Legal Futures, 18th May 2017

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Divorce should be separate from money battles, says top judge – The Guardian

Posted May 18th, 2017 in divorce, financial provision, judges, news by tracey

‘The process of obtaining a divorce should be completely separated from a couple’s disputes over money, according to the most senior family judge in England and Wales. Referring to the government’s “lamentable history of procrastination” in reforming divorce laws, Sir James Munby called for the streamlining of new online divorce procedures.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2017

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Judges’ intervention prompts video-link rethink for youth cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 15th, 2017 in courts, judges, live link evidence, news, young persons by sally

‘A senior judge has shed light on the push by the government to conduct court proceedings via video despite widespread concerns.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th May 2017

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Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2017 in care homes, cohabitation, elderly, judges, married persons, news, social services by sally

‘Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2017

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Texting lorry driver who killed a pensioner has jail term increased – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 10th, 2017 in attorney general, dangerous driving, homicide, judges, news, sentencing by sally

‘A texting lorry driver who was reaching down to tune his radio when he killed a pensioner has had his sentence increased after judges found it was unduly lenient.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2017

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Brexit may cost MPs and peers the power to pass laws, says former judge – The Guardian

‘The “legislative tsunami” unleashed by Brexit will deliver the “greatest challenge” in history to the integrity of parliament’s procedures, a former lord chief justice has said. Lord Judge raised his concerns that by the time Brexit is completed and the “great repeal bill” enacted, MPs and peers will have effectively given away their powers to pass laws.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2017

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Top judge struggling to stem woman’s efforts to unseal Princess Margaret’s will – Litigation Futures

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in disclosure, judges, news, royal family, striking out, wills by sally

‘There is no kind of order available to prevent a woman who claims to be the late Princess Margaret’s daughter from bringing repeated “nonsensical” claims in an effort to unseal her will, the president of the Family Division has found.’

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Litigation Futures,

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Munby lambasts council over “profoundly concerning” adoption case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 28th, 2017 in adoption, judges, local government, news by tracey

‘The president of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has made scathing criticisms of Brighton & Hove City Council’s conduct in a complex adoption case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th April 2017

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Judge alarmed about lack of lawyer as he jails woman for begging – The Guardian

‘A judge who sentenced a “fragile and vulnerable” woman to five-and-a-half months in jail for begging has expressed alarm that no lawyer could be found to represent her because of problems over legal aid.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2017

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CA offers pointers on when costs should be awarded in small claims court – Litigation Futures

Posted April 19th, 2017 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, judges, news, small claims by tracey

‘The “unreasonable conduct” test for ordering costs in the small claims court is similar to that for wasted costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled, but said it would not want litigants to be “too easily deterred” by the risk of an adverse costs award.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th April 2017

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Judge says his sacking for posting abusive comments was unfair – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2017 in complaints, internet, judges, news, proportionality, unfair dismissal by sally

‘A judge who was sacked for posting abusive comments on news articles about cases he had heard has admitted he was “reckless” but complained that the sanction was “wholly disproportionate and completely unfair”.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2017

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Judge sacked for trolling people on online news stories – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, internet, judges, news by sally

‘A judge has been sacked for using a pseudonym to post abusive comments on a newspaper website about cases he was involved in.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2017

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Court of Appeal warns judges against interrupting witness evidence too much – Litigation Futures

‘The Chancellor of the High Court has urged judges to “temper eagerness with restraint” in the way they conduct trials, after a circuit judge was found to have made excessive interventions while witnesses were giving evidence.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th April 2017

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Judge disciplined for offering to pay teenage girl’s penalty – BBC News

‘A judge has been disciplined for offering to pay a penalty for a girl who had stabbed her abuser.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2017

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Judge rules ‘paedophile hunters’ can continue posing as children online – The Guardian

‘Self-described “paedophile hunters” have welcomed a court ruling that will allow them to continue to pose as children online to catch sexual predators.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2017

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Anuja Dhir becomes first non-white circuit judge at Old Bailey – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2017 in diversity, judges, legal profession, news, race discrimination by sally

‘The first non-white circuit judge to sit at the Old Bailey has revealed she was often mistaken for a defendant or witness when she first entered the judiciary.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2017

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Judge disciplined over speech saying racism ‘alive and well’ in judiciary – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, judges, news, racism by tracey

‘Peter Herbert, a part-time judge and chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, has been disciplined by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office for making a public speech on a political issue.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2017

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Former top judge sounds alarm over “flawed and rushed” discount rate consultation – Litigation Futures

Posted April 6th, 2017 in consultations, damages, judges, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A former senior judge has expressed alarm at the way the government is rushing to “neutralise” the impact of the Lord Chancellor’s decision to cut the discount rate to -0.75%, based on what he says is a flawed consultation and without considering the effect on injured people.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th April 2017

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