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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The more things change, the more they stay the same – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Every time we think the courts might have given defendants in adjudication enforcement proceedings slightly more latitude in raising their dissatisfaction with an adjudicator’s decision, the court brings us back down to earth with a bump and reminds us that, in fact, no matter how hard done by our clients feel, they will have to “pay now and argue later”, save in the rarest of cases.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 27th March 2017

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Assisted dying again: R (Conway) – Law & Religion UK

‘By 2:1, the Administrative Court has dismissed the application of Mr Noel Conway for a declaration that s 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961 breached his human rights under Articles 8(1) and 14 ECHR.’

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Law & Religion UK, 3rd April 2017

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Routine denial of access to court file in procurement claims is wrong: judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2017 in confidentiality, courts, documents, judges, news, public procurement by sally

‘A practice where all public procurement claims are being marked on the court file as “private”, so that access to the court file in such cases is being routinely denied, is wrong in principle, the judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th April 2017

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What is it with judges and women? – The Guardian

‘Men who inflict terrible violence on their partners are walking free from courts that treat their crimes lightly.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2017

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Council defeats High Court challenge to masterplan and planning permissions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2017 in judges, judicial review, local government, news, planning, road traffic by sally

‘A Planning Court judge has dismissed three judicial review challenges to Newcastle City Council’s adoption of a masterplan for a major development and two subsequent grants of planning permission.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd April 2017

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Judges once again avoid right to die issue – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Noel Douglas Conway, 67, is a victim of motor neurone disease. He has just been refused permission to seek judicial review of the criminalisation of physician-assisted suicide under the Suicide Act 1961. The High Court considered that Parliament has recently examined the issue following the Supreme Court decision in the 2014 Nicklinson case , and two out of three judges concluded that it would be “institutionally inappropriate” for a court to declare that s.2(1) of the Suicide Act was incompatible with the right to privacy and autonomy under Article 8 of the ECHR. Charles J dissented (and those who are interested in his opinion might want to look at his ruling last year in the case of a minimally conscious patient).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd April 2017

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‘Putting it bluntly madam, you are sex mad,’ judge tells woman jailed for group sex with underage boys – Daily Telegraph

‘A married mother-of-three who had sex with three underage boys has been branded a “dreadful mother” by a judge, a court heard yesterday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2017

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Allow judiciary to work until 75, says Britain’s most senior judge – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2017 in age discrimination, elderly, judges, judiciary, news, retirement, select committees by tracey

‘Judges should be allowed to sit beyond the age of 70 to ease the growing problem of judicial recruitment, the UK’s most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2017

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Attorney general urged to review release of man who beat wife with cricket bat – The Guardian

Posted March 28th, 2017 in assault, attorney general, domestic violence, judges, news, sentencing by sally

‘The attorney general has been urged to examine the sentencing remarks of a judge who freed a man guilty of domestic abuse because he did not believe the victim was vulnerable.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2017

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DPP accuses judge of ‘victim-blaming’ in sex assault cases – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, Crown Prosecution Service, judges, news, rape, victims by tracey

‘The head of the Crown Prosecution Service has launched a public attack on a sitting judge, accusing him of “victim-blaming” and peddling “discredited rape myths”.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2017

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