Barrister’s latest complaint over Briggs ruling rejected – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has refused a barrister permission to challenge a decision by the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman over a complaint she made about Supreme Court justice Lord Briggs.’

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Legal Futures, 18th September 2019

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Peter Herbert becomes first judge to sue MoJ over race discrimination – The Guardian

‘A prominent judge has told an employment tribunal that race discrimination is a “significant problem” in the judiciary that it is causing “deep distress” to black and minority ethnic lawyers. Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers who sits as a crown court recorder and an immigration judge, is suing the Ministry of Justice for race discrimination after he was disciplined for a speech he gave in 2015.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2019

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Albanian crime boss who ran multi-million pound drugs racked ordered to pay only £14,380 – Daily Telegraph

‘An Albanian drugs kingpin who ran a multi-million pound cocaine racket only has to pay back £14,380 after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) requested a “risible” sum, a judge has complained.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2019

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Judge refuses to halt Parliament suspension plans ahead of full hearing – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2019 in brexit, injunctions, judges, news, parliament, prerogative powers, royal prerogative by sally

‘A Scottish judge has refused to order a temporary halt to Boris Johnson’s plan to shut down the UK Parliament.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2019

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Judge rejected asylum seeker who did not have gay ‘demeanour’ – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in asylum, homosexuality, immigration, judges, news by sally

‘A UK immigration judge rejected the asylum claim of a man from a country where homosexuality is illegal in part because he did not have a gay “demeanour”, a lawyer has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2019

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Former top judge lambasts Grayling and Truss in memoir – The Guardian

‘The former lord chancellor Chris Grayling “never believed access to social justice” was important while Liz Truss was a “disaster” in the same role, according to a highly revealing memoir by one of the country’s most senior, recently retired judges.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2019

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CA orders retrial after High Court judge’s “inadequate” ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted August 13th, 2019 in appeals, Commercial Court, documents, evidence, judges, news, retrials by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has “reluctantly” ordered the retrial of a Commercial Court case after finding that the judge failed to address all the evidence before him.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th August 2019

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Wise counsel: Lady Black – Counsel

Posted August 9th, 2019 in barristers, family courts, judges, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Running from the Bar (and back again), the dynamics between bench and counsel, and why family law is no poor relation. Sagacious yet self-effacing, the second-ever female Supreme Court judge agrees to a rare interview.’

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Counsel, August 2019

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Another judge wrongly views ‘without prejudice’ offer – Litigation Futures

Posted August 5th, 2019 in costs, disclosure, judges, news, tribunals, without prejudice communications by tracey

‘The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) wrongly took into account a “without prejudice” offer when deciding on the costs of a case when there was no reason to believe that it was “save as to costs”, the Upper Tribunal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th August 2019

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Are there principles that trump democracy? The Reith Lectures, 2019: Lord Sumption’s Lecture and Responses – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 30th, 2019 in constitutional law, human rights, judges, news, rule of law by sally

‘Are there principles that trump democracy? This was one of a number of profound philosophical and legal questions addressed by former UK Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption in his recent and controversial Reith Lectures, which addressed subjects such an law’s expanding empire, the challenges posed by human rights, and the advantage of an unwritten constitution.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th July 2019

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UK’s top judge calls for donations to legal support charity – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2019 in budgets, charities, family courts, judges, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘The UK’s most senior judge has appealed for people to give money to a charity whose volunteers support those who become embroiled in civil court cases but cannot afford a lawyer.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2019

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Court rejects appeal against judgment delivered after 18 months – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 26th, 2019 in appeals, debts, delay, fraud, judges, judgments, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘Losing defendants in a civil claim have failed to overturn a judge’s ruling – despite it taking him 18 months from the end of proceedings to hand it down.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th July 2019

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Knife crime epidemic will not end until weapons on streets are no longer ‘cool’, says judge – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s knife crime epidemic will continue until young people see weapons as “uncool”, a judge has said. Mr Justice Bryan’s comments came as he sentenced a 17-year-old boy to eight months in custody for stabbing a grammar school pupil in the heart with a flick knife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2019

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Lord Reed appointed next President of Supreme Court, alongside three new justices – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 25th, 2019 in judges, press releases, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Right Hon Lord Reed will succeed Baroness Hale of Richmond as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom..’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 25th July 2019

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Jurors use internet chat rooms to get tips on how to avoid serving, senior judge warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in internet, judges, juries, news by sally

‘Potential jurors are using internet chat rooms to find “tips and techniques” on how to avoid their public duty, a senior judge has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2019

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Judge faces no action over drink-driver ‘being a woman’ remark – BBC News

‘A judge who said a drink-driver deserved a chance to avoid jail because she is a woman will not face sanctions.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2019

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Mike Gordon: Privacy International, Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Synthetic Constitution – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The case of R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal is the latest in a series of high profile judicial engagements with the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty. The case concerned the legal status of s.68(7) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and in particular, whether this provision constituted a successful attempt to oust the jurisdiction of the High Court to hear challenges to the decisions of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal by judicial review.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th June 2019

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Part 36 consequences “are severable”, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

Posted June 26th, 2019 in civil procedure rules, costs, judges, jurisdiction, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘The court can decide it is unjust to award some, but not all, of the consequences of beating a part 36 offer, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2019

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Valedictory lecture by President of the Queen’s Bench Division – Criminal Trials: The Human Experience – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 17th, 2019 in criminal justice, judges, juries, speeches by tracey

‘Valedictory lecture by President of the Queen’s Bench Division – Criminal Trials: The Human Experience.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th June 2019

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Sajid Javid’s decision to strip Shamima Begum of her citizenship questioned by one of UK’s most senior judges – Daily Telegraph

‘One of Britain’s most senior judges has called into question Sajid Javid’s decision to strip Isil bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th June 2019

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