Interview: Lord Sumption – Counsel

Posted October 9th, 2018 in barristers, judges, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The magic of the Bar, call of the Bench and parallel lives: in a rare interview Lord Sumption sets the record straight with Anthony Inglese.’

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Counsel, October 2018

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Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Experts under the Judicial Microscope – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 9th, 2018 in expert witnesses, judges, speeches, tribunals by tracey

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Experts under the Judicial Microscope.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 8th October 2018

source: www.judiciary.uk

Sumption calls for larger Supreme Court panels – Litigation Futures

Posted October 8th, 2018 in appeals, judges, judgments, lists, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court should sit in larger panels more often, Lord Sumption has suggested, although he recognised that it could lead to fewer appeals being allowed.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th October 2018

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UK supreme court swears in two new judges – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Two new justices have been sworn in at the supreme court on the opening day of the legal year. A quarter of its judges now are women.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2018

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Cab drivers to challenge decision to grant Uber 15-month licence in London – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 28th, 2018 in bias, judges, licensing, London, magistrates, news, taxis by tracey

‘London cab drivers have applied for judicial review against Westminster Magistrates’ Court in a dispute over whether a judge’s decision to grant a licence to the taxi app firm Uber was tainted with bias.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Our Human Rights: A joint Effort? – Speech by Lord Wilson

Posted September 27th, 2018 in human rights, judges, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Wilson at the Howard J. Trienens Lecture at the Northwestern University, Chicago.’

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Supreme Court, 25th September 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: Certainty v. Creativity: Some pointers towards the development of the common law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 20th, 2018 in judges, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: Certainty v. Creativity: Some pointers towards the development of the common law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th September 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Female majority to hear Supreme Court case for first time in history – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 19th, 2018 in judges, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘The UK’s highest court is to have a female majority hear a case for the first time in 600 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th September 2018

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MPs who use parliamentary privilege to break court orders undermine the judiciary, says Lord Chief Justice – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2018 in injunctions, judges, judiciary, news, parliament, parliamentary privilege by tracey

‘MPs who “abuse” parliamentary privilege to break injunctions are eroding confidence in the justice system, the Lord Chief Justice has said. Lord Burnett of Maldon, the head of the judiciary, warned that the phenomenon was part of the “gentle erosion of support” for the courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2018

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Family court judge who inspired new BBC film The Children Act speaks of heartbreak over harrowing case – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 30th, 2018 in children, judges, media, medical treatment, news by sally

‘It’s the film that’s had cinema-goers reaching for a tissue. The deeply moving tale of a critically ill child whose parents refused to allow him to have a blood transfusion because of their religious beliefs.’

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Daily Telegraph

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Judge in Uber’s London legal battle steps aside over husband’s links to firm – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2018 in conflict of interest, judges, licensing, news, recusal, taxis by sally

‘The judge at the heart of tech giant Uber’s legal battle to operate in London has stepped aside to avoid any perceived conflict of interest.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2018

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Trinidad judge loses bid to halt legal inquiry into his private life – The Guardian

‘Judges in London have dismissed an attempt by the chief justice of Trinidad and Tobago to halt a legal investigation into his private life and alleged business dealings.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2018

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Final Presidential words on transparency – Transparency Project

Posted August 7th, 2018 in family courts, judges, news, private hearings, reporting restrictions by sally

‘Sir James Munby, who retired as President of the Family Division at the end of July, has attracted a good deal of media attention over the years and has been innovative and enthusiastic about constructively engaging with the media. He was vocal as early as 2013 (in a speech to the Society of Editors) about his wish for the family courts and the Court of Protection to become more open and the important role of the media (the press in particular) to make the workings of the family justice system accessible to the public. Although the government had seemingly thrown in the transparency towel after the failed legislation of 2010, he was determined to address the perceived problem of lack of confidence in “secret” family courts.’

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Transparency Project, 6th August 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Judge calls for investigation into colleagues over race discrimination case – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in judges, judiciary, news, race discrimination, racism by sally

‘A judge is calling for an investigation into colleagues who tried to suspend him over remarks he made about racism and the judiciary after receiving a formal apology over the matter.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

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Judge takes over father’s cross-examination in case involving rape allegations – and it ends up being unfair on everyone involved – Transparency Project

Posted July 31st, 2018 in appeals, cross-examination, judges, litigants in person, news, rape, witnesses by sally

‘Mr Justice Hayden is a High Court Judge who has been very outspoken about the potential for the court process to be abusive of those who are already victims of domestic abuse. In a case called Re A (a minor) (fact finding; unrepresented party) [2017] EWHC 1195 (Fam), having permitted the unrepresented father to directly question the mother (albeit with special measures in place so they didn’t have to confront each other by line of sight) he memorably said ‘Never again’. Hayden J said it was ‘a stain on the reputation of our Family Justice system that a Judge can still not prevent a victim being cross examined by an alleged perpetrator’. Today he has published an appeal judgment overturning a fact-finding decision in a case where another judge tried to cross examine the mother on behalf of the father accused of rape because (Hayden J said) the process was unfair and the decision unsound. The full judgment can be read here : PS v BP [2018] EWHC 1987 (Fam) (27 July 2018), but this blog post explains it.’

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Transparency Project, 30th July 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

The rise of private FDRs – Family Law

Posted July 31st, 2018 in arbitration, dispute resolution, families, financial provision, judges, news by sally

‘In his last interview for the Family Law Bar Association’s Family Affairs magazine, Sir James Munby ruminated that ‘I should have liked to do more on the money front’. In the same interview, when pondering his next steps, he makes clear, ‘I’m not – and I tempt the fates by saying this – I am not going off to become a private family mediator. I am not going to do private FDRs’.’

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Family Law, 30th July 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

A tribute to Sir James Munby – the people’s president – Family Law

Posted July 30th, 2018 in family courts, judges, news by sally

‘Sir James Munby retires as President of the Family Division having had an undeniable impact on family justice reform. Stepping into the role at a time of unprecedented change, Sir James has not shied away from the difficulties of the role, often under the harsh spotlight of media attention.’

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Family Law, 27th July 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Lady Hale breaks from tradition with smiling Gray’s Inn portrait – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 27th, 2018 in artistic works, judges, news by sally

‘She’s a trailblazer in more ways than one.

And Baroness Hale, the first female president of the Supreme Court, has again broken new ground as she becomes the only smiling portrait to hang in the hall of one of London’s illustrious Inns of Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2018

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Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham – Supreme Court

Posted July 5th, 2018 in bills, disabled persons, human rights, judges, mental health, speeches, treaties by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham. Is it time for yet another Mental Health Act?’

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Supreme Court, 24th June 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Supreme Court and Court of Appeal replenish ranks with string of new appointments – Litigation Futures

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Ten senior judicial appointments were announced yesterday, with Lady Justice Arden becoming the third woman to sit on the Supreme Court.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th June 2018

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