Grenfell Inquiry: terms of reference ‘won’t satisfy government’s legal obligations’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 16th, 2017 in fire, housing, inquiries, judges, legal aid, London, news by sally

‘Terms of reference for the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire may not satisfy the government’s legal obligations to investigate the full circumstances of the tragedy, lawyers representing some of the victims have warned.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th August 2017

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Master calls on rules committee to solve riddle of the costs of budgeting – Litigation Futures

Posted August 16th, 2017 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, documents, judges, news by sally

‘A High Court Master has called on the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) to resolve the “tension” between the need to “spell out in the eventual bill” the costs of costs budgeting and to include them in Precedent H.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th August 2017

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Appeal judges uphold indemnity costs order in “long and acrimonious” neighbour dispute – Litigation Futures

Posted August 16th, 2017 in appeals, costs, dispute resolution, indemnities, judges, news, part 36 offers, utilities by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has backed the order of indemnity costs against a retired couple involved in a battle over access to gas and electricity meters, who “had not come to court to assist the court in resolving the dispute but to assist themselves”.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th August 2017

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Ellie Butler’s parents appear at inquest hearing via video from prisons – The Guardian

‘The parents of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler have appeared via video link from their respective prisons at an inquest hearing into the death of their daughter, and interrupted the proceedings several times.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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Why a computer could help you get a fair trial – The Guardian

‘Recent research suggests that AI could make a valuable contribution to the judicial process.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2017

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Solicitor General: Asian gangs must be handed longer sentences for targeting white girls – Daily Telegraph

‘Judges must give longer sentences to Asian Muslim grooming gangs who abuse white teenage girls when there is evidence of racism, the Government’s senior legal advisor has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2017

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Court of Appeal tells barrister she is being “over-sensitive” with complaints about trial judge’s behaviour – Legal Futures

Posted August 9th, 2017 in barristers, bias, complaints, judges, news by sally

The vice-president of the Court of Appeal’s criminal division has told a barrister who complained about a trial judge that she was over-sensitive and lacked an “understanding of the role of the judge in managing a jury trial”.

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2017

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Judge attacks mental health provision after approving care plan for suicidal girl – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2017 in family courts, judges, mental health, news, young persons by sally

‘A suicidal 17-year-old girl is to be moved to a secure unit on Thursday after a senior judge warned that plans to release her because of a shortage of secure beds for mental health patients would leave “blood on our hands”.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2017

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Judge calls for clarity on status of ECJ rulings in UK after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2017 in EC law, judges, judgments, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘The government must provide clarity on whether it wants UK courts to take into account rulings of the European court of justice after Brexit, one of Britain’s most senior judges has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2017

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Senior judge: Fathers with valuable homes should pay more child support – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2017 in child support, judges, news by sally

‘Estranged fathers with expensive homes should be forced to pay more towards the upbringing of their children, one of Britain’s most senior family judges has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2017

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Senior judge attacks “ill-informed comments” about flexible court hours pilots – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 4th, 2017 in courts, judges, news, pilot schemes, working time by sally

‘The Judge in Charge of Reform has expressed regret at “the extent of the widely-broadcast misunderstandings and ill-informed comments from a range of sources” on the Flexible Operating Hours Pilots.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2017

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Judge warns of ‘blood on our hands’ if suicidal girl is forced out of secure care – The Guardian

‘The nation will have “blood on its hands” if an NHS hospital bed cannot be found within days for a teenage girl who is at acute risk of taking her own life, according to the UK’s most senior family judge.’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2017

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Bar Council responds to Lord Justice Jackson’s FRC proposals – The Bar council

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in civil justice, costs, judges, news, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Responding to the publication today of the Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Supplemental Report – Fixed Recoverable Costs by Lord Justice Jackson,Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, said: “Today’s review by Jackson LJ indicates that he has listened carefully to the views of the legal profession and accepted proposals from the Bar Council and others that multi track cases are so varied in character that they do not lend themselves to any rigid costs matrix, and that cost management is working better than had been supposed.”

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The Bar Council, 31st July 2017

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Judge spearheading late-night courts confronts the critics – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in courts, diversity, judges, legal profession, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘The senior judge in charge of modernising the courts service has hit out at “ill-informed comments” from lawyers and “misunderstandings” about controversial plans to test out-of-hours courts.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st August 2017

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Call for rethink on judges expressing opinions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2017 in criminal justice, judges, judiciary, magistrates, news, reports by sally

‘A former Court of Appeal judge has stoked the debate about judicial independence by suggesting that rules preventing judges from speaking about their role fuel media and public distrust of the criminal justice system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th July 2017

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Part 36 : THE Court’s Approach Following Disclosure of Existence of an Offer – Zenith PI Blog

Posted July 31st, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, judges, news, part 36 offers, shareholders by sally

‘In a long running shareholder dispute, the claimant company sought its costs from the defendants. The defendants had made 3 Part 36 offers in respect of the claimants claim against them. The judge had determined a number of issues in a hearing in November 2016, however there were other remaining issues to be tried. The court was made aware of the fact, but NOT the content, of the offers.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 31st July 2017

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Judge writes to teenager to explain why he can’t live with his father – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2017 in children, custody, judges, news by tracey

‘Judge writes to teenager to explain why he can’t live with his father.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2017

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‘You do not represent us and you do not look like us’: Grenfell residents turn on inquiry panel – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 26th, 2017 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, judges, news by sally

‘Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have challenged the retired judge heading the inquiry into the disaster at an impassioned meeting.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2017

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Celebrate Lady Hale – then make the senior judiciary more diverse – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2017 in diversity, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Brenda Hale’s appointment as president of the UK supreme court is a landmark. But the highest echelons of the legal profession still need change.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2017

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Wonder of mobile internet means I can deal with cases on the move, top family court judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2017 in adoption, appeals, electronic mail, family courts, internet, judges, news by sally

‘England’s most senior family court judge has told how he kept up to speed with a case via the internet while travelling home for a Bank Holiday weekend on a train.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th July 2017

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