“We need to bring judicial bullying into the open,” says Bar Council chair

Posted June 20th, 2018 in bullying, judiciary, news by sally

‘There needs to be a culture of awareness and openness about bullying by judges, the chairman of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Back to school for UK judges in bid to raise courts awareness – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2018 in education, judiciary, news, school children by sally

‘Traditionally, judges issue summons to court but the lord chief justice of England and Wales has decided to allow judges to be summoned to the classroom.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Most lawyers recommended to be judges went to state schools, data shows – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2018 in diversity, judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news by sally

‘Almost two-thirds of lawyers recommended to become judges in the past year attended state schools, according to the first social mobility statistics released by the judicial appointments commission (JAC).’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Erika Rackley and Rosemary Hunter: Judicial Leadership, Lady Hale and the UK Supreme Court – UL

Posted May 31st, 2018 in judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘It has been a busy nine months since Lady Hale assumed formal leadership of the UK Supreme Court. During this time she has sworn-in three new colleagues, lead the court on a historic sitting in Northern Ireland, delivered or contributed to judgments in relation to police investigations of violent crime, cohabitee’s pension rights, the treatment of Alfie Evans and smoking bans, spoken to university students, school pupils and west London law clinic volunteers, travelled overseas, delivered speeches on marriage reform, legal aid, religious dress, and the upcoming anniversary of women’s entry into the legal profession, overseen a senior appointments round, and – of course – made an appearance on BBC’s Masterchef.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th May 2018

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Ministry of Justice unveils legislation that will allow judges to delegate “routine” work to court staff – Litigation Futures

Posted May 25th, 2018 in bills, civil procedure rules, courts, judiciary, lists, news by sally

‘Legislation to allow judges to delegate tasks to court staff was announced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday as it emerged that the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has already begun looking at the issue.’

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Litigation Futures,24th May 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

New legislation will modernise the courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 24th, 2018 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, judiciary, lists, press releases by tracey

‘The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill will increase efficiency by allowing greater flexibility to deploy the right judge to the right case.’

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd May 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Can the Grenfell Inquiry be a truly modern public inquiry? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, human rights, inquiries, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Is there any hope that the Grenfell Inquiry will finally gain legitimacy? As with the successful McPherson Inquiry following the Stephen Lawrence murder, recognition of diversity and inclusivity are essential.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd May 2018

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Can the Grenfell Inquiry can be a truly modern public inquiry? – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, inquiries, judiciary, news by sally

‘The wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle and the start of the first phase of hearings in the Grenfell Inquiry occurred within hours of each other but could not have been more different in terms of how they were received by the British public.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2018

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Barristers respond to government announcement on diversity of judges – The Bar Council

Posted April 27th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘In response to the Ministry of Justice’s announcement that they will be funding a new programme of Pre-Application Judicial Education to both educate and boost diversity within the judiciary, Robin Allen QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, said: “The Bar Council believes profoundly in equality under and before the law. So it is delighted by the Lord Chancellor’s announcement today that the MOJ will commit funding for a programme of pre-appointment education for prospective applicants for judicial office of all kinds. We see this as a really positive step towards improving judicial diversity which is so urgently needed and so important.”‘

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The Bar Council, 26th April 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Judicial shortages pose threat to court system, top judge warns – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2018 in judiciary, news, recruitment by tracey

‘The effective operation of the courts in England and Wales is under threat due to problems of judicial recruitment, increasingly heavy workloads and deteriorating working conditions, according to the lord chief justice. In his first appearance before the Lords constitution select committee in his new post on Wednesday, Lord Burnett of Maldon also highlighted the growing problem of death threats being made against judges on social media and the need to provide protection.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Three examples of how not to do family justice – Transparency Project

Posted April 18th, 2018 in family courts, judgments, judiciary, mistake, news by sally

‘This week involves a trio of disastrous cases where things have gone wrong and judges have explained why.’

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Transparency Project, 17th April 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Speech by Lord Chief Justice the Lord Burnett of Maldon at the Association of District Judges Annual Conference – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 16th, 2018 in case management, courts, electronic filing, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Chief Justice the Lord Burnett of Maldon at the Association of District Judges Annual Conference.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 16th April 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

A day in the life of a judicial assistant: Joel Semakula – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 13th, 2018 in case management, judiciary, news by tracey

‘It is difficult to describe a typical day as a judicial assistant (“JA”) because my days here have been incredibly varied. Each judicial assistant is assigned to work with one Lord or Lady Justice. This is a reflective of a day I had recently and I refer to the judge to whom I am assigned as “my judge”.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 12th April 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Sir Ernest Ryder addresses decision-making for children and the role of the justice system – Family Law

Posted April 12th, 2018 in children, family courts, judiciary, news, speeches by sally

‘Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals, spoke on the role of the justice system in decision-making for children at the 10th International Congress of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN), held at the University of Warwick on 9 April 2018.’

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Family Law, 11th April 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

“I’m forever blowing bubbles” but I’m biased! – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted April 10th, 2018 in bias, construction industry, judiciary, news, recusal by tracey

‘Bias and apparent bias is a subject that has cropped up many times on this blog, whether it was an adjudicator “phoning a friend“, an arbitrator (allegedly) being appointed too many times by the same referring party (although that isn’t one of mine!) or a judge getting upset over his lost luggage (who wouldn’t be?). It seems anyone involved in court or tribunal work is vulnerable to an accusation of it. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I’m commenting on another example of behaviour that gives rises to the charge.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 10th April 2018

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: Integrity and independence in the judiciary and the financial services industry – a comparative study – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: Integrity and independence in the judiciary and the financial services industry – a comparative study.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 21st March 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Assisting Access to Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Assisting Access to Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th March 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Speaking up on bullying judges – The Bar Council

Posted March 21st, 2018 in barristers, bullying, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Amid reports of judicial bullying of barristers, Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, commented: “As the representative body for all barristers in England and Wales, we strongly condemn any bullying or inappropriate treatment of our members by judges, or by any other legal professionals they encounter. We know it can happen, and we have resources available to support barristers on our Wellbeing at the Bar website, and we can give advice and guidance via our confidential helplines.”‘

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The Bar Council, 20th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Rude judges bully lawyers in court, QC complains – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 19th, 2018 in barristers, bullying, complaints, judiciary, news by sally

‘Rude judges are “bullying” lawyers in courtrooms, a top QC has complained.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book launched – Courts and tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in equality, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘The Equal Treatment Bench Book has been updated, expanded and improved. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the different circumstances of people appearing in courts and tribunals. It helps enable effective communication and suggests steps which should increase participation by all parties.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th February 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk