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

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

Don’t treat litigants in person as an unwelcome problem, judges told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in judiciary, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘Litigants in person should not be seen as an unwelcome problem for the court, judges have been told in 422-page guidance on equal treatment issued by the Judicial College.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st March 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Whatever happened to the judiciary’s McKenzie Friends consultation? – Transparency Project

‘In February 2016, the then Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and the Judicial Executive Board issued a consultation entitled “Reforming the courts’ approach to McKenzie Friends”. It followed an internal report by a judicial working group and sought responses to a number of proposals in relation to McKenzie Friends, including changing their name to ‘court supporter’, replacing existing practice guidance with rules of court, introducing a Code of Conduct for them, and imposing a bar on recovery of fees.’

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Transparency Project, 27th February 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Judges told to limit observers if witness has to remove veil – The Guardian

‘Judges should restrict the number of observers allowed into court when defendants or witnesses are compelled to remove their veil to give evidence, new guidance to judges recommends.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Lady Hale at the 2018 Pankhurst Lecture, University of Manchester – Supreme Court

Posted February 21st, 2018 in elections, judiciary, legal profession, parliament, sex discrimination, speeches, women by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the 2018 Pankhurst Lecture, University of Manchester.’

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Supreme Court, 8th February 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Lady Hale: courts and judiciary should reflect diversity of UK – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2018 in diversity, judiciary, news by sally

‘The courts and judiciary should as far as possible reflect the full diversity of the UK population, the country’s most senior judge, Brenda Hale, has told the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Securing Open Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted February 6th, 2018 in civil justice, judges, judiciary, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Securing Open Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 1st February 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Top barristers who refuse to become judges “will destroy infrastructure”, warns Vos – Litigation Futures

Posted January 26th, 2018 in barristers, judiciary, news, recruitment, remuneration by sally

‘Commercial barristers “of the highest quality” who refuse to become judges will “destroy the very infrastructure that has allowed them to prosper”, the chancellor of the High Court has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th January 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: Speech to Chancery Bar Association Annual Conference – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: Speech to Chancery Bar Association Annual Conference.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 19th January 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Gilham v Ministry of Justice: Court of Appeal Rules That Judges Are Not ‘Workers’ – Old Square Chambers

Posted January 9th, 2018 in appeals, employment, human rights, judges, judiciary, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘In this important recent judgment, the Court of Appeal unanimously held that judges are not “workers” within the meaning of section 230(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, and therefore are not entitled to protection from whistleblowing under the provisions of that Act. The Court of Appeal also held that the absence of a remedy for whistleblowing under the 1996 Act did not amount to a breach of a judge’s rights under Article 10 or Article 14 ECHR.’

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Old Square Chambers, 3rd January 2018

Source: www.oldsquare.co.uk

MoJ spending huge sums on consultants to help deliver digital courts – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2018 in contracting out, courts, internet, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is spending tens of millions of pounds on management consultants to help deliver online and digital court programmes that are designed to save money and improve access to justice.’

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The Guardian, 2nd January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Missed opportunities over Lammy Review: Bar Council responds on judicial diversity – The Bar Council

Posted December 20th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, minorities, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Whilst encouraged by the Government’s response to many of the recommendations in the Lammy Review, the Bar Council today expressed disappointment that key opportunities to address diversity in the judiciary have been missed.’

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The Bar Council, 19th December 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk