Judges to be disciplined by lay majority panels – Legal Futures

‘Disciplinary panels hearing cases of judicial misconduct will have lay majorities, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the judiciary have decided, as part of a major overhaul of the system.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2022

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Lord Sales, Public Law Conference – Supreme Court

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in constitutional law, judiciary, lectures, news by tracey

‘Long Waves of Constitutional Principle in the Common Law.’

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Supreme Court, 19th July 2022

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Judicial diversity – solicitor numbers continue to dwindle – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 15th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics, women by tracey

‘Latest judicial diversity statistics continue to paint a bleak picture for solicitors, with the percentage of non-barristers in post lower than it was in 2014.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th July 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lord Hamblen, Keynote Speech – Supreme Court

Posted July 1st, 2022 in barristers, expert witnesses, judges, judiciary, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Hamblen, Keynote Speech. Expert Witness Institute Online Conference 2022.’

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Supreme Court, 30th June 2022

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Dramatic fall in successful high court challenges to government policy – The Guardian

‘Successful high court challenges to government policy and decisions by public bodies have fallen dramatically, prompting warnings that ministers’ attacks on lawyers could be having a chilling effect on judges.

The proportion of civil judicial reviews in England and Wales, excluding immigration cases, which claimants won out of total claims lodged fell by 50% on 2020, according to analysis seen by the Guardian. The figure is 26% if the success rate is measured out of cases that went to a final hearing.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2022

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Lord Chief Justice and BSB warn striking barristers of disciplinary risks – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board has told striking barristers that it will focus in particular on any harm caused, if they are referred for disciplinary action.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd June 2022

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MPs warn of “politicisation” of Supreme Court – Legal Futures

‘The “high number of instances” in which the Supreme Court has reversed its position on the law and adopted approaches more favourable to the executive has created “the troubling appearance (even if it is only an appearance) of the politicisation of the judiciary”, MPs have warned.’

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Legal Futures, 9th June 2022

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Judicial independence tainted by ministers, Commons inquiry finds – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2022 in government departments, inquiries, judges, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Ministers have acted improperly by questioning the legitimacy of judges when they do not get their own way, creating an impression that recent supreme court decisions favourable to the government may have been a response to political pressure, a parliamentary inquiry has found.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2022

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A judge has discretion to grant relief from sanctions without a formal application or any application at all, Court of Appeal reaffirms- Farrar’s Building

‘In Park v Hadi and Another [2022] EWCA Civ 581, the Court of Appeal (Holroyde, Stuart-Smith and Warby LJJ), reaffirmed the principle that a judge may, of her own discretion, grant relief from sanctions without formal notice or without any application at all. The Court went on to issue guidance as to how this judicial discretion ought to be exercised, observing that a judge should always act in accordance with the overriding objective and will likely only exercise her discretion to grant relief sparingly.’

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Farrar's Building, 5th May 2022

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Plight of Afghan judges in spotlight as court hears UK asylum challenge – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2022 in Afghanistan, asylum, judicial review, judiciary, news by sally

‘Alleged inconsistencies in the way the UK Home Office and Foreign Office process asylum applications from vulnerable judges in hiding in Afghanistan are being challenged at the high court in London on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2022

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Lord Reed, London International Disputes Week – Supreme Court

‘Lord Reed, London International Disputes Week.’

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Supreme Court, 11th May 2022

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Lady Rose, Oxford Union talk – Supreme Court

Posted May 13th, 2022 in constitutional law, judges, judiciary, speeches, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Lady Rose, Oxford Union talk.’

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Supreme Court, 12th May 2022

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Commercial Court “actively looking” to hear cases outside London – Legal Futures

Posted May 12th, 2022 in Commercial Court, judiciary, lists, London, news by sally

‘The judge in charge of the Commercial Court has said she is “actively looking” for cases that can be heard outside of London.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2022

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Insulate Britain declares courts ‘site of civil resistance’, saying legal system not legitimate – The Independent

‘Climate protest group Insulate Britain has declared Britain’s courts “a site of non-violent civil resistance”, saying the UK legal system no longer has any legitimacy.’

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The Independent, April 2022

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Hong Kong: Top UK judges resign from highest court – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2022 in freedom of expression, Hong Kong, judiciary, news, rule of law by sally

‘The UK has announced that two of its Supreme Court judges will no longer be sitting on Hong Kong’s top court.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2022

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Case Comment: In The Matter of T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35 – UKSC Blog

‘In this post, Matthew Purchase QC of Matrix Chambers discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in the matter of T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35. The Court was asked to consider two things: first, whether it was a permissible exercise of the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction to make an order authorising a local authority to deprive a child of his or her liberty in this category of case, and secondly if, contrary to T’s argument the High Court can have recourse to its inherent jurisdiction to make an order of the type in question, what the relevance is of the child’s consent to the proposed living arrangements.’

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UKSC Blog, 30th March 2022

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 18th, 2022 in judiciary, legislation, national insurance, pensions by tracey

2022 c. 9 – National Insurance Contributions Act 2022

2022 c. 7 – Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

8% of judges report facing bullying and/or harassment – Legal Futures

Posted March 10th, 2022 in bullying, harassment, judiciary, news, statistics by tracey

‘Around one in 12 judicial office-holders have experienced bullying and/or harassment in the last 12 months, while 5% reported that they had faced discrimination, according to research published yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 10th March 2022

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Speech by Lord Justice Birss at the UCL and Intellectual Property Awareness Network event – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 10th, 2022 in intellectual property, judiciary, small businesses, small claims, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Justice Colin Birss, Deputy Head of Civil Justice, gave the keynote speech at the University of College London and Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) event. In his speech, entitled “Can the IP system serve small businesses better?”, he said: “In its broadest sense intellectual property is doing its job most acutely when it is in a David and Goliath situation.”‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 9th March 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Being gay as a judge “no longer an issue”, says CA vice-president – Legal Futures

Posted March 3rd, 2022 in barristers, homosexuality, judges, judiciary, news by sally

‘Being a judge who “happens to be gay” has “completely disappeared as an issue”, the vice-president of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk