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

The Lionel Cohen Lecture 2021: Judges and Academics, and the Endless Road to Unattainable Perfection – Supreme Court

Posted December 14th, 2021 in judgments, judiciary, lectures, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Judges and Academics, and the Endless Road to Unattainable Perfection – Lord Burrows’

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Supreme Court, 6th December 2021

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Judicial decision-making: case studies from Biblical times and now: The Rt Hon. Lady Rose of Colmworth DBE – Supreme Court

Posted December 14th, 2021 in human rights, Judaism, judiciary, lectures, reporting restrictions, trusts, wills by tracey

‘Judicial decision-making: case studies from Biblical times and now – The Rt Hon Lady Rose of Colmworth DBE”

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Supreme Court, 1st December 2021

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

The black box of the judicial visit to P – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 14th, 2021 in Court of Protection, families, judiciary, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has made some very important observations about the role of judicial visits in Court of Protection cases, writes Alexander Ruck Keene.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Boris Johnson ‘planning reforms which would let ministers overrule judicial decisions’ – The Independent

‘Reported move triggers backlash from lawyers, with one senior QC quoted as saying the prime minister is seeking a “more compliant judiciary”‘.

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The Independent, 6th December 2021

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‘Pressing need’ for guidance on judicial visits in CoP – McFarlane – Law Society’s Gazette

‘There is a “pressing need” for the Court of Protection to develop guidance for practitioners and judges on judicial visits to the subject of proceedings, the president of the Family Division has said. A decision that it was in the best interests of a 56-year-old woman, described as “the most complex Covid patient in the world”, to have life-sustaining treatment withdrawn was overturned today because of possible procedural unfairness in relation to the judge’s visit to see her in hospital.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th November 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘Great deal more to do’: senior judges report on diversity progress – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Senior judges have praised the progress made so far by a strategy to improve diversity on the bench since it was unveiled a year ago. However, the first annual update report stops short of guaranteeing higher numbers of judges from underrepresented groups next year, with the judiciary’s diversity chief acknowleding “there is a great deal more to do”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th November 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lord Hodge, The Scope of Judicial Law-making in Constitutional Law and Public Law – Supreme Court

‘The scope of judicial law-making in constitutional law and public law.’

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Supreme Court, 27th October 2021

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

‘Huge increase in political litigation’: Braverman defends JR reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 22nd, 2021 in attorney general, bills, judicial review, judiciary, news, parliament, Supreme Court by sally

‘The attorney general has defended the government’s decision to reform judicial review, telling public law specialists that cases such as the Article 50 and prorogation challenges have introduced ‘uncertainty’ into the constitutional balance between parliament, government and the courts.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th October 2021

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Attorney General hits out at rise in “political litigation” and defends reforms to judicial review – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2021 in attorney general, constitutional law, judicial review, judiciary, news, parliament by sally

‘The last decade or so has demonstrated an increased appetite for political litigation, “and, more worryingly, an appetite for putting judges in an invidious position”, by asking them to decide essentially political matters on applications for judicial review, the Attorney General has claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th October 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Raab threat to ‘correct’ court judgments is ‘deeply troubling’, warn legal experts – The Independent

‘Legal experts have responded with alarm to suggestions from justice secretary Dominic Raab that he will legislate to “correct” court judgments in human rights cases that go against the government.’

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The Independent, 17th October 2021

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30% of barristers have faced bullying, harassment and discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Nearly one in three barristers have personal experience of bullying, harassment and/or discrimination (BHD) in the past two years, Bar Council research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘Restless’ Raab sworn in as lord chancellor – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 24th, 2021 in coronavirus, judiciary, lord chancellor, news, remote hearings by sally

‘New justice secretary Dominic Raab has pledged to safeguard judicial independence after being sworn in as lord chancellor in a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th September 2021

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Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott: Rebalancing upstream and downstream scrutiny of government during national emergencies – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Scrutiny comes in many forms, which can lead to many outcomes. Public scrutiny of Government is one such form, which is an element of democratic governance that aligns with the rule of law. Yet those experiencing and observing the ongoing administration of life in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic might be forgiven for arriving at the conclusion that public scrutiny of Government is an ideal currently evaporating into the ether.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 21st September 2021

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Bar Council and judiciary to take action on bullying from the bench – Legal Futures

Posted August 6th, 2021 in barristers, bullying, codes of practice, judiciary, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council recently met with the senior judiciary in a bid to ensure there are proper consequences for judges who bully barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 6th August 2021

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Tom Hickman QC: Quashing Orders and the Judicial Review and Courts Act – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Despite commissioning a wide-ranging review of administrative law, the Judicial Review and Courts Bill 2021, unveiled this week, does not include restrictions on judicial review that many had feared. Indeed, it says relatively little about judicial review.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th July 2021

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Judicial review: Plan to reform scrutiny by courts revealed – BBC News

‘The government is pressing ahead with plans to limit how the public can legally challenge official decisions, despite fears it will damage justice.’

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BBC News, 21st July 2021

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Tory MPs suspended for trying to influence judge in Elphicke case – The Guardian

‘Several Conservative MPs will be suspended from the Commons for a day and told to apologise for trying to influence a judge presiding over the trial of a colleague for sexual assault, the standards committee has ordered.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2021

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Lammy hits out at “absolute scandal” of judicial diversity – Legal Futures

Posted July 16th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, news, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘It is an “absolute scandal” that just 1% of judges are Black, the shadow Lord Chancellor has declared in the wake of figures that showed a decline in the number of solicitors on the bench too.’

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Legal Futures, 16th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk