Dangerous terrorist suspects are on the streets because of judges’ decisions, watchdog says – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 4th, 2010 in control orders, judiciary, news, public interest, terrorism by sally

“Dangerous terror suspects are walking the streets as the result of a ruling by the UK Supreme Court, a terrorism watchdog has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Solicitors ‘key’ to increasing judicial diversity – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 25th, 2010 in equality, judiciary, law firms, news, reports, solicitors by sally

“Persuading more solicitors to apply for judicial posts is ‘absolutely key’ to increasing diversity in the judiciary, the chairwoman of the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity told the Gazette this week, as the panel published a raft of recommendations aimed at improving diversity on the bench.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judges’ lack of diversity harms court system, report warns – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2010 in equality, judiciary, news, reports by sally

“The lack of diversity among judges is affecting the experience of people who use the courts and limiting judicial perspectives on critical legal issues, according to a report published today (24 February).”

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The Guardian, 24th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High numbers of women and solicitors appointed to judicial posts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 10th, 2010 in judiciary, news, solicitors, women by sally

“More than half the candidates selected in the last recruitment round for fee-paid employment tribunal judge positions were women, statistics have shown, while three-quarters of selected candidates were solicitors.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Thornton and another v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

Posted February 2nd, 2010 in appeals, judiciary, law reports, sentencing by sally

Thornton and another v Director of Public Prosecutions [2010] WLR (D) 17

“When assessing whether an indication by convicting justices as to the type of sentence which a defendant was likely to receive from a different sentencing judge gave rise to a legitimate expectation on the part of the defendant that the sentencing judge would in fact pass sentence in accordance with such an indication, the sentencing judge needed to consider whether the justices had complied with their duty pursuant to s 172 (1)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to have regard to sentencing guidelines when carrying out a function relating to the sentencing of offenders.”

WLR Daily, 1st February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Judiciary must speak out on ‘parlous state of family law’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 17th, 2009 in children, family courts, judiciary, news by sally

“The judiciary must ‘come off the bench’ and speak out about the ‘parlous state of family law in 2009’, lord justice Wall has said.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Written evidence on judicial fees and salaries – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 2nd, 2009 in fees, judiciary, press releases, remuneration by sally

“Tables showing judicial salaries and fees, following the government’s decision about the level of pay for legally qualified tribunals judiciary.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

“A Judiciary of the 21st Century” – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted November 30th, 2009 in judiciary, special report by sally

“Report of the Judicial Diversity Conference ‘A Judiciary of the 21st Century, ‘ held on 11March 2009.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 27th November 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Now the expenses spotlight falls on Britain’s judiciary – The Independent

Posted November 23rd, 2009 in expenses, judiciary, news by sally

“Expenses claims by judges and magistrates have risen by £3m in the last two years, according to figures obtained by The Independent under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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The Independent, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Anger at ‘cloak of secrecy’ for Freemason judges – The Independent

Posted November 11th, 2009 in judiciary, news by sally

“Jack Straw’s decision to no longer force applicants for the judiciary to declare if they are Freemasons was today branded a ‘disgrace’ by a Labour MP.”

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The Independent, 10th November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Michel v The Queen – WLR Daily

Posted November 5th, 2009 in bias, Jersey, judiciary, law reports by sally

Michel v The Queen [2009] UKPC 40; [2009] WLR (D) 312

“A defendant’s right to a fair trial was absolute and he was entitled to explain his case, however improbable, without constantly being subjected to the judge’s sarcasm and hostility. When the impropriety of a judge’s interventions and interruptions in a trial were so extreme as to render the trial unfair, an appeal court had no alternative but to set the conviction aside even when the evidence against the defendant was overwhelming.”

WLR Daily, 4th November 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina v I (C) and others – WLR Daily

Posted August 27th, 2009 in case management, judiciary, law reports, recusal by sally

Regina v I (C) and others; [2009] WLR (D) 286

“A judge who had conducted the case management of a long or complex case, whether or not as a preparatory hearing, had to conduct the trial in that case unless there were sufficiently compelling cause to depart from that rule.”

WLR Daily, 26th August 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Judge makes plea for fewer laws – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2009 in judiciary, news, parliament by sally

“The most senior judge in England and Wales has criticised the government for passing too many crime laws.”

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BBC News, 15th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Speech at Lord Mayor’s Annual Judges’ Dinner – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 15th, 2009 in constitutional reform, judiciary, speeches by sally

“This speech is a good opportunity to take stock – four years after the Constitutional Reform Act fundamentally changed the relationship between the judiciary and the Executive, and a matter of months before the UK Supreme Court opens, heralding a new era in the separation of powers.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Judges to work overtime as cuts and delays put justice at risk – The Times

Posted July 10th, 2009 in courts, judiciary, news, working time by sally

“Courts face having to sit for an extra two hours a day as they struggle with rising workloads coupled with an unprecedented drive to cut costs.”

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The Times, 10th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Cost of judges’ pensions has more than doubled in past five years – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 7th, 2009 in judiciary, news, pensions by sally

“Figures put before Parliament by the Treasury show that the judicial pension pot rose from £62 million in the financial year 2004/5 to £131m last year.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Names of judges found guilty of misconduct to stay secret – The Guardian

“The government and the judiciary can continue to conceal the names of more than 170 misbehaving judges, a freedom of information tribunal has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 15th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitors believe judicial appointments ‘not for me’, JAC research finds – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 5th, 2009 in judiciary, legal profession, news, solicitors by sally

“Official research published today reveals a ‘widespread and underlying perception’ of ‘inherent prejudice’ in the judicial application process and suggests that solicitors still see the bench as a career for ‘other people’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th June 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judge selection still perceived as unfair – The Times

Posted June 4th, 2009 in judiciary, legal profession, news by sally

“Perceptions of unfairnness and prejudice in the selection of judges still widely persist, three years after a new body was set up to modernise the system.”

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The Times, 4th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Moving faster to a more diverse judiciary – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 29th, 2009 in judiciary, minorities, news by sally

“Lord Chancellor Jack Straw today announced the establishment of an Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity with Baroness Julia Neuberger as its Chair.”

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Ministry of Justice, 28th April 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk