Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted February 24th, 2011 in consultations, judiciary, legal aid, news by sally

“The judiciary’s co-ordinated response to the Government’s legal aid consultation paper is published today. It was drawn up by a sub-committee of the Judges’ Council (the body which represents all levels of the judiciary, and is chaired by the Lord Chief Justice).”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 24th February 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

British bill of rights ‘will put judges in a difficult position’ – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2011 in human rights, judiciary, news by sally

“Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf warns of conflict between European convention on human rights and proposed British bill of rights.”

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The Guardian, 21st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High court judges with poor judgment should stand down – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2011 in judiciary, news, professional conduct by sally

“Judges cannot be sacked, so they can go on getting things wrong unless public pressure persuades them to quit.”

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lets hear it for the child; Restoring the Authority of the Family Court, Blue skies and Sacred cows – Speech by Mr Justice Coleridge

Posted November 29th, 2010 in children, family courts, judiciary, speeches by sally

Lets hear it for the child; Restoring the Authority of the Family Court, Blue skies and Sacred cows (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Coleridge

Association of Lawyers for Children: 21st Annual Conference, 26th November 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Why Lord Justice Moses should watch 12 Angry Men – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2010 in judiciary, juries, news by sally

“The judge’s proposals on criminal trials are a dangerous attack on the jury system. I hope he won’t prevail.”

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The Guardian, 24th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

How feminism could improve judicial decision-making – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2010 in judiciary, news, women by sally

“Can judges be feminists? Should judges be feminists? On one view the answer is easy: no. We don’t want our judges to be activists. We don’t want them to promote their own political agendas. We want them to do their job. We want them to apply the law.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Feminist Judgments Project

Judicial appointments review reports back – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 11th, 2010 in judicial appointments commission, judiciary, news by sally

“A review of the judicial appointments process and related arms-length bodies has made initial recommendations.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th November 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Kenneth Clarke and Lord Judge: a plain-speaking verdict on life after cuts – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2010 in budgets, case management, dispute resolution, judiciary, news, time limits by sally

“Lord chancellor and lord chief justice share a talent for bluntness, but who is the most realistic about how the deficit will affect the legal system?”

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The Guardian, 28th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chancery Lane calls for appraisal system for family judges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 7th, 2010 in family courts, judiciary, news by sally

“An appraisal system should be introduced for family judges, so that they can hear feedback on their performance and to reassure the public about the quality of the judiciary, the Law Society has suggested.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judges are resigned to jurors researching their trials online – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2010 in internet, judiciary, juries, news by sally

“Judges are ‘giving up’ trying to stop juries using Google, Facebook and Twitter to access potentially false and prejudicial information about defendants, Sir Ken Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, has warned.”

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The Guardian, 4th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Unified judiciary plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 23rd, 2010 in judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Justice secretary Ken Clarke has outlined plans to create a unified judiciary under the leadership of the lord chief justice. The proposal would see the statutory powers of the senior president of the tribunals transferred to the LCJ and the creation of a new head of tribunals justice.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Kenneth Clarke announces plans for unified judiciary – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 17th, 2010 in courts, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, press releases, tribunals by sally

“The Lord Chancellor Kenneth Clarke has outlined plans to create a unified judiciary in England and Wales under the overall leadership of the Lord Chief Justice. Work is already well under way to create a new single unified organisation bringing together Her Majesty’s Court Service and the Tribunals Service, after the plan was announced in March.”

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Minsitry of Justice, 16th September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

System for appointing judges ‘undermining international courts’ – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2010 in international courts, judiciary, news by sally

“A ‘toxic’ system for appointing the world’s most senior judges is fundamentally undermining the legitimacy of international courts, a new study claims.”

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The Guardian, 8th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Family judges alarmed over legal aid tender – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 10th, 2010 in family courts, judiciary, legal aid, legal services, news, tenders by sally

“The head of the family courts has warned the Legal Services Commission that he has been ‘inundated’ by family judges expressing serious concerns over the outcome of the family legal aid tender, in a letter seen by the Gazette.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Calls for judge to conduct London G20 inquest – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2010 in demonstrations, inquests, judiciary, news, police by sally

“The government has been urged by MPs to appoint a judge to conduct the inquest into Ian Tomlinson who died at the G20 protests in London last year.”

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BBC News, 28th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lord chief justice calls for shorter cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 22nd, 2010 in criminal procedure, family courts, judiciary, news, trials by sally

“The lord chief justice has called for family and criminal cases to be shortened.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judicial culture still deters gay and lesbian lawyers, say researchers – The Guardian

“The judiciary is failing to reflect the UK’s gay and lesbian community, experts say, as research suggests it is seriously under-represented on the bench.”

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The Guardian, 4th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Neuberger report: more solicitor judges wanted – The Lawyer

Posted June 21st, 2010 in judiciary, news, reports, solicitors by sally

“The Law Society has long stated its belief that the judiciary should better reflect the diversity of the society it serves rather than being the preserve of the white, heterosexual, Oxbridge-­educated, male barrister.”

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The Lawyer, 21st June 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

The cost of sentencing – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 16th, 2010 in judiciary, Ministry of Justice, podcasts, prisons, sentencing by sally

“As the Lord Chancellor considers ways of cutting the number of people in prison, Joshua Rozenberg asks if the judges should save money by changing the way they sentence offenders.”

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BBC Law in Action, 15th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge admits Court of Protection has ‘more than fair share of setbacks’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 11th, 2010 in Court of Protection, judiciary, news, private hearings, reports by sally

“Denzil Lush, Senior Judge said the Government had failed to anticipate the volume of work that would ‘inundate’ the tribunal that rules on the financial affairs and medical treatment of the elderly and mentally ill, or the ‘burden’  it would place on staff.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk