100 judges and magistrates received death threats over cases in past five years – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2016 in courts, harassment, intimidation, judges, judiciary, magistrates, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘A hundred judges and magistrates have received written threats connected to cases they presided over during the past five years, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2016

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Barristers who work for free could be breaching referral fee ban, Bar Council warns – Legal Futures

Posted January 7th, 2016 in barristers, fees, law firms, magistrates, news, pro bono work, professional conduct by sally

‘Criminal barristers who agree to work for law firms “for no fee” could be breaching the referral fee ban, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2016

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Abolition of the Criminal Courts Charge: a welcome move – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted December 21st, 2015 in criminal courts charge, magistrates, news by sally

‘Why has the government decided to abolish the Criminal Courts Charge? Shula de Jersey, Principal Lawyer at Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP, explores the controversial measure and explains the events that led to its abolition.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th December 2015

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DPP faces criticism from MPs for failing to see the “shambles” at magistrates courts – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 16th, 2015 in courts, Crown Prosecution Service, magistrates, news by sally

‘Alison Saunders told she is “living in a bubble” after saying she went to see cases in action only every few months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2015

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More cases to be heard by magistrates – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criminal cases should be sent to the Crown court only if they are “clearly unsuitable” for trial in the magistrates’ court, the Sentencing Council says in fresh guidance to ensure cases are tried and sentenced in the appropriate court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th December 2015

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Criminal courts charge to be scrapped by government – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in courts, criminal courts charge, criminal justice, magistrates, news by tracey

‘The criminal courts charge is to be scrapped, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has announced.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2015

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Let magistrates deal with more assault cases, says law reform body – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in assault, courts, Law Commission, legislation, magistrates, news, reports, violence by sally

‘Magistrates courts should be empowered to deal with thousands more assault charges every year rather than sending too many cases for expensive trial in the crown court, the Law Commission has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2015

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Criminal courts charge denied compensation to rape victim, MPs told – The Independent

‘A rape victim did not get compensation from her attacker because of the Government’s controversial new court charge, MPs have been told.’

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The Independent, 27th October 2015

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Criminal court charge punishes poorest the most, says magistrate who quit in protest – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2015 in criminal courts charge, criminal justice, guilty pleas, magistrates, news by sally

‘A magistrate who resigned in disgust at criminal courts charges being imposed on defendants who plead or are found guilty has told the Guardian the fine “disproportionately punishes the poorest in our community”.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2015

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Criminal Courts Charge and the magistrates’ revolt – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Any person over the age of 18 who is convicted of a criminal offence after 15 April 2015 will find that they have to pay “relevant court costs” (or criminal courts charge) in addition to a number of other payments.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th October 2015

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Punitive court fines ‘undermine respect for the law’ – The Guardian

‘The imposition of mandatory, punitive fines in English and Welsh criminal courts has undermined respect for the law and introduced US-style plea bargaining that results in false convictions, an influential legal thinktank has warned.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2015

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Magistrate quits after being suspended for paying a penniless asylum seeker’s fine out of his own pocket – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 29th, 2015 in fines, judges, magistrates, news, professional conduct by sally

‘Nigel Allcoat said he had performed a humanitarian act in order to prevent reoffending and that his treatment ‘beggared belief’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2015

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Magistrates’ warning as court delays create ‘postcode lottery’ – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2015 in budgets, courts, delay, magistrates, news, statistics, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Magistrates have warned the criminal justice system is “on the cusp” of breaking down amid growing delays, court closures and funding cuts.’

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BBC News, 7th September 2015

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Liability of magistrates, coroners and quasi-judicial bodies for costs – Park Square Barristers

Posted September 4th, 2015 in commons, coroners, costs, land registration, magistrates, news, tribunals by sally

‘“Litigation is a hazardous and expensive business.”

Thus began the skeleton argument of my opponent in the Paddico case which I refer to below. He was (and remains) a leading counsel with a high reputation in the field of property work and he was, of course, correct.’

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Park Square Barristers, 11th August 2015

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“New law” is neither new nor law… – Park Square Barristers

Posted September 4th, 2015 in magistrates, news, prosecutions, road traffic offences by sally

‘In recent weeks Leeds Magistrates Court has found itself in the grip of a media frenzy for the dubious honour of hearing the “first ever prosecution” under the “new Law”’ for so called “middle-lane hogging”.’

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Park Square Barristers, 19th August 2015

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Crippling court costs force poverty-stricken people to ‘plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit’ – The Independent

‘Poverty-stricken people are being encouraged to plead guilty to crimes they did not commit out of fear they will face crippling costs imposed by new financial penalties, leading lawyers, magistrates and campaigners have warned.’

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The Independent, 21st August 2015

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Defendants ‘venue shop’ for more lenient sentence – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 20th, 2015 in consultations, defence, magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

‘Magistrates should be trained to apply sentencing guidelines correctly to stop defendants ‘venue shopping’ for a more lenient sentence, the Law Society has said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2015

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Woman fined nearly £300 for stealing three bottles of baby milk – The Independent

Posted August 19th, 2015 in charities, community service, fines, magistrates, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A woman has been fined nearly £300 for stealing three bottles of baby milk at South Derbyshire Magistrates Court this week.’

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The Independent, 18th August 2015

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Criminal court charges ‘trapping’ penniless suspects – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A charity today called for an urgent review of criminal courts charges after collating cases which it says prove the fees are ‘unrealistic and unfair’.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2015

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Mothers Confined – Part 2: Time for action – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

It is plain that across the board there is a desire for change in relation to women and criminal justice. Many examples exists of wonderful, creative, worthwhile and even evidently successful projects in relation to diverting women away from custody and improving conditions for women who lose their liberty. Research related to women and criminal justice is ongoing from a range of respected and vociferous advocates such as Women’s Breakout, The Prison Reform Trust, Women in Prison and Halsbury’s Law Exchange to name but a few – many working together to effect change. There is no doubt that evidence and recommendations from each of these respected bodies – and more alongside them – will call for real change, offering genuine educated and reasonable arguments for doing so. However arguably (at least for now), the real “power” lies with the Courts, ergo it is the Courts who need to be at the vanguard of change.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd August 2015

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