Jackson to pilot £80,000 costs cap for some cases worth up to £250,000 – Litigation Futures

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in costs capping orders, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘The work on extending fixed recoverable costs (FRC) is going to start with a pilot to test capping costs at £80,000 for claims up to £250,000 in a limited number of courts, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Revealed: Jackson’s fixed fees pilot to cap costs at £80k – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 21st, 2017 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, costs, judges, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Pointers for the potential level of fixed costs for civil claims have been revealed on the eve of a pilot scheme to test how the idea will work.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th June 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Outcry over proposals for late night and early morning court sittings – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2017 in barristers, courts, legal profession, news, pilot schemes, solicitors by sally

‘Plans to launch a pilot programme of flexible early morning and evening courts from next month are encountering growing opposition from lawyers.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2017

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Mercantile courts to trial fixed costs from later this year – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 24th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, courts, judges, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A fixed costs pilot scheme could get underway in the mercantile courts by the end of this year, according to minutes from recent meetings of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd May 2017

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Jackson backs cost capping for Mercantile Court pilot – Litigation Futures

Posted April 13th, 2017 in costs, courts, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has chosen cost capping, rather than fixed costs, as the way forward for a voluntary pilot he hopes to introduce in the Mercantile Court, as the judge continues to investigate the possible extension of fixed recoverable costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th April 2017

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Bar Council issues warning over plan for extended court sittings – Litigation Futures

Posted March 27th, 2017 in barristers, children, courts, diversity, news, pilot schemes, women by tracey

‘Forthcoming plans for courts to start earlier and finish later will disadvantage barristers with children and do not take account of the cab-rank rule, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th March 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Greater protection for rape victims and children at risk of grooming – Ministry of Justice

‘New offence of sexual communication with a child will be introduced, and measures to support victims of sex crimes accelerated.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th March 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

The Electronic Divorce Filing Pilot: An opportunity missed or a new horizon opening up? – Family Law Week

‘Stuart Clark, Associate, and David Hodson, Partner, both of The International Family Law Group LLP, describe what is known, and ask some questions, of the MoJ’s latest initiative to facilitate an online divorce system.’

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Family Law Week, 7th February 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

IP Enterprise Court still attractive despite alternatives – presiding judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 6th, 2017 in courts, intellectual property, judges, news, patents, pilot schemes, trials by sally

‘The presiding judge at the UK’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has said the court still serves a purpose despite the growing availability of flexible trials elsewhere.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2017

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‘Secure schools’ pilot scheme for young offenders – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2016 in education, Ministry of Justice, news, pilot schemes, reports, young offenders by sally

‘Two “secure schools” are to be opened for teenage offenders in England and Wales in a bid to improve education within the youth justice system.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2016

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Pilot online convictions with TV licence evasion, says Law Society – Legal Futures

Posted November 21st, 2016 in electronic filing, guilty pleas, licensing, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The government should pilot its plans to digitise low-level summary convictions with TV licence evasion, rather than train and tram fare evasion, the Law Society has said.’

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Legal Futures, 21st November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Offenders to be tracked by satellite under new pilot scheme – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2016 in electronic monitoring, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Up to 1,500 offenders will be tracked by a satellite tagging system under a Ministry of Justice pilot scheme.’

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BBC News, 29th October 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Courts reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th September 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Vulnerable witnesses to be spared court – BBC News

Posted September 15th, 2016 in children, cross-examination, news, pilot schemes, trials, video recordings, witnesses by tracey

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will be able to give their evidence before a trial starts, as part of planned court reforms in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Met police to start using spit hoods on suspects within weeks – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in human rights, London, news, pilot schemes, police, restraint orders by sally

‘Britain’s biggest police force is to allow its officers to use spit hoods on suspects within weeks, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Courts must prepare for significant increases in care cases, says top judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 24th, 2016 in care orders, children, families, family courts, news, pilot schemes, statistics by sally

‘The family courts must plan on the basis that there will continue to be significant increases in care cases, the President of the Family Division has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd August 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Home Office approved drug trials on young offenders in 1960s – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in medicines, news, pilot schemes, school children, young offenders by sally

‘The Home Office approved plans to carry out drug trials on children at two schools for young offenders in the 1960s, according to files released by the National Archives.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2016

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Police to hire law firms to tackle cyber criminals in radical pilot project – The Guardian

‘Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court of Protection extends pilot testing increased access for public and media – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘A pilot scheme which has allowed the public and media to gain greater access to Court of Protection hearings is to continue for a further 12 months.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th July 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Crown court sentencing being recorded for pilot project that could bring judges’ comments to TV – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2016 in Crown Court, media, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘Criminal court cases could soon be broadcast into living rooms across the country after a landmark project to explore the viability of filming legal proceedings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk