Impact on rape victims of police phone seizures to be reviewed – The Guardian

‘The impact on rape victims of police seizures of their mobile phones is to be examined as the Metropolitan police begin piloting a data inspection system designed to limit invasion of privacy.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Vos issues warning to parties who abuse disclosure pilot – Litigation Futures

Posted February 17th, 2020 in costs, disclosure, documents, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Parties that try to use the disclosure pilot for litigation advantage will face “serious adverse costs consequences”, the Chancellor of the High Court has warned, urging judges to take action if they see it.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th February 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Commercial Court aims to tackle listing issues – Litigation Futures

‘The Commercial Court has pledged to try and eliminate listing issues that have occurred in the past year amid a reduction in the number of available judges.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th February 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Meadowhall facial recognition scheme troubles watchdog – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2020 in data protection, facial mapping, identification, news, pilot schemes, police by tracey

‘Police involvement in a private landlord’s facial recognition trial has led a regulator to call for government intervention.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Disclosure pilot for the Business & Property Courts – Counsel

‘A cut out & keep guide to Practice Direction 51U and overview of the changes to disclosure procedures in the Business and Property Courts.’

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Counsel, December 2019

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Barristers demand self-reporting waiver for harassment cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Barristers feel they cannot talk about workplace harassment and bullying because such discussions could trigger self-reporting obligations, the Association of Women Barristers (AWB) has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Majority of care cases continue to miss 26-week deadline – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The average time it takes to conclude care proceedings remains significantly high, according to latest quarterly statistics published today. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice, covering April to June, show that the average time for a care and supervision case to reach first disposal remained the same as it did for January to March – 33 weeks. This is the longest average time since the last quarter of 2013.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th September 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

How will the UK immigration system cope with no deal Brexit? – Garden Court Chambers

‘UK immigration reform is imminent. The Government’s 2018 White Paper proposals for a new immigration system appear to be here to stay and a no deal Brexit looks more likely than ever.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd August 2019

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

Legal Ombudsman pilots use of formal mediation – Legal Futures

Posted August 16th, 2019 in dispute resolution, legal ombudsman, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) is running a “proof of concept” pilot as it decides whether to introduce formal mediation as another route to settling dispute between lawyers and their clients.’

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Legal Futures, 16th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

MPs urge caution over speed of online court development – Legal Futures

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in bills, electronic filing, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘MPs have urged the government to learn the lessons of previous major IT projects and move cautiously with the development on online courts.’

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Legal Futures, 19th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Flexible court hours pilots to start in September – Litigation Futures

Posted June 25th, 2019 in civil justice, family courts, flexible working, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The flexible operating hours (FOH) pilots for civil and family courts are to begin on 2 September, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th June 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

‘Lifeline’ community treatment pilots to steer offenders away from crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable offenders will be offered targeted treatment under new plans designed to boost rehabilitation and reduce reoffending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th June 2019

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

Universities urged to hire staff to investigate sexual harassment – The Guardian

‘Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate hate crimes and sexual harassment against their students, according to a report commissioned by the higher education regulator for England.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2019

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Court modernisation “undermining access to justice”, lawyers tell MPs – Legal Futures

‘Criminal and civil lawyers have spelt out to MPs on the justice select committee a catalogue of ways in which court modernisation is undermining access to justice.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Court service starts another video hearing pilot running – Legal Futures

‘A pilot enabling domestic abuse victims to take part in hearings by video link from a computer in their solicitor’s office has begun running in Manchester.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers first in queue as court access scheme goes national – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 9th, 2019 in barristers, courts, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘A pilot scheme enabling legal professionals to enter courts and tribunals without the need to pass through security is to be rolled out across England and Wales – but only for barristers initially. The “professional-user access scheme” has already been piloted at 10 courts and will be extended to an additional five courts this month. HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it expects the service to be operating nationwide by next year. The five new courts will be; Manchester Minshull Street, York Crown Court, Reading Crown Court, Guildford Crown Court and Cardiff Crown Court.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th May 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Food outlets ‘should list all ingredients’ says food agency – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2019 in allergies, food, health & safety, labelling, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘Food outlets should list all ingredients in order to protect customers with allergies, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has proposed. The FSA has recommended ministers adopt strict new rules, which include highlighting the 14 major allergens.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal – The Independent

‘Facial recognition technology has misidentified members of the public as potential criminals in 96 per cent of scans so far in London, new figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 7th May 2019

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Grayling probation changes ‘took unacceptable risks’ with public money – The Guardian

‘Chris Grayling’s widely derided changes to the supervision of a quarter of a million offenders in the community were rushed through at breakneck speed, taking “unacceptable risks” with taxpayers’ money, a spending watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2019

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Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones – The Guardian

‘Victims of rape and serious sexual assault who refuse to give police access to their mobile phone contents could allow suspects to avoid charges, two top officials have said.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com