Lord Chief Justice announces reforms to court working dress – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted July 12th, 2007 in court dress, press releases by michael

“Reforms to simplify judicial court working dress in England and Wales were announced today by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.”

News release

Judiciary of England and Wales, 12th July 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

VHCC Best Value Panel Guidance – The Bar Council

Posted July 12th, 2007 in barristers, costs, press releases by sally

“The VHCC Best Value Panel has issued guidance on the new VHCC scheme. The guidance explains the key points of the scheme and details of the tendering process as it affects advocates.”

Guidance 

The Bar Council,  11th July 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Lord Hunt hails start of public legal education dialogue – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 11th, 2007 in legal education, press releases by michael

“Public legal education is vital in providing access to justice by making people aware of their rights and responsibilities, legal aid minister Lord Hunt said today.”

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 11th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Appointment Of Director General Of The Office For Security & Counter-Terrorism – Home Office

Posted July 11th, 2007 in press releases, terrorism by michael

“The Home Office today announced the appointment of Charles Farr OBE as Director General of the newly constituted Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.”

Press release

Home Office, 6th July 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

£5.6 million to improve services for victims of crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 5th, 2007 in press releases, victims by sally

“Justice Minister David Hanson has announced an extra £5.6 million to develop and roll out improved services for victims of crime.”

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 4th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

£5.6 million to improve services for victims of crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 4th, 2007 in press releases, victims by michael

“Justice Minister David Hanson has announced an extra £5.6 million to develop and roll out improved services for victims of crime.”

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Ministry of Justice Press release, 4th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Research shows court fees no hindrance to justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 28th, 2007 in fees, press releases by sally

“People going to court are motivated by getting justice and a final decision, government research published today shows.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 28th June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Tribunals bill to speed up dispute hearings – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 27th, 2007 in press releases, tribunals by sally

“The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement (TCE) Bill, which brings most tribunals together in a single organisation, will speed up justice and make the process easier for the public to understand, Justice Minister Vera Baird QC MP said today.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 27th June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 27th, 2007 in bills, criminal justice, immigration, press releases by sally

“Tougher offences to tackle crime and strong, new measures to cut re-offending were announced today (26 June) by David Hanson MP, Minister of Justice and Baroness Scotland, Home Office Minister for Crime Reduction.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 26th June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Major investment in new courts for England and Wales – Her Majesty’s Court Service

Posted June 26th, 2007 in courts, press releases by sally

“A major investment of £400 million to include building six new major courts has been announced today by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Lord Falconer.”

Announcement (Word document)

Her Majesty’s Court Service, 25th June 2007

Source: www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk

Legal aid reform is about helping as many as possible – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 25th, 2007 in legal aid, news, press releases by sally

“Lord Falconer today (22 June) said legal aid reform would ensure as many people as possible were helped within the resources available by encouraging efficient working practices in the legal profession.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 22nd June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: Government’s response to the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee’s report of May 2007

Greater choice for vulnerable witnesses – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 22nd, 2007 in children, press releases, witnesses by sally

“Introducing greater choice on how young people give evidence in court is among proposals published today that place victims and witnesses at the heart of the Criminal Justice System.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 22nd June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council defends its record on complaints handling – Bar Council

Posted June 21st, 2007 in barristers, complaints, press releases by sally

“In a hard-hitting briefing sent to key MPs this week, the Bar Council has defended its record on complaints handling.  As the Legal Services Bill moves through Committee Stage, the Government is proposing a ‘one size fits all’ approach to complaints handling, reversing amendments introduced in the House of Lords. But the vast majority of complaints are against solicitors – and the overwhelming majority of criticisms about complaints handling are directed against the Law Society rather than the Bar’s independent regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), which has consistently provided an efficient and effective service, according to the independent Legal Services Ombudsman.”

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Bar Council press release, 21st June 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New arrangements for Legal Reforms must be an improvement – Wired-GOV

Posted June 19th, 2007 in legal services, press releases by sally

“The Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales, Zahida Manzoor CBE, in her Annual Report, has said that the Government’s aims in the Legal Services Bill are laudable.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 19th June 2007

Source: www.wired-gov.net

Related link: Annual Report of the Legal Services Ombudsman

Government consultation policy review – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 15th, 2007 in consultations, press releases by sally

“The Cabinet Office is reviewing the government’s consultation policy. It wants to hear your views on how the government currently consults and how you think these consultations can be improved upon.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 15th June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Reforms strengthen immigration controls as more foreign national prisoners are removed from the UK – Home Office

Posted June 15th, 2007 in deportation, immigration, press releases by sally

“The Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) today published its first Agency business plan alongside a report into the failure to consider some foreign national prisoners for deportation last year and an update on progress in deporting those 1013 foreign national prisoners from the UK.”

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Home Office press release, 14th June 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

New measures to keep kids safe from sex offenders – Home Office

Posted June 14th, 2007 in child abuse, press releases, sexual offences by sally

“A range of tough new measures that will enhance the protection of children from sex offenders was unveiled today by the Home Secretary, John Reid.”

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Home Office press release, 13th June 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Tackling discrimination, modernising the law – Communities and Local Government

“The Government today published a consultation document including proposals for a Single Equality Bill, to simplify and improve existing legislation and make common-sense proposals to modernise discrimination law.”

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Communities and Local Government press release, 12th June 2007

Source: www.communities.gov.uk

A voice is given to vulnerable witnesses – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 12th, 2007 in press releases, witnesses by sally

“A scheme assisting vulnerable witnesses to access the criminal justice process will be rolled out nationally, following an announcement by Minister for Justice, Gerry Sutcliffe.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 12th June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Standards Board rejects deferral of call to the Bar and proposes new online register of barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 8th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, press releases by sally

“There had been concerns that, by allowing those who had completed the Bar Vocational Course to be called to the Bar and to describe themselves as ‘barristers’, the public might be misled as to who is a fully qualified practitioner. But in a report on its provisional conclusions on deferral of call, published today after a year-long consultation and research exercise, the Board says “deferring call to the Bar until after pupillage would not be an appropriate response to the risk which it is intended to address”.”

Press release

Bar Standards Board press release, 8th June 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk