Jackson and the occupational hazards of commoditised litigation: a practical view from the Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted March 12th, 2013 in costs, insurance, news, trials, witnesses by sally

“In his monthly column, James Bickford Smith considers two judgments that illustrate the hazards of the commoditised litigation that will be transformed, for better or worse, by the Jackson  reforms.”

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Littleton Chambers, 6th March 2013

Source: www.littletonchambers.com

Missing April Jones: Mark Bridger trial due to start – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2013 in kidnapping, murder, news, perverting the course of justice, trials by sally

“The man accused of the abduction and murder of missing five-year-old April Jones is due to stand trial.”

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BBC News, 25th February 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lawyers debate whether trial by jury is the best option – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2013 in criminal justice, juries, news, trials by sally

“John Cooper QC and Kirsty Brimelow QC discuss whether trial by jury is the best option.”

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BBC News, 21st February 2013

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Frances Andrade case: the treatment of vulnerable victims in the court system – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 20th, 2013 in news, sexual offences, suicide, trials, victims, witnesses by sally

“The recent suicide of Frances Andrade has sparked debate once again on the treatment of victims by the court system. Mrs Andrade had, days earlier, testified at the trial of her former music teacher, accused of rape and sexual abuse of her over a period of years during her teens. She took her own life whilst the trial was still continuing, but this information was subject to a reporting injunction until the trial had concluded.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th February 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Frances Andrade death: Charity calls for review in child abuse trials – BBC News

Posted February 11th, 2013 in charities, child abuse, news, prosecutions, trials, victims by sally

“A charity for adults who were abused in childhood has said the way prosecutions are brought must change after a victim took her own life during a trial.”

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BBC News, 9th February 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Dale Cregan trial: Prosecution prepare to open case – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2013 in murder, news, police, trials by sally

“The trial of a man accused of murdering two female police officers is expected to get under way today amid one of the tightest security operations ever mounted for a British court case.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Trial by Google’ a risk to jury system, says attorney general – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2013 in crime, internet, juries, malicious communications, news, trials by sally

“‘Trial by Google’ threatens to undermine the integrity of the British jury system and ‘offends the principle of open justice’, according to the attorney general, Dominic Grieve QC.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Trials collapsing thanks to ‘shambolic’ privatisation of translation services – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in fines, inquiries, interpreters, Ministry of Justice, news, trials by sally

“The privatisation of court interpreting services has been ‘shambolic’, MPs warn saying it has caused more trials to collapse and suspects to be remanded unnecessarily in custody.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Radu (Case C-396/11) – WLR Daily

Posted January 31st, 2013 in EC law, extradition, law reports, trials, warrants by sally

Radu (Case C-396/11); [2013] WLR (D) 28

“According to the provisions of Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA of 13 June 2002 on the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedures between member states, as amended by Council Framework Decision 2009/299/JHA of 26 February 2009, the executing judicial authorities of a member state could not avoid their duty pursuant to article 1(2) of the Framework Decision to execute a European arrest warrant issued for the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution, on the ground that the requested person had not been heard in the issuing member state before that arrest warrant was issued.”

WLR Daily, 29th January 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

No anonymity for bankers involved in Libor scandal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 31st, 2013 in anonymity, banking, interest, news, public interest, trials by sally

“The Commercial Court has resisted an application to anonymise those individuals at Barclays involved in the LIBOR scandal.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th January 2013

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Who owns the copyright on barristers’ advocacy? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, copyright, news, publishing, trials by sally

“Following yesterday’s welcome announcement that the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) is uploading judgment summaries to YouTube, there has been some speculation as to whether the UKSC will take the next step in its embrace of digital technology and upload full hearings of trials. But could taking this step result in falling foul of the UK’s copyright law?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd January 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Defendants in Libor-fixing case may be named, court rules – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in anonymity, banking, interest, news, public interest, trials by sally

“More than 100 bankers have failed in a bid to prevent their names being revealed during preliminary hearings of a high court case centred on alleged rigging of the key London interbank offered rate (Libor) by Barclays staff.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

He who hesitates is lost – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 17th, 2013 in case management, lists, news, trials by sally

“Listing hearings can be tricky. You need to find a time the Court can fit you in. You need to squeeze it into your hectic diaries without upsetting other clients who firmly believe that theirs is the only case you have on right now. It needs to be a time that your busy barrister and the other side’s busy barrister can make.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 7th January 2013

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Legal challenge to put an end to court papers – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2013 in case management, courts, documents, news, trials by sally

“Saying you’re going to end the legal world’s reliance on paper sounds almost as audacious a claim as announcing you’re going to stop banks paying bonuses. Graham Smith, however, believes his small London-based business is set to revolutionise the way trials and other hearings are managed all over the world by doing exactly that.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Kinloch v HM Advocate – WLR Daily

Kinloch v HM Advocate: [2012] UKSC 62; [2012] WLR (D) 385

“Since unauthorised police surveillance of a person engaged in criminal activity in public places did not infringe that person’s right to respect for his private life under article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Lord Advocate, in adducing evidence obtained by means of such unauthorised surveillance at the trial of that person, had not acted incompatibly with his right to a fair trial under article 6(1) of the Convention, and had accordingly acted within his powers under section 57(2) of the Scotland Act 1998, as amended. However, the question whether the police had acted incompatibly with a Convention right was not a devolution issue within paragraph 1(d) of Schedule 6 to the Scotland Act 1998 and therefore could not be determined under the Supreme Court’s devolution jurisdiction.”

WLR Daily, 19th December 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Mastafa v Her Majesty’s Treasury – WLR Daily

Posted December 20th, 2012 in appeals, human rights, law reports, terrorism, trials by tracey

Mastafa v Her Majesty’s Treasury: [2012] EWHC 3578 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 383

“An appeal brought under section 26 of the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc Act 2010 involved the determination of the appellant’s ‘civil rights’ for the purposes of article 6 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as scheduled to the Human Rights Act 1998.”

WLR Daily, 13th December 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Lord Erskine and Trial by Jury – Lecture by Lord Neuberger

Posted October 22nd, 2012 in advocacy, juries, legal history, news, trials by sally

Lord Erskine and Trial by Jury (PDF)

Lecture by Lord Neuberger

Seckford Lecture, 18th October 2012

Source: www.supremecourt.gov.uk

Price v Cheshire East Borough Council – WLR daily

Posted October 16th, 2012 in jurisdiction, law reports, sentencing, trials by tracey

Price v Cheshire East Borough Council: [2012] WLR (D)  275

“It was wrong in law, when determining mode of trial, for justices to directly apply Sentencing Council guidelines for a different offence to that faced by the defendant unless the sentencing guidelines were directly analogous or if there was a similar level of seriousness.”

WLR Daily, 11th October 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

New report heavily critical of secret justice plans ahead of controversial Bill – Amnesty International

Posted October 15th, 2012 in bills, closed material, disclosure, human rights, public interest, reports, trials by tracey

“The government’s plans for a substantial extension of the use of secret evidence in the justice system have been heavily criticised in a new Amnesty International report published today”

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Amnesty International, 15th October 2012

Source: www.amnesty.org.uk



Human rights violations in EU courts double in five years – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2012 in criminal justice, human rights, news, remand, statistics, trials by sally

“Greece, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania are the worst European Union countries at delivering justice through criminal trials, according to an independent survey of the union’s courts.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Human rights violations in Europe, broken down by country, article violated and judgment