Legal Aid Agency spends £93m on cases not heard in court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 1st, 2016 in costs, Crown Prosecution Service, legal aid, news, prosecutions, reports, trials by sally

‘The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has spent more than £93m funding defence counsel in cases that did not go to trial, the National Audit Office has found.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st March 2016

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Supreme Court rewrites law on multipliers in fatal accident cases – Legal Futures

‘The Supreme Court has overturned two House of Lords judgments in ruling that the multiplier in assessing damages for fatal accident claims should be calculated from the date of the trial, not the date of death.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2016

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High Court approves first application to transfer case to shorter trials scheme – Litigation Futures

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, trials by sally

‘The High Court has approved the first application to transfer a case started in the normal way into the shorter trials scheme (STS).’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd February 2016

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Secret trial: One off – or the first of many? – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2016 in closed material, news, reporting restrictions, terrorism, trials by sally

‘Possibly the worst headline I’ve ever written. But before I’m accused of completely failing to perform basic contractual duties, allow me to explain why those seven words are rather important.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2016

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Libor trial: It was the prosecution that couldn’t go wrong… until it did – The Independent

Posted February 10th, 2016 in banking, fraud, interest, news, prosecutions, trials by sally

‘By day four of the trial, one of the jurors had fallen asleep. Liam Vaughan reports on how the Serious Fraud Office’s case against six City brokers accused of conspiring with Tom Hayes came to grief amid a welter of jargon and inconsistencies.’

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The Independent, 10th November 2016

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Financial list for cases over £50m working well, Mr Justice Blair says – Litigation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2016 in banking, budgets, costs, financial regulation, judges, news, pilot schemes, speeches, trials by sally

‘The ‘financial list’ launched by the High Court in October last year for claims linked to the financial markets and worth over £50m is “operating well”, Mr Justice Blair has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th January 2016

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People with advanced dementia have no place in court – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2016 in accidents, courts, elderly, fitness to plead, mental health, news, road traffic, trials by sally

‘The Law Commission has recommended a new test of incapacity after the Greville Janner case. We must be cautious about punishing those no longer in control of their actions.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2016

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Thousands of trials end over no-show witnesses – watchdog – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2016 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, reports, trials, witnesses by sally

‘More than 11,000 criminal trials in England and Wales had to be abandoned last year because witnesses pulled out or did not appear at court, a watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2016

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Too many people unfit to plead face criminal trials, says Law Commission – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2016 in criminal justice, fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news, trials by tracey

‘Commission will tell Government legal tests to determine whether someone is mentally fit for trial are Victorian legacies.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2016

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Jailed MI6 informant blocked from taking case to court of human rights – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in appeals, human rights, intelligence services, murder, news, private hearings, trials by tracey

‘A Chinese dissident and MI6 informant convicted of murder after a secret trial has been prevented from taking his case to the European court of human rights.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

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UK ties with Gaddafi were like ‘a criminal conspiracy’, high court hears – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in closed material, conspiracy, intelligence services, Libya, news, rendition, trials by tracey

‘The relationship that the British security services forged with Muammar Gaddafi’s regime a decade ago amounted to “a criminal conspiracy with a foreign dictator”, according to evidence before the high court, where a dozen Libyan dissidents who were subsequently targeted by the British authorities are bringing a claim for damages.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

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The dirty tricks of the Shrewsbury trials expose the dark heart of the radical 1970s – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2015 in conspiracy, construction industry, intimidation, media, news, trade unions, trials by sally

‘The trials of 24 trade unionists, including Ricky Tomlinson, seem to have been unduly influenced by Edward Heath. The more we learn about that decade, the more its injustices will haunt us.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Speech by HHJ Edmund QC on Better Case Management and the Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by HHJ Edmund QC at the Criminal Bar Association Ann Goddard Memorial Lecture on 3 November 2015 entitled ”All Change: What you need to know about Better Case Management and the Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing”.

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th November 2015

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The right to a fair trial: part two – OUP Blog

Posted November 10th, 2015 in death penalty, freedom of expression, human rights, news, Privy Council, trials by sally

‘Human rights law has had a long and tortuous history in the UK, defined by some of the most fascinating cases in legal memory.’

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OUP Blog, 10th November 2015

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The right to a fair trial: part one – OUP Blog

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in juries, legal history, news, trials by sally

‘Our legal history stretches back well over eight centuries, to long before Magna Carta (1215). But however long this history may be, it is not one of which we can be universally proud, and the freedoms which we enjoy today have had to be hard won over the centuries. These are now encapsulated in the Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force in 2000, and which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights. They include, amongst others: the right to life, freedom from torture or being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, freedom from slavery, and the rights to a fair trial, free speech (freedom of expression) and respect for private and family life. But these freedoms have not suddenly emerged from a twentieth century statute. Our history is peopled by many remarkable characters, and includes the stories of very many fascinating cases, some of which have created and developed freedoms over the ages.’

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OUP Blog, 3rd November 2015

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Joint enterprise review ‘long overdue’, lawyers argue – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 29th, 2015 in appeals, joint enterprise, murder, news, Supreme Court, trials by sally

‘Murder appeals being heard at the Supreme Court over the next three days will have ‘important consequences’ for the controversial principle of joint enterprise, some lawyers believe.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th OCtober 2015

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Princess of Wales Hospital nurse neglect trial collapses – BBC News

‘The case against two hospital nurses accused of wilfully neglecting vulnerable patients has collapsed.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2015

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Lord chief justice: security services cannot be above the law – The Guardian

‘The accountability of MI5 and MI6 and the question of whether they are fully subject to the rule of law lie at the heart of attempts by the media to sweep away the secrecy surrounding a major terrorism trial, the lord chief justice said on Monday. In a series of remarks that disclosed publicly for the first time the role that the UK’s security and intelligence agencies played in imposing secrecy on the trial of Erol Incedal, a London law student, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd told the court of appeal that public confidence in the way they do their work was a key issue in the case.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2015

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Should national security ever trump the right to a fair trial? – The Guardian

‘A ruling on whether ‘secret’ evidence from convicted murderer Wang Yam can be heard at the European court of human rights has far wider significance.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2015

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Judge withdraws from BA case after airline loses his luggage – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in airlines, judges, news, professional conduct, recusal, trials by sally

‘A judiciary watchdog is investigating a high court judge who complained about his luggage going astray on a flight booked with British Airways while he was overseeing a case involving the airline.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2015

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