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Prison reform

Prison reform

Prison reform was a key element of the Prisons and Courts Bill, abandoned in the run up to the general election. And it was not reinstated in the threadbare Queen’s Speech. In his first public statement since taking up the post of justice secretary, David Lidington has sought to reassure that this apparent dropping of […]

Prison reform
Deport first, appeal later

Deport first, appeal later

This week the Supreme Court ruled that the government’s system for deporting foreign criminals before they have had a chance to appeal breaches their human rights. In a landmark case concerning two foreign national criminals, the court ruled that having to appeal from abroad denied the men an effective appeal. ‘Deport first, appeal later’ was […]

Deport first, appeal later
New Lord Chancellor

New Lord Chancellor

In the past two years we have been privileged to serve four holders of the post of Lord Chancellor – Chris Grayling, Michael Gove, Lyn Truss and now, David Lidington. All four have one thing in common. None is legally qualified. The demotion of Lyn Truss to Chief Secretary to the Treasury stands out as […]

New Lord Chancellor
Late night courts

Late night courts

Last month HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) announced that it was planning to test late night courts this month in an effort to understand how to make the system more flexible for all users. The pilot is planned to take place in six courts over six months. Under the scheme, Crown courts at Newcastle […]

Late night courts
Election manifestoes

Election manifestoes

Where there is an election there are manifestoes, and both the Law Society and the Bar Council have been quick off the mark. The Law Society has called on the next government to put access to justice at the heart of Brexit Britain. Society president Robert Bourns said: “Early legal advice prevents difficult societal and […]

Election manifestoes
So who is next?

So who is next?

No tears were shed when, following the 2015 election, Chris Grayling was removed from the role of lord chancellor. There were nevertheless raised eyebrows when his successor was announced – Michael Gove, another unqualified incumbent. But many fears were allayed when he set about righting the mean-minded Grayling rulings, such as the severe restriction of […]

So who is next?
Prison reform

Prison reform

23 June 2017

Prison reform was a key element of the Prisons and Courts Bill, abandoned in the run up to the general election. And it was not reinstated in the threadbare Queen’s Speech. In his first public statement since taking up the post of justice secretary, David Lidington has sought to reassure that this apparent dropping of […]

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Deport first, appeal later

Deport first, appeal later

15 June 2017

This week the Supreme Court ruled that the government’s system for deporting foreign criminals before they have had a chance to appeal breaches their human rights. In a landmark case concerning two foreign national criminals, the court ruled that having to appeal from abroad denied the men an effective appeal. ‘Deport first, appeal later’ was […]

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New Lord Chancellor

New Lord Chancellor

13 June 2017

In the past two years we have been privileged to serve four holders of the post of Lord Chancellor – Chris Grayling, Michael Gove, Lyn Truss and now, David Lidington. All four have one thing in common. None is legally qualified. The demotion of Lyn Truss to Chief Secretary to the Treasury stands out as […]

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Late night courts

Late night courts

15 May 2017

Last month HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) announced that it was planning to test late night courts this month in an effort to understand how to make the system more flexible for all users. The pilot is planned to take place in six courts over six months. Under the scheme, Crown courts at Newcastle […]

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Election manifestoes

Election manifestoes

09 May 2017

Where there is an election there are manifestoes, and both the Law Society and the Bar Council have been quick off the mark. The Law Society has called on the next government to put access to justice at the heart of Brexit Britain. Society president Robert Bourns said: “Early legal advice prevents difficult societal and […]

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So who is next?

So who is next?

05 May 2017

No tears were shed when, following the 2015 election, Chris Grayling was removed from the role of lord chancellor. There were nevertheless raised eyebrows when his successor was announced – Michael Gove, another unqualified incumbent. But many fears were allayed when he set about righting the mean-minded Grayling rulings, such as the severe restriction of […]

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Legal aid for prisoners

Legal aid for prisoners

11 April 2017

The government has lost an important battle in the court of appeal over access to legal aid. Denying prisoners in England and Wales legal aid so they can effectively challenge the conditions under which they are held could be illegal, the court has ruled. In R (Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice […]

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The launch of the Great Repeal Bill

The launch of the Great Repeal Bill

31 March 2017

In her letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, triggering Article 50, the Prime Minister said that the Government “would bring forward legislation that will repeal the Act of Parliament – the European Communities Act 1972 – that gives effect to EU law in our country. We also intend to bring forward several […]

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Extended court sittings

Extended court sittings

29 March 2017

A new pilot scheme from HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) will introduce extra sittings at civil, crown, and magistrates’ courts to increase the number of cases seen each day. The pilots are expected to begin in May, in six courts over six months. The six pilot courts are: Newcastle and Blackfriars Crown court; Sheffield […]

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Lord Chief Justice attacks the Lord Chancellor

Lord Chief Justice attacks the Lord Chancellor

24 March 2017

Giving evidence to the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee this week, the lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, launched a forthright attack on the justice secretary, Liz Truss, for her failure last year to defend judges who were branded “enemies of the people.” Referring to the article 50 Brexit court case, he told the […]

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