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Blood on our hands –  part 2 “Blood on our hands” Employment tribunal fees Prison reform Deport first, appeal later New Lord Chancellor
 
Blood on our hands –  part 2

Blood on our hands – part 2

Sir Justice James Munby, who sits as president of the High Court’s family division, in his judgment of 3 August said he felt “ashamed and embarrassed” that no hospital place had been found that could take proper care of an unnamed 17-year-old known as X when she was due to be released from youth custody […]

Blood on our hands –  part 2
“Blood on our hands”

“Blood on our hands”

The nation will have “blood on its hands” if an NHS hospital bed cannot be found within days for a teenage girl, known only as X, who is at acute risk of taking her own life, according to the UK’s most senior family judge. Sir Justice James Munby, who sits as president of the High […]

“Blood on our hands”
Employment tribunal fees

Employment tribunal fees

It is some time since Chris Grayling left the post of lord chancellor but his influence continues to be felt as his poor judgments have to be reversed. Now we have another embarrassing example. In a landmark decision handed down last Wednesday, the Supreme Court, in the case of R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor (2017), […]

Employment tribunal fees
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
Family courts allow abusers to torment their victims

Family courts allow abusers to torment their victims

13 January 2017

The head of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has called for a bar on victims of domestic violence being cross-examined by the alleged perpetrators in court. The practice is not permitted in criminal courts. He said: “Reform is required. I would welcome a bar. But the judiciary cannot provide this, because it requires primary […]

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Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

09 January 2017

The MoJ has published a consultation paper on a modernised advocates’ graduated fee scheme (AGFS). The scheme, which was last reformed in 2007, pays criminal defence advocates legal aid for representing those accused of crimes in the Crown court. Introducing the new proposals, justice minister Sir Oliver Heald said: “Our current payment system does not […]

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ECJ Date Retention Ruling Goes Against UK

ECJ Date Retention Ruling Goes Against UK

22 December 2016

The Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) overhauls laws governing how the state gathers and retains private communications or other forms of data to combat crime. Broadband and mobile phone providers are compelled to hold a year’s worth of communications data. Known by critics as the snoopers’ charter, there is serious concern about the number of agencies […]

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The Brexit Papers

The Brexit Papers

16 December 2016

Brexit could undermine London’s status as a highly profitable international legal centre, according to the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales. The Government must put the public interest at the heart of its Brexit strategy, the Bar Council has warned as it publishes the Brexit Papers, written by members of the Brexit […]

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How went the battle?

How went the battle?

13 December 2016

It is quite something when the deliberations of 11 very senior judges is the hottest ticket in town. There should be twelve judges but at the moment there is one unfilled vacancy. Nevertheless this is the first time that that all Supreme Court members have convened to decide a case. There was standing room only […]

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Stalking prevention orders

Stalking prevention orders

12 December 2016

Home secretary Amber Rudd has announced that she is to introduce new stalking prevention orders that will give the courts fresh powers to order offenders at an early stage not to go anywhere near someone they have been compulsively pursuing but whom the police do not have enough evidence to charge. In future they will […]

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Investigatory Powers Act

Investigatory Powers Act

30 November 2016

Britain leads the world in the use of CCTV. As a result, surveillance has become an inescapable part of life. Britain has a larger DNA base and more police powers and email snooping than any comparable liberal democracy. This was the very solid base for coalition home secretary Theresa May’s snooper’s charter bill four years […]

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Personal Injuries proposals

Personal Injuries proposals

23 November 2016

In a move described as ‘heavy handed, excessive, and disastrous’ the Ministry of Justice announced last week that it plans to either scrap the right to compensation or, alternatively, put a cap on the amount people can claim for minor soft-tissue injuries. Capping whiplash compensation would see the average pay-out cut from £1,850 to a […]

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Imprisonment for public protection

Imprisonment for public protection

22 November 2016

Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of prisons, has produced a report on the 3,859 imprisonment for public protection (IPP) prisoners currently held. He said justice secretary Liz Truss needed to take decisive action to reduce the numbers of those still in prison years after the end of their tariff. The sentence was introduced in 2005, […]

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Contingent Legal Aid Fund

Contingent Legal Aid Fund

21 November 2016

The Bar Council, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and the Law Society of England and Wales have joined forces to set up a joint working group to examine the viability of a contingent legal aid fund (CLAF). The aim is to see whether a CLAF is a worthwhile option to complement existing forms […]

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