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Enemies of the people


As the ‘Observer’ rightly said, “Our judges do not do politics. They do law. They are selected to be judges on their legal ability.”

The high court’s ruling on article 50 sent the clear message that the government does not have free rein to sweep away any legislation it finds disagreeable.

But the quality and impartiality of this judgment finds no favour with the Brexit media, led by the ‘Daily Mail’, which, under the infamous headline “Enemies of the people”, mounted a vicious assault on the three high court judges who ruled in the case. The government appeared to be fuelling this attack. Sajid Javid, the local government secretary, described the judges as seeking to “thwart the will of the people”. Read the full story

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Legal aid: indefensible cuts


This was the heading of the third leader of the ‘Observer’ on Sunday, and much of what follows comes from that leader.

In 2012, 15 year old Alex Kelly hanged himself. He was serving a 10-month sentence in a young offender institution, for burglary and theft from a vehicle. In a terrifyingly short and brutish life, at age six he had been taken into care having been repeatedly raped by a relative (not his father), leaving him profoundly emotionally damaged. The serious case review into his death found failings by a number of professionals. Read the full story

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Right to refuse first hearing by ‘virtual court’ removed


The right of defendants to consent or refuse a ‘virtual court’ hearing has been removed, leaving the initial decision about whether the case is suitable to proceed in this way to the police. Read the full story

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