JusticeWatch: Behold the ‘majesty’ of our courts…

Posted by - 16th February 2018

Neglected dumps Court users have been reassured that a video hearings pilot will uphold ‘the majesty‘ of our courts. Apparently, the pilot kicks off with tax appeals this spring. HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it was ‘working closely with the judiciary to ensure the majesty of a physical courtroom will be upheld’. This prompted some cynicism

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Our government doesn’t care about the victims and survivors of terrorism

Posted by - 16th February 2018

The UK Government doesn’t care about victims and survivors of terrorism.  Not really.  Sure, after every terror attack it makes all the right noises.  It has to.  It’s what the nation expects.  The Prime Minister on the doorstep of No.10.  Grave expression.  Shock and regret.  Thoughts and prayers are with the victims.  ‘We stand with them…

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LALY Awards 2016. Photo: Richard Gray

#LALY18: Nominations now open

Posted by - 12th February 2018

Nominations for the this year’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards are now open. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on July, 17. The deadline for nominations is April 10 (here) and this year will feature a practice manager award. ‘For the first time this year, we are introducing an award specifically

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JusticeWatch: British justice ‘in flames’

Posted by - 9th February 2018

Nothing happening No one who knew anything about the justice system doubted it was in crisis, wrote the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Charlie Falconer in the Guardian (here). He argued that the crisis was ‘unprecedented’ and that its were ‘poor people’ in an article headed ‘British justice is in flames. The MoJ’s fiddling is criminal.’ It was

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Miscarriage of justice watchdog reckons ‘very high’ probability of people in jail as a result of non-disclosure

Posted by - 7th February 2018

The miscarriage of justice watchdog has said that there is a ‘very high’ probability of people being in jail because of non-disclosure failures. In an interview with the Times, Richard Foster, chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, reckoned that that one in five suspected miscarriages referred back to Court of involved disclosure issues and that

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Liam Allan

Disclosure’s ticking time bomb

Posted by - 1st February 2018

Disclosure was a ticking bomb ready to explode. For years lawyers campaigning against legal aid cuts were advised by sympathetic reporters that they needed real examples about real people. Whilst we all had clients who could say that their fates would have been different ‘without legal aid’ only a handful were willing to relive their

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MoJ face another challenge to ‘catastrophic’ legal aid cuts for defence firms

Posted by - 30th January 2018

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) faces yet another challenge to its ongoing restrictions on access to justice, after the Law Society last week issued proceedings in its judicial review of reductions to legal aid for criminal defence lawyers to read evidence served by the prosecution. Following a consultation on the proposals, the MoJ announced in

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