JusticeWatch: Merry Xmas…

Posted by - 19th December 2014

Birmingham Community Law Centre marks first anniversary ‘It was inconceivable that a city the size of Birmingham could lose its law centre – denying some of its most vulnerable citizens access to advice and justice – so we are very pleased to be able to celebrate 12 months of this vital new service,’ said Professor

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JusticeWatch: Patience is a virtue

Posted by - 12th December 2014

The story of domestic abuse legal aid was ‘one of warned consequences and insufficient safeguards’, wrote Ian Dunt today in politics.co.uk. ‘Stacking the requirements’ on the woman’s side was ‘not helpful if your main agenda is to protect those able to get away from their abuser’, he wrote. The High Court is due to hear

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JusticeWatch: A curious way to celebrate Magna Carta

Posted by - 5th December 2014

JusticeWatch: December 5 ‘How the UK’s legal system is failing victims of domestic violence‘ was the headline of a powerful feature by Louise Tickle on the legal aid cuts in the Guardian at the weekend. ‘On average almost two women a week – 1.85 to be precise – are killed by a partner or former

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JusticeWatch: Raging judges

Posted by - 28th November 2014

JusticeWatch: November 28 Raging judges A court of appeal judge spoke of her ‘horror’ at the number of unrepresented litigants, reported the Guardian. Dame Elizabeth Gloster’s ‘forthright comments’ were delivered at the launch of a report by Hodge Jones & Allen. Their research drew on interviews with more than 500 senior solicitors and barristers and found

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JusticeWatch: playing the man, not the ball

Posted by - 21st November 2014

JusticeWatch: November 21 LV conference, December 8 There are a small number of tickets left. It’s free. We are close to being full and some workshops are close to capacity. More here. Thanks for your interest. Legal aid and bureaucracy As justice minister Shailesh Vara pointed out last week there have always been litigants in

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Mindfulness, judgmentalism and Chris Grayling

Posted by - 31st October 2014

JusticeWatch: October 31 Mindfulness, judgmentalism and Chris Grayling Melanie McDonagh reflected on ‘mindfulness’ in the Spectator, apparently a ‘form of Buddhism lite, that focuses on meditation and ‘being in the now’’. Over the last 12 months it has gone from ‘an eccentric but harmless hobby practised by contemporary hippies to a new and wildly popular

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JusticeWatch: Justice is ‘more important than Trident’

Posted by - 24th October 2014

JUSTICE WATCH October 24 More important than trident In the midst of all the usual legal aid-related despair, it was a welcome break to read Greg Powell on his vision for a national legal service. The past president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association acknowledges that, whilst it maybe thought by many to be

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JusticeWatch: the latest whinge from Strasbourg

Posted by - 10th October 2014

JusticeWatch: October 10 2014 Calling all defence lawyers The good people at CLSA and LCCSA have done this to help you putting together responses to Transforming legal aid: crime duty contracts. You need to get cracking. The deadline is October 15. If you’re not sure why then Paul Harris, managing partner at Edward Fail, Bradshaw

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JusticeWatch: A criminal justice system that’s ‘on your side’

Posted by - 3rd October 2014

JusticeWatch: October 3 A criminal justice system that’s ‘on your side’! There’s never a dull moment with Chris Grayling. The justice secretary has promised a new Bill of Rights to give UK courts and parliament the ‘final say’; pledged a criminal justice system for ‘the honest, law-abiding majority‘; and suffered another bruising encounter with the

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