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JusticeWatch: ‘It’s easy to be rude about lawyers…’

Posted by - 13th March 2015

‘It’s easy to be rude about lawyers’ A Guardian editorial quoted Douglas Hogg’s infamous words when, as home office minister, he told the House of Commons that some of Northern Ireland’s solicitors were ‘unduly sympathetic’ to the IRA in 1989. ‘A few weeks later, human rights lawyer Pat Finucane was shot 14 times in the

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JusticeWatch: Shine on

Posted by - 6th March 2015

Dig deep… Criminal practitioner groups are urgently appealing for funds ahead of next week’s critical Court of Appeal hearing  – see here. A message from Robin Murray of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association: ‘I know the readers of this fine site by definition care about access to justice but we ask them to do a

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JusticeWatch: ‘Law without justice is like a body without a soul. It’s a dead letter’

Posted by - 27th February 2015

‘Law without justice is like a body without a soul. It’s a dead letter’ Hundreds of legal aid campaigners gathered outside Parliament at the start of the week in defence of Magna Carta and to highlight the hypocrisy of the government’s Global Law Summit, wrote Mary-Rachel McCabe on www.thejusticegap.com. ‘Not the Global Law Summit’, organised

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JusticeWatch: Steaming beneath their wigs

Posted by - 13th February 2015

Steaming beneath their wigs It used to be that judicial comments on matters of government policy were few and far between but, when it comes to the legal aid cuts, there’s no stopping them. As was reported in LegalVoice, the Court of Appeal was at it again this week (here). And as Catherine Baksi reported

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JusticeWatch: ‘an unashamed exercise in elitism’

Posted by - 30th January 2015

No magic wand, tardis etc ‘If Labour wins in May, we won’t implement the government’s current proposals for two-tier contracting,’ said shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan. He promised to ‘stop the absurdity of the two-tier contract straight away‘. ‘Everybody knows that the current legal aid market is in need of reform and that the number

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JusticeWatch: Alarm bells

Posted by - 23rd January 2015

Not naming names Chris Grayling was extolling the virtues of being the first non-lawyer Lord Chancellor for 400 years to a somewhat sceptical Andrew Gimson over on the Conservative Home blog. ‘Only when I transcribed the tape of this interview did I realise quite how astonishing Grayling’s remarks are,’ Gimson wrote. The justice secretary claimed

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JusticeWatch: Legal oligarchs welcome

Posted by - 16th January 2015

Legal oligarchs welcome Looking forward to Grayling’s Magna Carta 800 anniversary bash? Well, Peter Oborne of the Daily Telegraph isn’t. ‘The rank stench of moral hypocrisy will hang over the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre,’ Oborne fumed in wonderfully intemperate style. He detected little on the Global Law Summit website that was in keeping with the

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JusticeWatch: More JR ‘ping pong’ to come

Posted by - 9th January 2015

Neither passionate nor humane A couple fighting the enforced adoption of their three-year-old son could be forgiven for thinking they were trapped in a system that was ‘neither compassionate nor even humane’, said Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the high court. The child had been removed from his parents by Swindon

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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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