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JusticeWatch: Enemies of the people

Posted by - 4th November 2016

‘Derry Irvine would have gone ballistic’ The legal world jumped to the defence of the judiciary this morning after the pro-Brexit press went apoplectic in the wake of the Article 50 ruling. In a short profile of the three judges who presided over the case, the MailOnline characterised them along the following lines: ‘One founded

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JusticeWatch: Conscious cruelty

Posted by - 28th October 2016

Plugging a hole The Law Society’s Gazette reported that the Legal Aid Agency was now ‘urgently trying to plug a hole’ in the provision of housing and debt advice in Cambridgeshire. ‘The latest invitation is the third the agency has issued in the past seven months, after access issues were identified in Kingston upon Hull and

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JusticeWatch: Speaking up for justice

Posted by - 21st October 2016

Dig deep The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service are crowdfunding to cover the costs of a challenge to the legal aid cuts to prison law that have resulted in prisoners’ access to justice being severely curtailed. Pledge here. Since the cuts came into force, conditions in prisons have deteriorated sharply.

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JusticeWatch: Cuts that hurt

Posted by - 14th October 2016

Cuts that hurt There was lots of coverage for the Amnesty report on the impact of the legal aid cuts – see here for LV article. You can download the report – Cuts that Hurt: The impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice  – here. One consequence of LASPO has been that separating couples

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JusticeWatch: Let’s kill all the lawyers (again)

Posted by - 7th October 2016

Let’s kill all the lawyers (again) Theresa May got an easy round of applause from the party faithful when she laid into ‘activist, left-wing human rights lawyers’ (legal aid lawyers of a certain age might recall Jack Straw’s attack on BMW driving civil liberties lawyers). The offending quote in full: ‘Our excellent defence secretary Michael

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JusticeWatch: ‘Of course, we’ll put money in the legal aid budget…’

Posted by - 30th September 2016

Labour conference: ‘Of course, we’ll put money in the legal aid budget…’ News in from Liverpool, a future Labour government would ‘increase legal aid spending and abolish employment tribunal fees’, reported the Law Society’s Gazette. Apparently the shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has had the commitment – ‘expected to cost between £15m and £20m a

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JusticeWatch: Nobody, not even soldiers, should be above the law

Posted by - 23rd September 2016

Welcome to the Jungle ‘And so to the Gee Street Court House for my stint as duty solicitor, to represent any tenant without a lawyer in the undefended possession list,’ began Hackney Community Law Centre’s Nathaniel Mathews in his always excellent Frontline Hackney blog. As he explains on his site, he is ‘a third sector

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JusticeWatch: ‘A justice system that works for (nearly) all’

Posted by - 16th September 2016

Unrealistic expectations Lawyers love nothing more than picking holes in fictional portrayals of their work. And so it was as millions of listeners tuned into The Archers over the last week. Solicitors ‘slammed’ The Archers for creating ‘unrealistic’ expections of British legal system – at least that was the Daily Telegraph’s headline. Solicitors were up in arms

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JusticeWatch: Learning the lessons of Hillsborough

Posted by - 9th September 2016

LV website Over the last week we have completely rebuilt the LV site. We hope to begin updating the site on Monday. Thanks for your patience. Painful to watch The new Lord Chancellor made a rather unpromising debut before the House of Commons’ justice committee this week. ‘Labour branded Justice Secretary Liz Truss “shambolic” after the

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JusticeWatch: A question of equality of arms

Posted by - 5th August 2016

Equality of arms Legal aid should be provided for families at inquests in which the government pays for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees, according to the chief coroner – as reported in the Guardian. In the wake of the Hillsborough inquest and the resumption of the inquest into the Birmingham pub

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