JusticeWatch: Merry Xmas

Posted by - 22nd December 2017

Justice system going ‘flop-bot’ ‘Another day brings another terrifying near miscarriage of justice,’ blogged Matthew Scott (aka BarristerBlogger) about the Liam Allan case. The 22-year-old student was charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault but his trial collapsed after police were ordered to hand over phone records. The case was dropped after three

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JusticeWatch: ‘Mutineer’ lawyers and anger on the bench

Posted by - 15th December 2017

Dominic Grieve ‘not a headbanger’ The government’s EU withdrawal bill was ‘rushed into parliament’ without a draft text and suffered from ‘profound flaws, wrote human rights lawyer Schona Jolly for the Guardian. ‘It was not particularly surprising, then, to see that the majority of the Tory rebels in this week’s defeat for the government had

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JusticeWatch: Justice for Laughing Boy

Posted by - 1st December 2017

Justice for Laughing Boy Connor Sparrowhawk’s mother spoke to Lucie Boase in a moving interview for the Justice Gap. Connor – know as Laughing Boy – drowned following an epileptic seizure whilst bathing unsupervised in a NHS facility. Sara Ryan recalled her son as ‘a strong defender of human rights, fairness and quality’. ‘He’d rant

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JusticeWatch: Is pro bono more than a sticking plaster?

Posted by - 24th November 2017

Unfit for purpose Not one person with a discrimination complaint was referred to see a legal aid lawyer in the last year, according to Emily Dugan for BuzzFeed News. She reported that new Ministry of Justice figures revealed the impact of 2013 LASPO cuts on people who could not afford a lawyer to bring discrimination

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JusticeWatch: Trouble ahead

Posted by - 10th November 2017

Taken for granted The chair of the Bar accused the government of treating the legal profession in a way that ‘borders on contempt’ and rejected the government’s argument about the need for economies in the legal aid scheme. Opening this year’s Bar Conference at the weekend, Andrew Langdon QC said: ‘The independent bar does not

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JusticeWatch: Bishop backs Hillsborough Law proposals

Posted by - 3rd November 2017

The legacy of the 96 Responding to the review by the former bishop of Liverpool into the Hillsborough disaster, Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James was killed in the disaster, said that implementing the Hillsborough Law reforms would mean that the Grenfell families and others would never have to ‘go through what we did’. ‘For us, this is the legacy of

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JusticeWatch: Is it time to axe the LAA?

Posted by - 13th October 2017

We will not be complicit ‘If universal credit is so convoluted and ineffective that voluntary sector organisations are relied upon, then it should not be implemented at all,’ said Greater Manchester Law Centre this week. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham predicted that the number of rough sleepers on the city’s streets could ‘at least double’ this

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JusticeWatch: LASPO review ‘a bit like waiting for Godot’

Posted by - 6th October 2017

Positive noises from Manchester Tory MPs were expressing dissatisfaction with the LASPO cuts in Manchester, according to the Law Society’s Gazette. ‘The Gazette understands that lord chancellor David Lidington is sympathetic to the idea of making changes, particularly to the exceptional case funding system, although the government is clear there is unlikely to be extra

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JusticeWatch: Need legal aid? Google it

Posted by - 8th September 2017

Need legal aid? Google it The answer of Secretary of State for Justice, @DLidington, for those being denied access to justice through legal aid cuts? “Google it!” pic.twitter.com/xyj22dnRpy — Laura Pidcock MP (@LauraPidcockMP) September 5, 2017 ‘Overt discrimination’ in the justice system Prosecutions against some black and minority-ethnic suspects should be ‘deferred or dropped to

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