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JusticeWatch: Time, gentlemen, please

Posted by - 5th May 2017

Time for a change ‘Time, gentlemen, please,’ was the headline of a Guardian leader on judicial diversity (or the lack thereof) in the Supreme Court. Its 12 members are all white and all but one is a man. It quoted JUSTICE which called progress on the issue ‘stagnant’. ‘In a report last week, it argued for

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JusticeWatch: Truss for the chop?

Posted by - 28th April 2017

Prisons crisis – and the legal aid cuts ‘Since cuts to legal aid for prisoners came into force in December 2013, violence and self-injury in prisons have risen to record levels,’ wrote Laura Janes of the Howard League for Penal Reform for Open Democracy. ‘Almost 300 people have lost their lives through suicide.’ Earlier this

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JusticeWatch: Ministry of Mayhem

Posted by - 7th April 2017

Ministry of Mayhem Ministers were pushing for troubled Ministry of Justice to be broken up because it was ‘not fit for purpose’, reckoned the Sun. ‘A series of major blunders and rows with the country’s top lawyers have sparked “concerns at the very top that a major overhaul is needed”,’ a cabinet source told them.

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JusticeWatch: Going against the grain

Posted by - 31st March 2017

Going against the grain ‘Ken Loach’s I Daniel Blake paints a clear picture of Britain today,’ wrote John Nicholson for Counsel magazine, chair of the new Greater Manchester Law Centre. People were facing greater and greater hardship as a result of cuts in benefits, homelessness, work uncertainties and escalating racism, he argued. ‘Meanwhile legal aid – an

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JusticeWatch: Trouble ahead

Posted by - 10th March 2017

Trouble ahead Monidipa Fouzder in the Law Society’s Gazette spotted ‘an ominous shift in terminology’ in the MoJ’s green paper on ‘legal support’ which promises/ threatens to ‘usher in a new era of legal aid reform’. ‘The reform programme will deliver a justice system that is more accessible to the public,’ justice minister Oliver Heald

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JusticeWatch: If you’re innocent, you have nothing to worry about…

Posted by - 3rd March 2017

Hillsborough families hit by Compton’s ‘staggering’ legal costs The Guardian reported on a new crowdfunding campaign to help five people whose relatives died at Hillsborough disaster, after a judge ordered them to pay the £28,000 legal costs of former South Yorkshire police chief constable David Crompton. David Conn reported that Lady Justice Sharp made the costs order

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JusticeWatch: MoJ to relax LASPO domestic violence regime

Posted by - 24th February 2017

MoJ: ‘unwelcome and unnecessary’ KRW Law, the firm representing the Birmingham pub bombing families, accused the Ministry of Justice of an ‘unwelcome and unnecessary’ intervention over the long running dispute about funding. The ministry had told the Birmingham Mail that it was still waiting on its funding application and urged KRW to ‘work with us’. ‘It

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JusticeWatch: The persecution industry

Posted by - 3rd February 2017

The persecution industry For the Daily Mail Phil Shiner’s disgrace – the lawyer was struck off yesterday – was one in the eye for the human rights industry. ‘To this country’s self-righteous legal establishment – which garlanded him with awards – he was a campaigner for justice, and newspaper criticism of him was just ‘media-manufactured vilification’,’

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