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JusticeWatch: The Ministry of Injustice

Posted by - 20th April 2018

Vigil for justice ‘As the sun began to set, passions rose as solicitors and barristers, armed with placards, congregrated outside the ministry’s building in Petty France, London, to demand change,’ reported Monidipa Fouzder for the Law Society’s Gazette. The Vigil for Justice was organised by the Justice Alliance and the group managed to project the words ‘Ministry of

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Law centres challenge plans to axe housing duty schemes

Posted by - 19th April 2018

Law centres are challenging government plans to cut housing duty schemes in courts. The Law Centres Network has been granted permission to proceed with a judicial review of the Ministry of Justice’s planned reforms to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme, a key service for preventing evictions and homelessness. Changes due to come into force in the autumn will

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Defence profession ‘facing cliff edge’, says Law Society

Posted by - 19th April 2018

An ageing criminal defence profession is heading towards ‘extinction’, according to the Law Centre.  The new data from Chancery Lane shows a looming crisis stemming from the dwindling numbers of defence solicitors across the country (here). A Law Society heatmap shows that across Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, West Wales and Mid Wales, over 60% of criminal law

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JusticeWatch: Beware the vulture solicitors

Posted by - 13th April 2018

Vulture solicitors The Secret Barrister was interviewed on the Justice Gap (here). Who has been the worst Lord Chancellor, and what was their worst policy, he/ she was asked. ‘Chris Grayling,’ was the unsurprising response. ‘He not only offered up the justice system for brutal cuts, in clear breach of his oath of office, but

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My Justice First Fellowship: Brooke Toon

Posted by - 13th April 2018

Brooke Toon is Justice First Fellow and trainee solicitor at Central England Law Centre. She is due to qualify in February 2019. You can read other articles in the series here. As a teenage parent I faced many situations that the law centre’s clients face. I was on benefits, homeless, and then went on to

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‘Chris Grayling’s worst policy? It’s difficult to alight on just one.’

Posted by - 12th April 2018

‘Our justice system is close to breaking point,’ wrote the Secret Barrister in a new book. ‘Every day, delays, errors and chronic under-resourcing are leading to provably guilty people walking free, victims being callously disregarded and innocent people losing their freedom.’ In a Q&A, the anonymous barrister reveals his/her worst Lord Chancellor (no prizes for

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Making the most of volunteers

Posted by - 12th April 2018

Suffolk Law Centre has a small team of paid staff, but support from an army of local volunteer lawyers means it can offer the widest range of services to clients. Audrey Ludwig explains its approach Suffolk Law Centre has only 10 paid staff, mostly part time, and 10 times that number of volunteers – luckily

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‘Enough is enough’: Bar’s direct action grows

Posted by - 9th April 2018

A murder case at the Old Bailey was reported to be the first hit by barristers’ direct action over reforms to the advocates graduated fee scheme. Kema Salum appeared for his first hearing over the death of his wife. The mother-of-one had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck and chest at their home in Haringey.

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JusticeWatch: ‘For years we have watched the wheels coming off’

Posted by - 29th March 2018

Barristers are expected to begin direct action to protest over a scheme for advocacy fees as from the weekend – as reported on LegalVoice today here. At the start of the week, the Guardian reported that that barristers were threatening to down wigs in direct action in protest at changes to the advocates’ graduated fee

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