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JusticeWatch: More delay on LASPO review

Posted by - 9th March 2018

Long awaited – but much delayed The government’s long-awaited LASPO review is ‘unlikely to be finished by the summer as promised’, reported the Law Society’s Gazette. The Lord Chancellor, David Gauke told the Commons justice committee that the summer recess deadline was ‘an ambitious timetable – and I think I want to look at whether

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Second cohort of Justice First Fellows graduate

Posted by - 22nd February 2018

The second cohort of nine Justice First Fellows graduated from the scheme earlier this month, after completing their legal training and qualifying as solicitors. The fellowship scheme was launched in 2014 by the grant-giving charity The Legal Education Foundation in response to the fall in numbers of training places available in the legal aid sector.

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JusticeWatch: Behold the ‘majesty’ of our courts…

Posted by - 16th February 2018

Neglected dumps Court users have been reassured that a video hearings pilot will uphold ‘the majesty‘ of our courts. Apparently, the pilot kicks off with tax appeals this spring. HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it was ‘working closely with the judiciary to ensure the majesty of a physical courtroom will be upheld’. This prompted some cynicism

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LALY Awards 2016. Photo: Richard Gray

#LALY18: Nominations now open

Posted by - 12th February 2018

Nominations for the this year’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards are now open. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on July, 17. The deadline for nominations is April 10 (here) and this year will feature a practice manager award. ‘For the first time this year, we are introducing an award specifically

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MoJ face another challenge to ‘catastrophic’ legal aid cuts for defence firms

Posted by - 30th January 2018

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) faces yet another challenge to its ongoing restrictions on access to justice, after the Law Society last week issued proceedings in its judicial review of reductions to legal aid for criminal defence lawyers to read evidence served by the prosecution. Following a consultation on the proposals, the MoJ announced in

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Encouraging the next generation of legal aid lawyers

Posted by - 23rd January 2018

The Ministry of Justice recently revealed that the number of legal aid providers had fallen from 2,991 to 2,393 in the past five years, a drop of 20% (here). Behind these figures are hundreds of thousands of people who can no longer obtain legal aid for matters such as family break up, a range of housing problems,

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Why do we keep investing in failure?

Posted by - 16th January 2018

A few days ago at a police station my colleague overheard three police officers discuss a case. One asked why the other officers bothered to do any formal interviews. ‘Just encourage the suspect to sign off on a ‘contemp note’ and you do don’t have to bother with all that,’ he swaggered. My sharp-eared colleague

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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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