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Millennial baby-boom time bomb for criminal courts

Posted by - 12th July 2017

The number of young men entering the criminal justice it is set to rise as boys born after the millennium hit 17, according to a leading criminal lawyer who warned that the Ministry of Justice will have to find more money to deal with the spike. Greg Powell, president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’

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The empathy deficit

Posted by - 22nd June 2017

Sue James with more tales from the housing duty desk – read other articles in the series here. The door to the judge’s chambers is shut but you can still hear the shouting from within. People start to look up and around, slightly embarrassed. The shouting continues from inside the court and I catch the eye

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What next for the CCMS?

Posted by - 15th June 2017

Chris Minnoch, operations director at the Legal Aid Practitioner’s Group, discusses the results of a survey on the working of the Legal Aid Agency’s Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) and finds that although it continues to pose a plethora of problems on a daily basis, practitioners do not want to go back to paper.

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Pro bono: More than a public good

Posted by - 26th May 2017

James Sandbach, director of policy and external affairs at LawWorks, responds to Jon Black’s piece ‘What’s so good about pro bono’ published last week on legal Voice. Sandbach argues that pro bono is not a misnomer or a gimmicky PR stunt, but something the professions should celebrate and promote. Jon is spot on to say

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Manchester lawyers rally to help attack victims

Posted by - 25th May 2017

Manchester lawyers are co-ordinating a pro bono advice rota following Monday’s attack on the Manchester Arena. The Manchester Law Society is looking for firms willing to provide pro bono help and free representation to bereaved families to assist with Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and inquests. It is also looking for help in the following areas: administration of estates, property ownership/mortgage, insurance,

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There has never been a better time to commit crime

Posted by - 22nd May 2017

James Parry, a criminal solicitor at Liverpool firm Parry Welch Lacey and chairman of the Law Society’s criminal law committee, asks what has become of the criminal justice system In April those firms of solicitors who secured a contract to provide criminal legal aid allowed themselves a moment to celebrate their success. They were foolish

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Justice system threatened by ‘tsunami’ of sex cases

Posted by - 17th May 2017

Criminal barristers have warned of the consequences of a ‘tsunami’ of sex offence cases clogging up cash-strapped courts and called on the next government to take action and invest in the justice system. The Criminal Bar Association, which represents more than 4,000 criminal barristers, has said that without a significant boost in funding, the justice

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What’s so good about pro bono?

Posted by - 15th May 2017

The Bar Council and Law Society should not be promoting pro bono schemes, but lobbying government for a levy on City firms to fund legal aid, argues Jon Black of BSB solicitors Pro Bono translates as ‘public good’ – a misnomer if ever I saw one. The public could be forgiven for thinking it was an endorsement

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