JusticeWatch: ‘It’s payback time…’

Posted by - 17th January 2020

It’s payback time Boris Johnson is to accelerate moves to limit the powers of campaign groups and individuals to challenge ministers in the courts, reported The Times. The prime minister claimed that judicial reviews were being used to ‘conduct politics by another means’. As the Times put it: ‘It was as a result of a judicial review that Mr Johnson’s prorogation

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JusticeWatch: Legal aid is for everyone

Posted by - 10th January 2020

Struggling to cope The quality of the CPS’s handling of disclosure remained ‘unacceptably low’ with prosecutors failing to identify when police had not disclosed all the relevant evidence in more than half of cases, as reported by the Justice Gap. The new study by HM Chief Inspector Kevin McGinty followed a damning 2017 joint inspection

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JusticeWatch: Seasons greetings

Posted by - 20th December 2019

A symbol of swashbuckling womanhood Lawyers fell over themselves to pay tribute to the, er, Beyoncé of the legal profession – Lady Brenda Hale retires next month. ‘Clearly, she is a woman who cannot see a glass ceiling without breaking through it,’ said Lord Reed, the incoming Supreme Court president.  ‘All these achievements, and the personality

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JusticeWatch: The morning after the night before

Posted by - 13th December 2019

The morning after the night before ‘With a sizeable majority secured, the eyes of the legal profession now turn to Boris Johnson and his government and how they intend to run the justice system,’ began an article this morning by John Hyde in the Law Society’s Gazette. Chancery Lane said that ‘repairing the system and

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JusticeWatch: Rehabilitation – not revenge

Posted by - 6th December 2019

Weapons-grade shithousery Boris Johnson was accused of plagiarism – not to mention ‘weapons-grade shithousery’ – by the Secret Barrister for having ‘basically copied and pasted my blog post’ (as reported in the Independent). Over the weekend the PM posted a 16 tweet thread on the London Bridge terror case about sentencing which bore an uncanny

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JusticeWatch: Election manifestos compared

Posted by - 29th November 2019

Manifestly awful The Conservative party manifesto delivered on its well-trailed promises of 20,000 new police officers, 10,000 more prison places and a ratcheting up of sentencing powers – reported in the Justice Gap. A raft of criminal justice policies were unveiled which would represent a clampdown on the perceived excesses of  ‘soft justice’ as identified

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JusticeWatch: Manifesto promises and perverse incentives

Posted by - 22nd November 2019

Manifesto promises ‘Whatever the intentions of politicians and commentators, this general election is destined to be the narrowest of single-issue campaigns. Brexit will push other issues such as justice to the fringes of debate and those important but perhaps technical issues that typically struggle for airspace (eg, legal aid) won’t have a look in,’ I

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JusticeWatch: Death by a thousand cuts

Posted by - 15th November 2019

Perverse incentives Conviction targets may be behind the decline in rape prosecutions which are at their lowest since 2008 – as revealed by freelance journalist Melanie Newman in an investigation for the Law Society Gazette. The CPS code of practice states that offenders must be charged if a conviction is in the public interest and is

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JusticeWatch: Two-tier justice

Posted by - 8th November 2019

Two-tier justice Maya Goodfellow wrote about the ‘dizzying maze’ that is the UK immigration system in a Guardian long read. ‘Support for immigration and asylum cases is almost non-existent unless you have the money to pay for it,’ she concluded. ‘When you are not allowed to work – as is the case for people seeking

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