JusticeWatch: Chronically under-funded

Posted by - 30th August 2019

Chronically under-funded magistrates courts ‘Most of us will hope never to set foot in one, but thousands end up appearing in court each year. What is it like in Wales’ 14 magistrates courts – and how are they working?’ asked journalist Jenny Rees for BBC News Wales. She spent a lively day with defence solicitor

Read More

Justcie Watch: LALY 2019 winners

Posted by - 12th July 2019

LALY winners in full The human rights lawyer who acted in the ‘right to die’ and assisted suicide cases brought by Debbie Purdy and Tony Nicklinson has won the outstanding achievement at this week’s Legal Aid of the Year awards. Paul Bowen QC, of Brick Court Chambers, thanked his ‘legal aid heroes’ who were his

Read More

JusticeWatch: Running up the down escalator

Posted by - 5th July 2019

Running up the down escalator Family courts were having to ‘run up a down escalator’ to keep pace with unprecedented increases in childcare cases, the most senior family judge has said. According to The Guardian, Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division, some parents needed to be persuaded not to bring claims to court

Read More

JusticeWatch: Selling off the family silver

Posted by - 17th May 2019

Selling off the family silver The Justice Alliance last night called for a moratorium on court closures. Writing for the Law Society’s Gazette, Monidipa Fouzder reported that campaigners ‘congregated opposite the site of the former Bloomsbury County Court last night, holding candles as they watched a slideshow highlighting the fate of some of the 162 magistrates’

Read More

JusticeWatch: Sharing Solutions Conference

Posted by - 15th March 2019

Sharing Solutions Conference This year’s conference will be held on Tuesday, May 21. It is a collaboration involving LegalVoice, the LIP Network, LIP Support Strategy and the Access to Justice Foundation. It will focus on showcasing and discussing solutions that will address key issues faced by the access to justice sector today. Sessions are likely to cover:

Read More

JusticeWatch: Courageous advocates

Posted by - 8th March 2019

Courageous advocates ‘If there is any symbol of women’s progress in the legal profession and judiciary, then Baroness Hale of Richmond embodies it,’ began an interview by The Times’ recently retired legal editor Frances Gibb to coincide with International Women’s Day. ‘My impression is that judges are now a great deal more courteous and patient

Read More

JusticeWatch: Right to rent ruling

Posted by - 1st March 2019

‘Right to rent’ ruling The government’s controversial ‘Right to Rent’ scheme was causing racial discrimination and violating human rights laws, the High Court has found – according to a report in the Independent this morning. The law, which requires private landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants, was found to violate the European Convention

Read More

JusticeWatch: ‘The dead rat is still there…’

Posted by - 7th December 2018

Justice in a time of austerity The BBC’s home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani made an unpleasant discovery at the Royal Courts of Justice. ‘The dead rat is still there,’ he tweeted. He couldn’t attach a photo because ‘that’s a breach of the law banning filming in courts’. ‘So here, for the one and only time,

Read More

JusticeWatch: Justice in a time of austerity launch

Posted by - 28th September 2018

Justice in a Time of Austerity ‘The disastrous impact of austerity on the English justice system is increasingly being recognised,’ wrote Dr Daniel Newman on the Justice Gap introducing a new post-LASPO project: Justice in a time of austerity. ‘It is becoming impossible to deny that justice is in crisis; an under-funded, declining institution whose problems

Read More