JusticeWatch: The LAA’s facile assumptions

Posted by - 22nd June 2018

The LAA’s facile assumptions The High Court has this morning ruled that the MoJ decision to contract for fewer, larger housing solicitor duty desk schemes was unreasonable and ordered that new contracts be quashed. The legal action as brought by the Law Centres Network. There are currently 113 duty desk schemes across England and Wales

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JusticeWatch: Something has gone wrong

Posted by - 11th May 2018

Rabbit in the headlights ‘Some of them just sit there like a rabbit in the headlights and haven’t got a clue what’s going on,’ said one judge in hitherto concealed research into the plight of unrepresented lawyers in the magistrates’ court. The MoJ had apparently buried a 36-page report containing ‘explosive testimony’ from judges and

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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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JusticeWatch: #Charter4Justice launch

Posted by - 16th March 2018

Charter for justice Disasters in the criminal justice system should not be viewed in isolation, Jon Black told the Law Society’s Gazette. The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, with the support of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and Criminal Bar Association, has drawn up a ‘Charter For Justice’ – as reported on LegalVoice. ‘Over the

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JusticeWatch: Full disclosure and virtual injustice

Posted by - 2nd March 2018

Full disclosure As reported on LegalVoice, it was revealed that 97% of criminal defence lawyers had encountered disclosure failures in the last year. According to a survey for the BBC’s File on 4 programme, more than 1,000 lawyers experienced such failures. Of 1,282 respondents, close to a third said they believed that evidence not being

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JusticeWatch: Uncork the Gauke

Posted by - 12th January 2018

Uncork the Gauke The ancient post of lord chancellor was ‘one of the hottest in government judging by its speed of turnover’, wrote Frances Gibb and Richard Ford in the Times. David Gauke has become the sixth holder in as many years, the first lawyer since Ken Clarke and first solicitor in the job. ‘Reaction to the

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JusticeWatch: Full disclosure

Posted by - 5th January 2018

Full disclosure Commentators were analysing the collapse of two rape prosecutions (Liam Allen and Isaac Itiary) both due to police failure to disclose relevant material to the defence. There were ‘competing narratives’, noted an Observer editorial. Some saw the failed cases as a sign that “the pendulum has now swung the other way in a police

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