JusticeWatch: Austerity’s most savage cut

Posted by - 24th August 2018

Political pieties ‘Austerity’s most savage cut’ was barely visible, wrote Polly Toynbee in the Guardian. ‘Ambulances stacked up outside overflowing A&E departments make news because that could affect you or yours, any day,’ the columnist continued. ‘Pot holes in the road draw motorist and cyclist wrath, as do missed bin collections. But the near collapse of

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JusticeWatch: Time for a pay rise?

Posted by - 27th July 2018

Time for a pay rise Ministers had ‘run out of excuses for failing to match legal aid rate increases with public sector worker pay rises’, the Times Brief reported (here). Senior barristers and solicitors pressed the MoJ to match rate rises for criminal defence work with the 3.5% increase announced for junior teachers this week.

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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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