JusticeWatch: Legal aid’s failing safety net

Posted by - 21st February 2020

No safety net Almost four out of 10 legal aid firms do not use the LASPO ‘safety net’ and make exceptional case funding applications, according to a new study by the Public Law Project – reported on the Justice Gap (here).  More then three-quarters believed the scheme was not effective. The PLP survey by Professor

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JusticeWatch: And so the ‘headlong rush into impetuous reform’ begins

Posted by - 14th February 2020

Headlong rush It was only the day before yesterday when the then attorney general Geoffrey Cox QC suggested that while he had concerns about the ‘judicialisation’ of politics, there was no need for a ‘headlong rush into impetuous reform’.  As Nicholas Reed-Langen wrote for the Justice Gap today: ‘Clearly Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings take

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JusticeWatch: The Brenda agenda

Posted by - 7th February 2020

The Brenda agenda ’What stopped Lady Hale becoming president of the UK Supreme Court in 2012?’ asked Joshua Rozenberg in the Law Society’s Gazette. ‘If she had succeeded Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Hale would have had a good seven years in the top job instead of little more than two.’  In the legal journalist’s

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JusticeWatch: Is the Justice System Failing Women?

Posted by - 31st January 2020

Where’s the next generation going to come from? ’When I first ask students why they studied law or what they want to do when they graduate, many happily say they want to be criminal lawyers,’ began Dr James Thornton, a law lecturer at Nottingham Trent University for the Justice Gap (here). ‘Yet, come graduation, the

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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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