#justiceontrial2 update

Posted by - 19th January 2015

Judicial review of the government’s plans to introduce further fee cuts to criminal legal aid and introduce a tendering process for duty contract providers scheduled for 15th and 16th January continues today in the Royal Courts of Justice before Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Cranston. The judicial review brought jointly by the CLSA and

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Criminal duty contact tenders: Prepare for the worst

Posted by - 12th January 2015

The Law Society’s head of legal aid, Richard Miller, has warned criminal defence practitioners to continue to work on their tenders for legal aid duty contracts pending the outcome of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association’s judicial review (scheduled for January 15th). The LCCSA and CSLA successfully argued for

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‘No crumbs from the table’, as Bar strikes VHCCs deal

Posted by - 8th July 2014

‘Normal working relationships’ were ‘restored’ yesterday as barristers and the Ministry of Justice agreed the terms over VHCCs in what solicitors immediately called a ‘face saving’ deal. ‘Arrangements have been put in place, under which self-employed barristers have been instructed to represent defendants in a number of very high cost cases (VHCC). Given that normal

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Defence lawyers begin JR against MoJ and withdraw good will

Posted by - 28th May 2014

Defence solicitors began judicial review proceedings of the government’s Transforming legal aid cuts yesterday. The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association are arguing that the consultation process was unlawful. The CLSA and LCCSA claim a report by KMPG report was ‘unfairly and unlawfully withheld’ from lawyers ‘denying them an opportunity

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Can the rule of law survive without legal aid?

Posted by - 28th May 2014

EVENT: Removing legal aid for prison law would ‘perpetrate significant injustice’ and ‘create the opportunity for potential mayhem in our jails’, said Judge John Samuels QC on Wednesday night. ‘Disgruntled prisoners with no satisfactory avenue of redress may take out their frustration on the prison fabric.’ Samuels was speaking at the fourth annual Prisoners’ Advice

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Operation Cotton appeal: Time to ‘resolve impasse’

Posted by - 21st May 2014

The decision to call to a halt the Operation Cotton trial has been reversed by the Court of Appeal. Sir Brian Leveson called on Chris Grayling and the professions to overcome their ‘impasse’ and warned of the dangers of ‘poor quality advocates’. The major fraud trial had been abandoned because of concerns over ‘a violation’

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