JusticeWatch: Equal to everything

Posted by - 11th October 2019

Free SRA training There are a few places left on this FREE SRA Standards and Regulations Reforms course in Birmingham on Monday run by DG Legal. Get your tickets here: lnkd.in/deGRwaj Equal to everything Team Brenda on a fantastic night @UKSupremeCourt. Thank you so much to all our guests for making it such a warm

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JusticeWatch: Inequality of arms

Posted by - 4th October 2019

Priti scary ‘We are coming after you,’ threatened Priti Patel last week at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. The ‘you’ being criminals, of course (as opposed to voters in marginal seats). The home secretary, who described herself as a ‘daughter of immigrants’ who needed ‘no lectures from the north London metropolitan liberal elite’, promised

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JusticeWatch: Breaking point

Posted by - 27th September 2019

Breaking point The latest criminal court statistics ‘sparked alarm among lawyers’  over ‘appalling’ crime detection rates and a growing backlog of cases, reported Jemma Slingo for the Law Society’s Gazette (here). According to the MoJ stats, the number of Crown court receipts and disposals ‘have fallen steadily over the past three years. While receipts rose

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JusticeWatch: ‘Justice for the people – not the privileged few’

Posted by - 20th September 2019

Justice for the people – ‘not just the privileged few’ A Corbyn government would deliver ‘hundreds of new social welfare lawyers’, as well as set up ‘dozens more law centres in areas that have most suffered from Conservative cuts’. The new law centres would be occupied by 200 lawyers specialising in areas such as benefits,

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JusticeWatch: a justice system ‘breaking at every point’

Posted by - 6th September 2019

Sometimes, you just want to live in a world that is a bit kinder Esme Madill, a former social worker and trainee solicitor at Islington Law Centre’s Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU), spoke to Fiona Bawdon for the Justice Gap’s All My Days column profiling the work done by Justice First Fellows funded

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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

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JusticeWatch: 2019 Justice First Fellowship scheme opens

Posted by - 23rd August 2019

Courts idle as cases stack up Nearly half of all crown courts across England and Wales were left empty on Monday this week, the Guardian’s Owen Bowcott reported, despite lawyers claiming that the backlog of criminal cases had never been so long. ‘Law experts suggested MoJ cuts to the number of sitting days and recorders

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JusticeWatch: criminal justice’s ‘perfect storm’

Posted by - 26th July 2019

Perfect storm A ‘perfect storm’ of factors was undermining the quality of criminal defence lawyers according to a new report by the charity Transform Justice, as reported by Holly Newing on the Justice Gap. In his foreword to the report (Criminal defence in an age of austerity: Zealous advocate or cog in a machine? here), the chief

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