MoJ – 2nd Legal Aid Consultation Response

It’s nearly time to get your responses in to the latest MoJ Consultation on legal aid – deadline is 1st November. Although it feels like a total farce, and the MoJ always certainly won’t listen, it is important to put in a response – even if it is as minimalist as Borsok the Badger’s last…

Court TV – the downside

Introduction I’m in favour of open justice. We need to do much, much more to open up the criminal (and civil) justice system to public scrutiny. As of Monday 28th October 2013 the Court of Appeal (both civil and criminal divisions) will be open for broadcasting. Basically, four courts will have cameras set-up permanently, and…

A Change of Heart on the CPR

Introduction So, how was it for you? Was it a new dawn? Did you feel the change? Did the earth move for you? Was everything more efficient? I’m referring, of course, to the 7th October 2013. There was celebration throughout the land – we had the twin pleasure of a new version of the CPR – Criminal Procedure Rules…

Justice For Sale Meeting – 1st October 2013

Introduction Several hundred lawyers met in Camden on Tuesday night (1st October 2013) to get updated on the revised consultation paper and discuss tactics for the future. If you weren’t there, here’s a few pieces to get an overview of what happened: Gemma Blyth did a good write up for Legal Voice Christopher Jeyes has some…

What’s a Judge to do? Thoughts on Farooqi

  Introduction The last judgement given by Lord Judge, the (now former) Lord Chief Justice, was given on 30th September 2013 in the case of Farooqi & Others [2013] EWCA Crim 1649. It was a typically forthright judgment and is worth a read in full. In short, despite giving Mr Farooqi’s previous advocate a right…