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Wednesday, 02 December 2020 12:05

Bar takes action over COVID

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The Gazette reports he criminal bar has accused the government of breaching the Equality Act 2010 by proposing to roll out extended operating hours in Crown courts without ‘proper assessment’.
Wednesday, 04 November 2020 10:13

Defendant support

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A student who was falsely accused of rape is seeking to launch a service similar to Victim Support for the benefit of people facing criminal charges. Liam Allan has published a crowdfunding page to raise funds to set up 'Defendant', a website and helpline to provide practical and emotional support to those accused of crimes.
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:29

CPS lacking empathy

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Letters to victims of rape and other crimes sent by the Crown Prosecution Service explaining legal decisions are of poor quality, lack human empathy and are frequently late, according to an official watchdog.
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:12

Pre recorded evidence

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Vulnerable witnesses in Wales, Manchester and East Anglia can pre-record cross-examination evidence from today, as the government promises to make the option available in all Crown courts by the end of the year.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 11:23

No two bites of the cherry......

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R v Wangige Crimeline reports a prosecution for causing death by dangerous driving offended the principle of autrefois convict as W had previously been prosecuted for a number of offences arising from the same incident. 
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 10:26

Virtual courts

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Police forces can no longer afford to support HM Courts & Tribunals Service during the pandemic by running virtual remand hearings from their custody suites, meaning that defendants will be required to appear in court in person, the Gazette can reveal.
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 16:05

COVID and court users

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HM Courts & Tribunals Service has told court users with coronavirus symptoms not to come to court despite acknowledging that the law permits people in England to break self-isolation rules.
Thursday, 08 October 2020 14:15

Johnson attacks

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The prime minister today broadened his government's attack on 'lefty human rights lawyers' by publicly accusing them of hampering the criminal justice process. The Law Society said his 'divisive language' puts lawyers and their clients at risk.  
Wednesday, 07 October 2020 11:25

Fighting for our clients

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If fighting for our clients make us "do-gooders" count us in!  Lawyers are at risk of physical attack if politicians continue to ‘sling insults’ at them, the Law Society has warned, in response to the home secretary’s comments about ‘do-gooders’ and ‘lefty lawyers’.
Monday, 05 October 2020 14:27

Court Cyber Hacks

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Outdated technology known to be vulnerable to cyber-attacks is still being relied upon in the criminal court estate, the Gazette has learned.  
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:42

Evening courts

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HM Courts & Tribunals Service has revealed that it will introduce evening courts to bring down the backlog of cases in the magistrates’ court.In a webinar discussing HMCTS’s crime recovery plan yesterday, deputy director Jason Latham said HMCTS was in the ‘final stages’ of identifying how to roll out evening sessions, which would run from 5pm-8pm, Monday to Friday.
Monday, 28 September 2020 11:23

Remote hearings

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Less than a fifth of vulnerable clients are properly served by remote hearings, a solicitor survey has revealed, as the Law Society warns that coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on people who rely heavily on the state.
Thursday, 24 September 2020 10:30

Outstanding cases

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Combined outstanding cases in the magistrates and Crown courts surged 500,000 over the summer, new figures show, but there are signs that the system is slowing starting to perform better.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:07

New nightingale court venues

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An arts centre and two hotels are the latest venues to be turned into Nightingale courts to help ease pressure on the justice system, the Ministry of Justice has announced today. The Lowry Theatre in Salford, Jury’s Inn Middlesbrough and the Hilton Hotel in York will begin hearing non-custodial crime cases, as well as civil, family and tribunals work, from next week. Another five venues – in Chester, Liverpool, Bristol, Winchester and Cirencester – will be confirmed in the next few weeks.
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