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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Outdated technology known to be vulnerable to cyber-attacks is still being relied upon in the criminal court estate, the Gazette has learned.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.
Monday, 21 September 2020 10:17

Nightingale court closure

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The Ministry of Justice has already closed one of the 10 Nightingale courts set up to ease pressure on the justice system as a result of the coronavirus.
Monday, 21 September 2020 10:10

Smarter sentencing?.......

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The lord chancellor has promised a 'fundamental shift’ in the government’s approach to sentencing, which includes longer time in prison for violent and sexual offenders but also rehabilitation measures such as problem-solving courts.
Monday, 21 September 2020 09:42

Magistrate figures

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Magistrate numbers are worse than was previously thought after an HR error resulted in a total being overstated by as much as 1,000.  Judicial diversity data published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday shows there are 13,177 magistrates in England and Wales. In April 2008, there were 29,419 magistrates.  
Friday, 11 September 2020 14:30

Judge under pressure

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A Judge who has attacked the Ministry of Justice’s slow response to the coronavirus crisis has alleged that he was put under 'improper and undue pressure' by senior judges to decide a case.
Thursday, 10 September 2020 10:51

Cannabis card

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Police chiefs are backing a new “cannabis card” that will provide de-facto decriminalisation of the drug for millions of people with health conditions.
Wednesday, 09 September 2020 13:14

Judge blasts MOJ

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A Crown court judge has accused the government of 'systemic failure' for not conducting trials in a reasonable time. Judge Keith Raynor, at Woolwich Crown Court, refused to further extend the custody time limit for a teenager who had been held in prison waiting for his trial for 321 days.
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