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Friday, 07 August 2020 11:54

Video link delays

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Solicitors urgently needing to take instructions from clients in custody face waiting several weeks for a video-link appointment, the Gazette has learned. 
Friday, 31 July 2020 14:49

Prison reform?

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For the past four months, two-thirds of Britain’s prisoners have been in quasi-solitary confinement, locked in cells for at least 23 hours a day. According to the Prison Reform Trust, evidence indicates this does permanent mental health damage. At this point, prison becomes a life sentence. On any basis, it is barbaric. 
Thursday, 30 July 2020 10:30

Black Lives Matter litigation

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The police could be sued over tactics deployed during protests supporting the Black Lives Matters movement, the Gazette has learned. The Black Protest Legal Support group was set up to provide free advice and representation to activists and protesters. Committee member Danielle Manson, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, told a Public Law Project conference this week to ‘watch this space’ over the possibility of legal action.  
Monday, 27 July 2020 11:14

Face masks

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People attending court will be asked to wear face coverings in public areas of courts and tribunals buildings in England from Monday. HM Courts & Tribunals Service chief executive Susan Acland-Hood wrote to representative bodies yesterday announcing the measure, based on the latest advice from Public Health England on minimising Covid-19 risk. 
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 12:37

Nightingale Courts

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The Ministry of Justice has unveiled the full list of 10 so-called ‘Nightingale Courts’ which will be opened to ease the pressure on the justice system.  
Monday, 20 July 2020 09:55

Access to phones

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Controversial consent forms giving police access to phones and other devices in criminal cases are to be replaced, after they were criticised by the Information Commissioner’s Office. In 2019 the National Police Chiefs Council and Crown Prosecution Service announced they were introducing standardised consent forms for allowing access to phones and other devices. However, the Centre for Women’s Justice said the forms were unlawful, discriminatory and led to excessive and intrusive disclosure requests.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 09:59

Extended court hours

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The Gazette reports the lord chancellor says there is a lot of support for extended hours in the courts - as a survey of hundreds of magistrates suggests the majority would be willing to sit longer days and weekends.
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 11:26

Assault on justice

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Curbs on jury trials would be an ‘assault on justice’ criminal lawyers have said, urging the government to use extra buildings as courts to clear the backlog.
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 11:18

Huge court backlog

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Magistrates’ courts face a backlog of over 480,000 cases, according to new figures laying bare the devastating impact of coronavirus on criminal justice. The figures were released as ministers prepare to announce the first emergency 'Blackstone courts' where cases can be held observing social distancing rules.
Saturday, 27 June 2020 10:05

England and Wales face backlog of 40,000

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The criminal justice system in England and Wales is facing a backlog of 40,000 criminal cases, which will not be solved even if all crown courts are brought into service under physical distancing rules, the Criminal Bar Association has warned.
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:11

Children facing delays

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Crimeline reports hundreds of children facing endless delays in the criminal justice system to be convicted as adults.
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:11

Appeals system fails prisoners

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Women who have been unfairly convicted or sentenced to jail are being denied the chance to redress miscarriages of justice because the appeals system in England and Wales is not fit for purpose, the law group Appeal has alleged as reported by the Guardian.  I
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14:06

Limit on Jury trials?

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The lord chief justice has said that ministers should consider limiting the availability of jury trials if court delays become unmanageable.
Friday, 05 June 2020 13:38

Always here 24/7.

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Wessex Solicitors are always here.
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