News Bites: April

No to self-financing courts

Making the justice system self-financing is a “major issue of policy” which  “dangerously mistakes the nature of the system and its  constitutional function”, the senior judiciary has warned. Its response to the Government’s consultation on court fee reform  challenged the principle of civil court users funding the family court deficit and criticised the Ministry’s impact assessment, which was separately ‘redrafted’ by the Regulatory Policy Committee.

Placements reach north High achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds in Leeds and Manchester were the first to participate in the new Bar Placement Weeks, run this February in partnership with the Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law programme at the Universities of Manchester and Leeds.

Last call for LASPO evidence

The deadline for submission of evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into the impact on access to justice of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 is 30 April. For more information see the Justice Committee page on


Environmental sentencing

New sentencing guidelines on environmental offences were published by the Sentencing Council on 26 February, following a public consultation last year. They cover a variety of offences including fly-tipping, noise nuisance, and breaches of waste permits.