NewsBites - November 2011

Committee members wanted

Barristers are invited to volunteer to serve on one or more of the Bar Council committees. Membership is reviewed and new appointments made towards the end of the year. There are many committees, including Employed Barristers, Public Affairs, Training for the Bar, Access to the Bar, and Equality and Diversity. If interested, please write to Lana Locke, L.Locke@BarCouncil.org.uk  indicating your preferred area of interest and relevant experience.


£5 Coins

A sculpture commissioned from artist Ian Rank-Broadley for the opening of the Supreme Court has been used as the basis for the UK £5 coin which will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The coin features an effigy of the Queen, based on the bronze bas-relief portrait currently on view in the entrance hall of the Court.


King James Bible

The Lord Chief Justice spoke on the impact of the King James Bible in the first of a series of lectures staged in Westminster Abbey to mark the 400th anniversary of the 1611 Bible. Lord Judge said the King James version “was produced during a seminal period in the history of this country, which influences the way in which it is governed to this day, and the way in which we ourselves as a nation are content to be governed”. Please see December’s issue of Counsel for a full review of the speech.


Young Bar Conference

The Young Bar Conference 2011 took place in October. The delegates were addressed by Bar Chairman Peter Lodder QC, the Hon. Mr Justice Eady and Lord Justice Thomas. A report of the conference will appear in next month’s issue of Counsel.


Crown Court judge vacancies

Heavyweight crime Circuit Judges are wanted to hear serious criminal cases. The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is advertising 27 positions in Crown Courts across England and Wales, with some part-time working options available. Those appointed will be required to hear cases such as murder, complex fraud and major gang crimes, among other duties.  Applications are due in by 27 October. Forms can be downloaded from http://jac.judiciary.gov.uk.


Talking about fraud

Women barristers working in financial regulation and the criminal and civil fraud sector are invited to join the Female Fraud Forum (FFF).  FFF, which launched in October, aims to encourage women of all levels of expertise through networking and educational events. It will provide an online forum for discussion about professional issues.

Membership forms are available at  www.femalefraudforum.com.
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