Supreme vacancies

The selection process for Deputy President of the Supreme Court and two or three Justices has begun, due to the retirements this year of the Deputy President, Lord Mance, Lord Hughes and Lord... read more

BSB appointments

Kathryn Stone, Chief Legal Ombudsman; Lara Fielden, former television producer and current chair of governors at the Children’s Hospital School at Great Ormand Street and University College... read more

Lord Steyn: 1932 – 2017

Renowned as one of the UK’s most liberal judges, South African-born Lord Steyn was a prominent opponent of apartheid and opposed Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War and Guantanamo. read more

Regulator ditches QASA

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has abandoned the controversial quality assurance scheme for advocates (QASA). read more

Bar Chair slams ‘unacceptably poor’ Home Office detention decision-making

The UK’s reputation is at risk without reform to the government’s treatment of immigration detainees, the Bar Council warned. read more

Lord Chief calls for greater ‘sensitivity’ on mental health

The Lord Chief Justice highlighted the ‘disproportionate’ number of people with mental health issues in the criminal justice system and called for more action to ensure they are treated fairly. read more

Lowered burden

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) announced that the standard of proof applied in disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct will be lowered. read more

Appeal judge warning over smartphone use

The use of smartphones and social media pose a risk to jury trials that cannot be completely overcome, a Court of Appeal judge warned. read more

Judges get helping hand from courtroom science primers

Easy-to-understand guides to help judges handling scientific evidence are being introduced in UK courts in a unique partnership between the judiciary and science academies. read more

Legal aid access widened

The Ministry of Justice announced it will scrap the five-year time limit for bringing evidence of alleged domestic violence, in order to qualify for legal aid in private law family cases, from... read more