Criminal Bar chief warns of a system at ‘breaking point’

The criminal justice system is ‘at breaking point’, the new chair of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) warned. read more

Government’s post-Brexit blueprint raises more questions than answers

The government sketched out plans for the UK’s future relationship with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in one of its post-Brexit ‘position papers’. read more

Bar Council calls on Treasury to fund Lammy Review proposals

Race-blind prosecuting decisions, deferred prosecutions and the publication of judicial sentencing remarks were among the recommendations of a report from Labour MP David Lammy. read more

Levitt proposes single combined fraud court

Fraud cases should be heard by a single combined court with a judge who deals with the civil and criminal aspects, a former senior prosecutor suggested. read more

Discount rate review

The discount rate applied to personal injury compensation awards will be set by reference to ‘low risk’ rather than ‘very low risk’ investments as at present, and reviewed at least every three... read more

Email privacy ruling

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Romanian courts had failed to protect the privacy of a man who was fired ten years ago for sending messages to his family from a work account. read more

‘Upskirting’ offence

Ministers are considering a law banning the taking of secret photos underneath a person’s clothing, so called ‘upskirting’, the Lord Chancellor, David Lidington, said in answer to a question on... read more

Mediation pilot starts

A civil claims mediation pilot started at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, following the recommendation from Lord Justice Briggs. read more

New on High Court bench

Thirteen new High Court judges were announced after an open competition, with more announcements due soon. read more

Appeal court newbies

Seven judges were appointed to the Court of Appeal including one Lady Justice and one British Sikh Lord Justice: Mrs Justice Asplin and Mr Justices Singh, Coulson, Holroyde, Jackson, Leggatt and... read more