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

Financial Remedies Court

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, announced a pilot to test a new Financial Remedies Court (FRC) concept, to remove disputes involving money from the usual court system. read more

New BSB chair

Baroness Blackstone will succeed Sir Andrew Burns as Chair of the Bar Standards Board in January. read more