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Top court Belfast bound

The Supreme Court will sit in Belfast next year, its outgoing President, Lord Neuberger, announced. This follows a sitting in Edinburgh last June; the first time outside London. read more

Commercial court stats

Foreign litigants accounted for more than 70% of cases at the Commercial Court last year. read more

Record sentence reviews

A record number of sentences were increased last year under the unduly lenient sentence procedure. The Attorney General referred 190 cases to the Court of Appeal, compared with 135 in 2015. read more

Workers’ claims stayed

Employment and appeals tribunal claims that rely on the Supreme Court’s decision that fees introduced in 2013 were unlawful have been stayed. read more

Family judge’s fury over treatment of suicidal girl

The Head of the Family Division warned that he and the state would have ‘blood on our hands’ if a hospital bed was not found for a teenager due to be released from youth custody. read more

Langdon calls on court reform judge to retract criticisms of Bar

The Chair of the Bar sought a public clarification from a senior judge over comments he made about the legal profession’s response to piloting extended court sittings. read more

Jackson sets out scaled-back plan to extend fixed recoverable costs

The judicial costs guru laid out plans to extend fixed recoverable costs (FRC) for some cases worth up to £250,000, but his proposals did not go far as he had previously indicated. read more

Top judges disappointed at slow progress on judicial diversity

Two of the most senior judges expressed concern at the lack of diversity among judges. read more

Hale makes history

Baroness Hale is to become the first female president of the UK’s Supreme Court, Downing Street announced. read more

Supreme divorce case

A woman refused permission to divorce her husband is to take her case to the Supreme Court. read more

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