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Further reflections on the niqab ruling

Open Justice

The recent decision by a Crown Court judge requiring a Muslim woman defendant to remove her niqaab (face-covering veil) when giving evidence in her own defence, but permitting her to keep it on during the rest of the trial, has prompted a good deal of comment in the social media.

The reasons given by His Honour Judge Peter Murphy were detailed and careful, and while recognising that the point was a new one, not covered by any existing authority, …

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HHJ Pennyweather: Judicial eccentricities amplified on Twitter!

In his latest posting, His Honour Judge Pennyweather ruminates on the mysterious allure of anonymous tweeting for members of the judiciary. Sponsored post from the BabyBarista blog.

Having enjoyed a few weeks of the extremely generous holiday allowance afforded to judges over the Summer, it was quite a shock to the system arriving back to the land of bickering barristers and snivelling solicitors. The only thing that’s getting me through it at present is my new-found toy …

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Judge Murphy’s ruling in R v D (R) on wearing of niqaab in court

A Muslim woman appearing as a defendant in the Crown Court could be required to remove her niqaab when giving evidence, though she was free to wear it during other parts of the trial. To limit the restriction on her religious freedom, she would be permitted to give evidence from behind a screen, shielding her from public view, but not from the judge, the jury, and counsel; or by means of a video link.

Judge Peter Murphy, sitting in …

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BabyBarista: Birds of a feather

UpTights was a bundle of energy at chambers tea yesterday. “I had the most terrible experience on my way to court,” she said.

“What? Your witch’s broomstick came unstuck?” said OldSmoothie.

“I was dashing for the start of a trial over the road when a seagull landed one on me from a great height. Not just any small little offering either. This was an almighty effort which smeared right down the front of my jacket and blouse.”

“So what …

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LASPO and LIPs: funded and unfunded civil litigation

Legal Profession

This year has seen the government mount a two-pronged attack aimed at reducing the cost of legal aid, by introducing measures to reduce spending on both criminal and civil legal aid.

Last week, following a heated summer of discontent from the legal profession, its proposals in relation to criminal legal aid, based on the introduction of price competitive tendering (PCT), were as good as abandoned. But in relation to civil litigation, the changes introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment …

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Glossary of civil litigation acronyms etc

Legal Profession

Like legal regulation, civil litigation is peppered with acronyms and abbreviations, which it can sometimes be hard to keep up with.To make life easier, they have all been set out in a glossary, below, to which we will link in future postings where relevant.

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