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HHJ Pennyweather: Young barristers need to up their game

 More musings from the bench with the most honourable and learned HHJ Pennyweather

 

Now here’s something I never thought I’d hear myself say: it’s high time that barristers started being a little more confident. Now, I’m not talking about their current woes with the government. Nor am I talking about established members of the Bar who may lack many things but confidence or the complete absence of self-doubt most certainly aren’t among them. No, I’m talking …

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Court rejects legal challenge to QASA

Court rejects legal challenge to QASA

The long running saga concerning attempts by legal regulators to impose a quality assurance scheme on criminal advocates in the face of widespread and determined opposition from barristers and solicitors added another chapter today when the High Court rejected a challenge to the scheme by way of judicial review.

In a judgment handed down yesterday, Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, sitting with Mr Justice Bean and Mr Justice Cranston in the Queen’s Bench Divisional Court, …

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Stricter conditions for applying to the European Court of Human Rights

Law Courts

The following is a press release from the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights, reproduced in full to save readers the trouble of downloading a PDF from the Hudoc site.

Rule 47 of the Rules of Court, which introduces stricter conditions for applying to the Court, came into force on 1 January 2014. It is designed to enhance the Court’s efficiency and to speed up the examination of applications. This amendment to the Rules introduces …

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Open justice and the Rule of Law

Open justice and the Rule of Law

“The law belongs to the people. Access to the legal system is a basic right and a public good.” So declared the Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt Hon Beverley McLachlin PC, in response to fellow Canadian, Szilvia Booker, a barrister practising in England, who had asked the Chief Justice whether the principle of open justice should mean not just that the courts were open to all but also that the justice dispensed there was accessible to all.

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The Curious Case of The Court, The Commentators, The Woman, and Her Baby

Case Comment

How the family courts were induced to deliver open justice by caesarean section

There is a story here which is a sad one, about a woman and her baby, and how they were separated, and why. It is a story that has been subject to a good deal of comment, even outrage, not all of it well informed.

But there is also a story about the story, about how the original story broke, and why; and this second …

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