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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 24 April 2015

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 24 April 2015

This week’s hoedown of legal news from home and abroad includes lawyers at the barricades, a prosecution service on the defensive, and a return to the planet of the apertures. Plus a set of Russian dolls and other victims of overseas injustice.

 

Also worth reading: Custodians and gatekeepers: maintaining access to public legal information, by Paul Magrath on Internet Newsletter for Lawyers Case Law On Trial: 1946 to …

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Case Law On Trial: 1946 to 1970

Find out which cases have been getting the most votes for inclusion in our special Anniversary Edition, to celebrate ICLR’s sesquicentenary. We’ve been reporting cases for 150 years and now we’re putting them all on trial. Which cases made the biggest difference in the development of the common law? Which are the landmarks that really stand out? We need you to give us your verdict.

 

This third voting period, 1946 to 1970, saw the emergence of more liberal …

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What’s the difference between a “law report” and a “transcript”?

What’s the difference between a “law report” and a “transcript”?

What’s the difference between a “law report” and a “transcript”? This is one of those questions where the answer is as obvious to some as it is inconspicuous to others. It is also a question that may, quite reasonably, strike some as a bit pedantic. However, there is a distinction and it doesn’t hurt to be clear about what that distinction is.

Transcripts

 Transcripts are simply a written and verbatim record of the court’s judgment. There are two ways in which …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 17 April 2015

A bumper crop of legal news and events from home and abroad as Weekly Notes returns after a break for the Easter law vacation.

 

Manifestoes for Justice Election fever pitch for legal services professions

The major political parties have finally published their manifestoes for the forthcoming General Election. Given that the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011 provided by section 1(2) that

“The polling day for the next parliamentary general election after the passing of this Act is …

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ICLR Criminal Law Updater (January – March 2015)

Law Reporting

Welcome to the ICLR Criminal Law Updater for January to March 2015. Here’s our round up of the reportable criminal cases decided in the High Court, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the UK Supreme Court over the last four weeks. Where a transcript is available on BAILII, a linked reference has been provided. Practice Direction Updated Practice Direction (Criminal Proceedings: Various Amendments) [2015] EWCA Crim 430

On 18 March 2015, The Lord Chief Justice …

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Essential legal kittens

Essential legal kittens

ICLR wishes all its readers a very Happy Easter vacation. Weekly Notes is on holiday until next term. Other posts may appear in the meantime. To be going on with, here is a Queen’s Counsel cartoon in The Times, by Alex Williams.

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Essential Legal Kit

As pupillage and training contracts get harder and harder to come by, many young would-be lawyers have been asking: “What am I missing? What has he or she got that I haven’t?” The answer is probably “brains, talent and charm”, but even if you can’t compete on those, there are other ways of making sure you’re fully equipped to enter the legal profession.

 

Cherry, for second biting at

It’s a common enough feature of adversarial banter these days. …

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