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Legislation – always playing catchup?

When the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR) was set up in 1865 its Objects of Association included the publication, not only of case law, but also statutes. As ICLR celebrates 150 years of providing reliable, accurate reporting of legal information, Paul Magrath looks at how its approach to legislation has changed, and the unending task of keeping it up to date.

The evolution of law

People think of the common law as something always evolving, the fittest rules …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 18 December 2015

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 18 December 2015

This week’s hoard of gifts under the Christmas tree includes a helpful document from the Transparency Project, a less than helpful form from the MoJ, a couple of proposals from the Law Commission and the sorry tale of a dead frog in a fresh salad (recalling a snail in a bottle). Plus Santa’s data preservation duties under the IP Bill (via Paul Bernal).

Please also note that this is the last Weekly Notes this year, but we shall be …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 11 December 2015

This week’s roundup includes Hacked Off being hacked off after hacking trial backed off, the future of press regulation, whether Janner is fit to plead and whether Trump is fit to lead. Plus votes for women and a trout in the soup.

Criminal law (1) Phonehacking trials called off

The Crown Prosecution Service announced on 11 December that it would discontinue prosecutions involving corporate liability charges against News Group Newspapers Ltd and criminal charges against 10 …

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Content Enhancements coming to ICLR Online this winter

Content Enhancements coming to ICLR Online this winter

Three major developments are coming to ICLR Online this winter desiged to dramatically increase the breadth of ICLR’s case law coverage.

It has been a busy year for ICLR’s development team. During the summer, we released a package of significant enhancements to ICLR Online designed to broaden the range of available content and to deliver functional improvements to your ICLR Online research experience. These developments included:

The ability to search the statute book inside ICLR Online by incorporating The …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 4 December 2015

This week’s collection of legal news and comment includes a u-turn on criminal charges, a review of criminal appeals, a consultation over human rights, a diversity of judicial appointments and a block on anonymously tweeted information requests.

Criminal charges Unfair and unpopular Criminal Courts Charge dropped

Lord Chancellor Michael Gove, in a speech to the Magistrates’ Association on 3 December, thanked them in flattering terms for their contribution to front line justice and rewarded them with the news that …

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Book review: Confessions of a Barrister

Confessions of a Barrister, by Russell Winnock (The Friday Project/Harper Collins, £8.99) Reviewed by Paul Magrath

This is a warts-n-all depiction of life at the criminal bar, written by a junior of about fifteen years’ call, and seems to me both honest and authentic. It may lack the charm and romanticised rhetoric of Rumpole of the Bailey, but shows the same kind of dogged, determined outlook on life. How much of it is true, and how much has been …

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