Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 24 June 2016

At the end of another turbulent week, the UK faces an uncertain future after a narrow victory in the referendum for those wishing to leave the European Union. We look at the political fallout and the legal implications.

EU Referendum result special Broken Britain

After a surprise (and quite narrow 52-48%) win for the Leavers in the EU Referendum on 23 June, the Prime Minister, David Cameron has indicated that he will step down in the Autumn to allow …

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Book review – Marshall Hall: A Law unto Himself

As one of the most famous criminal defence barristers who ever practised in England and Wales, Sir Edward Marshall Hall KC MP makes a fascinating subject for a new biography, and Sally Smith QC, who took a year out of her own busy practice to write this book, more than does him justice.

Paul Magrath was at the book’s launch at the Old Bailey, where some of Marshall Hall’s most famous cases were lost or won, and …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 17 June 2016

Looking back on a turbulent week in law and politics, we seem to have a lot about professional (and unprofessional) conduct, as well as crime and some very poor decision-making. Fools have rushed in where angels would have feared, quite rightly, to tread.

EU Referendum Broken Brexit

At the end of a truly turbulent week, saner voices are questioning the very wisdom of holding the EU referendum in the first place. Like the broken record of promises over replacement …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 10 June 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes threats to jury trial, contemptuous snapping in court and social media outside of it, sumptionsplaining the family law, sentencing plans and a chance to write new laws. (Apologies for late posting, delayed by conference activities.)

Juries Twin threats to jury system

This week saw news of two threats to the jury system which dates back in one form or another to ancient Greece and was instituted in its current form …

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In Dublin for #biall2016: conference diary – continued

The story so far: Team ICLR is in Dublin for the annual conference of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians. (Link to the earlier post here.) Now read on.

Thursday 9 June

Start of the conference proper. Our task is to explain what ICLR does to the newer delegates who may not already know us, and to catch up and get feedback from the familiar faces in the crowd. But the day begins with all the …

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In Dublin for #biall2016: conference diary

Team ICLR is in Dublin this week for the annual conference of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians. With a packed programme of talks and discussions, and a chance to meet some new subscribers and catch up with all our existing friends among the publishers and librarians, it promises to be a memorable event.

Wednesday 8 June: first make your stand

Gatwick at sparrow’s fart does not feel like the best place to be greeting your work colleagues …

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Diversity and Community Relations Judges


In this post we examine the role of DCR or Diversity and Community Relations judges, who reach out to minority and disaffected groups as well as to the wider public to give them a better understanding of the legal process and what happens in court.

Giving the opening address at the Transparency Project’s Child Protection Conference 2016 in Birmingham this week, District Judge Gailey spoke about his voluntary role as a DCR or Diversity and Community Relations judge. …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 3 June 2016

The week’s collection of legal news, reports and commentary includes checking facts amidst the brouhaha of EU Referendum debate, some interesting comments on Transforming Justice and, from overseas, yet another judge embarrassed over a letter of complaint (this time in India).

EU Referendum Facts checked

The battle between the Innies and the Outies, the Brexiteers and the Bremainers, rages on, with apparently ever more outrageous claims, counterclaims, facts, counterfacts, and downright absurdities crowding the airwaves. …

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