Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 27 February 2017

The theme of this week’s roundup of legal news and commentary is the Law and the Press, but we’ve included some other topical material, including important new draft legislation, and the quest for a new Lord Chief Justice.

Press regulation HC Culture, Media & Sport committee slams press over regulatory failure IPSO granted year-long extension to comply with Leveson Report — yet another last chance saloon?

Wander into the long grass these …

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Justice Online: just as good? Joshua Rozenberg on the online court

Giving the first of three annual talks on the creation of the online court, Joshua Rozenberg painted an optimistic vision of a future in which civil litigation would become fast, efficient and affordable to all. Surveying the chequered history of courts modernisation over the last 30 years, he explained why it was hoped this particular government IT project would succeed where so many others seemed to have failed. The talk was largely drawn from Joshua’s recent e-book, The Online …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 20 February 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary features several items about the judiciary and two presidents, good and bad. There’s an interview with one of the ultimate (perhaps even supreme) guardians of the rule of law, and a call by another retired judge for the American president’s “Trumpeachment”. But we’re taking a break from Brexit this week, so you can come out from behind the sofa.

Judiciary On air

Anticipating his retirement later this year, on Thursday morning …

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Book review: The Modern Judge by Sir Mark Hedley

Based on a series of public lectures given in 2015, this little gem of a book on the modern art of judging should be required reading for anyone seriously interested in law and the judicial system. As a former High Court and before that circuit judge, Sir Mark Hedley brings to his reflections a vast experience of criminal, civil and especially family cases. His observations on his role as a judge are timely and illuminating. Review by Paul …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 13 February 2017

This week’s tour of the legal horizon includes a parliament voting, a speaker speaking, a court reporting, a president tweeting and a couple more of those referendum thingies. Will o’ the people or will o’ the wisp, we’ve all got democracy coming to us.


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Parliament When is a concession not a concession? When it’s something you could have had anyway.

The government …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 6 February 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary features a poor reflection on parliament, an attempt to bring employment law to heel, an investigation into fake news and a man with a fake tan. Never a dull moment these days.

Brexit A Looking Glass Vote

‘I don’t understand you,’ said Alice. ‘It’s dreadfully confusing!’ ‘That’s the effect of living backwards,’ the Queen said kindly: ‘it always makes one a little giddy at first—’ ‘Living backwards!’ Alice repeated in great astonishment. …

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Family law no island (5): Precedent — a search for certainty in law

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David Burrows continues his series discussing the impact on family law and practice of legal developments in other areas, with the first of two articles on the common law doctrine of precedent.

1. Precedent: a search for certainty in law Certainty and the law

In his Sir David Williams lecture The Rule of Law 2016 (PDF) Lord Bingham nominated as his first ‘sub rule’ for his definition of rule of law, that the law must be clear and accessible:

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