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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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 30 January 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment is all about the Law versus the Executive, with our Supreme Court upholding parliamentary sovereignty in the face of a trigger-minded executive at home and federal judges blocking executive overreach in the USA. Yes, it’s all been kicking off this week, but there’s a lovely ray of sunshine from down under, if you can stay the distance. UPDATED 31 January 2017.

Constitutional law Supreme Court recognises Parliamentary …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 23 January 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment includes a prime minister, three presidents, a consultation, and another referendum. No one can say it hasn’t been an eventful week!

Politics May’s big speech: a hard (boiled) Brexit

On Tuesday Theresa May delivered her much talked-up and widely anticipated speech on the UK’s big “plan” for leaving the EU. No big surprises, really, except that she made clear what was already implicit from …

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Brexit: what the hell happens now? Book review

The Brexit vote took the nation by surprise. For those who voted to Leave, exiting from the EU can’t happen fast enough. But few seem to appreciate what is actually involved in achieving this. Ian Dunt’s book examines the options and implications, and makes clear that the referendum result was only the start of a long period of discussions, negotiations, decisions and agreements which will take years, if not decades, to conclude. Review by Paul Magrath.

Brexit: what the …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 16 January 2017

This opening salvo of our regular termtime bombardment of recent legal news and comment includes a war law jaw,  a mailmash on lawyers’ earnings, a mismatch on hate speech, and a ban on abusive cross examination. Plus legal snippets from foreign climes.

International law AG: it’s war! But not as we know it

The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP, set out the limits of the modern law of (state) self-defence in …

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