ICLR Online – platform maintenance

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We have been working behind the scenes to improve the stability and flexibility of the ICLR Online platform. This is being done in part to cope with massively increased demand, particularly in overseas jurisdictions, and also because we wished to replace our existing (now quite old) fixed servers with a more flexible cloud-based server system.


The transition should not cause any disruption to service, but if you experience problems getting into ICLR, it might be browser-related. Try closing the browser …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 5 December 2016

This week’s catalogue of controversy includes renewed jousting over Brexit in the Supreme Court lists, a set-back for Zac in the deer park, attempts to review terror and war from a parliamentary perspective, a novelist detained, a woman shamed, and an Australian look at the US Supreme Court. So enjoy your coffee and brace yourself for the latest legal news.

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Court of Protection – Paul Briggs case on withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment

This week the Court of Protection, sitting in Manchester, has been hearing a case about a policeman, Paul Briggs, whose wife, Lindsey Briggs has applied to the court for withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment (the feeding tube) that she no longer believes is in her husband’s best interests.

Mr Briggs suffered severe brain damage in a crash in July 2015 and is now in a minimally conscious state.  The “best case scenario” for his recovery …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 28 November 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment is mostly about sentencing for the crime of murder. It’s been a grim week for that sort of thing. We also keep an eye on legal developments abroad, where starvation, persecution and oppression leave their mark.


Crime: sentencing Are too many imprisoned?

There is no doubt about the need to imprison serious criminals such as murderers, as the items below attest. But do we imprison too many people for lesser …

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Is there institutional racism in the criminal justice system?

Points of Law

In this guest post, Penelope Gibbs of Transform Justice considers the emerging findings of the Lammy review.


The MacPherson report on Stephen Lawrence defined institutional racism as “the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.” 

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 21 November 2016

This week’s survey of legal news and comment includes spying on the public by computer and camera, the growing storm over the article 50 Brexit litigation and the independence of the judiciary, cryonics in court, adoption targets in England and Wales, and sex offence outrages overseas.


Investigatory Powers Bill

The Investigatory Powers Bill, having been passed by the House of Lords, has now completed its final legislative stage and is set to …

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Family law no island (3): Criminal contempt, private lives and children proceedings

Points of Law

Continuing his series discussing the impact on family law and practice of reported cases arising in other areas of law, David Burrows considers contempt of court and limitations of the freedom to report on matters of public interest being litigated in court, particularly where they affect children.


Beyond ‘fair and temperate criticism’

A spectrum of contempt proceedings applies “criminal contempt” (as defined by Lord Diplock, see below) to protection of privacy of children and other protected parties. And contempt is …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 14 November 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment includes a bad report against the police, badmouthing the judiciary and bad reactions to the result of the US presidential elections. But it’s not all bad. In Florence the burghers have banned the burgers.


Policing Henriques report slams Operation Midland

This week saw the publication of a long expected report by the retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques into the Metropolitan Police force’s ill-fated historic sexual …

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Family law no island (2): Release of family courts hearing documents

Points of Law

Continuing his series discussing the impact on family law and practice of reported cases arising in other areas of law, David Burrows considers some of the implications of the drive for greater transparency  in the family courts.


Common law: to make sense of the proceedings

Transparency of family courts is a real concern for Sir James Munby P. Law reports provide a litany of judgments as his developing guide to open court principles balanced against the confidentiality appropriate in many …

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Justice down the rabbit-hole: Fulford LJ on the Rise of the Cyber Judge

With the creation of the online court, the principle of open justice must not be overlooked, said Lord Justice Fulford, giving the annual University of Sussex Draper Lecture 2016 at the Law Society on Tuesday, 8 November. Justice, he said, must not “disappear down an Alice-style rabbit-hole”. But it soon became clear to many in the audience that the question of public scrutiny and reporting of the online courts was very much an afterthought.

Paul Magrath …

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