Closure of Courts

Inevitably a decision has been made to close over half of the Courts. Essentially the Courts are now on shutdown and it remains to be seen whether fee paid judges will be kept on during this period. It is understandable why this decision was made as many Court staff...

Covid19

Please get in touch if you need a copy of the sickness guidance for judicial office holders re Covid19. Thanks

MOJ budget winner?

MOJ budget winner?

HM Treasury is expected to announce a £100m justice package in the budget. The chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak said, 'we will go even further with new funding to toughen up community sentences, crack down on domestic abuse and provide victims with the support...

Proposed Housing Dispute Service

Proposed Housing Dispute Service

In a report published this week, Justice proposes creating a Housing Dispute Service, which fuses elements of problem-solving, investigative, holistic and mediative models used elsewhere in the justice system. There is very little chance of these well meaning...

Coronavirus and the Courts

Coronavirus and the Courts

Advice on the coronavirus is updated on the judicial intranet: https://intranet.judiciary.uk/2020/03/05/message-from-the-lord-chief-justice-and-the-senior-president-of-tribunals-coronavirus-covid-19/ Some members like society as a whole are worried about coronavirus...

Contempt consultation

Contempt consultation

The Law Society Gazette reports: Judges could be given new powers to bring contempt proceedings against defendants under proposed redrafting of civil procedure rules. Consultation was opened yesterday by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on possible amendments to...

JAC criticised

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/justice-lambasts-lack-of-progress-on-a-diverse-judiciary/5102887.article

Tv times

The crown court (recording and broadcasting) order 2020 is due to be introduced by the government on Thursday. It will allow the filming of sentencing remarks from high court and senior circuit judges in some of the most high-profile cases, including those at the Old...

Mediation Pilot Manchester Exeter and London

When making directions in a civil case don’t forget to refer appropriate cases to mediation. In Manchester London and Exeter there are specific pilots but you as judges can manage a case to include mediation at any stage.

IT training seminars

IT training seminars are being offered around the country in January and February 2020, aimed at increasing judicial IT ability and confidence. Seminars are currently scheduled to take place, am and pm, in the following locations: Manchester – 27 January 2020 – NOW...