Archive for the 'civil justice' Category

Bar Council Establishes CLAF Group in Response to Proposed Jackson Reforms – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today established a working group to explore the viability of a Contingency Legal Aid Fund (CLAF) in the wake of the Government’s response to its consultation on civil litigation costs.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 1st April 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Swindlers (Including The Master of The Rolls?) Not Wanted: Bentham and Justice Reform – Speech by The Master of the Rolls

“Swindlers (Including The Master of The Rolls?) Not Wanted: Bentham and Justice Reform. Speech by the Master of the Rolls: Bentham Lecture 2011.”

Full speech

Judiciary of England and Wales, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Bar Council on Jackson Reforms: Cost Reduction Welcome but Must Be Targeted to Safeguard Access to Justice – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will today respond to the Government’s proposals for the reform of the costs of civil litigation. It will say that cost reduction is in the public interest but will warn that whilst cost reduction is welcome significant threats to access to justice must be addressed and that one size cannot fit all in litigation.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 14th February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Law academics slam Jackson’s civil justice proposals – Law Society’s Gazette

“An independent panel of law academics has branded Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals to reform civil litigation costs as ‘misleading and ‘inconsistent with a fundamental principle of civil justice’, as it published a report today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 11th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Jackson attacks government’s partial reform plan – Law Society’s Gazette

“Lord Justice Jackson criticised the way the government plans to implement his reforms to civil justice costs in a sternly worded letter to the justice secretary last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Proposals for reform of civil litigation funding and costs in England and Wales: Lord Justice Jackson response – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Lord Justice Jackson has sent the Lord Chancellor his response to the Ministry of Justice consultation paper on civil litigation funding and costs. The consultation closes on 14 February 2011.”

Full response

Judiciary of England & Wales, 20th January 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Family lawyers hail new code – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family lawyers have welcomed last week’s publication of the long-awaited Family Procedure Rules 2010, which will come into force on 6 April.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 13th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Court reform: delivering better justice – Ministry of Justice

“Reform of the court estate will help deliver a modern, efficient justice system with victims and witnesses at its centre, Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 14th December 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council Says That the Time Is Right to Consult on Legal Aid and Civil Justice, but Warns of Need for Safeguards to Protect Vulnerable – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has said that the launch of Government consultations on reform of the legal aid system and on civil litigation is necessary but the impact of the proposals on the most vulnerable must be considered very carefully.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 15th November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Legal aid cuts are a brutal shrinkage of justice – The Guardian

“The scope of Kenneth Clarke’s mooted reforms is breathtaking, and the legal aid cuts introduced as part of this process are brutal. A raft of reforms, from criminal justice right the way through to the funding of clinical negligence claims, are now up in the air.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chancery Lane publishes Jackson review response – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society today warned against piecemeal implementation of Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals on civil litigation costs, telling the government that this could be ‘very damaging’ to access to justice. Jackson himself has said that his reforms will not succeed unless they are implemented as a whole.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Jackson report: litigation processes and their impact on costs – Law Society’s Gazette

“Much has already been said about Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for success fees, after-the-event insurance, costs shifting and the like, but much less, if anything, about litigation processes, and their impact on costs. Yet it is surely unarguable that a streamlining or simplification of the litigation process would result in a reduction in costs.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Torture trial secrecy unfair, court told – The Guardian

“The government is trying to create a new form of secret trial that would introduce ‘fundamental unfairness’ into the civil law, the court of appeal heard today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government ‘actively assessing’ Jackson report – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government and the opposition have hinted that they would implement some of Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations on civil litigation costs, following the first parliamentary exchange on the judge’s report since its publication a month ago.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 18th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lord Chief Justice Publishes Administration of Justice Review – Judiciary of England & Wales

“The Lord Chief Justice’s ‘Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts’ was published today. His report covers matters of importance to the judiciary relating to the administration of justice in England and Wales during the 2008-2009 Legal Year (1 October 2008 – 30 September 2009).”

Full story

Judiciary of England & Wales, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Changes to civil legal aid crack down on fraud and refocus resources – Ministry of Justice

“Legal Aid Minister Willy Bach has today announced the government will tighten the rules for civil legal aid so that fraudsters are uncovered at an early stage, and funding is better targeted.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Crackdown on legal aid will hit expats – The Independent

“British citizens living abroad are to be barred from claiming legal aid in England and Wales as part of a cost-cutting crackdown unveiled by the Government today.”

Full story

The Independent, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations should be implemented speedily – Law Society’s Gazette

“‘Access to Justice entails that those with meritorious claims (whether or not ultimately successful) are able to bring those claims before the courts for judicial resolution or post-issue settlement, as the case may be. It also entails that those with meritorious defences (whether or not ultimately successful) are able to put those defences before the courts for judicial resolution or alternatively, settlement based upon the merits of the case.’”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 1st February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal costs emerge as defining issue of 2010’s biggest cases – The Lawyer

“As the profession awaits Jackson LJ’s civil justice costs review, the cases set to shape this year’s litigation get underway.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 10th January 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

A Judicial Perspective on the Conduct of Claims in the Current Climate – Speech by Lord Neuberger

http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/media/speeches/2009/speech-lord-neuberger-26102009

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

Butterworths’ Financial Institutions Litigation Conference, 23rd October 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk</a

Lord Chief Justice warns of ‘mayhem’ over lack of legal aid for civil courts – Daily Telegraph

“The Lord Chief Justice has warned of ‘mayhem’ if people involved in disputes are priced out of the civil court system because legal aid is not available.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 27th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Access to justice: hope springs eternal – Speech by Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony

Access to justice: hope springs eternal (PDF)

Speech by Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, Master of the Rolls

The Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre Annual Lecture, 15th July 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Civil justice system: why we are doing well but can do better – The Times

“Ten years ago I took on the task of looking at how we could reform our slow and costly civil justice system. The resulting proposals were enshrined in new civil procedure rules (CPR). They were intended to transform, and I believe did transform, the legal system. The object was to create a new way of conducting civil litigation in England and Wales.”

Full story

The Times, 11th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Have the Woolf reforms worked? – The Times

“The changes made ten years ago have been a disaster for the civil justice system and need a radical rethink.”

Full story

The Times, 9th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Woolf Reforms: A singular event or an ongoing process? – Speech by Sir Anthony Clarke, Master of the Rolls

The Woolf Reforms: A singular event or an ongoing process?

Speech by Sir Anthony Clarke, Master of the Rolls

British Academy, 2nd December 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

A UK Perspective on EU Civil Justice – Impact on Domestic Dispute Resolution – Speech by Sir Anthony Clarke

A UK Perspective on EU Civil Justice – Impact on Domestic Dispute Resolution (pdf)

Speech by Sir Anthony Clarke, Master of the Rolls.

EU Civil Justice Day Conference, 25th October 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Case track limits and the claims process for personal injury claims – Department for Constitutional Affairs

“The first part of this paper reviews and makes proposals on the case management track limits for civil claims found in Part 26.6 of the Civil Procedure Rules. The second part considers how the claims process for personal injury cases could be streamlined to become more efficient and cost effective.”

Case track limits and the claims process for personal injury claims CP 8/07, 20th April 2007

Source: www.dca.gov.uk


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