Archive for the 'judges' Category

Sumption and Wilson confirmed as new Supreme Court justices – The Lawyer

“The Supreme Court has confirmed the appointment of Jonathan Sumption QC as one of two new justices for the UK’s highest court.”

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The Lawyer, 4th May 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Review: Stephen Sedley’s Ashes and Sparks – The Guardian

“Sedley’s model of human rights is problematic, but his essay collection reveals one of the finest justices of his generation.”

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The Guardian, 28th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Child abuse trial judge accused of being drunk in court – The Guardian

“The legal watchdog is investigating a crown court judge after he was accused of being ‘influenced by alcohol’ during a trial in which an alleged paedophile was freed.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Accused wins appeal after judge told him: ‘Shut your mouth’ – Daily Telegraph

“A defendant who was told by a judge to “shut your mouth and listen” just before he had to give evidence on why he had two knives in his car has had his subsequent convictions overturned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Independent press crucial to the administration of justice, says lord chief justice – The Guardian

“An independent press is crucial to the administration of justice, the lord chief justice of England and Wales said during a lecture in Israel on Monday night.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: The Judiciary and the Media (PDF)

Politicians to blame for human rights rulings, says judge – Daily Telegraph

“Politicians should stop criticising human rights ruling as they are to blame for tying the hands of courts, the country’s most senior judge signalled yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Court cases should be on TV, says top civil judge – BBC News

“The top civil judge in England and Wales has suggested televising hearings to increase confidence in justice.”

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BBC News, 17th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council Chairman discusses sentencing on Radio 5 Live – Sentencing Council

“Today, Lord Justice Leveson appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Victoria Derbyshire show to talk about the work of the Sentencing Council, discuss how sentencing works, clear up common misconceptions about it, and debate related issues with callers. You can listen to the show here until 15 March.”

Sentencing Council, 8th March 2011

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Daily Telegraph apologises to Sedley LJ over defamatory allegations – The Lawyer

“The Daily Telegraph is to issue a formal apology to Lord Justice Sedley over a series of ‘professionally damaging’ allegations which appeared in the paper last year.”

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The Lawyer, 9th March 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Old Bailey hears how judge wrestled defendant to the floor – The Guardian

“Court hears how Paul Reid’s alleged escape bid was thwarted by a double rugby-tackle from judge Douglas Marks Moore.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

My legal hero: Lord Leslie Scarman – The Guardian

“The man best known for conducting the Brixton riots inquiry has a greater legacy – his work to introduce human rights legislation in the UK – by Ruth Deech.”

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The Guardian, 20th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Top judge complains about ‘sex with corpses’ rules – Daily Telegraph

“Parliament is burdening the courts with too many laws and rules on sentencing, including detailed guidelines for dealing with necrophilia, England’s most senior judge has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Neuberger endorses accreditation scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

“The master of the rolls has given judicial backing to the proposed quality assurance for advocates (QAA) scheme, saying judges are the ‘ultimate consumers’ of advocacy services and are well placed to assess quality.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judge reprimanded for alleged anti-Israel comments – Daily Telegraph

“Judge George Bathurst-Norman was disciplined following an investigation in to comments made at the end of a trial of seven activists who sabotaged equipment at a Brighton factory they claimed was making parts for Israeli warplanes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Is the family justice system in need of review? – Speech by Lord Justice Wall, President of the Family Division

“Is the family justice system in need of review? – Speech by Lord Justice Wall, President of the Family Division, 19th September 2010.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th September 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Judge’s veiled criticism of Israeli actions in Gaza causes a legal dilemma – The Guardian

“As the legal establishment gears up for the new legal term starting at the end of next week, two of its leading figures must decide whether to do anything about a case that caused widespread concern during the summer.”

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Baroness Brenda Hale: “I often ask myself ‘why am I here?’ – The Guardian

“Supreme court judge, Baroness Brenda Hale, on the highlight of the court’s first year, selling bottled water and becoming known as ‘Ms Diversity.’ ”

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The Guardian, 16th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mr Justice Eady to be replaced as senior judge on libel and privacy – The Independent

“Mr Justice Eady, whose rulings form much of the backbone of UK privacy law, is to hand over responsibility for defamation and privacy cases. From the beginning of October, his role as the senior media judge in England and Wales will be inherited by Mr Justice Tugendhat.”

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The Independent, 15th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tributes to Lord Bingham, ‘the greatest judge of our time’ – The Guardian

“Human Rights campaigners and lawyers are mourning the former senior law lord Lord Bingham, regarded as one of the most brilliant and courageous lawyers of his generation, and described as a ‘towering figure.’ ”

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The Guardian, 12th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High Court judge brands welfare tender ‘irrational’ – Law Society Gazette

“A High Court judge has … branded some of the criteria used by the Legal Services Commission in its recent social welfare tender ‘utterly absurd and totally irrational’.”

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Law Society Gazette, 26th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

My legal hero: Lord Bingham of Cornhill – The Guardian

“Lord Bingham is Britain’s most distinguished legal mind who has dissected and discredited many affronts to our liberty.”

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The Guardian, 18th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge slams police after teacher is acquitted of kissing a friend – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has criticised the police after a part-time teacher was put on trial for giving a female friend an unwanted kiss, telling officers they should be concentrating on catching robbers and violent thugs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judge’s fury at ‘insolent’ hoodie – Daily Telegraph

“Recorder Alun Jenkins QC warned barristers that any young defendants who fail to address him properly or to bow when entering court may be locked away immediately with their cases suspended.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Torture inquiry chairman is ‘compromised’ – BBC News

“The judge leading the inquiry into claims UK security services colluded in the torture of terror suspects abroad must be removed, a charity has said.”

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BBC News, 20th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Al-Jedda v Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

Al-Jedda v Secretary of State for Defence [2010] EWCA Civ 758; [2010] WLR (D) 182

“The claimant’s right under Iraqi law not to be deprived of his liberty ‘except in accordance with the law and based on a decision by a competent judicial authority’ and his right not to be kept in custody ‘except according to a judicial decision’ were not infringed by his internment without trial until 30 December 2007 after arrest by British forces in Basra on 10 October 2004. The essence of the internee’s constitutional rights did not require that his detention be sanctioned by a judge either at its outset or on its continuation, but consisted rather in having the decision made by a person with judicial qualities.”

WLR Daily, 14th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Judge Gerald Price QC resigns following sex claim – BBC News

“A senior circuit judge has resigned after claims about his private life.”

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BBC News, 12th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Munby calls for more openness in family courts – Law Society’s Gazette

“Legislation intended to open up the family courts is a ‘lost opportunity’ that will fail to bring about the openness needed to improve confidence in family proceedings, a leading judge has said.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Results of Cherie Blair inquiry ‘were covered up’ – The Independent

“The body which investigates complaints against judges has been accused of covering up the full extent of an investigation into Cherie Blair over her decision to hand down a lenient sentence to a convicted man because he was ‘a religious person’.”

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The Independent, 21st June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lord Saville — an outstanding legal mind defined by Bloody Sunday inquiry –

“It is an irony of the Bloody Sunday inquiry that the most expensive and long judicial investigation in history was chaired by a judge chosen for his efficiency.”

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The Times, 14th June 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Human Rights Act helps fight terrorism says head of Supreme Court – The Guardian

“The head of Britain’s highest court defends the Human Rights Act and responds to accusations that the act is hampering the fight against terrorism.”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cherie Blair cleared over court comment complaints – The Independent

“Cherie Blair will not be disciplined after she was cleared over comments she made while sparing a violent offender jail.”

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The Independent, 10th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Judge told off for migrant remarks – BBC News

“A judge who described UK immigration policy as ‘completely lax’ has been disciplined for making inappropriate remarks during a court sentencing.”

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BBC News, 18th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Magistrate defends ‘scum’ description of teenage vandals – The Guardian

“A magistrate who is facing disciplinary action after describing two teenage vandals as ‘absolute scum’ insisted today he had used ‘appropriate’ language.”

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The Guardian, 18th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge replaced in Chelsea barracks case – Daily Telegraph

“The case has caused a stir because correspondence from the Prince of Wales will be used as evidence, in what has become a row over the most expensive piece of land in Britain and an argument between modernist and traditional architects.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2010

Sourc: www.telegraph.co.uk

Media judges in the spotlight as Eady J’s future is thrown into doubt – The Lawyer

“Media law has become an intensely controversial area and the demand for reform is growing, with editors and politicians attempting to influence the debate.”

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The Lawyer, 3rd May 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Judge’s warning over Europe’s legal power – The Independent

“British courts must have the final say over European human rights law, the country’s most senior judge has warned.”

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The Independent, 2nd April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham – The Guardian

“Stephen Sedley finds the insights of a senior law lord clear and compelling.”

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The Guardian, 20th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Complaint after Cherie Booth spares religious man jail – BBC News

“A secularist group has lodged an official complaint against Cherie Booth QC after she spared a man from prison because he was religious.”

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BBC News, 4th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Big Question: Do juryless trials risk obscuring the transparency of justice? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

This week Britain’s first crown court criminal trial to take place without a jury in more than 400 years started at the Royal Courts of Justice. The case, involving four men accused of a £1.75m armed robbery, is being heard by a judge, sitting alone, who will decide upon the men’s guilt or otherwise.”

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The Independent, 14th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Judge in Max Mosley trial hits back at criticism over privacy cases – The Guardian

“The high court judge at the centre of a string of controversial privacy cases, including one involving the motor racing chief Max Mosley, spoke out against his critics today, claiming he had been subjected to ‘personal abuse’ by parts of the media.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord Chief Justice – BBC Law in Action

“Law in Action speaks to Lord Igor Judge, who gives his first interview since taking up the post last year.”

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BBC Law in Action, 27th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge slams use of partner instead of wife – Daily Telegraph

“Old fashioned chivalry or just old fashioned? A judge has taken the extraordinary step of disrupting a court case to express his exasperation at the modern use of the word partner in place of wife.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How our senior libel judge stamps on free speech – all over the world – The Guardian

“Mr Justice Eady’s rulings amplify the democratic world’s most illiberal laws – enabled by 12 years of utterly feeble leadership.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Child rapist assaults five-year-old eight days after being freed by judge – Daily Telegraph

“A Judge is being investigated after he freed a child rapist who kidnapped and assaulted a five-year-old just eight days later.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Drink-drive charge judge resigns – BBC News

“A judge who was arrested for allegedly being drunk in charge of a car while on bail for a similar offence has resigned, the Ministry of Justice said.”

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BBC News, 23rd September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Revealed: Britain’s most lenient judge – The Times

“A circuit judge who sits at Birmingham crown court has had 10 of her sentences increased on appeal, placing her top of a list of judges whose decisions have been overturned for excessive leniency.”

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The Times, 9th August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judge to be investigated after outburst – The Independent

“A judge who described Britain’s immigration system as ‘completely lax’ is to face an official investigation, it was revealed today.”

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The Independent, 4th August 2009

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Lord Neuberger named Master of the Rolls – The Times

“The youngest of the law lords is to be the next head of England and Wales’ civil justice system, Downing Street announced today.”

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The Times, 23rd July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lord Neuberger tipped as next Master of Rolls – The Lawyer

“Speculation is ­mounting at the bar that Lord David Neuberger [sic] will become the 95th Master of the Rolls (MR) when the incumbent MR Anthony Clarke joins the Supreme Court in October.”

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The Lawyer, 12th July 2009

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Judge Gerald Price is suspended after claims by male prostitute – The Times

“A judge has been suspended after allegations that he had a nine-month relationship with a male prostitute.”

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The Times, 30th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judge accused of using racial slur against gypsies – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has been accused of using a ‘racial slur’ against gypsies while sentencing a conman, who he said had ‘gypped’ a student out of money.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

£300,000 for judge off sick after blackmail trial – Daily Telegraph

“Immigration judge Mohammed Ilyas Khan who had an affair with his Brazilian cleaner has been paid nearly £300,000 while off work.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judge Margaret Short sacked for being rude to solicitors – The Times

“A district judge has been sacked for ‘inappropriate, petulant and rude’ behaviour towards solicitors appearing before her in court. In the first judicial sacking for decades, Judge Margaret Short has been removed by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice after a ‘history of complaints’.

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The Times, 24th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lord Justice Collins among new supreme court justices – The Times

“A former solicitor is among the first two judges to be appointed to the new supreme court.”

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The Times, 8th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Edwina Millward: first woman president of the Association of District Judges – Law Society’s Gazette

“For District Judge Edwina Millward, justice secretary Jack Straw’s announcement that the family courts are to be opened up to the media raises considerable concerns.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th February 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk


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