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Westminster's justice committee has called on the UK government to do more to tackle the lengthy backlog facing the court system in England and Wales. In a report published today, the committee warns that while innovations in the court system are welcome it will require strategic planning and long-t

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Criminal trials in England and Wales could stop completely from today as barristers take industrial action over legal aid funding for defence practitioners. The Criminal Bar Association is moving ahead with its work-to-rule, with bar leaders saying they were taking action because real incomes for cr

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The High Court in London has adjourned a $4.2 billion fraud trial involving a Ukrainian state-owned bank and several Ukrainian defendants on the basis that the defendants cannot properly prepare in light of Russia's invasion of their country. The case was brought by PrivatBank, the largest commercia

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An English barrister who mocked and humiliated opposing counsel at a hearing has been fined £1,500 by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Althea Sonia Brown was found to have "improperly undermined, insulted, humiliated and/or annoyed" the opposing barrister, named NC, and/or "was in the circumstan

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The criminal legal aid sector in England and Wales is to receive up to an extra £135 million a year following a consultation, the UK government has announced. The move follows an announcement this week that 94 per cent of Criminal Bar Association members had voted in favour of industrial actio

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The Criminal Bar Association has voted to take industrial action in protest at the level of fees paid to them. About 1,800 criminal barristers voted to work to rule from April 11. This is only the second time the CBA has taken such action.

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A barristers' chambers in London has been sharply rebuked by a judge after publishing a press release about the outcome of a court ruling almost a full day prior to the handing down of the judgment. Matrix Chambers prepared a press release on the outcome of the appeal in R (Counsel General for Wales

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A black QC has called for wigs to be banned from court following an incident in which another barrister was told he must wear one or face disciplinary action. Leslie Thomas QC said wigs were “fashioned for caucasian hair” and look “ridiculous” on black barristers.

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Around one in six young barristers in England and Wales want to leave the profession amid unmanageable workloads and fears of burnout, according to a new report. The Life at the Young Bar report, commissioned by the Bar Council and published yesterday, is based on research into barristers who have b

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A dyslexic judge in England has won a disability discrimination case against the Ministry of Justice over its failure to provide her with voice recognition software and training. Zorina Nadine Clarkson Palomares, a part-time judge working on immigration and social security cases, made complaints to

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Magistrates in England and Wales are to have their sentencing powers increased in order to reduce pressure on the Crown Courts and "speed up justice", it was confirmed today. Under plans announced by Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, the maximum six-month prison sentence that can currently be handed o

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Football fans who racially abuse players will be banned from attending matches for up to a decade under new laws in England and Wales. Home secretary Priti Patel is introducing legislation to widen the ambit of football banning orders – which can be imposed on people convicted of violence, dis

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