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Lawyer of the Week: Joy Merriam
Joy has been a committee member of both CLSA and LCCSA for 15 years and for the last 7 years has been the nominated Criminal Law representative on the Law Socoety Council, a person she now relinquishes having been elected the area rep for North East London. In addition, Joy has been accredited as a Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness training and is Chair of the Society’s Advocacy Group. A full list of this year’s Lawyers of the Year (so far) is here (and 2015 here)
Tosser of the week -The solicitor who harassed a paralegal, and then unsuccessfully appealed the award….
LCCSA Conference in Ghent Information here.
LCCSA submission to Lammy review here.
Calais crisis: Jim Nichol writes of his experience delivering aid to the refugees at Calais in this piece in Legal Voice
Legal Aid orders by email From Tuesday 30 August 2016, legal aid providers will be emailed Representation Orders for successful criminal legal aid applications and Refusal Notices for failed applications. This means that providers and their clients will receive a copy of their Representation Order/Refusal Notice sooner.
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PREVIOUS NEWS ITEMS
Meeting the SPJ With my LCCSA hat on I met the Senior Presiding Judge, DPP and the Chief Magistrate, and discussed some potential changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules on disclosure that may help address the current inadequacies of IDPC. I also raised the controversial Advice Note circulated to Magistrates. I requested that all Advice Notes should be both published and publicly available, and that the senior Judiciary should correct the false impression given in this note.The SPJ gave an undertaking to respond on both counts. I have updated the blog Magistrates Courts- Managerialism v Justice.
Stormy weather Lord Glasman storms out of Highbury Court after trial delay. As we all know, the underfunded Justice system is going through turbulent times…
Recorder sacked for drinking on the job…
Call for Legal Aid in Inquest cases in this report from Chief Coroner
Justice Secretary untrussed! Read more about our new Lord Chancellor Liz Truss here.(updated blog)
HM Inspector of Prisons Annual Report– once again shocking reading.
LCCSA Party The Summer party was great fun, reuniting many friends and colleagues. President speech here.
Blackstones The Judicial Executive Board has decided that with effect from October 2016, the standard criminal text provided in Crown Courts, Court of Appeal, and Magistrates’ Court will be Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (NOT Archbold)
Gove sacked! My assessment of his tenure as Lord Chancellor here
SAHCA Conference Details here of Solicitor Advocates Annual Conference “the ethical advocate” on October 15th this year
Court of Appeal needs sorting out –a powerful piece in the Justice Gap here looks at the appalling record of our appellate courts in rectifying Miscarriages of Justice…
Grayling. Yet ANOTHER initiative by Grayling bites the dust (LASPO Residence Test) Meanwhile Chris takes over as Transport Secretary. TAXI!!
Howard League Seminar Summary of Lawyers group seminar discussing youth sentencing consultation here.
Autumn Conference The LCCSA Autume Conference is in the beautiful City of Ghent- booking and detail here
Legal Aid spending falls due to reduction in volume of cases . Stats here.
The Public Accounts Committee today reported what we already know- the Criminal Justice System is at breaking point. Read about their damming report here.
How to become a QC: This letter tells us much about the judiciary, the bar and silk selection….
New lawyer on the block: Greg “Box-Smith” defending, as reported in the SCUM newspaper....
Hillsborough:New blog- barrister Anna Morris shares her experience as counsel at the Inquest in this guest blog
Crime in Islington -my response to a call from Islington Labour Councillors to Highbury Magistrates for an increase in custodial sentences for young offenders here.
In May, the LCCSA committee team completed the London Legal Walk. You can still sponsor us! Via this link
Highbury Court flooded –again. Detail in Islington Gazette here.
Stop the Touts! Will the SRA act?! Report in Law Society Gazette
What next for Legal Aid? Young Legal Aid Lawyers consider their future in this piece in the Solicitors Journal
Community Advice at Court. Check out This piece on the Centre for Justice Innovation website.
Kicking Off. Please read this guest blog by Len Hodkin (solicitor at GT Stewart)
Lenient Sentence? The “Hatton Garden raid” sentence considered here
The End of Two-tier! Dramatic development as Michael Gove abandons the hated contracting proposals introduced by Grayling, which were fundamentally flawed and led to litigation. The announcement here. (LCCSA response here.) Reports in the Solicitor’s Journal and in the Law Society Gazette
Voices for Justice – the Justice Alliance hosted speakers including J Corbyn as reported in the Guardian
DSCC Problems First they were hacked. Then they were not hacked…(Gazette article)
MoJ and Two Tier. First there were rumours MoJ was dropping two tier. Then they were not. Then it was “under review”….(Law Society call for clarity)
Michael Gove visited Highbury Court recently as revealed exclusively in the last Friday Freelancer. A report on Gove’s visit was subsequently published in the Law Society Gazette here.
President Speech –shortened version of my speech as new LCCSA President (AGM, Nov 2015)
Alternative to Criminal Court Charge – see my blog with a proposal for replacement here
18 year old dies in adult prison read about the sad case of suicide in custody of Imran D. in this blog
Labour Legal Aid Review. I attended a meeting of the Labour Party review into Legal Aid, chaired by Lord Bach, and attended by the shadow chancellor, shadow Lord chancellor, Karl Turner MP and Jeremy Corbyn
Law Society Excellence Awards.I was honoured to receive the Highly Commended Award for Solicitor Advocate of the Year at this years awards. Thank you to those who nominated or supported the application, particularly Sandra, Jon, Sean, Ronnie, Amanda, Lee and the Shearman Bowen team.
When Kate met Paul –read Kate Goold’s account of the Gambaccini case , and how it illustrates the bigger picture on police bail and necessary reform.Advice Service at Highbury Court. Read all about it here!
The pre-history of Magna Carta -a blog by David wilson.
Strike! Coverage of the Criminal Lawyers strike over Legal Aid received international coverage. My comments on Spanish TV on this link.
Legal Aid cuts. My comments on BBC news here (June 2015)
Prisoner book ban- rules relaxed by Michael Gove, in a welcome departure from the policy of his predecessor.My forum piece in the Islington Tribune here.
Joint Enterprise-time for reform? New blog by Ronnie Manek.
Legal Aid Fact Checker Check out facts behind the myths on Legal Aid.
The Law on Children and Young Persons: Check out this on-line resource –Youth Justice Legal Centre
Modern Slavery Act Get up to speed with the New Act in this synopsis by Ben Ticehurst.