Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 21 January 2019

Winter Lights, Canary Wharf, London 20 January 2019


Call for timeout on privatisation re-procurement

Probation unions and justice reformers have called for a ‘timeout’ on the re-procurement of Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) to avoid repeating the mistakes of the Transforming Rehabilitation procurement process.

Parole Board

‘Work with us’ blog to promote public awareness

The Parole Board is on a recruitment drive, aiming to encourage new panel members from three membership types: independent, psychologist, and retired judicial. The 2019 campaign for independent members will be regional, focused in the North of England, and aiming in particular to boost the BAME membership. To help promote recruitment, the board has been publishing a blog (via the Gov.uk supersite), in which panel members explain how they became involved and how they perform their role.


‘Efail’ causes consternation and delay

Judges bite back

It comes at an awkward time, as the massively hyped, but over-budget and behind-schedule HMCTS Reform project struggles to get the recognition and credibility it thinks it deserves. Last week another leaked report revealed how the Magistrates Association raised “many serious concerns about reforms” in response to an internal survey from the senior judiciary, and expressed the view that the current reform proposals present “a very real risk of unfair or disproportionate outcomes for the most vulnerable people in our courts”. Reporting the leaked report (for which she thanks Penelope Gibbs of Transform Justice), Emily Dugan on BuzzFeed news noted that “Submissions to the Judicial Ways of Working consultation were never intended to be made public.” She added:

Law in the Media

Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards

The Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards is open to print/online and broadcast journalists “in recognition of the media’s role in promoting a greater understanding of the law to the public”. The 2018 awards were judged by outgoing Chair of Bar 2018, Andrew Walker QC, current Chair of the Bar, Richard Atkins QC and the current Chair of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC), Athena Markides. The winners, announced on 17 January, were:

Legal profession

Pupillage resources

We should probably compile a separate post on the various resources now available offering guidance on the getting, funding and conduct of pupillage. But two new resources are worth mentioning now.

Venables’ Legal Resources website update

Since 1995 Delia Venables has been collecting and publishing an online directly of legal resources on her website. Now the Venables Legal Resources site has had a complete makeover, with a snazzy new design, and all the data is being reorganised and updated. The site is now managed by Delia’s long-time publishing partner, Nick Holmes, of infolaw Ltd and editor of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers (which also does CPD training). According to their announcement:

ICLR news

New on Knowledge

We’ve been adding more content to our Knowledge section this week. To help those using the powerful ICLR.3 case search platform for the first time, ideally by signing up for a trial subscription (so you can see the content behind the paywall), we’ve now provided a copy of our PDF Trial Access Guide. This offers a guided tour round the main features of the site, with user tips and suggestions for getting the most out of your legal research.

Dates and Deadlines

Lecture: The 30th Anniversary of The Children Act 1989 —Is it still fit for purpose?

Thursday 31 January 2019 6pm-7pm — Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, London

Meeting: Judges to discuss judicial oath

4 February 2019 at 5.30 pm for 6.15 — Manchester Civil and Family Justice Centre, Bridge Street West, Manchester

[Reminders: previously listed]

HMCTS Reform event: crime

Bristol Magistrates’ Court, 5:30pm 24 Jan 2019

Journalists and legal bloggers attending family courts — A Workshop for lawyers

29 January 2019 5.30pm, Gresham College, London

And finally…

Tweet of the Week

contains invaluable legal advice on the No Deal question, thanks to the Irish Border.

That’s it for this week! Thanks for reading. Watch this space for updates.

This post was written by Paul Magrath, Head of Product Development and Online Content. It does not necessarily represent the opinions of ICLR as an organisation.



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