Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 23 October 2017

Brexit

Still talking

Prior to travelling to Brussels for last week’s European Council summit meeting, Theresa May sent an open letter to EU nationals living in the UK on her commitment to protecting their status. Conor James McKinney on the Free Movement blog has set out what it says, and decoded what it actually means: Theresa May’s open letter: what she said and what she meant

EU withdrawal bill

The number of amendments tabled to the European Union Withdrawal Bill is now so massive that the government is worried there might not be time to debate them all, as the sovereignty of Parliament (which is what Brexit is supposed to be all about) dictates. The Guardian reported that the eight days already set aside before Christmas would not be enough: Brexit plan ‘in paralysis’ with ministers set to delay EU withdrawal bill.

Conference news

International Association of Law Libraries

The 36th annual course of the IALL takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA this week. Paul Magrath, Head of Product Development, and Paul Hastings, Account Manager, are attending the conference on behalf of ICLR as exhibitors and sponsors. We have blogged separately about this here.

Law via the Internet

The LVI Annual Conference 2017 took place at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey, USA last week. The theme of this year’s conference, from 19 to 21 October, was “Visualizing Progress”. Daniel Hoadley, Head of Marketing for ICLR, presented a paper on “open access to case law”. We hope to publish this in due course.

Consultation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Civil Justice Council is inviting responses to a consultation, launched on 17 October 2017, on its comprehensive interim report on the existing role and potential future role of ADR (alternate dispute resolution) in civil justice in England and Wales.

Regulation

BSB Handbook — new edition

A new edition of the Bar Standards Board’s Handbook will be published next month. It includes changes to the parental leave rules.

Legal Ombudsman report

The Office for Legal Complaints(OLC), which oversees the Legal Ombudsman(LeO), published its Annual Report and Accounts 2016–17. You can read the press release here. It says

Some other interesting reads

Defendants on video — conveyor belt justice or a revolution in access? A new report by Penelope Gibbs from Transform Justice on the problems with video hearings and evidence-giving in criminal cases.

Tweet of the week

marks the passing of Donald Raistrick, someone for whom all traditional law reporters, as well as law librarians, will have had tremendous respect, by reason of his essential reference work, the Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations.

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