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Further measures to tackle criminal case backlog

The MoJ has announced new measures including eight new Nightingale courts to deal with the significant criminal case backlog

07 Sep 2020

Nightingale courts map launched amid covid-19 court hours controversy

Lawyers can now find out which Nightingale courts are operational through a newly launched interactive map from the Law Society

14 Aug 2020

Reduced sentences for early guilty pleas may be discarded

The Law Society calls for a “consistent approach” in giving credit on sentencing for guilty pleas

10 Aug 2020

Law leaders refuse to support ‘any steps to remove the right to jury trials’

The leaders of the solicitors’ and barristers’ professions have stated they will not support "any steps to remove the right to jury trials

06 Jul 2020

Forget scrapping jury trials, warns Law Society

There should be no restriction on jury trials, the Law Society warned, and proposals to extend court sitting hours requires "extreme caution&rdqu

26 Jun 2020

Young offenders face ‘travesty of justice’ because of backlog

Hundreds of children will be convicted as adults because of severe delays in the criminal justice system, a charity has warned

24 Jun 2020

‘Serious risk' of widescale market collapse of criminal firms

Government must urgently address firms’ cashflow problems as the first wave of criminal law firm closures hits, warns the Law Society

19 Jun 2020

Lockdown devastates conveyancing, criminal and immigration practices

High street lawyers are hit “hard and fast” by covid-19 with residential conveyancing suffering disproportionately, a significant report h

18 Jun 2020

Criminal legal aid firms folding at ‘alarming rate’

Immediate action is required to save the criminal justice system, the Law Society has warned, as figures reveal a 10% drop in legal aid firms since 2019

16 Jun 2020

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