Crime

Extension to standard legal aid crime contract announced

Criminal legal aid providers are being offered an 18- month extension to their contracts, but Law Society is cynical

18 Feb 2021 | Crime

MoJ website move could cause problems for LIPs

Lawyers are puzzled over MoJ moves to close website and publish its content on gov.uk

HMCTS staff strike is on the cards

HMCTS members at 12 court buildings balloted by union over safety concerns, and outbreak at Bradford is confirmed

Witnesses and victims withdraw from criminal trials in record numbers

Significant increase in failed criminal trials as record numbers of witnesses and victims pull out

Covid-19 and the criminal courts: Investment is the key

Nick Titchener, director and defence solicitor at Lawtons Law, explains what's needed to get the CJS back on its feet

Who bears the burden?

John Binns considers the potential impact of imposing an additional burden on firms with the proposed AML levy

04 Feb 2021 | Crime

Jury trials

Labour has called for juries to be reduced to seven to deal with the crown court case backlog, but Law Society president David Greene said: “Before w

Nightingale courts

Two more Nightingale have begun operating, at the former Cirencester courthouse and at Stafford’s Shire Hall. This brings the total number of Nightin

Payment proposals for criminal lawyers 'favour prosecution'

There are warnings that plans for criminal lawyers to be paid for work done before suspects are charged could tip the scales in favour of the prosecution

27 Jan 2021 | Crime

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