Category Archives: Ministry of Justice

My SCL predictions for 2017 – the snarling of a cynical old hack

Computers & Law, the online presence of the Society for Computers & Law, asks every year for our predictions for the following year. Most people, quite properly, use this opportunity to give straight-up-and-down ideas of where we are going and … Continue reading

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Discussing online courts as we fight about the cost of paper bundles. An institutional shambles

Two recent documents will be of interest to those who are concerned (in the widest sense of the word) with the development of online courts in England and Wales. If you wonder why this is of relevance to my generally ediscovery-focused … Continue reading

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The Jackson consultation responses pull no punches but Grayling and the MoJ will ignore them

There is a palpable sense that civil justice in the UK has plunged off a cliff in the short time since the implementation of the Jackson reforms. A few of the responses to the Civil Justice Council’s consultation have been … Continue reading

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Washington and New York to Mitchell via privacy, Singapore and Lobachevsky

The problem with running a website which offers news and updates is that people notice when it lies silent – the essence of news is that it is new. In fact, I have never aspired to timeliness and, as I … Continue reading

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Singapore seeks SaaS discovery solution as London barristers set up shop there

The two subjects which comprise my heading are not directly related to each other save that they both point to Singapore’s continuing consolidation as a dispute resolution centre. The Singapore Academy of Law is inviting proposals from companies able to … Continue reading

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MoJ Consultation on Civil Justice and Bash-a-Burglar: every man for himself replaces access to justice

Lady Hale’s speech on access to justice, the government’s “bash a burglar” scheme, issuing proceedings in Salford, competition from Singapore for dispute resolution as well as banking, eDisclosure and hoods packing heat – all in 2,000 words. A Ministry of … Continue reading

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UK Government bids for a world-class legal reputation whilst neglecting the basics back home

The UK Ministry of Justice has launched a paper called Plan for Growth: Promoting the UK’s Legal Services Sector. The opening, at least, is admirably crisp for a civil service document: It identifies the law as one of Britain’s strengths…. … Continue reading

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Lord Justice Jackson fights for his costs reforms

An article published yesterday in the Solicitors Journal is headed Jackson LJ demands his reforms are implemented in full. It draws attention to a letter from Lord Justice Jackson, the author of last year’s Litigation Costs Review, to Justice Secretary … Continue reading

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European Commission takes action against UK for data protection failings

An article in Document Management News reports on the legal action being taken by the European Commission against the UK for gaps in the legislation required to comply with EU data protection laws. The investigation leading to the action was … Continue reading

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The MoJ and litigation reform

I am not sure what to make of yesterday’s article in the Lawyer. Chaos as MoJ scuppers litigation reform is the headline. Below that, the sub-heading shouts Judges and politicians at loggerheads as Jackson review kicked into touch. My difficulty … Continue reading

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Lord Justice Jackson to head litigation costs review

The Master of the Rolls, Sir Anthony Clarke, has appointed Lord Justice Jackson to head a committee to review the costs of civil litigation. The appointment apparently follows a meeting between Sir Anthony Clarke and Bridget Prentice, Parliamentary Under Secretary … Continue reading

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See the Rule Committee in action

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee is having an open meeting on 13 June 2008. I wrote about last year’s one (Rule Committee Open Meeting) in a manner simultaneously respectful and tongue-in-cheek – respectful in that the Rule Committee does an … Continue reading

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Getting the message across at the MoJ

I go to the Ministry of Justice web site from time to time, partly because I run a law firm’s web site and blog and need to keep abreast of things beyond my own subjects, and partly in the hope … Continue reading

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The Ministry of Justice

Is it true that the judges boycotted the opening party for the new Ministry of Justice or did the MoJ just forget to tell them about it? And will anyone remember the civil courts in the excitement over prisons and … Continue reading

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