Courts & Tribunals
Published 20/11/2019 by Claire Gilbert
The Bar Council Remuneration Committee is reviewing issues faced by barristers across all civil Very High Cost Cases (VHCCs) excluding family VHCCs, including late payments. that you have been experiencing, with the intention of raising the issue with the Legal Aid Agency. The review is specifically concerned with delays, but other issues should also be raised. Deadline for responses has been extended to Thursday 28th November.
Published 13/11/2019 by Claire Gilbert
How much do you know about Pro Bono Costs Orders? Watch our video of the Solicitor General talking about Pro Bono Costs
New 556 page report by Commision on Justice in Wales has made 78 recommendations for reform, concluding that that Wales should take over control of both policy and funding from Westminster. Recommendations include: A new justice department of the Welsh government led by a cabinet minister, a Welsh High Court and Court of Appeal, and a criminal legal aid system run on ’Nordic’ public defender lines.
Easy Read makes complicated government information more accessible to disabled people living with learning barriers. The format of the guides is easy to understand because it uses simple, jargon free language, shorter sentences and supporting images, concentrating on the main points of a document so people can understand the key issues and make decisions if necessary.
As part of the Network's work on affordable advice our members from University House Legal Advice Centre share their resources and knowledge around legal expenses insurance and we examine how it can be used.
In essence, Legal Design reformats the presentation of legal advice, information services and resources in a way which makes it easily accessible and understandable. Legal design puts the users of the system at the heart of its considerations and develops services and products based solely on their needs, understanding and likely user journey.
Under proposed changes to small claims limits it is estimated as many as 90% of accident victims will be unable to pursue claims with legal assistance. Michael Lewis, CEO of Claim Technology explores whether a combination of technology and barristers can fill the gap.
The new web tool uses an algorithm to work out if there is a good case, prepares a letter to send to the defendant and calculates what it believes the case is worth. Alongside, it provides case evaluation, letter and valuation tools.
(Author: Jill Canvin, analogue.DIGITAL) No more carrier bags of documents for you to sort out! OnRecord is designed to help litigants in person to help themselves and for you to help them more easily.
We have come across a number of videos produced to help people going to court. Some of these are guides to a particular court, others talk through what a litigant or witness should do during a particular procedure. We thought we would gather them all in one place so you can see what is available. please let us know if you have come across any additional videos you think are useful.
(Author: Mary Marvel, Head of Policy and Communications, Law for Life) Advicenow provide hand-selected, quality-checked links to the best information available for people going to a tribunal. It includes resources explaining employment tribunals, special educational needs, and asylum appeals, amongst others. Vitally for LiPs, we triage to partners providing legal advice, practical help, or representation with accurate information about where and how users can access further support.
Students from the University of Bristol, the University of Law and the University of the West of England are holding information sessions for LIPs explaining the court procedure, what you can expect in court and what you need to do in preparation for the court hearing. The sessions run weekly at the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre and include a tour of the court.
Advicenow have created a series of easy-to-use step-by-step guides for people struggling to deal with family issues. Mary Marvel, Head of Policy and Communications at Law for Life, explains how the guides work and where to find them.