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    The cuts to legal aid are obstructing the right to a fair trial and preventing the administration of justice

The cuts to legal aid are obstructing the right to a fair trial and preventing the administration of justice

In an astounding blow to the government’s decision to drastically cut access to legally-aided counsel, a judge yesterday ordered a stay (rather than an adjournment) to a complex fraud case as the defendants could find no lawyers to take the case. This decision was rooted in the right to a fair trial and may have significant implications for future […]

By altering workplace power relationships and employers’ incentives, minimum wage laws help ensure social equality

Egalitarian liberals have long been sceptical about a minimum wage, arguing that taxation and transfer programs are better at ensuring distributive justice. But even if we accept the claim that the minimum wage increases unemployment, there are grounds for the minimum wage on the basis of justice. Brishen Rogers argues that it helps reduce work-based class and status divisions. Labour markets and the […]

Legal aid changes would mean the denial of choice and effective representation to all those accused of crimes except the well-off

The government’s proposed changes to legal aid have caused outrage amongst judges, the government’s own lawyers and the whole legal profession. Conor Gearty argues that if all this were to go through, access to justice would return to being the mirage it once was for all but the very wealthy before the establishment of legal aid by the post war […]

Libel cases should be settled on their merits, and not according to the size of litigants’ bank accounts

Libel laws are not perfect but they do give people rights. Helen Anthony argues that the current High Court process for libel cases has an alarming effect on free speech. Alternative methods of dispute recommendations and the introduction of a cost-cap could offer greater access to justice in defamation cases. Two organisations committed to freedom of expression, English PEN and […]

Book Review: The Ombudsman Enterprise and Administrative Justice

Buck, Kirkham and Thompson provide a rich, detailed picture of the current state of the ombudsmen enterprise in the UK public sector finds Jane Tinkler.   The Ombudsman Enterprise and Administrative Justice. Trevor Buck, Richard Kirkham, and Brian Thompson. Ashgate. December 2010. Ombudsmen have been features of public sector life in the UK for many decades now. In this book, Buck, Kirkham and Thompson look […]

Replacing the Human Rights Act with a weaker British Bill of Rights would send a sign to the international community that we are no longer serious about human rights.

The prime minister has made clear his intention to ‘repatriate’ human rights jurisdiction back from Europe to the UK. Helen Wildbore and Professor Francesca Klug survey the different currents which are driving the debate for a new UK bill of rights and argue that replacing the Human Rights Act with anything weaker would send a sign to the international community […]

The Conservatives cannot ‘wriggle’ their way out of the European Convention on Human Rights, even by introducing a British Bill of Rights.

The Conservatives have made no secret of the party’s desire to roll back its European human rights obligations, with many in the party also advocating repealing the Human Rights Act and establishing a British Bill of Rights. As the party seeks to ‘win back’ jurisdiction over human rights cases, Saladin Meckled-Garcia finds the coalition government’s stance is nothing less than […]

Book Review: Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic

A vital read for students and researchers interested in the ramifications and contradictions of international law and justice, Ramona Wadi finds that Judith Armatta’s detailed narration and analysis of Milosevic’s trial an important contribution to the field.   Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic. Duke University Press, 2010 In a narration which deals with the responsibility of establishing guilt ‘beyond […]

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