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Overhaul of Court of Protection media rules needed to prevent miscarriages of justice and improve transparency, new study finds

A group of legal experts is calling for an overhaul of the rules governing the way in which the Court of Protection (CoP) works with the media in England and Wales, to improve transparency and help protect against miscarriages of justice.

The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and led by researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Law, recommends changes to the rules that govern media access to CoP cases, to enhance accountability and increase public understanding of the Court’s work.


Queen Mary University of London to offer free legal advice for victims of revenge porn

Victims of revenge porn can apply for free legal advice through a new service offered by the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). As part of the service, victims will receive legal advice from a team of trained student advisors – under the supervision of experienced, qualified lawyers - at QMUL’s Legal Advice Centre.

According to Julie Pinborough, Director of QMUL’s Legal Advice Centre, revenge porn is a “disturbing and rapidly growing phenomenon”.

“While the alleged number of offences - 149 - is relatively small, we know that many victims never come forward. Stigma is definitely an issue; people often feel embarrassed, afraid and powerless.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:10


Expert researchers sought to undertake review of Youth Courts advocacy

Picture of Balham Youth Court for Your Expert Witness storyThe Bar Standards Board and Ilex Professional Standards are seeking expressions of interest from research organisations with the expertise to undertake an independent review of advocacy within the Youth Courts in England and Wales.

The aim of the review is to identify and examine the skills, knowledge, and attributes needed for youth court advocates to work effectively. The outcome will be an evidence base from which the two regulators can then identify any existing risks within youth court advocacy, and establish what, if any, regulatory action needs to be taken.

The review follows the publication of the final report of the Independent Parliamentarians’ Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court, chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC.

The inquiry made a number of key recommendations, including one that “…all legal practitioners representing children at the police station and practising in youth proceedings be accredited to do so”.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:26


Committee launches inquiry into manorial rights

Picture of medieval Lord of the Manor for Your Expert Witness storyThe House of Commons Justice Committee has begun an inquiry into manorial rights following a spate of applications to register remaining rights prior to the deadline of 13 October 2013.

According to the background to the inquiry, the Land Registry describes manorial rights as rights which were retained by lords of the manor when land became freehold. They can include rights to mines and some minerals, sporting rights such as hunting, shooting and fishing, and rights to hold fairs and markets.

Those rights were specifically preserved in 1926 when other aspects of the manorial system were abolished; however, following changes introduced by the Land Registration Act 2002 they lost their overriding status in relation to properties if they were not protected by being registered before last October’s deadline.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:51