Crime

2021 Budget does little to quench thirst of ‘legal aid deserts’

£450m provided to support justice system in England and Wales

04 Mar 2021 | Courts & Judiciary

Video remand hearings reinstated by police

The police are to reinstate the use of VRM after government funding, the Law Society has confirmed

24 Feb 2021 | Courts & Judiciary

MoJ website move could cause problems for LIPs

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

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

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

16 Feb 2021 | Courts & Judiciary

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

09 Feb 2021 | Courts & Judiciary

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

08 Feb 2021 | Courts & Judiciary

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

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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