Procedures

Government to review controversial release under investigation

Tens of thousands of suspects are being released under investigation without any time limits or conditions, according to the Law Society, but the government has announced it is to review the rules.

Brave new world for civil litigators: get ready for dispute resolution ‘family style’

Gareth Ledsham prepares civil law practitioners for embracing judge-led dispute resolution through FDR processes

Report advocates mandatory online dispute resolution

Online dispute resolution (ODR) must be made mandatory to succeed, according to an independent report published by the Legal Services Board last week.

Securing interpreters in family proceedings

Legally aided parties should arrange interpretation themselves to avoid the costs and delays often incurred by last minute cancellation, suggests district judge Stephen Parker

Cheap gatekeepers: the false economy of inexperienced triage staff

The Civil Liability Bill will prompt even more firms to consider recruiting low-level call handlers to keep costs down; that’s a risky response, warns David Kirwan

Lie detection tests for convicted domestic abuse offenders is a costly distraction

Matthew Hardcastle questions the inclusion of polygraph testing in the government’s recent draft domestic abuse bill

Thoroughly modern disclosure

A new pilot scheme intends to bring about a change in attitude to disclosure but its success will require commitment from all concerned, says Francesca Kaye