The Fawcett Society, a charity devoted to promoting women in public life, which is u5,000 better off this week after the Attorney General, John Morris, agreed to give it a donation. He was responding to a claim by Jo Hayes, a female barrister, who accused him of sexual discrimination after dismissing her job application. Hayes pointed out that out of 116 barristers on the Treasury panel, 103 were men.
Prisoners at Wormwood Scrubs, who may soon be joined by 25 new cellmates if the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has its way. The CPS has charged officers from the prison with assaulting inmates. If convicted, however, they may have to do their porridge in a different jail as The Chief Inspector of Prisons is expected to call for the prison's closure in a report to be published soon.
The taxpayer, who could be saved from footing the bill for legal aid cases under proposals to stop barristers charging by the hour. Instead, barristers involved in high-cost cases, such as the Maxwell and Saunders trials, will have to sign fixed-cost contracts under new plans unveiled by the Bar.
Children mistreated in care, who have won the right to sue local authorities for negligence after the Law Lords voted five-to-one in favour of 26-year-old Keith Barrett, who blames his psychiatric and drink problems on the treatment meted out to him while he was in council care. Local authorities had previously been immune from prosecution.
Lawyers. Richard Tilt, former director general of the prison service, was knighted; Vivien Stern was created a life peer after being chairman of the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders; and former director of Victim Support Helen Reeves picked up a DBE.