Many things have changed since the days when inquests where held in the basements of pubs with the body of the deceased laid out for examination by the all-male jury. Happily, women are now permitted to sit on juries, the deceased is usually safely in the ground long before the inquest starts and, perhaps less […]
For decades the family courts were accused of administering ‘secret justice’, as most hearings involving children were conducted in private. A rule change in 2009 allowed accredited journalists to attend, subject to stringent reporting restrictions. Now that privilege has been extended to legally qualified bloggers, in a bid to further boost transparency, as Paul Magrath explains.
It was reported recently that two men, who stole bundles of free newspapers to be sold on to a recycling plant, had been convicted of theft. One man was given a suspended sentence while the other was sentenced to eight weeks in prison. British Transport Police called the case a “landmark ruling” and the decision […]
The Online Court is the headline-grabbing centrepiece of the current courts modernisation project, with much discussion on artificial intelligence, ‘cyber judges’ and the transparency of virtual justice. But how does it compare with similar projects in other jurisdictions? Paul Magrath attended the first International Online Courts Forum, to find out.
A sigh of relief was heard across the oil & gas industry after the chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his autumn budget that the North Sea tax regime was to be maintained. After a period of uncertainty over how the government would view north sea taxes due to oil prices stabilising for a period, this […]
Live streaming of open court hearings and online access to hearing documents will greatly increase transparency, but how important is it that all the barristers in open court should ‘look the part’ by wearing wigs and gowns?
There were heated watercooler conversations when the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) responded to suggestions of a surge in British employers looking to microchip their staff. The story, they said, made “distinctly uncomfortable reading” and the trend was full of “obvious risks”. One firm claims to have fitted 150 […]