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Duty solicitors are threatening to strike on new year’s eve unless the Legal Aid Board agrees to pay them at least three times their normal fees. The Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) is demanding a meeting with the LAB at which it will call for the extra cash. CLSA chairman Franklin Sinclair says: “If the […]

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A recent case has, for the first time, forced the courts to consider whether religion should be a decisive factor when placing children with foster parents and how far the wishes of the natural parents should be taken into consideration in respect of their children’s religious up-bringing. An eight-year-old girl, known as “N” and who […]

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