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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.


Mackay urges cultural understanding

THE LORD Chancellor says he wants to see an end to ignorance about different cultures in the legal system. Speaking at this year’s Kapila Lecture held at the Inns of Court School of Law, Lord Mackay said: “A person can unwittingly give an indication of unfairness if some aspect, say of a defendant’s culture, is […]

In brief: Jonathan Goldberg QC

In a story last week about the Bar Council’s dismissal of all its professional misconduct charges against Jonathan Goldberg QC it was stated that Mr Justice Laws was a complainant. We wish to point out that this was not the case and the complainant was David Cocks QC. It was conceded by leading counsel for […]

Taming of the hired guns

In the context of Lord Woolf’s other recommendations for the civil justice system published in Access to Justice, the proposals for the use of experts look modest. But they could have a big impact on how experts do forensic work. The interim report identified the problems of cost, delay and complexity. These, especially cost, are […]

Write to reply

Evidence for court is in two parts: written and oral. Most cases are dealt with on the strength of written evidence and this can avoid the need for an individual to give evidence from the witness box. Written evidence is in the control of the writer and can give a lot of confidence if he […]

Litigation Personal Injury 21/11/95

Craig v Tarmac Construction – QBD 31 October 1995 Claimant: Colin Craig, 4Accident: Plaintiff fell fixing scaffolding on building site Injuries: Loss of consciousness at time of accident; loss of part of scalp skin; injury to right elbow; bruised knees; bruising of sacral area of back; post-traumatic amnesia for some minutes after accident; post concussional […]

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