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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.

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Responding to opposition to affirmative action programmes from California’s governor, Pete Wilson, the organisation for black lawyers in the US has chosen not to hold its annual convention in San Diego. The National Bar Association is said to be looking at Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle and Portland as alternatives.

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Bar attacks legal aid waste

A HEAD-ON assault on the wastefulness of the legal aid system is vital if the Government’s plans for a complete overhaul of legal aid are to be averted, says the Bar Council. The co-ordinator of the Bar’s response to the legal aid reform plans, Jonathan Hirst QC, has defended the tactics in its response to […]

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