News and advice for solicitor advocates from the Law Society on civil, family and criminal advocacy issues.
The Law Society has responded to the Ministry of Justice proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales.
Our consultation response reflects solicitors' views on the likely adverse impact of the proposed closures.
The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges.
A round up of money laundering in the local and national news
Find out how you can lobby your MP over government proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals. Our campaigner pack includes a template letter.
How will government proposals to close 91 courts affect you and your clients? View our interactive map.
The Law Society has published its response to the Sentencing Council's consultation on proposals to update the definitive allocation guideline.
The Law Society has published its response to the MoJ consultation on changes to the Victims’ Code.
The letter expresses grave concerns over the recent change in policy imposing criminal courts charges on those convicted of criminal offences.
Following the disappointing rejection by the Court of Appeal of our legal challenge to the crime duty tender process, the LAA has today re-opened the tender for crime duty work provider contracts.
The Law Society has published its response to draft CPS guidance for prosecutors on speaking to witnesses at court.
Whatever the future of legal aid, digital working is the future for the criminal justice system.
Law Society president Andrew Caplen said:'Permission to appeal has been granted and our legal fight continues.'
The Transforming Summary Justice programme will be implemented in magistrates' courts throughout England and Wales over the coming months
We welcome proposals to introduce legislation to regulate the use of pre-charge extended bail.
President of the Queen's Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson has published his review of criminal justice efficiency.
The Law Society has sought a judicial review of the attorney general's decision to launch a criminal legal aid duty contracts tender. This is taking place on 15, 16 and 19 January. Read our detailed grounds and our skeleton argument.
The decision marks a victory for the Law Society and other campaigners.
Watch the video of our first legal aid roadshow. Richard Miller, head of legal aid, talks about what is likely to happen over the next few months.
Criminal defence lawyers are invited to share their experiences of on pre-trial detention in England and Wales.
Since its launch on 1 September, our consumer campaign - Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor - has promoted the value of using a solicitor to members of the public and owners of SMEs.
The Law Society has called on parliament to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, to ensure justice for UK citizens.
Letter to the Telegraph warning that MPs must opt in to the European Arrest Warrant as there is 'no credible alternative'.
The Law Society has this week put forward a number of recommendations to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system.
Read our recommendations to improve the efficiency of criminal proceedings.
The Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have today called for Peers to urgently amend Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in the House of Lords this week.
A letter to the Sunday Times about Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which will restrict access to judicial review to everyone, particularly the poorest.
Following lobbying by the Law Society's money laundering task force, the Home Office has accepted that the offence of participation in an organised crime group was drafted too broadly.
The Law Society has welcomed an announcement from the home secretary that limits could be put on the length of time a suspect is allowed to be held on bail.
The Serious Crime Bill 2014-15 was introduced by the government in the House of Lords on 5 June 2014.
Builders, postmen and cash hidden alongside Cornish pasties feature in this month's cases of launderers in the news.
Details on how to report problems with using digital equipment in courts or prisons.
Satnam Tumani examines the Court of Appeal's decision in Pace & Anor v R.
The Lord Chief Justice (LCJ) has issued guidance to resident judges on the approach they should take in cases where members of the criminal bar are declining to accept returns of defence work.
HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has confirmed that solicitors can use dictaphones in court buildings if they alert the court security officer, but dictaphones and mobile phones must not be used in a court room.
This page collates research, reports and information that highlight waste in the system.
Solicitors need to inform clients in criminal cases about the changes to the Defendants' Costs Orders regime.
New guidance has been published to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and learning disabilities in the criminal courts.
Advice for defence lawyers who represent clients with mental health conditions and learning disabilities.
A briefing with additional information on our proposed amendment for part 1 of the bill.
A statement and briefing on the Injunction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (INPA) test.
The Law Society has today been granted permission to intervene in the judicial review of the Legal Services Board's approval of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) lodged by the Criminal Bar Association.
This practice note sets out the duties and burdens affecting criminal solicitors arising from the Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 (CPR).
This practice note provides information on advising a client on plea in the absence of full disclosure.
Provisions, which came into force in April 2013, allow a foreign national who admits committing a criminal offence to be offered a caution, with a condition that they agree to be removed from the UK and not return for a period of time.
This practice note sets out the new obligations and the ethical considerations solicitors should consider when conducting a case involving defence witnesses.
This practice note concerns the particular way in which criminal defence solicitors need to consider the avoidance of conflicts of interest when considering whether it is appropriate to act for more than one suspect or defendant.
Issues arise when you are considering either withdrawing from representing a defendant, or taking on a transferred case, close to or in the course of the trial. This practice note provides advice on managing the process.
The Crime and Courts Bill is currently before Parliament. The provisions in the Bill, if implemented, would enable the Lord Chief Justice to deploy judges more flexibly across courts and tribunals of equivalent or lower status as follows.
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