The London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association
Saturday, May 18, 2013Author: Akhtar Ahmad @ 11:35:27 AM
During my inaugural speech at the AGM back in November, I mentioned the unique set of challenges which the profession faced in the LCCSA’s 65th year. Not only were firms struggling to cope with the sustained series of deep cuts and increased costs associated with an over regulated profession, but also alternative business structures posed a new challenge. I referred to the fact that the spectre of competitive tendering had not disappeared, not being aware that it would return sooner than had been anticipated.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Bruce Reid @ 5:28:37 PM
Jacqui, our police station maestro (never knowingly flustered), phones me. "Virtual court this morning, Bruce?” "Sure. What’s he up for?” "Masturbation.” "Jacqui, that’s not an offence....”
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Melanie Stooks @ 5:14:48 PM
In November 2012, the LCCSA added its signature to an open letter addressed to the new justice minister, Jeremy Wright MP, calling on the government to reconsider the minimum age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales. The National Association for Youth Justice had produced a new campaign paper which they believe makes a compelling case for raising the age far beyond the current threshold of ten.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Tony Meisels @ 5:09:09 PM
Eddie Stobart. A name synonymous with haulage, lorry spotters and a cheesy reality television series on Channel 5. Now they have moved into providing legal advice by putting members of the public in contact with learned counsel.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Malcolm Duxbury @ 4:59:28 PM
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is the president of the Law Society (July 2012-July 2013). She spoke to Malcolm Duxbury.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Akhtar Ahmad @ 4:55:30 PM
My first report as president must begin by thanking everyone who took the trouble of sending their best wishes to me for my term of office and by my paying tribute to Jim Meyer for the exceptional effort he put into his year as president. Jim’s contribution – over a number of years – both in terms of technical expertise and contribution to debates on policy, has been extremely valuable to the association. Fortunately for me, he will be very much part of our committee as immediate past president/webmaster and will continue to be heavily involved in this year’s key projects.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Bruce Reid @ 4:44:26 PM
A trainee physiotherapist is gang-raped on the night bus home. When they are sure it’s terminal, the government ships her off to Singapore for the best in medical care and to forestall riots should she die on their patch at home. Rape falls into the category of “Eve teasing” so far as the police are concerned. This excuses behaviour that ranges from catcalls to systematic violence. Fed up with being ignored when they are sexually harassed on a daily basis, the women of Delhi demonstrate in their thousands anyway – accompanied by a gratifying number of men. The world gives an echo of protest with “One Billion Rising”.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Peter Binning @ 4:41:15 PM
In December last year, I was lucky enough to visit Beijing for a conference on criminal legal aid organised by three leading Chinese universities and funded in a very low-key way by the Ford Foundation. Past LCCSA president, Robert Brown, had previously attended this conference but was unavailable so I went in his place as one of a number of foreign criminal law experts. Robert had told me some thought-provoking stories about the Chinese legal system, such as the notorious practice of charging defence lawyers with contempt for merely trying to advance their clients’ cases contrary to their “confessions” to the police.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Dr. Vicky Kemp @ 4:35:25 PM
At the end of an earlier article (The Advocate, January 2012), I mentioned a study (the Initiative) which involved basing duty solicitors onsite in a busy city centre police station. The Initiative ran over a three- month period during early 2011 and the findings have now been published. By having solicitors available in the police station, it was anticipated that the new arrangements would have a positive effect on the take-up of legal advice as well as help to reduce delays. This was not only intended as an efficiency measure but the involvement of solicitors helping to expedite matters was intended to counter what was seen to be a common perception among suspects that legal advisers were the main cause of delays. With solicitors based in the police station, the aim of the new arrangements was also to help improve working relations between the police and the defence.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Heather Munro @ 4:29:39 PM
The proposals in the government consultation, “Transforming Rehabilitation: A revolution in the way we manage offenders”, have caused concern to many in the Probation Service. Of course, we recognise that changes are needed to improve rehabilitation: as the leader of the largest probation trust, I would welcome the opportunity to be more innovative and see improvements in outcomes, to see supervision available for short-term prisoners and to encourage private investment.
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