Courts

Three new Supreme Court Justices appointed

The Supreme Court has today announced the appointment of three new justices, or one quarter of the 12-member Court: Lord Justice Hughes, Lord Justice Toulson and Lord Hodge. They will succeed Lord Dyson, who became Master of the Rolls in October 2012, … Continue reading

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ECJ rules in-house lawyers cannot represent their client companies before EU courts

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled that in-house lawyers cannot represent their client companies in proceedings before the EU courts (i.e. the ECJ and the General Court, previously known as the Court of First Instance): … Continue reading

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New Master of the Rolls and new Supreme Court President from 1 October

Lord Dyson has been appointed as the next Master of the Rolls, with effect from 1 October. He will succeed Lord Neuberger, who is to become the new President of the Supreme Court from the same date when Lord Phillips … Continue reading

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Court statistics for 2011

The Ministry of Justice has published its Judicial and Court Statistics for 2011. These show an increase in claims in the Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court, reverting to 2009 levels after a fall in 2010, but a slight … Continue reading

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Moves toward greater use of judicial docketing

One of Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations, in his January 2010 report on civil litigation costs (see our summary of the key recommendations here), was that cases should be assigned wherever possible to designated judges who have relevant expertise and, so far as … Continue reading

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Government’s proposals to encourage ADR in smaller disputes

The government response has been published to its consultation on “Solving disputes in the County Courts: creating a simpler, quicker and more proportionate system”, which asked for views on compulsory mediation information sessions, automatic referral to mediation, and extension of … Continue reading

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Two new Supreme Court justices appointed

The Supreme Court has today announced the appointment of two new justices, Lord Reed and Lord Justice Carnwath CVO. The two appointments follow the death of Lord Rodger in June 2011 and the forthcoming retirement of Lord Brown in April … Continue reading

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Guidance on use of live communications from court

On 14 December the Lord Chief Justice issued practice guidance on the use of live text-based forms of communication (including twitter) from court for the purposes of fair and accurate reporting. The guidance applies to proceedings which are open to the … Continue reading

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Rolls Building in action

London’s new business court, the Rolls Building, opened its doors in October, bringing under one roof the business related divisions of the High Court (the Admiralty and Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court and the Chancery Division).  The new … Continue reading

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Robes and wigs now optional in Supreme Court

Earlier this week the President of the Supreme Court announced that advocates appearing before the court (or the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council) may do away with any or all elements of traditional court dress, if all advocates agree. … Continue reading

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