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 2012. Read more

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 public and not subject to reporting restrictions, and follows a consultation on the subject earlier … Read more

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 court is hailed as the largest business court in the world.  It forms the centrepiece … Read more

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. The court’s press release notes that the Justices of the court “do not wear legal … Read more

Substantial court fee increases proposed

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued a Consultation Paper on court fees in which it proposes substantial increases to issue fees for higher value claims and the introduction of time-related hearing fees in the High Court and Court of Appeal. The proposal to introduce a time-related hearing fee is not new. The MoJ has … Read more

Rolls Building update

The new business court, the Rolls Building, is on track to open for business from October, bringing the Admiralty and Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court and the Chancery Division (including the Bankruptcy and Companies Courts) under one roof in new state-of-the art premises off Fetter Lane in London. Read more

Supreme Court proceedings live over the internet

16 May 2011 saw the launch of “Supreme Court TV”, which allows Supreme Court hearings and judgments to be watched live over the internet at The court’s press release describes this as a “significant development for the transparency and accessibility of the highest court in the land”. Read more

Ministry of Justice’s “Plan for Growth”

On 16 May 2011, the Ministry of Justice published its Action Plan entitled “Plan for Growth: Promoting the UK’s Legal Services Sector”. This sets out what the MoJ is doing as part of the government’s wider Plan for Growth, announced as part of the Budget on 23 March 2011. Read more