Criminal Courts Charge and the magistrates’ revolt

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Any person over the age of 18 who is convicted of a criminal offence after 15 April 2015 will find that they have to pay “relevant court costs” (or criminal courts charge) in addition to a number of other payments. The charges range from £150 (guilty plea to summary only offence) to £1,200 (conviction at […]

Deport first, appeal later–the effects of the Immigration Bill explained


Deport first, appeal later is part of the current strategy to cut net migration. As set out in the Immigration Bill 2015-16, the rule has been extended to all immigration appeals and judicial reviews, including where a so-called family life is involved, apart from asylum claims. By radically changing and reducing appeal rights, the Government hopes […]

Can access to justice in employment disputes be restored by a new single jurisdiction?


In 2013 radical changes were introduced to the Employment Tribunal system, which, since its inception in the 1970s, had enabled employees to bring their disputes before a legally qualified Chairman free of charge.  Since 2013 legal costs have been incurred automatically upon issuing proceedings. Before issuing proceedings the parties have an opportunity to reach a […]