The Kingdom of Tonga — a Commonwealth member — is looking to fill its vacant Lord Chief Justice position. Comments by the previous incumbent of the role, Lord Chief Justice Scott, indicate that applicants should be relaxed about fellow judges failing to “turn up to work every day”.
Wordpress post by US Federal Judge Richard Kopf entitled ‘On being a dirty old man and how young women lawyers dress’ shocks the world.
Barrister who claims Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was shot down by the Chinese previously held position as an Immigration Appeal Judge.
An unexpected statement by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office has left lawyers stunned.
Law students…and judges, beware.
A vintage few months for judicial spankings has yielded yet another lawyer takedown — and this time four law firms have been reprimanded in one judgment. A newly-released High Court judgment has seen President of the Queen’s Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson tear into a quartet of hapless law firms for making meritless judicial review… Read more »
Law students mark February 14th in style.
It was a matter of time before the controversial ‘NekNominate’ craze spread to law. But few expected a district judge to lead the way.
As The Times’ Queen’s Counsel cartoon turns 20 — and marks its anniversary with a new book — the barrister-turned-cartoonist behind it, Alex Williams, picks his 16 favourite cartoons from the series exclusively for Legal Cheek. 1. A…solicitor?!
Legendary Court of Appeal judge Sir Alan Ward has delivered his final judgment. Compared to some of his other stuff, it’s pretty tame, with no mention of “warring bankers”, use of incredible equine metaphors or reflections on the nature of love. But paragraph 40 (reproduced in full below) features a memorable tribute to the English… Read more »
On Friday the Law Society Gazette‘s Catherine Baksi reported that Court of Appeal judge Sir Alan Moses had written a spoof application to become the next Lord Chief Justice (a post which now requires candidates to submit a 2,000 word essay). In his essay, which features scathing criticism of the government’s legal aid proposals, Moses… Read more »
The 12 UK Supreme Court judges may not rack up Justin Bieber levels of views on their YouTube channel, but, on balance, they’re probably more important to the smooth functioning of the world. How many of them can you identify from the animated gifs below? (The answers are on our Facebook page)
Last month, retiring Court of Appeal judge Sir Alan Ward (pictured) used his penultimate judgment to deliver a wistful nautical-themed allegory about departing the Royal Courts of Justice. It wasn’t the first time that he’d made lawyers smile. Here are ten of his best lines… ‘Warring bankers’ “This case involves a number of – and… Read more »
At a seminar last week, one of the most senior judges in India courted controversy by suggesting that “90% of Indians were idiots”. But Justice Markandey Katju hadn’t bargained for the enthusiasm of a pair of “deeply hurt” law students in the audience to put their legal education into practice…
Amid the Twitter storm of earnest pontification which greeted the publication of Lord Justice Leveson’s report into media ethics today, there were thankfully a handful of tweets offering some light relief…
A US judge’s stinging criticism of a lawyer’s ability to write concisely has been doing the rounds on the internet over the last few days. Having criticised the lawyer for exceeding a page-limit of 25 pages, Judge Steven Merryday states… He then proceeds to heavily edit one of the paragraphs submitted by the lawyer:
“Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career,” explains one of America’s most senior judges, Sonia Sotomayor, during her appearance on Sesame Street on Friday. “So, what kind of career can a girl like me have?” asks Abby, a muppet, in response. Listen to the Supreme Court Justice’s advice… Read more »
In these tough economic times, it would be a shame for those costumes to go to waste…
Surreal scenes yesterday evening at the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) annual ‘Kalisher lecture’, which was delivered by Judge John Deed actor Martin Shaw. The gist of Shaw’s weird speech was: I don’t know much about law, but I love the glamour of the Inns of Court and I’m worried deregulation might spoil it.
Applied Language Solutions (ALS), the gaffe-prone interpreting service awarded the exclusive right to supply interpreters to courts in England and Wales, faces two high-profile hearings in the next ten days in which its £300m five-year contract with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will come under scrutiny. At the first one, to be held at 3.15pm… Read more »
Judge and author Constance Briscoe, who is a prosecution witness in the Huhne trial, has been arrested. But as Guido Fawkes reports, no one is allowed to say why. Tom Harper, investigations reporter at the Evening Standard, said via Twitter that the story behind Briscoe’s arrest is “jaw-dropping”. Watch this space… UPDATE – Office for… Read more »
Yesterday may not have been the most relaxing Sunday for a mystery media law partner at Hamlins called “Chris”, after a press release in which he was featured caught the attention of The Observer media columnist Peter Preston. According to Preston, the press release – sent by a PR on behalf of Hamlins – provided… Read more »
Chris Grayling, the new hard-line Lord Chancellor, isn’t the kind of guy who naturally elicits sympathy. But yesterday was an exception, as poor Grayling was put through a creepy League of Gentleman-style initiation by Lord Judge and his guffawing underlings at the High Court. “Much has been made of the fact that the new Lord… Read more »
The full transcript of yesterday’s annual press conference with the Lord Chief Justice is very long. Fortunately, David Allen Green, who was there, has highlighted the best bit.
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Last month, BPP Law School Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduate Victoria Lawson admitted stealing more than £8,000 from John Lewis, where she was working part-time having failed to net a training contract. The expectation was that 25 year-old Lawson – who stole the sizeable sum from the Peterborough branch of the store via a fake… Read more »
The brave new world of social media isn’t working out so well for judges. As if all this troublesome business of tweeters ignoring their once sacred injunctions wasn’t bad enough, they now they find themselves on the receiving end of Twitter death threats – which they can’t even face down with threats of their own thanks… Read more »
At Legal Cheek, we enjoy taking the piss out of judges. Especially when they appear on MasterChef as hard-to-please amateur food critics. Or when they slam each other for appearing on MasterChef. Or when they plaster themselves in blue eye make-up. Or storm out of court following a conviction under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Or… Read more »
A magistrate has published on his blog what he says are new guidelines from the Judicial Office that place strict limitations on what members of the judiciary of England and Wales can write in blogs and on Twitter. The leaked document, which is posted in full below, was apparently issued on Thursday by email on… Read more »
Former Crown Court judge Beatrice Bolton achieved fame when she stormed out of court after being convicted of letting her German shepherd bite a neighbour. She retired on medical grounds earlier this year, before a disciplinary inquiry into her behaviour had concluded. Speaking publicly for the first time about this traumatic period to Sky Tyne… Read more »
As the Quality Assurance Scheme For Advocates (QASA) consultation rumbles on, the latest concern is that the new regime could see clients wrongly advised to plead guilty – a result of the new rules allowing inexperienced advocates to appear at preliminary hearings in the Crown Court. To an extent, this already happens. A junior advocate once… Read more »
Most of the 79 members of the judiciary disciplined for misconduct last year were magistrates, although some senior judges found themselves in hot water, too – the freshly-released Office for Judicial Complaints annual report reveals. Here are the highlights. District Judge Michael Wood – “inappropriate” touching and comments Deputy High Court Judge James Allen QC –… Read more »
Judging by her blue eye makeup, I’d say that Lady Justice Hallett (pictured) is no stranger to TOWIE, Ryanair flights to Benidorm or indeed getting chucked out of McDonalds for fighting. Yeah, Hallett knows about the streetz: hence the backing she leant last week to a new initiative to give judges lessons in popular culture…. Read more »
The sea of pot-bellies and teams of medics waiting nervously on stand-by at last month’s London Legal Walk said all you need to know about the physical state of the capital’s lawyers. Even the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, looked like he may have had a few too many, er, rolls. “Might law be… Read more »
Ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of the highest echelons of the legal profession after a few drinks? Well, judging by this anecdote from the son-in-law of the late Master of the Rolls Tom Bingham in the April issue of Intelligent Life magazine, it can get pretty weird – as you may have… Read more »
King’s College law student Yi Bin Woh reckons Lord Neuberger’s recent warning to judges about the dangers of courting publicity applies to wannabe lawyers, too I won’t lie: I like blogging. Not blawging in the semi-journalistic sense. I’m referring to personal blogging. You see, I like the cathartic effect of writing with complete abandon. I… Read more »
Never upstage the boss. And that rule applies double when your boss is Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, who has publicly rounded on members of the judiciary for appearing on BBC show MasterChef when it filmed an episode in Middle Temple. Muscling his way back into the spotlight with a publicity-grabbing speech to Birmingham… Read more »
A Manchester judge felt moved to criticise the recent behaviour of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez when sentencing a man who assaulted his partner last week. Graham Trelfa threw a TV remote in his partner’s eye, and then hurled her to the floor, after seeing Suarez refuse a handshake from Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Stating that… Read more »
When BBC series MasterChef set its contestants the task of cooking a qualifying session dinner at Middle Temple, it knew it would be a stern test. With 230 barristers to feed – including two Supreme Court judges, three Lord Justices of Appeal, four High Court judges and 26 QCs – the culinary hopefuls slaved away for… Read more »
Alex Aldridge found it hard to stay awake while marshalling as a bright-eyed 26-year-old, so what hope do judges – another of whom was caught napping on the job last week – have of remaining conscious in court? When I did the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a good few years ago now, I spent… Read more »