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.
Downton Abbey addicts in need of a period drama fix after the end of series four last night should consider the newly-televised Royal Courts of Justice — where the lack of diversity and dominance of the upper classes makes for a passable recreation of 1920s England. Indeed, sometimes it can be hard to tell which... Read more »
Last year Crown Court Judge Peter Bowers caused outrage by stating that burglary required courage. So, on Friday, when Bowers decided against jailing a sex offender because his crime — committed more than 15 years ago when the defendant was aged 16-18 and suffering from a head injury — represented "water under the bridge", the... Read more »
The legal profession is healthily represented in this year's 'Pink List', with three of its members bagging slots in the 101-strong list of influential gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people... Leading the way at number 30 in the rankings — compiled by The Independent on Sunday — is Lord Justice Etherton. In 2008, Etherton became... Read more »
Since enjoying a flurry of publicity after this memorable attempt to arrest a judge (see below) during the Occupy Movement, the freemen-on-the-land movement — which claims that law is applicable only if an individual consents to be governed by it — has been relatively quiet. But a case this week in Kent provided a reminder... Read more »
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?!
Tooks barrister Lawrence McNulty has responded to the outgoing Lord Chief Justice's strongly-worded criticism of his handling of a recent terrorism case by suggesting that the Court of Appeal may have got its facts wrong. Writing yesterday in the comments section of the Legal Cheek story which reported the news, McNulty states that "those who... Read more »
Yesterday was, of course, the first day of the legal year. As is tradition, the occasion was celebrated with a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. But first the invitees — a collection of top judges, lawyer-politicians and QCs — had to get there...in their full legal garb. Most took cabs... Hardwicke Building's Brie Stevens-Hoare QC joins... Read more »
Salford-based barrister Andrew Rosmarine has given a demonstration of how representing yourself in court can prove challenging even for an experienced barrister. Mr Rosmarine's application for permission to bring judicial review of a decision against him by the Legal Ombudsman (LO) was made particularly memorable by the way he attempted to maintain objectivity by referring... Read more »
A Crown Court judge sent a criminal to the cells for nearly three hours because the fleece and tracksuit bottoms combo he was wearing made him look "slovenly". Sitting at Hull Crown Court last week, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told defendant Alan Green — who was facing a GBH charge — that his attire was... Read more »
A senior Mexican judge is facing possible impeachment after he attacked fellow judges during a televised hearing last week. A video of the incident has since appeared on YouTube... Morelos state appeals court head Miguel Angel Falcon took the extraordinary decision to resort to violence after being angered by comments made by one of his... Read more »
A furious US judge increased a defendant's contempt of court sentence seven times as she argued with him during a video arraignment earlier this month. A clip of the extraordinary bust-up has since found its way onto YouTube... The defendant, Ebony Burks, initially committed contempt of court after refusing to comply with a non-contact order... Read more »
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)
Durham University law students' attempt to tell the gender of a judge on the basis of their judgment alone has yielded a success rate of just 46%. The experiment — a legal version, if you will, of the famous Pepsi Challenge (a blind Pepsi v Coke taste test) — was conducted following prompting by Supreme Court President... Read more »
This is my 36th year at the Bar and things have changed a hell of a lot for the better. Although if Grayling's wicked proposals to hand over our justice system to the corporate blood suckers come to pass, the independent criminal Bar will be summarily executed without trial and without mitigation within two years,... Read more »
The atmosphere in Bristol Magistrates' court number three became rather heated last week as District Judge Simon Cooper and solicitor Peter Balchin locked horns in dramatic fashion. It got so bad at one point that Cooper asked for the names of every other lawyer in the courtroom to be recorded by the usher in case... Read more »
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 »
The Court of Appeal’s recent judgement in AAA (by her litigation friend BBB) v Associated Newspapers Limited regarding the paternity of a child born out of wedlock to someone "in high public office" is supposedly anonymised... As Guido Fawkes notes, "Ooops".
In a departure from the traditional "tap on the shoulder" method of recruitment, applicants for the highest judicial post in the land are being asked to submit a 2,000-word essay in order to demonstrate their intellectual and analytical abilities... Alongside the essay – the subject of which is still undecided – wannabe Lord Chief Justices... Read more »
As he sentenced the actor who voiced Charlie Brown in cartoon Peanuts (for threatening his former girlfriend and stalking her plastic surgeon), San Diego Superior Court judge Dwayne Moring just couldn't resist it... "If I can borrow a line from 'Peanuts', sir, I'm going to grant probation. If you adhere to those terms, you won’t... Read more »
Fresh from coming up with perhaps the most tortuous equine metaphor ever, soon-to-retire judge Sir Alan Ward has used his penultimate judgment to deliver a wistful nautical-themed allegory about departing the Royal Courts of Justice. Paragraph 30 of Reeves v Randy Northrop – an appeal of a houseboat mooring dispute – is transcribed in full... Read more »