Magistrate numbers are falling significantly across England and Wales, from nearly 20,000 magistrates in 2015 to just over 15,000 this year – a drop of around 25 per cent.
The new briefing will help you get a better understanding of what the changes were, why they were announced, and initial points to consider for risk and compliance within your practice.
Hugely ambitious and sweeping reforms to modernise UK courts are being rushed through in a way which could undermine justice and heap pressure on other services, MPs have warned.
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Legal professionals will be able to enter court buildings without being searched, as part of a new pilot scheme starting in September.
Legislation intended to reform the personal injury small claims sector looks set to be halted until September 2018 at the earliest.
The Ministry of Justice has admitted overcharging for a string of different court fees – with the lost income from reducing the fees set to cost around £9m a year.
Last week, the SRA announced a series of decisions on the outcome of its Handbook reforms. Marzena Lipman, policy adviser at the Law Society, gives an overview of the changes.
Under new proposals confirmed by the SRA, law firms will now be required to publish the prices they charge. This will cover conveyancing, probate, motoring offences, immigration advice and the cost of bringing claims before an employment tribunal.
Delegating more judicial duties to court staff is expected to save almost £6m a year, government documents have revealed.