Posted in June 2013

The Woollin test – my analysis

I am an undergraduate law student at the University of Kent, and have studied the Woollin Test in depth. I thought I would post my analysis, for those who are interested. The facts of the Woollin case: A father had lost his temper, picked up his son and threw him across the room. The baby … Continue reading

HMIC report: ‘Using police cells as a place of safety’

A joint review by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, the Care Quality Commission and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales to examine the extent to which police custody is used as a place of safety under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The HMIC, along with other bodies, liaised with police … Continue reading

Save UK Justice: One Hundred Thousand

On 28th June 2013, Rachel Bentley’s Save UK Justice e-petition hit 100,000 signatures. What made the amount of signatures particularly special, was that it was her birthday. The Solicitors Journal wrote about it: here. 100,000 signatures on an e-petition qualifies the matter to be debated by Backbenchers in Parliament. However, as we know, this debate … Continue reading

The impact of legal aid cuts in Thanet and East Kent

Oliver Kirk interviewed by Julia George on BBC Radio Kent in relation to the government’s proposals to ‘transform’ legal aid, particularly in relation to Kent and Thanet. He says there are 35 practices across Kent who cover geographical areas as far apart as Sevenoaks, Dartford and Ramsgate. The Government proposes that all of those various … Continue reading

Legal Aid – what’s going on?

Although the Government’s Transforming Legal Aid Consultation period has closed, there are still lots of things happening… • On 11th June, the Justice Select Committee heard evidence from legal professionals about how PCT and proposals in general are unworkable – for more info: – They will be hearing evidence from Chris Grayling on 3rd … Continue reading

Legal Aid Question Time – 18 June 2013

Gemma Blythe (@Gemma_Blythe), Caseworker at Kent Defence (@KentDefence) and Law Student at the University of Kent, attended Legal Aid Question Time last night, 18th June 2013. It was held at Church House – just around the corner from the Ministry of Justice offices, and the Legal Services Commission. How fitting. The chair of the meeting … Continue reading

Justice Select Committee: one-off evidence session ‘Transforming Legal Aid Consultation’

Commons Select Committee: The Justice Committee was appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Ministry of Justice and associated public bodies. Today, 11th June 2013, the Committee will hold a one-off evidence session in relation to Price Competitive Tendering Proposals in the Government’s Transforming Legal Aid Consultation … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Choice? Choose Justice

A guest blog by Oliver Kirk, @Kirkabout. Choice. Why SHOULD a suspect or a defendant in a criminal investigation/case be allowed to choose his solicitor? We lawyers have made much of the fact that the Government has promoted choice in the areas of health and education. Why should people be able to choose their doctor, … Continue reading