Francis FitzGibbon QC
As people read and discuss the consultation, different views are emerging. I think everyone agrees at least that the redistribution of a pot that was too small to begin with cannot satisfy everybody. Hence, as I said before, the welcome must be a cautious one.
There will be a panel session on Wednesday 15th February at 18.00 pm at the BPP Law School, Red Lion Street, London WC1R 4NY, for members to discuss the proposed new scheme, in order to help the CBA formulate its response to the consultation. Whatever your views of the scheme, please confirm your attendance by emailing the CBA administrator.
Future CBA Executive Committee Meetings
22 February, 17.30 Lincoln House, Manchester
23 March, 17.30 No5 Chambers, Birmingham
26 April, 17.30 Trinity Chambers, Newcastle
Chris Henley QC has been re-elected as Treasurer and Emma Fenn has been elected as Assistant Secretary, nem. con. Sarah Vine has been appointed as Director of Wellbeing. Michael Duck QC is stepping down as International Director, and we thank him for his service. Rebecca Trowler QC will now take up the position. The following members have been co-opted on to the Executive Committee: Dan Oscroft, of No 5 Chambers; Flora Page, of 23 Essex Street; and Daniella Manson, of 25 Bedford Row.
The election for the Executive Committee is now open.
Laptops in High Security Prisons
In the light of concerns about restrictions on the use of laptops by legal representatives, NOMS has issued new guidance, which can be summarised as follows:
Magistrates Court Sentence Guidelines
The Sentencing Council has issued new guidelines for 27 summary offences. They come into effect for adults who are sentenced on or after 24 April 2017, regardless of the date of the offence. Speeding fines are up, sentences for cruelty to animals are up, especially for attacks on police dogs and horses. Remember this chap?
Payment in the Court of Appeal
The Ministry of Justice is developing a new online-only payment system for all fee claims. It includes claims for payments for appearances in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). It aims to allow legal representatives to receive payments electronically, reducing the time between the assessment of a claim and payment. As from 3 February 2017, legal representatives will have to give:
They have not yet produced on-line template claim forms, but I’m told they are on the way.
Date added: Monday 30th January 2017
Latest updated: Monday 27th February 2017