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Weekly Round Up 20.04.12

CBA News:

Chairman’s Update:

I write to you as we gather in Newcastle for the Spring Conference. Attendance is very good, and the calibre of our lecturers is excellent. I hope there will be time to discuss the political issues surrounding the criminal Bar, too. I shall report to you next week in full.

I am pleased to say that I have now visited every Circuit with the exception of Wales & Chester, and I am going to Cardiff by kind invitation of their Leader Greg Bull QC on 1st May. I hope to see as many of you as possible.

With so many difficulties facing us all, the most important thing is building momentum, and making sure that we maintain what we have built. I look forward to discussions in Newcastle and Cardiff, and shall be sure to share with you.


Health Support and Advice for the Bar – Law Care:

LawCare provides an independent and confidential service which assists members of the Law Societies of England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and the Isle of Man; the Institute of Legal Executives; the Bar Councils of England and Wales, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland; the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland; the Department of Justice; the Institute of Barristers Clerks; and the National Association of Paralegals. This is a confidential advisory service to help lawyers, their immediate families and their support staff to deal with the health issues and related emotional difficulties that can result from a stressful career as a lawyer, or working with lawyers. LawCare is there to support and assist you, too.

LawCare offers you the opportunity to discuss problems that are interfering with, or have the potential to interfere with, your work performance and / or your family life and to seek to help in resolving these problems.

Through LawCare, help is available to those who are suffering from stress and /or depression, or who have alcohol, drug or other dependency concerns, or eating disorders.


There is a helpline which is open 365 days a year:-

9am – 7.30pm, Monday to Friday

10am – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and UK Bank Holidays

0800 018 4299

Further details can be found on the website here


Follow the chairman on twitter!/TheCriminalBar

CBA Events:

CBA Annual Dinner

Friday 18th May 2012

Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple, London

Guest Speaker – The Hon Mr Justice Calvert-Smith

For further information and to book please contact Aaron Dolan

Middle Temple Hall holds 300 and there are only 100 places left; booking is advised

2012 Kalisher Scholarship Trust Event

The 2012 Kalisher Scholarship Trust event will be a staged reading of two Agatha Christie plays, ‘Butter in a Lordly Dish’ and ‘Personal Call’. Those hoping to participate include Martin Shaw, Felicity Kendal, Maxine Peake, Ray Fearon, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Farrelly, and will be performed thanks to the generosity of Agatha Christie’s estate and Bill Kenwright Ltd. Set in the world of the 1950s, the plays will be fully miked and promise an evening of laughter, legal intrigue and murder mystery.

The event will be held in Middle Temple Hall, at 6.30pm on Sunday 20th May. Tickets cost £50, and are available now from Middle Temple (0207 427 4800).

All proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for talented students who, without the support provided by the Trust, would be unable to reach the Criminal Bar.

For more information about the Kalisher Scholarship Trust, please go to


Half a Century of Crime: A Valedictory Summing Up

A lecture by the Right Honourable Lord Justice Hooper

Inner Temple Hall

Monday 18 June 2012 – 6.30pm

Followed by a Drinks a Reception

The CBA have been allocated 50 places in total to attend the lecture.

If you wish to take this very kind offer up, please be sure that you are able to make the lecture and then book with me, I will then pass the details to the Inn.

Further information can be found here


Other News:

CPS T3 Project

Crimeline update:
You will be aware that the T3 project is gaining momentum, and to that end you may find the following documents of interest. The first is a newly updated FAQ document; this is more recent that the one sent out by many CPS areas only a couple of days ago.
Read it here
Of more interest however is a revised Prison Service Instruction which deals with bringing electronic devices into prison/court cells. This is a very important document and you are advised to read it and circulate widely.
Read it here
Funding changes, designed to better support T3 working take effect from 1 April 2012, read about them here:


Other Events:

South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course

(Bank holiday) Monday 27 August until Saturday 1 September

Keble College, Oxford

The application form is now available to download:


Exploitation of Prostitution: the Challenges for the Criminal Justice System

The AWB Committee invites you to attend:


6.00pm – 7.30PM

Held at the conference suite at CPS HQ, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS

Further information and booking procedures can be found here


The Central London Bar Mess Farewell Dinner for HH Geoffrey Rivlin QC

Thursday 26 April, 7:15pm for 7:45pm, at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London

Champagne reception followed by dinner

Black tie

Tickets are £70 please contact Dickon Reid: [email protected]


UIA – Training session, Paris (France)

April 26 & 27, 2012

Further information and booking procedures can be found here


ECBA Spring Conference

Defence Rights in Europe

27 & 28 April 2012 –


Further information can be found here


The Health & Safety Lawyers Association

Manchester Event – 3 presentations – each approximately 30 minutes, Followed by drinks reception

DWF LLP, 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AA

Tuesday 8th May 2012

Further information can be found here


Children in the Criminal Justice System: What next?

Wednesday 16 May 2012, 6pm – 7.30pm
Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

Further information can be found here


The 5th ICAC Symposium – Registration

Fighting Corruption in a Changing World

May 2012

Hong Kong

Further details can be found here


An Evening of Sacred Music

Temple Church

Wednesday 30th May 2012


Tickets £25

You can buy tickets by emailing [email protected] or through Temple Church box office:


Criminal Law Week – updates (issue 15)

Key updates from this week’s issue of Criminal Law Week:


Committal fees – lawfulness of the abolition of fees payable for committal proceedings under the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007: R. (Law Society of England and Wales) v. Lord Chancellor, D.C. (CLW/12/15/35).


Access to court documents – whether non-parties should be permitted access to documents placed before a court and referred to in the course of proceedings: R. (Guardian News and Media Ltd v. City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, C.A. (Civ. Div.) (CLW/12/15/1).


Admissions and confessions – whether a statement written by defence counsel on a plea and case management hearing form is admissible against a defendant: R. v. Newell, C.A. (CLW/12/15/2).


Aggravated trespass – whether the offence could be made out where trespass was on land occupied by company allegedly complicit in war crimes: Richardson and another v. D.P.P.; Nero v. Same, D.C. (CLW/12/15/10).


Appeal – whether the Court of Appeal could order a retrial after a decision by that court to allow an appeal and quash a conviction had been recorded by the proper officer of the Crown Court: R. v. Blackwood, C.A. (CLW/12/15/3).


Stop and search – two decisions in which the Court of Appeal considered the test that must be satisfied before a constable may search individuals within a group under section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (CLW/12/15/8 & 9).

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