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Weekly Round Up 22.06.12

CBA News:

Chairman’s Update:

The national Committee met on Tuesday. We received a presentation from Mark Borkowski and his team concerning our future media and communications strategy. Contact your CBA Circuit Reps if you need to know more. I will bring developments to you as I have them.

Lord Justice Tony Hooper delivered his Valedictory Address to a packed Inner Temple Hall on Monday evening. This was a remarkable occasion in which one of our most distinguished criminal jurists delivered his robust views on the development of law and practice over the last fifty years. I hope the full text of his enthralling Address will be published very soon.

I attended the SAHCA Summer Reception on Wednesday. Many HCAs told me that I was brave to turn up. It is nothing to do with bravery. There are matters on which the CBA and SAHCA agree, and others on which we differ. Nonetheless, we should talk to each other, in the best interests of the criminal justice system. Therefore, I was also pleased to sit with Jim Meyer, Chairman of the LCCSA, over dinner after the Hooper LJ event on Monday. Talking is the best way to set out our principles, and has nothing to do with abandoning them.

Please note and attend the Future of the Bar debate: see below for details.

Finally this week, please consider supporting the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies appeal for Internship Scholarships. See HERE for details.

Have a good weekend


Nominations for Vice Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association:

Nominations are invited for the position of Vice Chairman of the CBA. These should be sent to the Administrator by email; [email protected]

Nominations must be received by 4.00 p.m. on Friday 6 July 2012.

Those wishing to stand must be either Queen’s Counsel or Senior Treasury Counsel and must be a member of the CBA and be proposed and seconded by members of the CBA. The successful candidate will be expected to take over as Chairman in September 2013, having served as Vice Chairman for the previous year.


Chairman’s Monthly Report

The June report can be found here


Recent Consultation Responses by the CBA

CBA Consultation Response – VHCC Proposals

CBA Consultation Response – Effective Probation Services

CBA Consultation Response – Effective Community Sentences


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


CBA Events:

Child Injury and Expert Evidence: The Lessons of Al-Alas

The Association of Lawyers for Children and the Criminal Bar Association jointly present an evening seminar

Wednesday 4th July 2012

6pm-8pm; followed by drinks and canapés

Michael Turner QC, Jo Delahunty QC and Kate Purkiss speaking with Martha Cover, Co-Chair of the ALC Chairing

Book online or download the booking form from the CBA website


Other News:              

Criminal Law Week – updates (issue 24)

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


Disclosure (post conviction) – whether a person convicted of a crime has a right to further disclosure to facilitate the re-investigation of his case:  R. (Nunn) v. Chief Constable of Suffolk, D.C. (CLW/12/24/3).


Sentencing – digests of cases from the Criminal Appeal (Sentencing) Reports, the Criminal Law Review and Archbold Review, including, in particular, two cases on the application of the new sentencing guideline on drugs offences CLW/12/24/16-34).


Computation of sentence – whether time absconder from sentence spends in custody abroad pending extradition to the United Kingdom can be counted as time served against his sentence:  R. (Woolley) v. Ministry of Justice, D.C. (CLW/12/24/35).


Detention of young offenders – when it is appropriate to impose sentence of detention under section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 on a non-persistent young offender under the age of 15:  R. v. Q., C.A. (CLW/12/24/36).


Financial reporting order – procedure when making an order under section 76 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005:  R. v. Bell and Burgess, C.A. (CLW/12/24/37).


Commonwealth – a selection of recent cases from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, including reviews of the law on joint enterprise and causation in the context of homicide allegations (CLW/12/24/50-53).


International News & Events

For the latest upcoming international Events and opportunities click here


Other Events:       

The Future of the Bar

Under the auspices of the The City Law School and the South Eastern Circuit of the Bar

A debate about the BSB’s proposals for a new Code of Conduct and for Entity Regulation, and the impact of these proposals upon the justice system and upon the Bar

Monday 25th June 2012

6.00 p.m.

Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building, Grays Inn

Further Information and to register your attendance; follow this link


The Koestler Trust’s 50th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner – celebrating arts by offenders helping ensure our next 50 years

Guest of honour : Antony Gormley

Venue The Waldorf

7pm Thursday 28th June 2012

Black Tie

Being held at the Waldorf as its where Arthur Koestler, David Astor and Hugh Casson devised the Koestler Trust

It’s the very first event of its kind for  us and we’re hoping to make it a biennial event for the years to come.

The response from our supporters has be fantastic but we still have a few places left to sell and it would be simply wonderful if we could sell out for the event.

We shall be having an auction which will include a Gormley, a Grayson Perry, a Maggi Hambling and a Mary Feddon as  well as the chefs Table at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant at Claridges and a master class for two with the world renowned chef Jean Christophe Novelli .

All in all a great night guaranteed but we’re grateful for all the support you can muster for us


Free training course on identifying victims

1 Grays Inn Square Chambers  are offering a free training course on identifying victims.  Aimed at those working with criminal clients, to assist in the identifying of clients who may be victims of human trafficking, and who possibly have a defence/strong mitigation to any criminal charge. 

5th July 2012, London (venue to be confirmed) 6-8.  12th July 2012, Canterbury Christchurch University, Broadstairs Campus 3.30-5.30 (2 CPD applied for).  

RSVP: [email protected] or [email protected]    See www.alisongurden.wordpress for further information.


The South Eastern Circuit Annual Dinner

Friday 13 July at 7pm, in Middle Temple Hall

For further information and to download the booking form, please click here.


The Slynn Foundation are delighted that The RT Hon the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG, who will retire as President of the UK Supreme Court in September, has agreed to deliver the 10th Slynn Foundation Lecture on Monday 12 November 2012. More details will follow but please note the date.

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