Law Society Gazette 6 January 2011

Study exposes virtual reality

The government’s non-committal response to a report evaluating the year-long virtual courts pilot is disappointing. Though occasionally lapsing into understatement and equivocation, the study is clear enough. Conceived as a way to save money, the scheme actually increased the cost of delivering criminal justice.

11 January 2001

CPS woos minorities

The government has unveiled a recruitment campaign for 100 more Crown prosecutors, with ethnic minority lawyers a particular target, following a £30.4m cash injection. 

9 January 1991

Green light for complaints review

A radical package of proposals to improve and expedite complaints-handling procedures was approved by the December meeting of the Law Society’s council. This was despite the fact that one of the main planks of the package – that powers to take first instance decisions in many cases be delegated to Solicitors Complaints Bureau staff – caused considerable concern.  

January 1971

Ibrox disaster

The tragic deaths of 66 fans at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, earlier this month, into which a full inquiry has been ordered, must inevitably lead to one question being asked: Is there not a case for a central body to lay down high safety standards at all sports grounds and the creation of a small but expert number of inspectors to ensure that safety criteria are not only met but maintained?

January 1941

Poor Man’s Lawyer

For years the Incorporated Cambridge University Settlement has maintained a Poor Man’s Lawyer Centre at 131 Camberwell Road, SE5. As a result of the demands of the forces and government service, all the advising and correspondence of the centre now has to be done by one solicitor and there is an urgent need for lawyers who can.