The Law Society Gazette, 2 April 2009

Concern at family court opening

The opening of family courts to the press is ‘moving at an unseemly gallop’, a leading High Court judge in the Family Division said last week. Mr Justice Hedley told an emergency meeting at the Law Society that the new policy – announced by justice secretary Jack Straw late last year – seems certain to come into force this month.

Gazette, 1 April 2004

Underwoods pioneers legal outsourcing offshore

Legal work is set to be outsourced offshore for the first time after personal injury specialist firm Underwoods this week controversially launched a new South African-based law firm to deal in bulk low-cost cases.

‘Obsolete’ civil courts IT system needs vital Whitehall funding

The government is neglecting the funding of IT in the civil courts despite repeated assurances that it would not do so – and the system is becoming obsolete, senior judges told an IT conference this week.

Gazette, April 1964

Investigation of Deaths

The private practice committee of the British Medical Association have been turning some historical skeletons out of cupboards in the process of reviewing the medico-legal investigation of deaths. One of the conclusions in their report is that ‘it is no longer desirable nor necessary that the coroner should be required to view the body personally in every case’.

No one presumably would regret the passing of that macabre little ceremony.

Gazette, April 1914

Solicitors (Qualification of Women) Bill

The report of the Parliamentary Committee, recommending opposition to this Bill, was brought up and adopted. Reference was made to the notices which had appeared in the public press to the effect that Mr Hills, the introducer of the Bill, is a member of the Council and that it was claimed by the promoters of the Bill that there was strong support for the measure on the Council.

The fact that these statements had been made without the knowledge or authority of the Council was recorded.

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