Martin Partington: Spotlight on the Justice System

Keeping the English Legal System under review

A taste of things to come

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The newly appointed Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke, has delivered an important speech which gives some clear hints at how justice policy is going to shape up in the coming months. The widely reported feature of the speech related to sentencing policy and Mr Clarke’s desire to prevent the prison population growing even more than it has done in recent years. But the speech contains equally clear hints that there are likely to be significant other developments as well. Three issues are singled out for attention: major restructuring of the court estate, with large numbers of court closures likely; further emphasis on reform of family procedure, with more diversion of cases from court (see also Mavis Maclean podcast); and more change to legal aid. There is little detail in the speech; this will begin to emerge in the autumn. But the speech is worth reading for what is likely to be announced in coming months.
The full speech may be read at http://www.justice.gov.uk/sp300610a.htm

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Written by lwtmp

July 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

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