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Judges will decide who can tweet from court

Your Expert Witness twitterDespite uncertainty over who's a legal commentator or journalist and who isn't, Lord Judge's guidance shouldn't lead to problems

Today's guidance on the use of Twitter from the courts of England and Wales says that a member of the public wishing to use a mobile phone or similar device to send live text-based reports must ask permission first. They can make a formal application to the court or ask informally through court staff.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:39


Legal aid reforms delayed

Your Expert Witness ken clarkeControversial reforms to civil & family law will now be delayed until spring 2013

The legal aid reforms to civil and family law have been pushed back six months from next October to April 2013.

The proposed reforms remove legal aid from clinical negligence, private family work, debt, benefits, housing, employment and several other areas of law. The Legal Services Commission (LSC) would be abolished and replaced by a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) agency.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:40


Winners of the Personal Injury Awards 2011

Your Expert Witness PIJ awards 2011Leaders in their field were recognised and rewarded at last nights’s Eclipse Personal Injury Awards 2011 ceremony held in London.

A top human rights lawyer and a High Court Judge-turned-mediator were among the eminent winners at the fourth annual Eclipse Personal Injury Awards.

Over 470 claims professionals gathered at the Riverbank Plaza Hotel in London on Thursday 24 November for a glittering evening that celebrated excellence across the personal injury claims sector.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:43


James Murdoch rejects MP's 'mafia' attack

james murdochNews International chief James Murdoch has rejected suggestions the company operated like the Mafia over the phone hacking scandal.

During questioning by MPs, Labour's Tom Watson suggested the UK arm of the company had a policy of "omerta" - the Mafia code of silence.

Mr Murdoch told him that was "offensive and not true".

He told the committee he was not made aware that phone hacking went beyond one rogue reporter as far back as 2008.

The clash with Mr Watson, who has pursued the company over the phone hacking scandal, came halfway through the session

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:29


Government defends closure of Forensic Science Service

 56114288 testThe government wants private providers to fill the gap left by the FSS

The government has defended its decision to close the Forensic Science Service (FSS), which analyses crime scene evidence in England and Wales.

In its response to a damning inquiry report into the closure, it says allowing the service to enter administration would have seriously damaged the criminal justice system.

The government also denies suggestions it did not fully consider alternatives to closure.

The FSS was losing some £2m a month.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:33