Archive for the “Justice” category

Nelson Mandela RIP

By Nick Holmes on December 6, 2013

Justice going digital (2)

By Nick Holmes on July 18, 2013

You can view the progress of development of GOV.UK’s 25 digital exemplar services, of which 4 are the MoJ projects shown above, from the Digital Transformation dashboard. The Government Digital Strategy and Departmental Digital Strategies commit us to the redesigning (…)

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Justice going digital

By Nick Holmes on July 10, 2013

Whatever you may feel about some of the cost-saving justice changes afoot, there’s no doubt that the government’s “digital by default” strategy will both help achieve some of the savings they crave and deliver better services. The Justice Secretary in (…)

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Justice on the move

By Nick Holmes on June 13, 2013

Interested in access to justice? You bet. I’m not talking here about the withdrawal of legal aid though I urge you to follow #savukjustice and sign the petition if you have not already done so. What I’m referring to is (…)

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Wall of shame – vacuous and inaccurate free legal content

By Nick Holmes on June 13, 2012

Nearly Legal has a beef about sub-standard “free legal content”. I’m with him. In Part 1 he looks at two services who peddle useless “legal” information for their own gain for SEO purposes. His exemplars are firstly Forward3D, an SEO (…)

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Pay up, mate

By Nick Holmes on September 5, 2007

A day in court is a rare event for me. So it was illuminating to attend a county court hearing assisting a friend trying to recover her tenancy deposit. Judgment had been issued against the landlord, who had failed to (…)

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Legal webbery 2007

By Nick Holmes on May 18, 2007

It being the start of Blawg 2007 Conference day, I had better post something lest I be castigated there for not doing my homework. A good place to go when you are short of immmediate legal web stimulation is your (…)

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Possession Claim Online

By Nick Holmes on August 8, 2006

The HMCS Possession Claim Online service has commenced live service in the seven proving courts within the South Wales area- Aberdare, Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath & Port Talbot, Pontypridd & Swansea County Courts. Claimants who register with the PCOL (…)

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Tribunals Service launched

By Nick Holmes on April 1, 2006

The Tribunals Service, launched 1 April 2006, is a new executive agency of the DCA, providing common administrative support to the main central government tribunals. It marks the biggest change to the tribunals system in almost half a century. The (…)

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The Criminal Case Management Framework

By Nick Holmes on August 8, 2005

A second edition of the Criminal Case Management Framework has recently been issued by the CJS. The Framework is a guide for operational practitioners on managing cases in the most effective and efficient way from pre-charge through to conclusion, describing (…)

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When is a website not a website?

By Nick Holmes on July 18, 2005

Casting around for something new on the legal web, I recently came across the claim that www.civilappeals.gov.uk is “a new website”. It is no such thing! civilappeals.gov.uk is a new domain whose www points you to www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/cms/civilappeals.htm – a page (…)

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The Tribunals Service: access to informal justice

By Nick Holmes on June 3, 2005

The 26 May issue of the FreePint Newsletter carries a feature, Specialist Tribunals – Your Guide to Informal Justice, by David Ogden who recently began a new position as Head of Tribunal Library Services at the Department for Constitutional Affairs. (…)

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Possession claims online

By Nick Holmes on May 25, 2005

Following the success of the Money Claim Online (MCOL) service, HM Courts Service is developing Possession Claim Online (PCOL) which will manage claims in county courts for possession of residential property for non-payment of rent or mortgage only. Testing will (…)

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Brand new! Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

By Nick Holmes on April 4, 2005

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal is the successor to the Immigration Appellate Authority and the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, set up under the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 and came into being 4 April 2005. The purpose (…)

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Brand new! HM Courts Service

By Nick Holmes on April 1, 2005

Her Majesty’s Courts Service brings together on 1 April 2005 the Magistrates’ Courts Service and Court Service into one single organisation for the first time. The new website is launched today. Fix your links.