Save UK justice: The Blogs

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I think the personal – blogger – response to the current legal aid reform proposals is particularly informative and powerful so, I’ve begun compiling the reactions I’ve been able to track down. When finished (and whilst throughout) this should be a useful resource, reference and record. All the pieces below follow the publication of the ‘Transforming Legal Aid‘ proposals on 9 April 2013 and were written by individuals on blogs or published via other new media (eg podcasts, Storify) as opposed to articles published in mainstream and other online media and news outlets. I am not aware of any other list but if there is one could someone please share it so I can link to it/update this piece

Grayling that, please feel free to use the contact form below the list to let me know about any blog post(s) I’ve missed or new ones that need adding as we go along. You can also tweet me at @ilegal. Please bear in mind that this post lists pieces from individuals written since the publication of the proposals on 9 April. As such, it does not contain links to the considerable number of excellent articles written by and for professional bodies, organisations, firms and corporate websites (including individual websites that exist primarily to advertise or offer services), lobby groups, online media or news outlets and the like. What I am trying to capture is the personal response – and the passion – of the individual blogger

Where you have had something published by the media or on your business/work website but it is also on your personal blog, please just send me the link to the blog – if you don’t have a blog, start one! Copy your post over and send me that link. If that doesn’t work for you and you think the piece is just too good to miss, then send it to me anyway and I’ll include it regardless in a recommended reading list further on in this post

This is a crowd-sourced list and I am relying on you to help me keep it up-to-date. If you become aware of a new blog post that is not on the list below please let me know. Thank you

2013

10 April: Legal Aid – death by a thousand cuts (ObiterJ)

12 April: Mr Grayling’s Attack on The Criminal Bar (Barrister Blogger)

12 April: A comment on the MoJ’s consultation paper (Gemma’s Blog)

13 April: Chris Grayling: The Compulsive Liar at the Heart of Government (Johnny Void)

15 April: How much should criminal barristers be paid? (Barrister Blogger)

15 April: Legal aid reform – the justification (airlawdotme)

16 April: Legal Aid – some thoughts (Barrister 999)

17 April: Why you need Legal Aid (Barrister 999)

18 April: Football Fans – Actually, someday it might happen to you or your family. (Alison Gurden)

18 April: An open email to the Law Society (Barrister 999)

18 April: Just a quick one… (Barrister 999)

21 April: High Street solicitors could be forced to close by Government legal aid changes (Rachel Broughton)

22 April: Ever been arrested or ended up in court? We need your help to save legal aid.. (Alison Gurden)

22 April: A bit more on the figures (Barrister 999)

23 April: The price of everything, the value of nothing… (Crim Solicitor)

23 April: The law students’ perspective on changes to criminal legal aid and the end of the high street solicitor (alecs rees)

24 April: Save UK Justice (ilegality)

24 April: Legal Aid Cuts: Some Thoughts (Lawyer Watch)

24 April: Legal aid: the cuts, the context and the challenge (Roger Smith)

25 April: Keeping the truth hidden (Barrister 999)

25 April: Going the extra mile (ilegality)

25 April: The right to choose… (Crim Solicitor)

25 April: The Concerns of a Caseworker (Gemma’s Blog)

25 April: So you’re a football fan and think the legal aid cuts won’t affect you (Propping Up The Bar)

26 April: The hidden danger to victims of crime of the proposed Legal Aid cuts. (Alison Gurden)

26 April: Don’t Let Justice Go (Gemma’s Blog)

26 April: Sex, Women and the Law. Why it matters. (The Barrister’s Tale.)

28 April: Groundhog Day (Guy Gozem)

29 April: A letter to Ed Miliband (Barrister 999)

29 April: A bit about me (A Barrister’s Wife)

30 April: The person behind the file (Crim Solicitor)

30 April: Myth #1 The Fatcat Lawyer (A Barrister’s Wife)

30 April: Podcast with Michael Turner QC, Chairman of the CBA, on the legal aid reforms (Charon QC)

1 May: Chris Grayling, The Daily Mail and more nonsense about prisons (all that’s left)

1 May: Myth #2 The Scumbag Criminals (A Barrister’s Wife)

2 May: Dismantling Justice for Ordinary People (2) (The Virtual Lawyer)

3 May: Open Letter to the NUS on the damage the proposed Legal Aid cuts will have on students (Alison Gurden)

4 May: To Kill A Mockingbird (ilegality)

4 May: Any Questions? Plenty, but they won’t be asked. (Barrister 999)

4 May: Let’s look at the finances (richstone59′s blog)

5 May: Exhibit A – “The Child Pornographer” (A Barrister’s Wife)

5 May: Exhibit B – “The Murderer” (A Barrister’s Wife)

6 May: The Public Vote (alecs rees)

8 May: Sex, self promotion and Stobart: a note for lawyers  (A Barrister’s Wife)

9 May: Should have gone to… (Crim Solicitor)

10 May: Jerry Hayes could have said: Grayling’s reforms bode ill for rape victims (A Barrister’s Wife)

10 May: Chris Grayling hands probation service over to a bunch of crooks (Johnny Void)

12 May: Keep Calm, Stay United (Guy Gozem)

12 May: Prisons: Factories of Hate (325.nostate)

12 May: Transforming Justice: why it matters to everyone, what it means, why it’s wrong and what you can do (CliveBaker1)

13 May: The Gateway return to unfunded pupillages (Legal Air Strip One)

14 May: Exhibit C – “The Paedophile” (A Barrister’s Wife)

14 May: Time to listen… (Crim Solicitor)

14 May: Legal Aid Reform: Let’s be Civil (Lawyer Watch)

15 May: When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. (Crim Solicitor)

16 May: A Letter to the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, The Secretary of State for Justice (the intrigant)

16 May: My letter to my MP (Barrister 999)

17 May: How Chris Grayling Brutally did in Criminal Work With Some Aphabeti Spaghetti Bullshit Acronyms (Kavanomics)

18 May: Can our justice system cheat death? Meet the SE Circuit (Kavanomics)

19 May: Monkeys, peanuts and quality (Crim Solicitor)

19 May: The real ‘scumbag criminal’ is still free – A matter at democracy’s heart (ObiterJ)

19 May: Positioning and How to Win a Bar Fight With The Lord Chancellor (Kavanomics)

20 May: Meetings with the Lord Chancellor (Barrister 999)

20 May: What price do we put on justice? (The Virtual Lawyer)

20 May: Is Mr Grayling’s Legal Aid Consultation Genuine Or A Sham? Ask An Interpreter (Barrister Blogger)

20 May: Justice Grayling Style (A View From The North)

21 May: Save UK justice: the blogs (ilegality)

21 May: Grayling comments re PCT at House of Commons, Justice Questions 21st May 2013 (Gemma’s Blog)

21 May: Turning Points: Brain Injury & The Justice System (The Life In The Law)

21 May: Legal Aid (On Probation Blog)

21 May: Second letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

21 May: Exhibit D – “The Fraudster” (A Barristers Wife)

21 May: Potato Justice (Frontline Hackney)

22 May: The verdict is in: FailingGrayling LC guilty of attempted murder of Legal Aid (Charon QC)

22 May: Storify: Save UK Justice! (Shoaib M Khan)

22 May: Legal Aid Demo at Parliament – 22nd May 2013 (Gemma’s Blog)

23 May: Standing up for Justice – Rally outside Parliament (A Life in the Bus Lane)

23 May: Tipping the Scales (The Virtual Lawyer)

23 May: Day of protest! Lawyers get (more) stroppy! (Kavanomics)

23 May: It Could Be You – The Diary of an Ordinary Man (A view from the North)

24 May: Storify: This is why you should sign the petition (Hilly Foz)

24 May: Do Right, Fear No-one! Or why I say no to QASA (c0unse1)

24 May: No to PCT! (Don’t Always Believe What You Read)

24 May: You’ve got to have the money to buy it (The Gaping Silence)

25 May: Jerry Hayes on the Lord Chancellor’s Legal Aid reforms – a sardonic commentary (Charon QC)

25 May: Liberal Democrats Need a Big Nudge (Guy Gozem)

26 May: Earning a Client’s Trust – or why I say no to PCT (c0unse1)

27 May: Somewhere… In a bunker deep beneath the Ministry of Justice… (c0unse1) This video is available to watch below

27 May: Video: Save UK Justice demonstration 22 May 2013 (ilegality)

27 May: Ministry of Jesters (A Barristers’s Wife)

27 May: Life at the Thin Edge of the Wedge – The Grim Reality of the Independent Junior Criminal Bar (50 Shades of Affray)

28 May: Never Say Never (crimsolicitor)

28 May: No to PCT: Effect on YOUR career (Don’t Always Believe What You Read)

28 May: UK Courts to be Privatised, This Is Not Satire (Scriptonite Daily)

28 May: What could possibly go wrong? (fleet street fox)

28 May: Ministry Of Justice To Treat Dogs Better Than Lawyers (Barrister Blogger)

28 May: Third letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

28 May: Divide and Conquer? It’s time to “Unite and Fight”! (Propping Up The Bar)

28 May: Selling justice by the pound (Alex’s Archives)

29 May: No To PCT: My Interpretation (Don’t Always Believe What You Read)

29 May: In praise of lawyers – just for a change! (The Virtual Lawyer)

29 May: Transforming Legal Aid part II (c0unse1) This video is available to watch below

29 May: Now let me point a finger, not at the Lord Chancellor, but at the legal profession (legaltwo)

29 May: Why propriety matters (A dragon’s best friend)

30 May: Common Law: Dead End Street? (The Virtual Lawyer)

30 May: No to PCT: my letter to Chris Grayling (Don’t Always Believe What You Read)

30 May: A view of and from law blogs (Charon QC) Main image is reproduced below

31 May: What Mr Grayling doesn’t want you to know (crimsolicitor)

31 May: No to PCT: my response to their response (Don’t Always Believe What You Read)

1 June: No to PCT: lots of links and a few words (Don’t Always Believe What You Read)

1 June: My Foreword to my response to the Consultation Paper (utterbarrister)

1 June: When they come for you (I Am Called Nick)

1 June: Tim the Solicitor (I Am Called Nick)

1 June: We Must Stop the Murder of Probation by the Minister Intent on Breaking Justice! (Save Probation)

2 June: Legal Walk 2013: this one is for Chris Grayling (Jon Harman) This video is available to watch below

2 June: All Piss and Spin – the Dork Lord or Poison Ogre? (utterbarrister)

3 June: The Value of Justice – 2.2 drops in the ocean!! (The Virtual Lawyer)

3 June: What’s Abu got to do, got to do with it? (A Barrister’s Wife)

4 June: True Crime (The Gaping Silence)

4 June: A Barrister Rants; aka The (Real) Summary of my Response (A view from the North)

4 June: Debating Legal Aid Proposals. Why Are Ministers Frit? (Barrister Blogger)

4 June: Some responses to MoJ consultation on Transforming legal aid (Law and Lawyers)

4 June: Denying defendants a choice of lawyers is wrong (Head of Legal)

4 June: Dinah Rose QC: a declaration of lack of interest (Head of Legal)

4 June: Michael Fordham QC: the avocado of justice (Head of Legal)

4 June: Geoffrey Robertson QC: there is a hidden agenda (Head of Legal)

4 June: My response to the Ministry of Justice’s damnable consultation. (Counsel of Perfection)

5 June: #SaveUKJustice – A few observations…some sardonic (Charon QC)

5 June: Fourth letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

5 June: Legal aid cuts? Fuck em! (Chris Spivey The World Put Right)

5 June: Legal Aid Cuts risk eroding Access to Justice (Tom Scholes-Fogg)

6 June: Ministry of Justice shows signs of desperation (The Virtual Lawyer)

6 June: Andy Slaughter MP: this is going to be a long struggle (Head of Legal)

8 June: Save UK Justice… the jigsaw (ilegality)

8 June: Choice? Choose Justice (Gemma’s Blog)

8 June: Legal aid reforms: making ‘One law for the rich’ official government policy (Forget What Did.)

9 June: What justice means to me (SaveUKJustice) (Don’t Always Believe What You Read)

9 June: The Daily Mail has the legal reform story……The new face of British Justice (Charon QC)

9 June: The Probation Thing (Ben’s Prison Blog – Lifer On The Loose)

9 June: The Case for the Defence (A view from the North)

9 June: Spin (Guy Gozem)

9 June: Shape of things to come in Grayling’s Brave New World (utterbarrister)

10 June: Save UK Justice… The Soundtrack (ilegality)

10 June: Marx on Monday: destruction of our criminal justice system (Bogpaper.com)

10 June: That awesome triumph of austerity applied to UK legal aid (An Onymous Lefty)

10 June: Is Grayling Right? (Is Grayling Right?)

11 June: Transforming Legal Aid part III (c0unse1) This video is available to watch below

11 June: Fifth letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

11 June: A Letter to Lord McNally (A view from the North)

11 June: Justice Select Committee: one-off evidence session: ‘Transforming Legal Aid Consultation’ (Gemma’s Blog)

12 June: Cuts to Legal Aid present serious threat to democratic protections (It’s me fuming rights init!)

12 June: Austerity is the Controlled Demolition of The Welfare State – Part II – Law and Justice (Scriptonite Daily)

13 June: Justice: Slight Rant From a 12YO’s Perspective… (SaveUKJustice) (Little Girl With The Big Mouth)

13 June: Save UK Justice – Part One – The Assumptions (Harriet Stack)

13 June: This is what is happening to honest hard working legal aid lawyers and why (A Barristers Wife)

14 June: An Inconvenient Truth part 2 (A view from the North)

14 June: Save UK Justice – Part Two – Fat Cats (Harriet Stack)

15 June: Lord McNally’s balloons (Guy Gozem)

16 June: About Me WHO AM I (Supporting UK Justice: for the defence! by a layman)

18 June: Legal Aid Question Time – 18 June 2013 (Gemma’s Blog)

18 June: Legal Aid Question Time – 18 June 2013 (Dan Bunting – A Life In The Bus Lane)

18 June: Legal Aid Question Time: highlights (JonMack)

18 June: Interview #John Cooper 15 (Artist Taxi Driver) This video is available to view below

19 June: An Hysterical Question Time (c0unse1)

19 June: Life at “the lower end of the legal profession” (chrispyes)

19 June: Legal Aid: what’s going on? (Gemma’s Blog)

19 June: Hors D’oeuvre (Fatcat Lawyer)

20 June: The Blogs Illegal’s Work compiling the individual blogs for the Save UK Justice campaign (Supporting UK Justice: for the defence! by a layman)

20 June: Grayling thinks you are too thick to pick? (Supporting UK Justice: for the defence! by a Layman)

20 June: Music for Criminal Defence Lawyers and their Fans (Supporting UK Justice: for the defence! by a layman)

20 June: Songs for Criminal Justice System Lawyers Probation Scene (Supporting UK Justice: for the defence! by a layman)

20 June: The impact of legal aid cuts in Thanet and East Kent (Gemma’s Blog)

20 June: McNally: If you live in a bubble, you’re not going to persuade people (Head Of Legal)

20 June: The Attorney-General’s Remarkable Letter (Jack of Kent)

20 June: How Much Should I Be Paid? (Fatcat Lawyer)

21 June: The Ministry of Silly Talks (Guy Gozem)

21 June: The Unfair Taper (A view from the North)

22 June: Save UK Justice – fighting against Government control of the justice system (chrispyes)

22 June: Jackie’s Story: Legal representation is crucial (Gemma’s Blog)

22 June: A Second Letter to Lord McNally (A view from The North)

23 June: Legal Aid Reforms: Residency test to save government money and embarrassment (The Meddler)

23 June: Legal Aid Reforms: prisoners to lose legal aid, prisons to lose scrutiny (The Meddler)

23 June: Legal Aid Reforms: judicial reviews of state behaviour essentially axed (The Meddler)

23 June: Legal Aid Reforms: Solicitor fee cuts to encourage guilty pleas (The Meddler)

23 June: Legal Aid Reforms: vulnerable and abused women heavily impacted by reforms (The Meddler)

23 June: Legal Aid Reforms: Not just the marginalised to miss out on justice; it could be you (The Meddler)

23 June: A poem: “The nightmare” #saveukjustice (paulsprior)

23 June: The Bigger The Lie… (Fatcat Lawyer)

25 June: Chapter 1: Number One (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

26 June: Lord McNally spins the wheel – where will it land (chrispyes)

26 June: Save UK Justice (Honesty of the Young)

26 June: Grays Inn Standing Orders re Honorary Benchers (utterbarrister)

27 June: Lord Beecham attacks Chris Grayling – Lord McNally responds (Guy Gozem)

27 June: Sixth letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

27 June: Backbench Business Committee – Legal Aid Debate – 27th June 2013 (Gemma’s Blog)

27 June: We’ve Got Your Number, Grayling (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

27 June: The Lord’s Finger (A view from the North)

28 June: 100,00 up – carry on signing! (The Virtual Lawyer)

29 June: Save UK Justice: One Hundred Thousand (Gemma’s Blog)

29 June: Iolanthe Part 1 (A view from the North)

30 June: The Matter Before You (Another Grumpy Old Man)

1 July: To bid or not to bid? – Game Theory for lawyers I (A Life in the Bus Lane)

1 July: Time to exercise caution? (Honesty of the Young)

1 July: Ideological Differences (Fatcat Lawyer)

1 July: Iolanthe Part 2 (A view from the North)

2 July: The MoJ and Jajo, the intepreting rabbit (Guy Gozem)

2 July: Pay Peanuts, Get Monkeys? (Honesty of the Young)

2 July: Cost Budgeting and Non-Compliance (Honesty of the Young)

2 July: Chapter 1.2: The Volcano Erupts (or The Bitch is Back!) (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

2 July: Seventh letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

3 July: Justice Select Committee: ‘Transforming Legal Aid Consultation’ – Chris Grayling gives evidence (Gemma’s Blog)

3 July: He’s at it again… (Honesty of the Young)

3 July: Iolanthe Part 3 (A view from the North)

3 July: An Open Letter to the Law Society (A Life in the Bus Lane)

3 July: Anything that might embarrass the Lord Chancellor (Guy Gozem)

4 July: Why the Law Society proposed alternatives (Gemma’s Blog)

4 July: Where now? (Barrister 999)

4 July: Ideological Differences (Fatcat Lawyer)

6 July: A quick review of the last 3 months (No To PCT)

6 July: Credit where credit’s due (No To PCT)

7 July: A Third Letter to Lord McNally (A view from the North)

9 July: Roundtable Meeting with Shadow Justice Team (Gemma’s Blog)

12 July: Legal Aid Debate in House of Lords 11th July (ObiterJ)

12 July: Open Letter to The President of The Law Society (Criminal Law Hack)

16 July: Transforming Legal Aid: Meeting with Laura Sandys MP for Thanet South (Gemma’s Blog)

16 July: Kent Defence in the news (Gemma’s Blog)

17 July: A Fourth Letter to Lord McNally (A view from the North)

17 July: Chapter Two: A New King Amongst Men (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

20 July: What price justice? (Rants Of A Hopeless Idealist)

21 July: A Plea In Aggravation (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

22 July: Question and Answer: ‘Transforming Legal Aid’ (Gemma’s Blog)

22 July: A Note of a Meeting with the Lord Chancellor (A view from the North)

23 July: Rally for Legal Aid – 30th July 2013 (Gemma’s Blog)

26 July: A Brief Encounter (Rants Of A Hopeless Idealist)

29 July: Perverting the course of justice: Once a crime now government policy (Vox Political)

30 July: Report and Pictures: Legal Aid Rally to celebrate 64 years – 30th July 2013 (Gemma’s Blog)

31 July: Shami Chakrabarti: the place where I grew up (Head of Legal)

31 July: Sadiq Khan: we probably have the most legally illiterate Lord Chancellor in the history of our country (Head of Legal)

31 July: Raphael Rowe: news coverage of legal aid “a travesty” (Head of Legal)

31 July: “Sally”: legal aid meant my daughter could get some form of justice (Head of Legal)

31 July: Shauneen Lambe: defend the children of the poor (Head of Legal)

31 July: Josie Long: I can’t believe A.C. Grayling is doing this (Head of Legal)

31 July: Tom Robinson: there’s one law for the rich, and another one for the poor (Head of Legal)

2 Aug: Letter from Chris Grayling re Criminal Legal Aid Reform (Gemma’s Blog)

6 Aug: In Which I Talk About Franklin Sinclair, Maturity, Respect and Coffee. (Little Girl With The Big Mouth)

6 Aug: Dangerous Scaremongering (Fatcat Lawyer)

9 Aug: Leeroy Skeete: hope came in the form of Legal Aid (Gemma’s Blog)

9 Aug: Minister tries to Defend the indefensible (The Virtual Lawyer)

10 Aug: Legal Aid Earners 2011/2012 (A Life in the Bus Lane)

14 Aug: Mr Grayling’s Holiday and Government’s Stupidity (Little Girl With The Big Mouth)

18 Aug: Dear Damian (A view from the North)

21 Aug: Chapter 3: Lest We Should Forget…(Number One Strikes Back) (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

23 Aug: The Novelty of Going Into Law (Little Girl With The Big Mouth)

4 Sept: Legal Aid: Parliament Debate in Westminster Hall – 4th September 2013 (Gemma’s Blog)

4 Sept: The Weakest Link (A view from the North)

5 Sept: Open letter to the Bar Standards Board (paulsprior)

5 Sept: Legal Aid – Westminster Hall debate – Inefficiency and waste (ObiterJ)

5 Sept: Transforming legal aid: Next steps – A new consultation – the fight for fairness is not over (ObiterJ)

5 Sept: Complaint to BBC re Legal Correspondent perpetuating “Most Expensive Legal System” Lie (utterbarrister)

6 Sept: Transforming legal aid – Reaction – A few of the Tweets (ObiterJ)

6 Sept: Progress on Legal Aid – but much to do! (The Virtual Lawyer)

6 Sept: Chapter 4: Number One Gets Serious (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

10 Sept: The Terryifying Prospect of the Future for British Justice (Another Grumpy Old Man)

20 Sept: Join the FailingGrayling Fanclub? No Thanks. (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

24 Sept: The First Cut is the Deepest. And the Second. And the Third. (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

2 Oct: Insomnia (Barrister 999)

3 Oct: A Bleak Future for Justice (Another Grumpy Old Man)

7 Oct: Direct Action (Barrister 999)

24 Oct: British Summer Time (Gemma’s Blog)

1 Nov: Response to “Transforming Legal Aid: The Next Steps” (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

1 Nov: Guest Post: Times are bleak but there is a fight to be had (Gemma’s Blog)

1 Nov: Second Consultation Response – Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps (Gemma’s Blog)

1 Nov: My personal response to the Legal Aid consultation (A view from the North)

1 Nov: Next Steps consultation response of Max Hardy (Counsel of Perfection)

1 Nov: Chris Grayling – liar or incompetent? (c0unse1)

1 Nov: My response to the Next Steps “Consultation” – for what it’s worth. (utterbarrister)

4 Nov: The Ballad of Legal Aid (S Pepp). This video is available to watch below

6 Nov: How much are criminal briefs paid? (JonMack)

8 Nov: The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth……Mr Grayling (Lassooftruthdc)

9 Nov: Eighth Letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

17 Nov: 16/11 The Day the Worm Turned (A view from the North)

17 Nov: The morning after the CBA rally (counse1) This video is available to watch below

26 Nov: Delays, Fees and Redtape (A view from the North)

27 Nov: Mr Jinks Joins the Real World (A view from the North)

28 Nov: Can the Bar afford NOT to strike? (utterbarrister)

5 Dec: £148m cut from Justice Ministry budget (JonMack)

6 Dec: 10 Reasons Why Criminal Barristers Are Right To Strike Today (Barrister Blogger)

8 Dec: A Christmas Carol – Stave One (A view from the North)

8 Dec: MoJ Memo – the hidden dangers in the office (A Life in the Bus Lane)

9 Dec: The Price of Honesty (c0unse1)

10 Dec: A Christmas Carol – Stave Three (A view from the North)

10 Dec: A Christmas Carol – Stave Two (A view from the North)

11 Dec: Ebeneezer Grayling – All the Staves (A view from the North)

12 Dec: A Christmas Carol – Stave Four (A view from the North)

14 Dec: A Christmas Carol – Stave Five (A view from the North)

19 Dec: A cheery Round Robin from the Ministry of Justice Christmas Card (Barrister Blogger)

18 Dec: Lord McNally leaves govt (JonMack)

18 Dec: The Winds of Change (c0unse1)

19 Dec: Ninth Letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

23 Dec: A Cunning Plan (A view from the North)

31 Dec: Why criminal barristers are striking (JonMack)

2014

1 Jan: An Act of Madness (A view from the North)

2 Jan: So Much For Enterprise and Ambition Then (Another Grumpy Old Man)

3 Jan: Bigmouth Strikes Again (A view from the North)

3 Jan: Justice’s blindfold slips (Counsel of Perfection)

6 Jan: The Day of Action (c0unse1)

6 Jan: The criminal bar is revolting (JonMack)

6 Jan: And We All Stand Together (A view from the North)

6 Jan: 7 things we learned from the strike (Dan Bunting – A Life In The Bus Lane)

7 Jan: Handbags and Gladrags (A view from the North)

7 Jan: Handbags and Gladrags: How Very Dare We? (CriminalDefenceBarrister)

8 Jan: Criminal justice statistics and politicians talking rubbish (JohMack)

8 Jan: Average criminal trial costs £549 in Legal Aid (JonMack)

8 Jan: MoJ’s misuse of stats helps dismiss barristers as fat-cats despite many struggling to get by (The Meddler)

10 Jan: What criminal barristers do and what they don’t (Counsel of Perfection)

17 Jan: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (A view from the North)

21 Jan: Oh Yes! I am the Public Defender (A view from the North)

22 Jan: Tenth Letter to the Lord Chancellor (theintrigant)

22 Jan: Plan B (A view from the North)

22 Jan: Here is the News (A view from the North)

24 Jan: “I’m only 12… Why Should I Know What’s Going On?” (Little Girl With The Big Mouth)

4 Feb: The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth… (crimsolicitor)

10 Feb: Hannah Evans – Legal Aid Heroine (A view from the North)

11 Feb: By the light of a dying star (crimsolicitor)

A few other pieces of recommended reading:

Legal aid: no justice, no peace. (UK Uncut)

Judicial satire is deadly serious (Catherine Baksi, The Gazette)

This is what is happening to honest hard working legal aid lawyers, and why (CBA)

A Personal Response to the Transforming Legal Aid Consultation Paper (Nick Cockrell)

Save UK Justice (Merseyside Family Justice Council)

Justice: the preserve of the rich? (the f word blog)

Short Cuts (Francis FitzGibbon – London Review of Books)

It’s Time To Wake Up – UK Legal Aid Cuts (Oxford Human Rights Hub)

Transforming Legal Aid… a dash of sarcasm (Criminal Defence Associates)

Will the new criminal legal aid reforms breach the right to a fair trial (UK Human Rights Blog)

If legal aid ‘reform’ goes ahead, we will be failing the victims of sexual violence and abuse (Mumsnet)

United we stand, divided we fall, save UK justice (The Justice Gap)

Justice for All? (The Chamberlain Files)

A Letter to Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede (Just Counsel)

Transforming Legal Aid in The UK (Human Rights in Ireland)

Price Competitive Tendering: a solicitors view from the high street (CBA)

Oliver Kirk’s letter to Keith Vaz on the disastrous consequences of PCT (CBA)

The freedoms we all take for granted will disappear (DTRTP)

Access to Justice (Urban Lawyers)

The race to the bottom… Justice will be the loser (JFH Law)

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  11. Save Probation

    Failing Grayling is the biggest enemy of Justice & the State.

    Very soon an individual will be able to be investigated by G4S police staff, prosecuted by a G4S prosecutor (without access to legal aid), in a G4S Court, before being taken in a G4S security van to a G4S prison, to be locked in and mistreated by poorly paid G4S Prison Officers and rehabilitated and mismanaged on release by unskilled G4S Probation Officers (probably while having restricted access to welfare or being creamed and parked on an A4E work programme). This is madness and nothing to do with saving money or cutting crime!! We need to stop this man before we have no Justice System left.

    Heres my own offering: We Must Stop the Murder of Probation by the Minister Intent on Breaking Justice!

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