Law Society Legal News Summary 14 May 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week 

Gazette publishes a commentary piece by Law Society president Nick Emmerson to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. 

“The profession is adjusting to a post-pandemic world, with many dealing with heavy workloads and a work culture that stigmatises being open and honest about mental health,” he said.

“Mental Health Awareness Week is only one week, but we as a profession must look to the ways we can support one another every day of the year.”

Stratford Magistrates’ Court 

Gazette continues coverage of an alleged assault at Stratford Magistrates’ Court. 

A Law Society spokesperson said it had been made aware of “a number of serious incidents” at Stratford which indicated a “pattern of alleged rogue behaviour” and was “making urgent enquiries of HM Courts and Tribunals Service to establish the facts and secure assurances as to the safety of our members.”

Early legal advice pilot 

Legal Futures continues coverage of an evaluation report on the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) early legal advice pilot that has revealed problems and failures with residents with housing, debt and welfare problems. 

Law Society president Nick Emmerson said: “Building on the findings of this report, we hope the MoJ will continue its engagement with the legal and advice sectors to find effective ways to offer early advice under the civil legal aid scheme.”

Judicial Appointments Commission 

Global Legal Post reports on three new appointments being made to the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC). 

Law Society president Nick Emmerson said: “The JAC should explore with an open mind why it still seems to be the case that, while we have a very diverse pool of applicants entering the JAC’s process, the appointees coming out the other end are significantly less diverse.”

Also worth a read:

  • Plan to criminalise rough sleeping dropped – Guardian
  • Report finds early release prison scheme causing ‘high-risk’ offenders to be let out – Sky News
  • MPs told upfront information on properties for home buyers ‘must be mandated’ – Legal Futures
  • Three accused of assisting Hong Kong intelligence service – FT (£)
  • Court rules Rwanda deportation law should not apply in Northern Ireland – Guardian

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