Hearts and Minds: The Minster, the Bar and legal aid…

Just a heads up that that Hearts and Minds have Justice Minister David Ford on tonight with Adrian Colton QC, Chairman of the Bar Council. It’s pretty rare that any of our local Ministers will go toe to toe with their critics, though as Pete has already pointed out this is a delicate subject with some nuances that the Minister’s proposed actions seem to ignore… Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of …

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“The basis of the action is that solictors will not be appearing in the Crown Court…”

Earlier this week the BBC reported On Wednesday, defence solicitors signalled they will not be there to represent clients facing charges up to murder when they pass to the crown court. With barristers depending on these lawyers for their instructions, it means any legal representation is highly unlikely unless a solution is reached. And quoted a statement from the Bar Council In a statement, the Bar Council said: “The Bar acknowledges the well founded concerns of solicitors that these rules …

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Liam Adams looks for legal aid to transcribe media coverage

Yesterday the BBC reported that Liam Adams is seeking legal aid so that he could fund the transcription of the media coverage of his daughter’s allegations against him.  In all likelihood, his own brother’s words should feature prominently. As we argued when the story broke after Chris Moore’s documentary, is that no one (ie, Adams and his daughter) would get any official justice once the story became public. But then, as Gladys argued at the time, simple ‘acknowledgement’ is more likely to …

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