Archive for November 12th, 2010

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I do enjoy twitter… but it can be surreal….. this exchange tonight is fairly typical of what can happen.  At least @Lord_Sugar  (It really is him) gets into the spirit of things of twitter….. (nothing ‘menacing’ about that tweet CPS).  I guess @Pinklillycat won’t be applying for The Apprentice 2011.

Might as well toss in some serious politics… being that it is a Friday night…..


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Lord Chancellor and Master of the Rolls prepare for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary

The Lawyer: This morning the Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke QC and the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger will be among the dignitaries gathered at Runnymede Meadows to kick off five years of celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

The celebrations will start with a public commemoration of the sealing of the Magna Carta at the site where, in 1215, the barons gathered to petition King John for the first ‘great charter’.

The organisers of today’s event hope that the five-year programme of celebrations will include a commemorative coin and stamp in 2015 as well as a public holiday on June 15th 2015.

Meanwhile twitter is ablaze with the #Iamspartacus hashtag – which, if you are not on Twitter reads as follows…

Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!! #IAmSpartacus

The above is based on the original tweet for which Paul Chambers was convicted.  There have been thousands…perhaps even a hundred thousand or more tweets to this effect. #Iamspartacus tweets on twitter.  It is unlikely that the CPS will be prosecuting everyone for tweeting this.

The #Twitterjoketrial – an issue about freedoms and common sense – is a serious one..  I wrote about this yesterday and to get the full story please follow David Allen Green / Jack of Kent link on the post below.

Law Review: Twitter Joke Trial – A travesty… why do we really bother?

On a lighter note… I do like Ken Clarke QC, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, as a politician. He has been around for a long time and, whether one agrees with his views or not, he seems to impart his beliefs in an entirely reasonable and reasoned way and invites discussion.  Magna Carta is important in our history – even if only three provisions appear to remain in our law directly.  The Coalition government has promised to roll back repressive laws and there is a reasonable belief, on performance to date, that this will be done.   We will see what happens in the coming months.

I also like his hat.  I have a similar one.

Have a good weekend.

PS… the quote in the Ken Clarke bubble in the pic above was from Lord Denning.


HAT TIP to @Loveandgarbage... this Hancock on Magna Carta is a must… if you haven’t seen it!

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Neuberger endorses accreditation scheme

The Law Society Gazette

The master of the rolls has given judicial backing to the proposed quality assurance for advocates (QAA) scheme, saying judges are the ‘ultimate consumers’ of advocacy services and are well placed to assess quality.

Speaking at the Bar Council’s annual conference, Lord Neuberger defended the proposal for judicial evaluation in the QAA scheme for criminal advocates.

He said quality advocacy is essential to the proper administration of justice, and that without it the adversarial system could not operate efficiently, effectively or fairly.

‘It should be entirely unsurprising then that judges strongly support the quality assurance scheme and judicial involvement in the assessment process,’ he said. ‘Judges are the ultimate consumers of advocacy services. They are supplied with those services every day and are well placed to tell which advocates are good and which are not. As such, they are essential to the quality assurance process.’

Last month, the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA) expressed concern about the ‘over-reliance’ on judicial evaluation, pointing out that judges have historically demonstrated a bias towards the bar. However, Neuberger said any bias was ‘unacceptable’ and had no place in such a scheme.

Today Michael Robinson of Emmersons Solicitors attended the SAHCA conference on the issue – and, using twitter for a very useful purpose for lawyers – tweeted key points throughout the day…  There are too many tweets to post here…. but here is a pdf of all the tweets extracted from @Emmersonslaw twitter time line on the subject.  With Twitter… you have to start at the bottom of the page and work up…. as the most recent tweets are at the top.It isn’t the neatest document I have produced because I had to delete a great deal of twitter code – but all the tweets are there and fairly quickly after the event.

It makes fascinating reading.

Download pdf of tweets

Look at tweets direct from timeline of @Emmersonslaw (You may have to scroll down if Emmersonslaw has tweeted subsequent to you reading this post)

Hat Tip to Michael Robinson for giving us all a flavour of discussion at what is a very important issue for advocates..

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