Britain’s Supreme Court (72 mins)
Channel 4: This gripping, feature-length documentary charts the first year in the life of Britain’s new Supreme Court – the highest court in the land – now available on Channel 4 OD
I was up earlier than usual this morning at 3.30 and, with Broadband working perfectly now, I watched this most enjoyable programme. It covered a lot of ground and gave a good insight into the working of the Supreme Court and some of the leading judges – including some fine footage of Lord Phillips swimming each morning rain or shine, summer and winter. I was particularly taken with Lord Clarke’s rather dry comment on the high costs of litigation and the demise of legal aid…which I wrote down.. as best I could…“There is no point in having a right unless you can afford to exercise it”.
I have no hesitation in recommending the Channel 4 film to you.
And..on the subject of the costs of going to law..this rather sobering statement…
LSC chair says legal aid practitioners need to “be realistic”
Jordans Family Law: The chair of the Legal Services Commission, Sir Bill Callaghan, has said everyone working in legal aid needs to think about their “responsibilities, be realistic and show imagination,”
In an address to the Westminster Legal Policy Forum in London yesterday, Sir Bill said responsibility means “accepting the need for dialogue and working together as the government presses ahead with difficult choices”.
He stressed the need to be “realistic given what is happening in other areas of public spending across government and within the Ministry of Justice”.
Sir Bill said: “Even with our existing budget we would need to find improvements in the legal aid system. This isn’t a job with an end date.
“Those improvements must be ongoing to build respect from the taxpayer and ensure the legal aid fund continues to be valued.”
Assange lawyer admits he was wrong over interview
The Guardian: Julian Assange’s lawyer told a court yesterday that prosecutors attempted to interview the WikiLeaks founder over sexual assault allegations while he was still in Sweden.
Bjorn Hurtig’s admission contradicts his previous claim that the Swedish authorities had only asked to speak with Mr Assange after he had left the country. The lawyer admitted under cross-examination that he was mistaken to suggest that he had heard nothing from prosecutor Marianne Ny until after Mr Assange had left the country.
The Assange case continues on Friday…. always best to wait until the fat lady sings… or, in this case, all the evidence is put before the court..or not….if you forgive the irony…. in a case involving the operation of the European Arrest Warrant.
More later….. I have some catching up to do.