The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw
Law blogging, despite the predictions of the gurus and prognosticators, continues to thrive. Whether law blogs influence opinion is not of particular concern to me (nor, I suspect for many law bloggers), for I blog for pleasure – but I would hope that the opinions and thoughts of my fellow bloggers at least provide food for thought.
The UK Human Rights Blog even considers the right to blog in: Right to Blog, Lord Chancellor’s Legacy and Accountability for War Crimes – The Human Rights Roundup
Many law bloggers have been pre-occupied recently with the Legal Aid reforms. Patrick Torsney has a comprehensive listing of some very good writing on the subject.
theintrigant continues to provide a dash of black humour to the proceedings with this Third Letter to The Lord Chancellor
One very angry #LegalAidWarrior comes out fighting http://www.gcnchambers.co.uk/content/download/2561/17348/file/Response%20to%20Transforming%20Legal%20Aid%20Consultation%202013%20-%20Mark%20George%20QC%20GCN.pdf … One of GCN’s responses to the worst Ld Chancellor in history
A fundamental shift in the relationship between the government and the governed is taking place: by restricting access to the law, the state is handing itself an alarming immunity from legal scrutiny.
But what of other matters?…..
Although the Ministry of Justice has apparently denied any intent to ‘privatise the courts’ – they merely want the courts to have more ‘commercial freedom’ – Obiter J considers the matter : Privatisation of the courts?
Obiter J also considers: Citizen’s Arrest – a limited power
The most high profile media case of the week was Lord McAlpine’s claim against Sally Bercow.
Informm Blog considered this in their excellent weekly round up: Law and Media Round Up – 27 May 2013
And – Antonin Pribetic, writing from Canada, wrote a thought provoking piece on the matter as a guest on my own blog: McAlpine v. Bercow and a New Era of ‘Twitter Chill’
David Allen Green, writing at his Jack of Kent blog, considers: The law and culture of phone hacking
The UK Human Rights blog analysed the decision in R (on the application of Sandiford) v Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs  168 (Admin) – read judgment : DEATH PENALTY LEGAL FUNDING REFUSAL: APPEAL COURT CONFIRMS LIMITS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
But it isn’t all serious on the law blogs….and I end this first (of several) reviews of and from the law blogs which I shall try and put together over the next few days…
Legal Cheek, as ever, continues to comment, provoke and amuse…
Last month, retiring Court of Appeal judge Sir Alan Ward (pictured) used his penultimate judgment to deliver a wistful nautical-themed allegory about departing the Royal Courts of Justice.
It wasn’t the first time that he’d made lawyers smile. Here are ten of his best lines…
And..mea culpa… it would be remiss of me to miss out a ‘tribute to our revered Lord Chancellor’ wot I did t’other day…
Back soon with more from the law blogs…