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Family courts to use DNA tests to avoid ‘embarrassing’ legal battles

Family courts to use DNA tests to avoid ‘embarrassing’ legal battles

In a few months family court judges will have the power to order DNA testing to determine a child’s biological parents, helping to avoid ‘acrimonious and embarrassing’ court battles, according to…

Lord chief justice: jurors are being ‘blinded by science’

Lord chief justice: jurors are being ‘blinded by science’

In a speech on the future of forensic trials, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, lord chief justice of England and Wales, expressed concern that jurors were failing to get to grips with scientific…

‘DIY lawyers aren’t the problem. The problem is the courts.’

‘DIY lawyers aren’t the problem. The problem is the courts.’

Expect a significant increase in unrepresented people before the courts without access to a lawyer, the country’s most senior judges have warned the government. In response to the Transforming legal…

Police, bailiffs and bullying

On the 25th January, Justice Minister Helen Grant announced a proposed package of measures to ‘clean up the bailiff industry’, writes Kate Briscoe. Kate Briscoe founded the www.legalbeagles.info consumer website…

Vicky Pryce retrial: don’t blame the jury system

Vicky Pryce retrial: don’t blame the jury system

Juries in criminal trials frequently ask questions after they have retired, writes Mark George QC. These usually seek clarification from the judge as to the directions of law he has…

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