Friday, 23 January 2009

Judiciary of England & Wales web site

Whilst carrying out some research for a session I'll be giving on legal information for non-lawyers I came across the Judiciary of England and Wales web site and thought that it was worth sharing with a wider audience.

The Judgments and Guidance section includes key information on sentencing, practice directions, protocols on criminal cases and links to tribunal decisions.

Publication and Media documents judicial responses to government proposals which would have a direct impact on the court system as well as the text of speeches / lectures given by senior judges. Recent speeches have covered topics such as the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Act and the need for reform in the Criminal Justice system.

Also of interest is a 2007 interview conducted with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips covering issues such as judicial independence, sentencing & judicial accountability.

Last but by no means least, there is a section containing statistics. These include a breakdown of the ethnicity, gender & age make up of the judiciary.

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