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Behind Bars and Beyond Capacity

The news that the MOJ is today (15th May) implementing “Operation Early Dawn” to decide which newly charged (and bail refused) Defendants should be kept in custody for court, and potentially remanded into the prison system, and which should be re assessed for release...

Mental Health Awareness: Tips for Criminal Law Solicitors

In the high-pressure world of criminal law, where the stakes are high and the demands are relentless, prioritising mental health is not just important—it's essential. As criminal law solicitors navigate the complexities of the legal system and the weight of their...

In Pursuit of Justice: Why I Chose Criminal Law

In a series of blogs we are speaking to our CLSA membership and asking them why they chose to qualify into Criminal Law…. Was it a passion from an early age, something inspired by events in their life, or a complete accident? Jessica Dent, a Criminal Defence Solicitor...

Improvements to the PET and BCM forms in Common Platform

Following feedback from defence practitioners, HMCTS has improved the digitised Preparation for Effective Trial (PET) and Better Case Management (BCM) forms on Common Platform. They’re making changes in 2 releases. The first set of improvements went live Monday 18...

Crime Lower Common Billing Errors – LAA February 2024

Click here to read the document To be paid in full for your work under the Standard Crime Contract, the Legal Aid Agency requires that you follow contractual requirements and the Remuneration Regulations in relation to the accuracy of costs claimed. The purpose of...