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Justice on TV

A recent Guardian article argues that court cases should be televised as allowing TV cameras in court would help ''restore public faith in criminal proceedings.''

The arguments in support of televising cases are:

1. That it would help restore the loss of confidence in politics and the image of judges who are seen as 'out of touch' and 'liberal';

2. Allowing cameras into court would allow victims of crime to see justice being done;

2011 Pupillage Portal Opens

The 2011 Pupillage Portal timetable has been released.

The first-round of applications opens this year on Wednesday 30 March 2011 and closes at 11am on Thursday 28 April 2011. Details of the suggested timetable are as follows:

First-round applications

30/03/11 - 28/04/11

Students can now begin to upload their data and to submit their applications to their chosen sets of chambers.

First-round applications under consideration

Legalgirl Gets a Make-Over

To all existing and new users: Welcome to the new site.

As with the ever adapting Legal system, legalgirl is also moving with the times.

The new website still contains many of it's original features, however new features include a 'rolling' front news page which allows users to easily see all the latest information loaded onto the site, but the one I am most excited about is the new 'Users Blog’ section(located in the top, right hand corner).

Become-a-Barrister.com

The Bar Council along with the four Inns of Court, has today launched a new careers website to provide a range of accessible information to school and university students.

'Become a barrister’ (www.become-a-barrister.com) is a new portal for anyone interested in a career at the Bar and includes a series of films and case studies aimed at 'demystifying' entry to the profession.

Bar National Mock Trial Final

The Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with the Bar Council,the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland and the Bar Council of Northern Ireland, is gearing up for the 20th annual final of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition.

The competition will be held in the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast on Saturday 12 March 2011 and provides a unique opportunity for state school students aged between 15 and 18 to gain practical experience of the workings of the legal system.

Olympic 2012 Pro Bono Legal Advice Service

The Bar Council have announced the formation of the ‘London 2012 Pro Bono Legal Advice and Representation Service’.

The Service was requested by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

It will provide free legal advice and representation for athletes, coaches, team officials, National Olympic Committees, National Paralympic Committees and International Federations participating in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Worst Legal Joke in the World

DID you hear about the bloke who was sacked from the dodgems?

He sued for fun-fare dismissal

Pupillage award increased

The Bar Standard Board has announced an increase in the minimum funding for pupil barristers.

The new minimum wage for pupils will be set at £12,000 as of September 2011 - up from the current £10,000.

Other BSB plans include the Bar Vocational Course being replaced by the Bar Professional Training Course this autumn.

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Barrister slams Tory proposals on violence against intruders

A leading barrister has criticised Tory plans to change the law on the level of force householders can use against intruders.

The Tory party want to change the original rule that allows the use of 'reasonable force' in self defence and change it to only prosecuting those who use 'grossly disproportionate violence' against intruders.

A debate between the Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling and Michael Wolkind QC,on these proposals, can be viewed here.

2010 Target Pupillage Fair

The 2010 Pupillage Fair will be taking place at Lincoln’s Inn, London on Saturday 6 March between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm.

The event is now in its 12th year and is the only national event for students to gain a valuable insight into life at the Bar.

It is recommended, to save time on the day, to pre-register online at:

http://targetpupillagefair.co.uk

Note: If anyone would like to write and article or blog about their experiences on the day then leave a comment on this post and one of the legalgirl team will get back to you.

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