|Manchester Christmas Markets 2013|
Let us hope that 2014 proves to be a peaceful and happy year. There is much to work for if access to justice and the generally high standards of our legal system are to be maintained. There is much to be done for the less well-off in our country and across the world there are massive challenges.
Here is a quick glance at a few items of interest .....
Lord Mance (Justice of the Supreme Court) has spoken about "Europe" - "Destruction of Metamorphosis of the Legal Order" - "No man is an island" states Lord Mance and neither can a nation stand alone in the modern "globalised" world. He concentrates on what he termed "the European project, resting on the twin foundations of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Union." Lord Mance highlights some of the benefits brought to the UK by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998.
Writing in The Guardian 22nd December, Jon Henley asks - Why is the European Court of Human Rights hated by the UK right? I urge you to read and consider it. Regular readers of this blog will have realised that I am pro-the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998. The Convention system offers protection for the individual against the excesses of State power. If the Convention is to do this effectively, the Convention must be a "living instrument" capable of being sensibly adapted to changing circumstances.
The Secretary of State for Justice has announced a "pardon" for Alan Turing who was instrumental in breaking the Enigma Code used by the Germans in World War 2. A previous post on Turing is here. The Head of Legal blog has a very good and well-reasoned analysis of this pardon.
The Defence Brief blog looks at the sentencing of Denis MacShane in relation to parliamentary expenses and how his 6 month sentence compares with guidance for benefit fraud. A reasonable argument here, I think.
Lord Chancellor Grayling has shamed our nation - It revolts me
Marilyn Stowe is a great family law blog and it has several interesting posts: Citizens Advice estimates half a million unreported Victims of Domestic Violence; A family lawyer's Christmas wish list by John Bolch; Christmas is for the children; and My review of the year (part six) by John Bolch. A superb blog with "classy" presentation.
Lastly, for this post, I turn to the UK Human Rights blog with its formidably talented team of writers. Their weekly roundups of news are always pertinent, informative and interesting. Here is the one of 23rd December. Thanks also to this blog for sometimes linking to some of my posts.
Enjoy the Festive Season - think of those less fortunate and, if you can, help them. In the restless world of the law, there will be much more to write about in the coming days and months.