Cross-examining children in court

We’re all familiar with films and TV programmes in which a witness is demolished through tough cross-examination by the other side’s lawyer. But what if the witness is a child – how should he or she be questioned? The Guardian has just published this extract from Children and Cross-Examination – a new book by one of

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How the coalition works

Here’s a link to an interesting, short (15 minute) BBC programme about how the coalition works. It’s an interview with the authors of a new book called The Politics of Coalition.

Freedom of information? Blair-Bush phone calls “may be suppressed”

It is reported in the Guardian today that: An explosive transcript of one of Tony Blair’s final conversations with George Bush before the invasion of Iraq may be suppressed by the coalition government, Whitehall sources have confirmed. How will the Government do this, given that the Information Tribunal has already ruled that the transcript should be released under the Freedom of Information

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A new President for the UK Supreme Court

It was announced earlier today that the UK Supreme Court is to have a new President. Lord Neuberger – who is presently the Master of the Rolls: the senior judge in the Court of Appeal – will take over as Supreme Court President in October, following the retirement of the current incumbent, Lord Phillips. For

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House of Lords reform: the politics

It is already looking unlikely that the House of Lords Reform Bill will be enacted – at least in the form in which it was originally introduced, and on which I posted yesterday. There are reports today – including on the BBC and Guardian websites – that, amid real tensions between the Conservative and Liberal

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A British Bill of Rights?

The Commission on a Bill of Rights is considering whether the Human Rights Act 1998 should be replaced, or supplemented, by a “British Bill of Rights”. Today, it issued a consultation paper asking for views on what, if anything, should be done. The consultation paper sets out the various possibilities, and is worth reading if

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“Law in Focus”

The Law Faculty at Cambridge has just launched a series of short videos called “Law in Focus”, in which issues of current legal interest are explained and commented on by Faculty members with expertise in the relevant area. Here are the first two videos: