THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE’S REPORT 2018: SELECTED EXTRACTS
The Lord Chief Justice’s Report for 2018 is available if you follow the link here. Much of it is important. I have selected extracts that may be of particular interest to litigators. (There is an argument that some key indicators that interest litigators on the ground are missing. How many people have turned up at court expecting a trial and been sent away? Why are there major backlogs in some civil courts? What is the average time for an appeal reaching the Court of Appeal? Are the courts making a profit with the vastly exorbitant court fees that are now being charged? Why do some courts keep flooding?)
EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT
I view the low levels of morale within the judiciary with considerable concern. The poor state of many of our buildings is a contributing factor. So too is the increasing workload in most jurisdictions, and the reduction and high turnover of staff. With the Judicial Executive Board and the Judicial Office, I have been working to engage with judges at all levels and have put in place changes designed to improve morale. Importantly, we have involved judges directly in the development of the modernisation programme and worked hard with Government on the underlying causes of the difficulties we have faced in recruitment.