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7th annual Civil Justice Council National Forum on access to justice for those without means

On invitation Jos Hoevenaars attended the 7th annual Civil Justice Council National Forum on access to justice for those without means taking place in London on 7 December 2018. The full day forum brought together members from across the British advice and pro bono sector, courts and tribunals, government, the legal profession, universities (UK and abroad), charities, foundations and institutions to discuss the current state of the legal aid sector in the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom. The day saw some 20 different speakers as well as several in-depth breakout session in which divergent subjects such as funding, technology, the need for data collection and analysis, and the intersection between legal needs and mental health were discussed among the over 200 participants in more detail.

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Published: September 17, 2017

On 14 June 2017, the First Chamber of the CJEU delivered an interesting preliminary ruling (case C-75/16, Menini & Rampanelli v Banco Popolare – Società Cooperativa) bringing in new insights on the admissibility of compulsory mediation procedures in the EU. Alexandre Biard wrote a blogpost on the case and implications of the ruling here.