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A government review into representation of children in public law cases could lead to lawyers being removed at certain stages in proceedings.Publishing his latest ‘View from the president’s chambers’, Family Division head Sir James Munby (pictured) said the Ministry of Justice, with his support, is investigating whether there is scope for a reformed level of representation in relation to the ‘tandem’ model, which requires that a child in every care case is represented by a guardian and solicitor.CAFCASS figures show that, in the 12 months to March this year, there were 12,781 new care cases – up from 11,159 in the previous year. In the four months from April to July this year, there were 4,959 new cases, compared to 4,118 in the same period for 2015.Munby said the reasons for the increase are ‘little understood’ and being investigated. However, the government and judiciary have to plan on the basis that there will continue to be significant increases.Munby anticipates that there are unlikely to be any increases in resources, judicial or otherwise.Only the tandem model can ensure that the child’s interests, wishes and feelings are correctly identified and properly represented, Munby said. ‘This does not mean, however, that the practical operation of the tandem model should be immune from scrutiny,’ he added.In some cases, the solicitor will instruct counsel. Sometimes, in the ‘very heaviest’ cases, two counsel, a junior and a QC will also be instructed.‘From my perspective, the focus of this is the question of whether, at certain stages in the proceedings and at certain type of hearing, there could properly be scope for dispensing with the attendance of some, or even, in some circumstances, all, of the child’s professional team,’ Munby said.‘But, I emphasise, so far as I am concerned, none of this can be allowed to prejudice the fundamentals of the tandem model.’The ministry will be conducting a data-collection exercise in 12 courts. A second phase, involving the judiciary, will investigate how a reformed model of representation could work in practice.Meanwhile, the first phase of a pilot into ‘settlement conferences’, which began in May, is due to conclude next month.Pioneered in Canada, a settlement conference involves a without-prejudice hearing that takes place before a judge with the consent of all the parties involved, to try to resolve some or all of the issues concerned.Parties attend with their legal representative (where instructed) but are encouraged to speak directly with the judge. The judge hearing the settlement conference will make a final or further directions order, but then has no further involvement with the case.Munby acknowledged that the pilot has received a mixed response from solicitors.The Association of Lawyers for Children, in guidance issued to members in July, said the scheme undermines judicial continuity. The right to professional advocacy is also undermined if lawyers are expected to remain silent, it added.Pilots have been taking place in Cheshire, Merseyside, Devon, Central London, South East Wales, and Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire.
HARARE, (Reuters) – Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took five wickets as Sri Lanka bowled out hosts Zimbabwe out for 358 on day two of the first test at the Harare Sports Club yesterday, but the home side will be pleased with their batting efforts on their return to test cricket. The tourists reached the close at 42 for one in their reply, a deficit of 316 runs that they will seek to wipe out on a slow pitch on day three in the first match of a two-test series.Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (12 not out) and Kusal Mendis (6 not out) are at the crease after Sri Lanka lost opener Oshada Fernando for 21, bowled by Donald Tiripano with the seamer’s first ball in the match.Zimbabwe had resumed on the second morning on 189 for two, but lost Brendan Taylor (21) early when he was trapped leg before by seamer Suranga Lakmal (3-53), who also accounted for top scorer Craig Ervine (85). Embuldeniya (5-115) then ate into the middle order, removing captain Sean Williams (18), the dangerous Sikandar Raza (41) and Regis Chakabva (8). He claimed his second five-wicket haul in tests when he bowled Kyle Jarvis for one.Zimbabwe batted for 148 overs for their 358, showing great patience at the crease as they made Sri Lanka toil for their wickets.The tour was hastily arranged, having only been announced on Jan. 8. Zimbabwe, returning to test cricket for the first time since their tour of Bangladesh in 2018, were briefly suspended by the International Cricket Council last year because of government interference in the sport, but were reinstated in October. The second test will also be played at the Harare Sports Club, starting on Jan. 27.
The 76ers may want to add a guard.Philadelphia “could have eyes for” Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported on a recent podcast. The 76ers are also “highly interested,” in acquiring Cavaliers sharpshooter Kyle Korver, according to an earlier report from the New York Times. The 76ers have an open roster spot and are looking to add shooters after they traded Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves in exchange for Jimmy Butler last weekend.Butler is expected to make his 76ers debut when they face the Magic on Wednesday. NBA trade rumors: 76ers are ‘highly interested’ in acquiring Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver Caldwell-Pope has averaged 6.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game with the Lakers this season. He has also struggled shooting the basketball as he has knocked down just 28.2 percent of his 3-point attempts.Caldwell-Pope signed a new one-year, $12 million deal with the Lakers this offseason after he played for the team in 2017-18. He is not eligible to be traded until Dec. 15. Celtics G Marcus Smart discusses locker room outburst: ‘We have to look ourselves in the mirror’ Related News