25th August - Law News

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Today's video story: Philippines outrage grows over children killed in anti-drug raids. Philippine police have told a Senate inquiry that a high school student they killed in an anti-drug raid last week had been involved in narcotics - but they only learned of this after they shot him dead. His death has caused public outrage in the Philippines, with critics accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of turning a blind eye to police abuses. Duterte says his crackdown on drugs will not stop - but has told police to only kill if necessary.

Focus of the day story: A legal profession divided into barristers and solicitors has contributed to the UK's judiciary lagging in diversity, the incoming president of the Supreme Court has suggested. Lady Hale, who takes over from Lord Neuberger in October as head of the highest court in the UK, said traditional assumptions 'about who gets which sort of judicial job' should be abandoned. Hale was called to the bar in 1969. Hale told the Constitutional Law Summer School in Belfast this month that women making up a fifth of the High Court and Court of Appeal, and a sixth of the Supreme Court, was 'not really a cause for celebration' nearly 100 years after the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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