17th May - Law News

2335th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus: The South African government is debating whether to expropriate land from white farmers and give it to black South Africans. Land expropriation means taking property and land without any form of financial compensation. Critics of the proposed plans say it will run South Africa’s economy and increase poverty as it did in Zimbabwe. Meanwhile supporters believe it’s an attempt to move beyond South Africa’s history of racism - and is a step towards redressing some of the most damaging legacies of apartheid, townships and segregation. 

Focus of the Day story: Solicitors caught up in the bar's protest against the government's legal aid reforms should not be bullied or blamed, the chair of the Criminal Bar Association has said, as barristers prepare to escalate their action. The association has advised its 4,000 members to adopt a 'no returns' policy from Friday 25 May. It would start to take effect in courts after the late-May bank holiday. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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