This is my last blog as LexisNexis Student Associate and I wanted to sum up what the legal world has taught me this year.
The academic year 2011-2012 has seen technological advances in the courtrooms, with social media sites such as twitter being used to give a direct transcript of proceedings, the court have also attempted the substitution of bundles in exchange for iPads and laptops. However, whether this catches on is another question!
I have explored the peculiarities of court room manner and why they felt it necessary to explain in the Alan Wilson buttock branding criminal law case to establish which of Mr Wilson’s wife’s cheeks were branded first. Further, I have discussed problems of jury duty getting one into hot water as well as the sensitive issue of wearing a veil in court.
The past 10 months have seen the London rioters face their punishment, the investigation into Michael Jackson’s doctor’s role in the singer’s death, the Stephen Lawrence murderers brought to some kind of justice, David Cameron deciding against further integration into the EU, and the trials of Charles Taylor and Anders Breivik.
In the world of sport, Sky has lost its battle against the pub landlords to ban foreign cheaper streams of live football matches, but this does not seem to be the end and there have been several allegations of racism on the football pitch. The punishments have been grossly unequal with one defendant receiving an 8 game ban, one being arrested, and one investigation is still pending. Joey Barton has also got himself in trouble for commenting on court proceedings in these cases.
For the future, Lady Hale is the new head of the Supreme Court, the effect of the legal aid cuts is to be confirmed, issues have been raised over whether someone’s facebook account should become part of their estate after death, the continuing use of poppies have been questioned and more superinjunctions have been published.
I leave with a few anecdotes and advice to students: remain flexible with job opportunities, watch what you say to your colleagues of the opposite sex as it could be deemed harassment and most importantly, never impersonate a barrister to defend your mate.
Good luck with the law,