Bar’s Web site tops 100 million vists

first_imgBar’s Web site tops 100 million vists January 15, 2009 Regular News Bar’s Web site tops 100 million vistscenter_img With the annual number of visits to The Florida Bar’s Web site surpassing 100 million and still growing, the Communications Committee is looking for ways to improve the site and its accessibility for members and the public. Committee Chair Ray Abadin told the board that one factor in the increasing use is the rising technological savvy of Bar members, two-thirds of whom are 50 or younger.He noted that hits on the Web site were almost 37 million in 2003-04. They had risen to 106.1 million in 2006-07 and to 118.7 million for 2007-08.The most popular part of the site is the Find A Lawyer page, followed by the site’s home page, and then the Bar Journal. Next is the section in which Bar members report their CLE hours, followed by the Bar News , and the Bar’s master calendar. Bar membership surveys have shown an increasing use of technology by Bar members, Abadin said, and the Young Lawyers Division uses its Web site to communicate with members, which has resulted in a spike of visits to the site.The committee hopes to emulate that in its efforts, he said, which could include continuing efforts to phase out the printed Journal directory, since all the information in the publication is available online, where it can be more regularly updated.He invited board members to review the Web site and make suggestions for improvement, adding, “We’re going to be making significant changes to the electronic media and the data presentation to our members.”last_img read more

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Grayling secures MPs’ backing for JR reforms

first_imgThe government has passed its controversial reforms to judicial review through the House of Commons after two late concessions.Lord chancellor and justice secretary Chris Grayling this evening secured MPs’ votes in favour of his proposed changes to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.The vote came after Grayling made a late offer to give judges the final decision on whether to grant judicial review, and for judicial committees to decide at what financial level individuals who fund cases will have to be identified.But lawyers on the government benches took Grayling to task on his concession allowing judges to grant judicial review where there is an ‘exceptional public interest’.Former attorney general Dominic Grieve and former solicitor general Edward Garnier both decided not to vote with the government, with Garnier describing the public interest clause as ‘moderately nonsensical’.The bill will now pass back to the House of Lords, which has already voted against Grayling’s plans twice before. Unless they defy constitutional convention, peers are now almost certain to approve the legislation.The government wants to change current judicial review rules to make third-party interveners liable for costs and to prevent judges from granting permission for JR even if the public authority has acted unlawfully, if the outcome would have been the same had they acted lawfully.During the debate in the commons, the lord chancellor told MPs his new concessions should address the concerns of peers and retain the original aim of the proposals.‘The bill protects public bodies against cases brought on a technicality,’ he said. ‘[The reforms] don’t undermine the core purpose of judicial review. [But] public bodies are effectively blackmailed in judicial review. This bill stops campaign groups using them to string out the process.’Labour, while welcoming the concessions, continued to oppose the legislation as a whole.Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter said the concessions were the ‘bare minimum’ the justice secretary thought he could get away with and would lead to satellite litigation with further delays and costs.Grayling will hope for a smoother passage in the Lords for his bill, after seeing peers vote to block it last month following the justice secretary’s admission he had misled parliament during the commons debate.He told the commons tonight that he had ‘mixed up “likelys” with “exceptional circumstances”’.last_img read more

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Transfer Talk: Hearts set Paterson asking price, Benteke to Palace

first_imgHearts have already rejected one offer for Callum Paterson from Wigan Athletic. Now the Tynecastle club are preparing themselves for a second approach.The English Championship club will have to stump up £1.2 million for the right-back, though, with the Jam Tarts setting their asking price for the Scotland international.Joleon Lescott is edging closer to signing for Rangers with the former England defender to have a medical with the Ibrox club.And Crystal Palace have struck a deal with Liverpool for the transfer of striker Christian Benteke. It’s all in Today’s Transfer Talk.last_img

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