Whatever happened to the Digital Economy Act? – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2011 in copyright, electronic commerce, internet, legislation, news by sally

“The UK’s Digital Economy Act (DEA) was meant to make pirates quake in their boots, but so far it has failed to shiver any timbers.”

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BBC News, 21st October 2011

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Man jailed for 1990s rapes – The Independent

Posted October 21st, 2011 in DNA, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“A double rapist caught nearly 20 years after his first rape was jailed for 16 years today.”

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The Independent, 21st October 2011

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Solicitors from Hell owner’s defamation bid was ‘abuse of court process’ – The Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2011 in complaints, defamation, internet, Law Society, news by sally

“Mr Justice Tugendhat has dismissed a £1m defamation claim launched against Law Society chief executive Des Hudson by Solicitors from Hell owner Rick Kordowksi, branding the bid ‘an abuse of the court process’.”

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The Lawyer, 21st October 2011

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Men jailed for mistaken identity murder in Catford – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2011 in drug offences, mistaken identity, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“Two killers who shot a man in a ‘roadside execution’ in front of his wife in south London have been jailed.”

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BBC News, 21st October 2011

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Yorkshire judge under fire for banning ‘love’ in courtroom – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, judges, news, sex discrimination by sally

“A newly appointed Yorkshire judge has been criticised by the region’s language campaigners after banning defendants from referring to female court staff as ‘love’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2011

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End of ‘year and a day rule’ led to Clift murder charge – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2011 in double jeopardy, grievous bodily harm, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“Screwdriver killer Leigh Clift was brought back to court and convicted of murder following a change in a the law allowing him to be charged with a different offence over the same attack on Milton Keynes man Jonathan Barton.”

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BBC News, 21st October 2011

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Former ILEX student successfully quashes cheating claims – The Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2011 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, legal education, news by sally

“The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of an Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) disciplinary hearing, ruling that the body’s disciplinary process was not independent enough to serve its purpose.”

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The Lawyer, 20th October 2011

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More secret justice on the horizon – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, disclosure, evidence, intelligence services, news by sally

“The Cabinet Office has released its long awaited Justice and Security Green Paper, addressing the difficult question of to what extent the state must reveal secret information in court proceedings. A consultation has been launched on the proposals; responses can be sent via email by Friday 6 January 2012.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th October 2011

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Allegedly defamatory comments from named authors should stay online, say MPs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 21st, 2011 in anonymity, bills, complaints, defamation, internet, judges, news by sally

“Web hosts and ISPs should be allowed to keep allegedly defamatory comments online as long as the author of the comment is identified and a notice of complaint is published alongside the comment, a Parliamentary committee has recommended.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th October 2011

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Legal aid: the right to a fair trial – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 21st, 2011 in bills, human rights, legal aid, news, trials by sally

“Under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), Art 6 ‘Right to a fair trial’, ‘equality of arms’ is implicitly granted in respect of both criminal charges and civil rights and obligations. By ensuring the entitlement of a ‘fair and public hearing’, it is presumed that legal aid funding will be afforded to those individuals who would suffer injustice otherwise.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 19th October 2011

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Courts should ditch ‘absurd’ paper-based systems, say Neuberger and Vos – The Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, electronic filing, electronic mail, news by sally

“Britain’s leading judges are calling for an electronic revolution in the courts, arguing that enhanced use of technology would solidify London’s High Court as one of the best in the world.”

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The Lawyer, 20th October 2011

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More cuts: Library closure challenge fails – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 21st, 2011 in appeals, budgets, children, injunctions, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“The duty to provide library services for children was one of the key arguments advanced by campaigners in Brent challenging the council’s decision to close 6 of its 12 libraries. Reliance was placed upon section 7 of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. This requires local authorities to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2011

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Victims’ Views of Court and Sentencing – Victims’ Commissioner

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, criminal justice, news, sentencing, victims by sally

“Victims’ Commissioner publishes findings from research with victims of crime about their experiences of court and sentencing.”

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Victims’ Commissioner, 20th October 2011

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SSL International plc and another v TTK LIG Ltd and others – WLR Daily

Posted October 21st, 2011 in civil procedure rules, foreign companies, law reports, service by sally

SSL International plc and another v TTK LIG Ltd and others [2011] EWCA Civ 1170; [2011] WLR (D) 299

“Service of a claim form on the director of a foreign company during his temporary visit to England did not constitute personal service of the claim form on the company, within CPR r 6.5(3)(b), where the company was neither resident nor carried on business in England and all its directors were resident overseas when the proceedings were purportedly served.”

WLR Daily, 19th October 2011

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Regina (Kaur) v Institute of Legal Executives Appeal Tribunal and another – WLR Daily

Regina (Kaur) v Institute of Legal Executives Appeal Tribunal and another [2011] EWCA Civ 1168; [2011] WLR (D) 298

“Judges should not sit or should face recusal or disqualification where there was a real possibility on the objective appearances of things, assessed by the fair-minded and informed observer, that the tribunal could be biased. The vice-president of the Institute of Legal Executives (‘ILEX’) ought not to have been a member of a disciplinary appeal tribunal set up by the institute to deal with breaches of its rules. Her leading role in the institute and her inevitable interest in its policy of disciplinary regulation should have disqualified her because the fair-minded and informed observer ought to have or would have concluded that there was a real possibility of bias.”

WLR Daily, 19th October 2011

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Judge scrutinises ill man’s removal from foster home – The Independent

Posted October 21st, 2011 in care homes, disabled persons, fostering, local government, news by sally

“A High Court judge has ordered a local authority to provide details about its decision to remove a man with severe medical difficulties from his former foster parents.”

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The Independent, 21st October 2011

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Rapist Gerald Greenwood cannot be buried with wife, church rules – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2011 in burials and cremation, child abuse, Church of England, news by tracey

“A Lancashire man jailed for child sex offences cannot be buried alongside his wife, church authorities have ruled.”

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BBC News, 20th October 2011

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Oliver Letwin cleared of security breach after dumping documents in park bin – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2011 in data protection, ministers' powers and duties, news, privacy, terrorism by tracey

“The Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin has been cleared of allegations that he could have committed a security breach after being photographed dumping work-related documents in bins in a park close to Downing Street.”

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The Guardian, 20th Ocober 2011

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Lawyers condemn police spies who ‘deceive’ justice system – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2011 in courts, demonstrations, evidence, investigatory powers, news, perjury, police by tracey

“Lawyers have condemned what appears to be deception of the courts by undercover police and have called for fundamental reforms of the legislation governing covert operations.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2011

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Sandbanks tree damage developers guilty – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2011 in criminal damage, news, planning, trees by tracey

“Two developers have been found guilty of damaging trees which were blocking plans for three luxury homes worth £11m in Dorset.”

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BBC News, 20th October 2011

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