BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 26th, 2011 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Heys, R. v [2011] EWCA Crim 2112 (09 August 2011)

Reid, R. v [2011] EWCA Crim 2162 (20 September 2011)

Archer, R. v [2011] EWCA Crim 2252 (27 September 2011)

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UK supreme court sits on cusp of tradition and modernity – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2011 in judges, news, Supreme Court by sally

“Two years after its founding, five supreme court justices explain how they reach judgments of national significance.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

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Judge reveals distress at ruling teenager cannot keep child – Daily Telegraph

“A teenage mother has lost her fight to be allowed to bring up the daughter she gave birth to when she was just 14 years old.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2011

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Ken Clarke criticises mandatory sentence for teenagers carrying knives – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2011 in news, offensive weapons, sentencing, young offenders by sally

“Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, is heading for a fresh clash with his cabinet colleague, Theresa May and Tory backbenchers after publicly criticising moves to impose mandatory prison sentences on teenagers found with a knife.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

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Wife murderers in ‘loss of control’ Appeal Court bid – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2011 in appeals, domestic violence, murder, news, provocation by sally

“The Court of Appeal is being urged to overturn the convictions of three men who killed their wives in the first appeals after a change to murder laws.”

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BBC News, 25th October 2011

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Supreme court: does it deliver justice? – video – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2011 in judges, news, Supreme Court by sally

“The supreme court, the highest court of appeal in the UK, is two years old. The Guardian’s legal affairs correspondent, Owen Bowcott, gained exclusive access to the court and questioned the justices about their decisions, their democratic credentials, and whether or not they represent modern British society.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

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Landmark pension High Court case: commentary – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 26th, 2011 in budgets, indexation, news, pensions, trade unions by sally

“A High Court test case has been launched to tackle the ‘biggest robbery’ from the pension payouts to British pensioners, unions have claimed. The head of Britain’s largest civil service union sets out the case against the change in pension indexation from the retail price index to the consumer price index.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2011

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Some news is good news – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 26th, 2011 in confidentiality, freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

“The need for a free press has been proved over and over again by the revelation of major public scandals which would not otherwise have come to light. The disclosure by the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian of dishonest expenses claims by members of parliament and the hacking of telephones and emails are two egregious examples.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th October 2011

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Legal aid cuts will cause courts logjam, warn top judges – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2011 in budgets, courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“Legal aid cuts aimed at saving £350m a year will result in courts being deluged by people without lawyers and will restrict access to justice, some of the country’s most senior judges have told the Guardian.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

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Woman guilty of stabbing husband to death in TV row – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2011 in domestic violence, murder, news by sally

“A north London woman who stabbed her husband during a row over what to watch on TV has been cleared of his murder.”

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BBC News, 25th October 2011

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UK supreme court’s only female judge calls for more diversity in appointments – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2011 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

“Lady Hale is the only woman justice to sit in the supreme court. She longs for female company – perhaps another three women judges, and is tired of being told that it is only ‘a matter of time’.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

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Cambridge student sued after dropping female undergraduate while drunk – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 26th, 2011 in alcohol abuse, assault, compensation, news by sally

“A Cambridge student was ordered to pay thousands of pounds in compensation to a female undergraduate after he fell while carrying her and crushed her pelvis while drunk.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2011

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Testicle bite woman Maria Topp faces jail for Newcastle boyfriend attack – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2011 in alcohol abuse, domestic violence, grievous bodily harm, news by sally

“A mother of four who admitted biting her boyfriend’s testicles during a drunken row has been warned she is facing jail.”

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BBC News, 25th October 2011

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Recurrent patterns of failings in baby abuse cases, warns Ofsted – The Guardian

“Too many babies have been killed or seriously injured through child abuse because of failings by the authorities that are repeated across the country, a report has found.”

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The Guardian, 26th October 2011

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Consultation begins on domestic violence disclosure scheme – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2011 in consultations, criminal records, disclosure, domestic violence, news by sally

“Women could soon have the right to know whether a new partner has a history of domestic violence under proposed legislation announced by the home secretary, Theresa May. The Home Office has launched a consultation over how a national domestic violence disclosure scheme could work in practice following a campaign by the father of Clare Wood, who was strangled in 2009 by an ex-boyfriend she had met through Facebook.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

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Times can use leaked Police documents in libel defence – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 26th, 2011 in defamation, disclosure, evidence, media, news, police, proportionality by sally

“Mr Justice Tugendhat has held that, with restrictions, The Times Newspapers Ltd (TNL) should be allowed to use information from leaked documents in its defence to a libel claim brought by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). However, proportionality limited the reach of this judgment to the next stage in the libel claim, after which reassessment may be necessary.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th October 2011

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