The Attorney General on who should decide what the public interest is – Attorney General’s Office

‘The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP spoke at University College London’s Law Faculty on his role as a guardian of the public interest.’

Full story

Attorney General’s Office, 8th February 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Comments Off on The Attorney General on who should decide what the public interest is – Attorney General’s Office

Judges ‘not always best placed’ to decide public interest – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Politicians are sometimes better placed than judges to decide what is in the public interest in disputes over freedom of information, the government’s most senior lawyer has said.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th February 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Comments Off on Judges ‘not always best placed’ to decide public interest – Law Society’s Gazette

MPs better placed than judges to decide public interest, says attorney general – The Guardian

‘Politicians are frequently better placed than judges to decide what constitutes the public interest in releasing information about foreign relations, national security and other areas, according to the attorney general.’

Full story

The Guardian, 8th February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on MPs better placed than judges to decide public interest, says attorney general – The Guardian

More lawyers to review ‘unduly lenient’ sentences after complaints soar – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2016 in appeals, attorney general, complaints, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘More lawyers are to be recruited to a scheme that reviews “unduly lenient” sentences after a sharp rise in the number of complaints about judges’ decisions on jail terms.’

Full story

The Guardian, 6th January 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on More lawyers to review ‘unduly lenient’ sentences after complaints soar – The Guardian

Attorney General’s guidelines on information security and government work – Attorney General’s Office

‘Guidelines for civil panel counsel, revised to include the new government security classifications.’

Full guidance

Attorney General’s Office, 18th November 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Comments Off on Attorney General’s guidelines on information security and government work – Attorney General’s Office

Syria drone strikes: UK attorney general refuses to disclose advice – The Guardian

‘The attorney general has refused to disclose his advice about the legality of RAF drone strikes in Syria, citing collective cabinet responsibility and the need for law officers to give “full and frank” opinions.’

Full story

The Guardian, 16th September 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Syria drone strikes: UK attorney general refuses to disclose advice – The Guardian

Publication of the Black Spider Memos: a hollow victory? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘On 13th April, the Guardian were finally able to publish the ‘black spider memos,’ private correspondence between Prince Charles and several government departments between September 2004 and March 2005.’

Full story

Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th May 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Comments Off on Publication of the Black Spider Memos: a hollow victory? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Attorney General Dominic Grieve questions what Tories trying to achieve by replacing Human Rights Act with British Bill of Rights – The Independent

‘The former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has questioned what the Conservative Party is trying to achieve through its plan to replace the Human Rights Act with a new British Bill of Rights.’
Full story

The Independent, 17th May 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off on Attorney General Dominic Grieve questions what Tories trying to achieve by replacing Human Rights Act with British Bill of Rights – The Independent

R (on the application of Evans) and another (Respondents) v Attorney General (Appellant) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Evans) and another (Respondents) v Attorney General (Appellant) [2015] UKSC 21 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 26th March 2015

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

Comments Off on R (on the application of Evans) and another (Respondents) v Attorney General (Appellant) – Supreme Court

Alison Young: R (Evans) v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 – the Anisminic of the 21st Century? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On Thursday 26th March the Supreme Court concluded, to the delight of The Guardian and the dismay of the Prime Minister, that communications between Prince Charles and government Ministers – the so-called ‘black spider memos’ – should be released. This has been a long saga, involving issues of freedom of information, discussion of constitutional conventions surrounding the behaviour of a Monarch in training, which now also includes the principle of legality and the nature of the relationship between parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law. Such a cornucopia of delights for constitutional lawyers guarantees that the case has earned its place in the ‘Constitutional law Case list Hall of Fame’, with the promise of further delight as the memos, once released and savoured, cast an insight into the relationship between the Crown and the Government.’

Full story

UK Constitutional Law Association, 31st March 2015

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Comments Off on Alison Young: R (Evans) v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 – the Anisminic of the 21st Century? – UK Constitutional Law Association

The Tale of the Black Spider: The Supreme Court speaks – UK Human Rights Blog

‘And so, the long legal saga of the Black Spider Letters finally comes to a close.

I last blogged about this case back in October 2012. At that time, the Attorney General had ignited controversy by invoking a little-known power under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 27th March 2015

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Comments Off on The Tale of the Black Spider: The Supreme Court speaks – UK Human Rights Blog

Supreme court clears way for release of secret Prince Charles letters – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2015 in appeals, attorney general, disclosure, documents, news, royal family, Supreme Court, veto by sally

‘The UK supreme court has cleared the way for the publication of secret letters written by Prince Charles to British government ministers, declaring that an attempt by the state to keep them concealed was unlawful.’

Full story

The Guardian, 26th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Supreme court clears way for release of secret Prince Charles letters – The Guardian

Attorney General defends government’s record on rule of law, including JR reform – Litigation Futures

Posted February 26th, 2015 in attorney general, judicial review, news, rule of law, speeches by sally

The government has “stood up for the rule of law” and should be proud of its record, the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, has argued, in a strongly-worded speech on the last day of the Global Law Summit.

Full story

Litigation Futures, 26th February 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Comments Off on Attorney General defends government’s record on rule of law, including JR reform – Litigation Futures

Attorney general unable to review teacher-pupil sex sentence – The Guardian

‘A judge who gave a teacher a suspended sentence after suggesting he had been “groomed” by a pupil he was convicted of having sex with is to face an official investigation. Stuart Kerner, 44, was found guilty last month of two counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust. But on Wednesday, he was given a suspended 18-month sentence by Joanna Greenberg QC, who said it was clear that his 16-year-old victim was obsessed with him.’

Full story

The Guardian, 15th January 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Attorney general unable to review teacher-pupil sex sentence – The Guardian

Sex teacher Stuart Kerner’s ‘unduly lenient’ sentence may be reviewed – BBC News

‘The Attorney General is to consider whether a suspended sentence handed to a religious studies teacher who had a sex with a pupil should be reviewed.’

Full story

BBC News, 14th January 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Sex teacher Stuart Kerner’s ‘unduly lenient’ sentence may be reviewed – BBC News

Ched Evans: Attorney general’s office probe into website – BBC News

Posted January 7th, 2015 in attorney general, contempt of court, employment, internet, news, rape, sentencing, sport, victims by tracey

‘The attorney general’s office is considering whether a website supporting convicted rapist Ched Evans breached contempt of court laws.’

Full story

BBC News, 6th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Ched Evans: Attorney general’s office probe into website – BBC News

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: codes of practice consultation – Attorney General’s Office

‘A consultation on a revised code of practice that governs the use of investigatory powers in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.’

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 12th December 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Comments Off on Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: codes of practice consultation – Attorney General’s Office

Dominic Grieve QC MP – Why It Matters that Conservatives Should Support the European Convention on Human Rights – UCL Constitution Unit

Posted December 11th, 2014 in attorney general, constitutional reform, human rights, news, speeches, treaties by sally

‘A British withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights would be “devastating for Britain and human rights throughout Europe, says Dominic Grieve, sacked as Attorney General by David Cameron in July.’

Video

UCL Constitution Unit, 10th December 2014

Source: www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit

Comments Off on Dominic Grieve QC MP – Why It Matters that Conservatives Should Support the European Convention on Human Rights – UCL Constitution Unit

Attorney general’s rejection of ruling on Charles letters was unlawful, court told – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2014 in attorney general, disclosure, documents, news, royal family, Supreme Court, trials, veto by sally

‘The government’s most senior legal adviser acted unlawfully when he overrode a court and blocked the publication of secret letters written by Prince Charles, the supreme court has been told.’

Full story

The Guardian, 25th November 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Attorney general’s rejection of ruling on Charles letters was unlawful, court told – The Guardian

White collar crime reform considered – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The attorney general has revealed that the government is considering changing the evidential basis for prosecuting white collar crime.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 20th October 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Comments Off on White collar crime reform considered – Law Society’s Gazette