New judicial review test “risks undermining rule of law”, peers warn – Litigation Futures

Posted July 7th, 2014 in bills, budgets, costs, judges, judicial review, legal aid, news, rule of law by sally

‘The government’s plan to introduce a stricter test on judicial review outcomes “risks undermining the rule of law”, the House of Lords constitution committee has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th July 2014

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Ministers push for new legislation to track phone usage – The Guardian

‘Ministers are poised to pass emergency laws to require phone companies to log records of phone calls, texts and internet usage, but Labour and Liberal Democrats are warning that they will not allow any new law to become a backdoor route to reinstating a wider “snooper’s charter”.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2014

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Serious Crime Bill: “Cinderella clause” and “Paedophile Manual” – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in bills, child cruelty, crime, crime prevention, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Here is a summary of the various minor provisions of the Serious Crime Bill. This is partly a tinkering exercise, but creates two new offences that are far from uncontroversial.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 2nd July 2014

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You cannot be serious! Peers call ‘out’ on Government’s judicial review reforms – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last night saw the House of Lords’ first reaction to the Government’s proposed changes to judicial review as the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill had its second reading. Already dissected at some length in this blog, the proposals have been roundly criticised by both the senior judiciary and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Consultations responses, including from JUSTICE, expressed concern that the measures appear, by design or coincidence, to undermine the rule of law, inhibit transparency and shield the Government from judicial scrutiny. Two key concerns arise from the Government proposals: restricting access for individuals without substantial means and limiting the courts’ discretion to do justice in the public interest. Yesterday’s debate was robust and eloquent, with former Law Lords joined by bishops and backbenchers alike to condemn the new measures.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st July 2014

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Top judges raise concern over plan to restrict judicial review challenges – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2014 in bills, human rights, judges, judicial review, news, select committees by sally

‘Restrictions on judicial review challenges may be motivated more by a desire to avoid political embarrassment than the need to save money, a senior judge has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2014

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English landlords will not need to re-comply with tenancy deposit requirements when tenancy ‘rolls over’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 23rd, 2014 in appeals, bills, deposits, landlord & tenant, news, repossession, time limits by sally

‘English landlords that secured deposits from fixed-term tenants would not have to re-comply with the deposit protection rules if that tenancy later ‘rolls over’ to become a statutory periodic tenancy or if the landlord enters into a new tenancy with the same tenant for the same premises, the UK government has proposed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th June 2014

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New taxi rules undermine safety, warn campaigners – The Independent

Posted June 23rd, 2014 in bills, licensing, local government, news, sexual offences, taxis, women by sally

‘Ministers have been accused of undermining women’s safety by weakening the regulation of private-hire taxi drivers.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2014

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Plans to relax licensing laws lambasted by doctors and alcohol groups – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2014 in alcohol abuse, alcoholism, bills, charities, doctors, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘Ministers are under fire because of plans to let the Women’s Institute, bed and breakfasts and charities start selling alcohol, which doctors and local councils warn could worsen Britain’s drink problem.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2014

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FGM law expanded to cover foreign nationals habitually resident in UK – The Guardian

‘The law criminalising female genital mutilation is to be strengthened so the ban can be enforced against foreign nationals deemed to be “habitually resident” in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2014

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Slavery victims in Britain to be eligible for reparations from traffickers – The Guardian

‘Victims of “modern slavery” are to become eligible for compensation and reparations from their traffickers, in recognition of the exploitation and loss of dignity they have suffered, the home secretary, Theresa May, is to announce.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2014

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Landlords face prosecution over criminal tenants – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 3rd, 2014 in bills, confiscation, landlord & tenant, news, sentencing by sally

‘New offence to be announced in the Queen’s Speech will make it an offence to turn a blind eye to criminal behaviour on your property – with a punishment of up to five years in jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2014

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Laws to protect elderly from abuse left out of Queen’s Speech – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 3rd, 2014 in bills, care homes, elderly, news, speeches by sally

‘New legislation designed to protect the elderly from abusive carers will no longer be included in next week’s Queen’s Speech.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2014

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Alexander Horne and Oonagh Gay: Ending the Hamilton Affair? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1689 has been the subject of a variety of legal challenges. The Article, which provides (in modern parlance) that: “the freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament” is usually considered to be a fundamental feature of the constitution and a cornerstone of parliamentary privilege.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 21st May 2014

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Prisoners who have absconded should not be in open prisons, says Grayling – The Guardian

‘The justice secretary is to prevent prisoners who have absconded from being placed in open prison conditions after a convicted murderer went on the run for the third time.’

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The Guardian, 19th May 2014

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Letting agents ‘will have to publish their fees in full’ – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2014 in bills, consumer protection, fees, landlord & tenant, news, regulations, rent by sally

‘The government has said letting agents in England face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices.’

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BBC News, 14th May 2014

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Giving the green light to (minor) unlawfulness – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted May 12th, 2014 in appeals, bills, criminal justice, judicial review, licensing, news by sally

‘Some big news for public bodies: it’s now alright to act unlawfully. Don’t get too excited though, there’s a catch: it’s only alright to act a little bit unlawfully. Sounds silly? I agree. But depressingly this is soon likely to be law as a result of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill currently working its way through the House of Commons.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th April 2014

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High Speed 2, Hybrid Bills and Environmental Impact Assessment – Thirty Nine Essex Street

‘This paper considers the hybrid bill process, as occasionally used to promote major infrastructure projects, and how this interacts with the Environmental Impact Assessment regime. In particular it deals with the current High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill, which is seeking powers to build and operate Phase I of the High Speed 2 railway (“the HS2 Bill”).’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, May 2014

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Plan for Europe’s biggest children’s prison ‘would put young offenders at increased risk of harm or death’ – The Independent

Posted May 12th, 2014 in bills, children, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

‘Controversial plans to build Europe’s biggest children’s prison in the Midlands would put young offenders at increased risk of harm and even death, campaigners warned last night.’

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The Independent, 11th May 2014

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Police killers will face ‘life means life’ sentence – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2014 in bills, murder, news, prison officers, sentencing by tracey

‘The sentence for criminals who kill a police officer will be increased to the toughest “life means life” tariff under new reforms tabled by the Government.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th May 2014

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Not in our name: Parliamentary committee rejects Government’s case for Judicial Review reform – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE, summarises the important Joint Committee on Human Rights report “The implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposals to reform judicial review”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th April 2014

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