Update to Sexual offences definitive guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted February 8th, 2016 in codes of practice, news, sentencing, sexual offences, young offenders by tracey

‘The sentencing guideline on the sentencing of sexual offences has been updated to take account of legislative changes to sections 48, 49, and 50 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The changes relate to a change in terminology and now use the term “sexual exploitation of a child” to replace references to “child prostitution” and “child pornography”. The changes are on pages 89 to 94 of the guideline.’

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Sentencing Council, 5th February 2016

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Who Guards the Guardians? – Family Law Week

‘The Association of Lawyers for Children and the National Association of Guardians ad Litem and Reporting Officers respond to recent guidance given in the Central Family Court on the need for guardians to justify their attendance at care hearings save in specified circumstances.’

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Family Law Week, 31st January 2016

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Investigatory powers bill: snooper’s charter lacks clarity, MPs warn – The Guardian

‘The government’s investigatory powers bill lacks clarity and is sowing confusion among tech firms about the extent to which “internet connection records” will be collected, a parliamentary select committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2016

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Toddler dies of leukaemia after medics miss condition 35 times – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2016 in cancer, children, codes of practice, coroners, doctors, hospitals, inquests, medical records, news by tracey

‘A toddler died of leukaemia after medics repeatedly failed to diagnose the condition despite numerous “red flags” and 35 separate visits to doctors and hospitals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2016

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Crimestoppers ad that used heart ‘ripped out of someone’s chest’ banned – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2016 in advertising, codes of practice, complaints, news by sally

‘A Crimestoppers ad with an image of a heart that looked as if it was “ripped out of someone’s chest” has been banned by the advertising watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2016

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Jimmy Carr’s ‘offensive’ dwarf joke broke broadcasting rules, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2016 in BBC, codes of practice, complaints, media, news by sally

‘Jimmy Carr’s joke about dwarves on BBC1’s The One Show was offensive and broke broadcasting rules, the media watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2016

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Victims are ill-served by the justice system: this bill will change that – The Guardian

‘The case of Poppi Worthington is the latest in a lamentable catalogue of misses by police or prosecutors. It demonstrates why the law needs to change.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2016

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Legal Professional Privilege for Prisoners – The Bar Council

‘Justice Minister Andrew Selous MP has explained the authorisation process for listening in to communications between lawyers and clients in prisons. The parliamentary written answer, published yesterday, suggests that the prison service effectively self-authorises breaches of legal professional privilege (LPP).’

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The Bar Council, 13th January 2016

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BuzzFeed breaks UK ad rules over misleading advertorial – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in advertising, codes of practice, complaints, internet, news by sally

‘BuzzFeed has broken the UK advertising rules for failing to make it clear that an article on “14 laundry fails” that promoted Dylon was an online advertorial paid for by the dye brand.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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New guidance for public bodies on FOI requests for information they intend to publish in future – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2016 in codes of practice, disclosure, freedom of information, news, public interest by tracey

‘Public bodies will find it harder to justify decisions to withhold information requested under freedom of information (FOI) laws on the basis that they intend to publish the material in future where no date has been set for that publication, according to newly issued guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2016

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Landlords in England get ready for right to rent – Home Office

‘Landlords in England are being reminded that there is less than a month to go before “right to rent” rules go live.’

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Home Office, 8th January 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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The code of practice for victims of crime and supporting public information materials – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 18th, 2015 in codes of practice, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Code of practice governing services to be provided in England and Wales to victims of criminal conduct which occurred in England and Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th December 2015

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More cases to be heard by magistrates – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criminal cases should be sent to the Crown court only if they are “clearly unsuitable” for trial in the magistrates’ court, the Sentencing Council says in fresh guidance to ensure cases are tried and sentenced in the appropriate court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th December 2015

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MoJ urged to probe impact of ‘religion-based law’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 9th, 2015 in codes of practice, equality, gender, Islam, Judaism, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice should issue guidance to ensure that religious and cultural tribunals comply with UK standards on gender equality and judicial independence, according to a high-profile commission into the role of religion and society.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th December 2015

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The Human Genome and Human Rights recommendations: “aspirational and symbolic” – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 7th, 2015 in codes of practice, DNA, equality, human rights, medical ethics, news by sally

‘The International Bioethics Committee, under the auspices of UNESCO, has recently updated its guidance on the human genome and human rights. The Report of the IBC on Updating its Reflection on the Human Genome and Human Rights was published in October 2015, and takes into account the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights (1997), the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data (2003) and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005). The following summary is based on Alison Hall’s review of the recommendations in the PHG Foundation’s bulletin.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd December 2015

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Jailed Libor trader Tom Hayes denied fair trial, says lawyer – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2015 in appeals, banking, codes of practice, conspiracy, fines, fraud, juries, news, standards by sally

‘Th judge who sentenced a former trader to 14 years in jail for conspiracy to rig Libor blocked the defence from presenting key evidence about a banking industry that routinely flouted rules, the court of appeal has heard.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2015

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Second transgender prisoner found dead in male jail – The Guardian

‘A transgender woman has become the second trans prisoner in the space of a month to apparently take their own life while serving time in a male jail in England.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2015

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Former MP Tim Yeo loses Sunday Times cash claim libel bid – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2015 in codes of practice, defamation, media, news, parliament by tracey

‘Former Conservative MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel case against The Sunday Times over a “cash for advocacy” claim.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2015

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Family ADR boosted by new guidance – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division, has issued guidance on arbitration in the family court in a move which could encourage more lawyers to view alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a viable option.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th November 2015

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Reprimand and fine for barrister who admitted talking to jurors after trial – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who admitted that he had talked to jurors at Basildon Railway Station after a trial has been reprimanded and fined £300 by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 25th November 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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