A Day in the Life of a Magistrate – BBC Law in Action

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in codes of practice, internet, judiciary, magistrates, news, police by sally

‘As magistrate numbers continue to fall Joshua Rozenberg goes to Bradford to meet one of 300 who sit on the bench there. Would the system of lay magistrates – with no legal qualifications – be invented today? The answer is an intriguing one.’

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BBC Law in Action, 24th February 2015

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Access all areas? – New Law Journal

‘Overriding lawyer-client & confidential communications is incompatible with the rule of law, as Nicholas Griffin QC, Robert O’Sullivan QC & Gordon Nardell QC explain.’

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New Law Journal, 27th February 2015

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The Big Fat Gypsy Judicial Review – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 27th, 2015 in codes of practice, complaints, gipsies, human rights, media, news, privacy, racism by tracey

‘Traveller Movement v Ofcom and Channel 4, [2015] EWHC 406 (Admin), 20 February 2015. One of the nation’s great televisual fascinations last week became the unlikely subject of an Administrative Court judgment that demonstrates the limits of common law standards of fairness, as well as the lightness of touch applied by the courts when reviewing the decision-making of the media regulator.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2015

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Ofcom to probe Channel 4’s UKIP drama – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2015 in codes of practice, media, news, political parties by sally

‘Media watchdog Ofcom says it will investigate the Channel 4 docudrama UKIP: The First 100 Days for breaches of the broadcasting code.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2015

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Judge expresses anger at “flagrant non-compliance” with Commercial Court rules on pleadings – Litigation Futures

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in barristers, codes of practice, costs, fraud, news, penalties, pleadings, time limits by sally

‘A High Court judge has handed out a tongue-lashing and a costs penalty over a party’s failure to stick to the rules governing the length and content of statements of claim laid down in the Commercial Court Guide.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd February 2015

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More bereaved families to get legal aid at inquests if state was involved in death – The Guardian

‘More bereaved families will be entitled to legal aid at inquests after a high court judge ruled that official guidance on whether to provide support was “misleading and inaccurate”.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2015

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Danny Alexander calls for corporate tax evasion crackdown – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in codes of practice, corporation tax, fines, news, prosecutions, tax evasion by sally

‘Companies that fail to prevent tax evasion could face penalties as part of plans announced by Danny Alexander.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2015

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JX MX v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (Personal Injury Bar Association and another intervening) – WLR Daily

JX MX v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (Personal Injury Bar Association and another intervening) [2015] EWCA Civ 96 ; [2015] WLR (D) 77

‘The Court of Appeal issued guidelines as to the principles which should apply, on an application for approval of a compromise of a claim of damages for personal injury brought by a child, where the court in the exercise of its power was deciding whether as a matter of necessity to withhold from the public the names of the parties to the litigation.

WLR Daily, 17th February 2015

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CA supports anonymity orders in personal injury approval hearings – UK Human Rights Blog

‘For some years there has been debate between the judges about whether anonymity orders should be made when very seriously injured people’s claims are settled and the court is asked to approve the settlement. This welcome decision of the Court of Appeal means that anonymity orders will normally be made in cases involving protected parties.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th February 2015

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Channel 4 News chided by Ofcom over coverage of Ellison review – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2015 in codes of practice, media, news by sally

‘Channel 4 News breached broadcasting rules over its coverage of the Ellison review into possible police corruption around the Stephen Lawrence case, according to the communications watchdog Ofcom.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2015

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Code of practice for police and border officials on seizing travel documents – Home Office

Posted February 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, immigration, passports, police, search & seizure by tracey

‘Code of practice for officers exercising functions under Schedule 1 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 in connection with seizing and retaining travel documents.’

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Home Office, 13th February 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Driverless cars legal review – only one step on the journey – Technology Law Update

Posted February 12th, 2015 in codes of practice, consultations, news, reports, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘The UK government has reported on its major review of the legal framework for the next stage for driverless cars. In The Pathway to Driverless Cars the Department for Transport sets out government thinking on what needs to change to support testing soon to be rolled out on British roads, and to pave the way for increasing autonomy into the future.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th February 2015

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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New code to govern driverless car testing in the UK – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 12th, 2015 in codes of practice, computer programs, news, reports, road safety, road traffic by sally

”Driverless’ cars being tested on public roads in the UK will need to be fitted with data recorders, the government has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th February 2015

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New guidance aimed at distinguishing digital advertising from editorial content – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 10th, 2015 in advertising, codes of practice, internet, news by sally

‘Businesses should ensure that ‘native advertising’ developed on their behalf has prominent “visible visual cues” that allow consumers to immediately identify it as marketing material, under new industry guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th February 2015

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UK government issues first definition of computer hacking by spies – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2015 in codes of practice, computer crime, intelligence services, interception, news by sally

‘Code of practice sets out rules and safeguards surrounding use of computer hacking outside UK by security services.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2015

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Court guidelines for rape victims ‘are not working’, as study finds aggressive cross-examination and intimidating encounters are still common – The Independent

‘Victims of rape and sexual violence are not being properly protected during trials and should be dealt with in special courts, according to a new study to be published tomorrow. Guidelines meant to highlight the vulnerability of victims and special measures, such as allowing evidence to be given behind screens, “are not having their intended effect”, researchers at Bath University’s Institute for Policy Research warn.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2015

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Rehabilitation code “needs to deliver faster results” – Litigation Futures

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in codes of practice, delay, mental health, news, personal injuries, rehabilitation by tracey

‘There should be tight deadlines on all parties to an injury claim – solicitors, insurers and rehabilitation providers – to ensure that rehabilitation achieves as much as it can, according to one well-known rehabilitation case management company.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd February 2015

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Victims’ commissioner: Complaints are not being taken seriously – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2015 in codes of practice, complaints, news, reports, victims by sally

‘ ”Something is going terribly wrong” with the way victims of crime are treated by the system, says the victims’ tsar.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015

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Phonepayplus Ltd v Ashraf and another – WLR Daily

Posted January 27th, 2015 in codes of practice, enforcement, fines, law reports, telecommunications, tribunals by sally

Phonepayplus Ltd v Ashraf and another [2014] EWHC 4303 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 16

‘OFCOM had the power to delegate to the relevant “enforcement authority” under section 120 of the Communications Act 2003 all powers of enforcement of the provisions of the Code of Practice under the Act. It was implicit in the code that the provisions in it for imposing sanctions upon premium rate service providers for breach of the code were subject to the limitations set out in section 123(2) of the Act.’

WLR Daily, 19th December 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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DPP to consult on greater assistance to victims giving evidence at court – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today [19 January 2015] published a major consultation on the approach to ensuring victims are properly assisted for the trial process at court and called for an overhaul of the service provided to witnesses to ensure that they are able to give the best possible evidence. The proposals are subject to an eight week public consultation.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th January 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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