Referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, crime, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘Removing the ban on referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” by solicitors, the Bar Council has warned, and result in “as much public opprobrium” as ambulance chasing.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2015

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SAS deaths: criminal charges may follow inquest – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2015 in armed forces, crime, health & safety, inquests, news, police, prosecutions, witnesses by sally

‘Police and health and safety lawyers argue against media attempt to see witness statements in case they prejudice future prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2015

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Legal aid fees to be cut by 8.75%, confirms Ministry of Justice – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2015 in budgets, crime, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘Legal aid fees for criminal solicitors will be cut by 8.75% and the number of contracts for attending police stations and magistrates court reduced by two-thirds, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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Chrissy Chambers: YouTube star launches legal bid against ex-boyfriend who posted sex video online – The Independent

Posted June 4th, 2015 in crime, damages, harassment, news, pornography, privacy by sally

‘An American YouTube star who claims her British ex-boyfriend posted a secret video of them having sex online is launching complex legal bid for damages and criminal prosecution in the UK courts.’

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The Independent, 4th June 2015

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Internet troll conviction rates soar in a decade, figures reveal – The Independent

Posted May 26th, 2015 in crime, electronic mail, internet, malicious communications, news, statistics by sally

‘Convictions for crimes under a law used to prosecute internet trolls have increased nearly eight-fold in a decade, official figures reveal. Last year, 1,209 people were found guilty of offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 compared with 143 in 2004.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2015

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The London borough that has turned homeless people into ‘criminals – The Independent

Posted May 21st, 2015 in ASBOs, crime, fines, homelessness, local government, London, news by sally

‘Homeless people face being criminalised in a east London borough due to a ban on anti-social behaviour, a charity has warned.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2015

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Victims of disability hate crime are still being let down, report claims – The Guardian

‘Victims of disability hate crimes are being failed by police, prosecutors and the probation service, according to a report by inspectors.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2015

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Regina v Bryon – WLR Daily

Posted April 30th, 2015 in appeals, burglary, crime, DNA, evidence, law reports by sally

Regina v Bryon [2015] WLR (D) 180

‘While DNA evidence taken from a moveable object was on its own insufficient for a prosecution case to go to a jury, DNA evidence combined with admissible evidence of a previous conviction for a similar offence was a sufficient basis.’

WLR Daily, 22nd April 2015

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Regina (LHS) v First-Tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries and Compensation) – WLR Daily

Regina (LHS) v First-Tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries and Compensation) [2015] EWHC 1077 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 181

‘The discount rate determined by the Lord Chancellor under section 1(1) of the Damages Act 1996 was applicable to the quantification of future loss under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 1990.’

WLR Daily, 21st April 2015

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Regina v Hunter (Nigel); Regina v Saruwu (Joseph); Regina v Johnstone (Ian); Regina v Walker (Alan); Regina v Lonsdale (Paul) – WLR Daily

Posted April 30th, 2015 in crime, good character, jury directions, law reports by sally

Regina v Hunter (Nigel); Regina v Saruwu (Joseph); Regina v Johnstone (Ian); Regina v Walker (Alan); Regina v Lonsdale (Paul) [2015] EWCA Crim 631; [2015] WLR (D) 176

‘Only defendants with a good character or deemed to be of effective good character were entitled to a good character direction. Where a defendant had a bad character, a judge was not obliged to give a good character direction; he or she had a discretion.’

WLR Daily, 16th April 2015

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Curbing the Good Character Direction – Zenith Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2015 in appeals, civil procedure rules, crime, good character, juries, news by sally

‘A specially constituted fivemember Court of Appeal handed down judgment last week in the case of R v Hunter & Others [2015] EWCA Crim 631. The court heard a number of appeals concerning the circumstances in which a good character direction should be given and the extent of such a direction.’

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Zenith Chambers, 20th April 2015

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Murder numbers at 38-year low but sex offences up 32% – BBC News

Posted April 23rd, 2015 in crime, homicide, murder, news, police, statistics by sally

‘The number of murders and manslaughter cases in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level for 38 years, police figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2015

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Reported child sexual abuse has risen 60% in last four years, figures show

Posted April 9th, 2015 in child abuse, crime, news, police, sexual grooming, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘There has been a 60% increase in child sexual abuse reported to the police over the past four years, according to official figures which make public for the first time the scale of the problem in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2015

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Half a million more people summoned to court over unpaid council tax, after benefits scrapped – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2015 in benefits, council tax, crime, debts, news, social security by sally

‘Half a million more people were summoned to court last year over unpaid council tax, after benefits protecting low-income families from paying it were scrapped.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2015

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Regina v ABC and others; Regina v Sabey – WLR Daily

Regina v ABC and others; Regina v Sabey [2015] EWCA Crim 539; [2015] WLR (D) 146

‘In a prosecution for misconduct in public office it was necessary for the judge to make clear that the necessary conduct was not simply a breach of duty or a breach of trust and that the level was one where the conduct was calculated to injure the public interest so as to call for condemnation and punishment, the threshold of conduct being so serious that it amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder, and being a high threshold. In relation to aiding and abetting the offence it was not necessary to establish that the office holder intended to cross the threshold: means of knowledge available to the defendant to make the necessary assessment of the seriousness of the principal’s conduct was sufficient. In relation to conspiracy to commit the offence it was not necessary that a defendant knew or intended that the misconduct concerned would meet the requisite threshold of seriousness.’

WLR Daily, 26th March 2015

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Council ban legislation creating ‘bizarre’ laws, campaigners say – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, crime, fines, legislation, local government, news, nuisance, public order by sally

‘A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to “bizarre new criminal offences”, campaigners say.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2015

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Birdbrained new law could make feeding pigeons a criminal offence – The Independent

Posted March 30th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, crime, local government, news, nuisance, public order by sally

‘A new law that allows councils to ban activities in public spaces is leading to “bizarre new criminal offences”, which could see homeless people, buskers and people who feed pigeons prosecuted.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2015

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Vaginal piercings have always been FGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 26th, 2015 in consent, crime, female genital mutilation, news by sally

‘In the UK some women choose to have their clitoris pierced to enhance their sexual pleasure. Recent headlines in the UK announced that vaginal piercings are now being classed as female genital mutilation (FGM) under new NHS guidelines. The truth is that vaginal piercings have always fallen within the definition of FGM but the lack of clear guidance to piercing clinics and the absence of clear guidance for health professionals has affected the way that traditionally mutilated girls and women are treated. The new guidelines are part of a package of measures designed to identify those at risk of traditional procedures in a non-discriminatory way as part of necessary intervention that ought to engage all health practitioners in the campaign to eradicate FGM in the UK.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th March 2015

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New sentencing measures to take effect next month – Ministry of Justice

‘A series of tougher sentencing measures, new criminal offences and a more balanced judicial review system will come into force when the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 takes effect on 13 April.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2015

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Mark Duggan shooting: armed officers cleared of wrongdoing – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2015 in complaints, crime, firearms, freedom of expression, gangs, news, police, reports by sally

‘The police watchdog has cleared armed officers of any wrongdoing in the killing of Mark Duggan, saying it was likely that he was in the process of throwing away a handgun when he was shot.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

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