Victim right of review scheme sees 146 suspects charged with offences – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2014 in criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘Almost 150 suspects have been charged for offences after alleged victims appealed against decisions not to prosecute them under the new right to review scheme, according to new figures.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2014

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Solicitors will close if fee cuts not delayed, warns Law Society chief – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, fees, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘Hundreds of solicitors’ firms will close if the Ministry of Justice does not postpone fee cuts and delay changes to criminal legal aid contracts, the new president of the Law Society has warned.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2014

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Transforming the criminal justice system: strategy and action plan – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 16th, 2014 in computer programs, criminal justice, delay, reports, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘The “Criminal justice system 2014 to 2015: strategy and action plan” is an update on the version published last year.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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A life and death question: hopes and fears rise as right to die decision nears – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2014 in assisted suicide, bills, criminal justice, doctors, news, parliament by sally

‘The House of Lords is to debate Lord Falconer’s bill aimed at clarifying the law on the right to end one’s life.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2014

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New guidelines issued for reporting restrictions in the criminal courts – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted June 20th, 2014 in courts, criminal justice, press releases, reporting restrictions by tracey

‘A third updated set of guidelines on open justice and reporting restrictions in the criminal courts is published today by the Judicial College, Newspaper Society, Society of Editors and the Media Lawyers Association.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 16th June 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Hate crime: should the current offences be extended? – Law Commission

In a report published today the Law Commission recommends reforms to ensure that the criminal justice system is able to make a stronger and more coherent response to hate crime.

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Law Commission, 28th May 2014

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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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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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

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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Review pushes criminal lawyers towards common training and smaller Bar – Legal Futures

‘A future where would-be criminal law barristers train together with solicitors and work at law firms before joining a “smaller, specialist Bar” later in their careers was sketched out yesterday in the government-commissioned review of criminal advocacy.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Bar Council to consider Jeffrey report into criminal advocacy – The Bar Council

Posted May 8th, 2014 in barristers, criminal justice, legal profession, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will review and consider carefully the findings and recommendations made by Sir Bill Jeffrey in his report, “Independent Criminal Advocacy in England and Wales” published today by the Ministry of Justice.’

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The Bar Council, 7th May 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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‘Disquiet’ among judges over lawyer quality, report finds – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2014 in criminal justice, judiciary, legal profession, reports by tracey

‘There is “disquiet” among judges about the quality of lawyers in England and Wales’s crown courts, a report says. Former civil servant Sir Bill Jeffrey’s report raises concerns about training and the “talent pipeline” for future QCs and judges, and says keeping current arrangements is not “viable”. It also says defence lawyers should get special training before working on rape and other sexual offence cases.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Regina v White (Anthony) – WLR Daily

Regina v White (Anthony) [2014] EWCA Crim 714; [2014] WLR (D) 175

‘If a defendant, wrongly charged with offences contrary to section 16(1) of the Theft Act 1968, rather than under section 15A of the 1968 Act, was prepared to admit his dishonest transactions in relation to mortgage advances, it would be wrong to permit him to evade the consequences of his behaviour by refusing to substitute conviction of the correct offence simply in order to punish the prosecution for its egregious failures in relation to charging.’

WLR Daily, 15th April 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Legal aid consultation ‘unlawful’, solicitors claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 10th, 2014 in consultations, criminal justice, illegality, legal aid, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Criminal solicitor groups have taken the first step towards a legal challenge to the government’s decision to press ahead with cuts to criminal legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th April 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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R v O’Brien (Appellant) – Supreme Court

R v O’Brien (Appellant) [2014] UKSC 23 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

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A voice for victims of crime – The Guardian

‘Justice isn’t just about sentencing: it’s about encouraging victims to come forward in the first place. Labour’s planned law will help. By Keir Starmer.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2014

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Vulnerable witness reforms proposed by Keir Starmer in new ‘victims’ law’ – BBC News

‘Radical changes to the way vulnerable witnesses are treated in court are being considered by the Labour Party.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Change is long overdue for victims of crime – The Guardian

‘The court process can be traumatic for accusers like Tracy Shelvey. Will a proposed victims’ law make it fit for purpose?’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Legal aid cuts: six lawyers on why they will damage our justice system – The Guardian

‘Why have lawyers taken to the streets to protest against legal aid cuts? Self-interest or because they care about the havoc they see being wrought on our legal system?’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Barristers call off walkout after legal aid cuts suspended – The Guardian

Posted March 28th, 2014 in barristers, budgets, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news by sally

‘Criminal barristers have called off their industrial action over legal aid payments after reaching a deal with the Ministry of Justice to suspend cuts until after the next general election.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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TV licence fee evasion could be decriminalised – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2014 in bills, criminal justice, fees, licensing, media, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘The government is to launch a formal review of the law that makes it a crime not to pay the TV licence, following a campaign led by backbench Conservative MPs.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2014

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