Austerity and the prison – OUP Blog

Posted August 28th, 2015 in budgets, criminal justice, legal aid, news, prisons by sally

‘Greece is not alone in suffering from budget cuts arising from the era of austerity. In the UK, local councils, libraries, museums – all public services have been cut. Criminal Justice has not escaped this cost-cutting. The consequence has been fewer police officers on the streets, less money for legal aid lawyers, and closures of Magistrates courts. Prisons too have been hit; the government has reduced the amount it spends running correctional facilities. This has meant fewer programs and services for prisoners, more austere prisons as well as more work for fewer prison officers.’

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OUP Blog, 28th August 2015

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Infographic lays bare impact of court closures – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 17th, 2015 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, news by sally

‘The Law Society has today published an online map to show how Ministry of Justice plans to close 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales will affect solicitors.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th August 2015

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The Round-up: Controversy over the Courts Charge and Serdar Mohammed – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 14th, 2015 in armed forces, criminal justice, detention, news, penalties, time limits by tracey

‘The Howard League for Penal Reform has called for a review of the “unfair and unrealistic” Criminal Courts Charge, which “ penalises the poor and encourages the innocent to plead guilty”. The mandatory charge of up to £1,200 is imposed on those who admit committing minor misdemeanours, regardless of their circumstances.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th August 2015

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In sexual assault cases, the idea of the ‘perfect victim’ is pernicious – The Guardian

‘Compensation has been reduced for sexual assault victims who have criminal convictions. But we need to stop insisting that traumatised people should be model citizens.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2015

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Criminal court charges ‘trapping’ penniless suspects – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 6th, 2015 in courts, criminal justice, Crown Court, fees, homelessness, magistrates, news by sally

‘A charity today called for an urgent review of criminal courts charges after collating cases which it says prove the fees are ‘unrealistic and unfair’.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2015

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Witnesses to crimes are significantly less likely to trust the justice system, official research says – The Independent

Posted August 6th, 2015 in criminal justice, news, reports, witnesses by sally

‘People who have witnessed a crime are significantly less likely to trust the justice system than the rest of the public, according to new research published by the Government.’

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The Independent, 5th August 2015

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Mothers Confined – Part 2: Time for action – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

It is plain that across the board there is a desire for change in relation to women and criminal justice. Many examples exists of wonderful, creative, worthwhile and even evidently successful projects in relation to diverting women away from custody and improving conditions for women who lose their liberty. Research related to women and criminal justice is ongoing from a range of respected and vociferous advocates such as Women’s Breakout, The Prison Reform Trust, Women in Prison and Halsbury’s Law Exchange to name but a few – many working together to effect change. There is no doubt that evidence and recommendations from each of these respected bodies – and more alongside them – will call for real change, offering genuine educated and reasonable arguments for doing so. However arguably (at least for now), the real “power” lies with the Courts, ergo it is the Courts who need to be at the vanguard of change.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd August 2015

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Magistrates resign over court charges that encourage innocent to plead guilty – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2015 in benefits, courts, criminal justice, guilty pleas, magistrates, news, penalties by sally

‘Magistrates have begun to resign in protest at punitive court charges of up to £1,200 that they claim can never be collected and encourage the innocent to plead guilty.’
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The Guardian, 31st July 2015

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Street skaters may find their latest moves land them in court – but they are fighting back – The Independent

‘Campaigners claim Public Space Protection Orders are ‘criminalising young people just for being young’.’
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The Independent, 1st August 2015

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Denying prisoners legal aid may be illegal, appeal court rules – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2015 in criminal justice, legal aid, news, prisons by sally

‘Denying prisoners in England and Wales legal aid so they can effectively challenge the conditions under which they are held could be illegal, the court of appeal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2015

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Courts on Trial – BBC Law in Action

Posted July 24th, 2015 in civil justice, criminal justice, judiciary, news by sally

‘The “creaking and outdated” justice system in England and Wales is failing society’s poorest, Michael Gove argued this week.

In his first speech since becoming Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, he said that the best legal provision is the preserve of the wealthy, while victims of crime are “badly” let down. Mr Gove also said that the case for change had been “made most powerfully and clearly by the judiciary themselves”.

In this special edition of Law in Action, the Lord Chief Justice gives his reaction to Michael Gove’s speech.’

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BBC Law in Action, 23rd July 2015

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Speech by Lord Chief Justice: Dinner for Her Majesty’s Judges – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by The Right Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 9th July 2015

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Gove promises action on criminal referral fees – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The lord chancellor is to crack down on the banned practice of referral fees in criminal proceedings.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th July 2015

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Magistrate courts and police stations could face ‘absolute chaos’ amid boycott of legal aid work – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Magistrates courts and police stations across England and Wales could face “absolute chaos” as the effects of a widespread boycott of new legal aid work kicks in.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2015

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Lawyers to refuse criminal cases in protest against cuts in legal aid fees – The Guardian

‘Solicitors and barristers in Liverpool are threatening to refuse to handle any new criminal cases from 1 July, as lawyers across the country meet to coordinate protests against cuts in legal aid fees.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2015

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Gove is right on our two-tier justice system – but cuts caused this crisis – The Guardian

‘We must modernise our courts but that won’t address the fact that those who need it most are failed by the system. Only investment can redress the balance.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2015

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What does a one nation justice policy look like? – Speech by Michael Gove

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in civil justice, criminal justice, pro bono work, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Speech given at the Legatum Institute.’

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd June 2015

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Courts set for vulnerable witness reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in children, consultations, courts, criminal justice, news, witnesses by tracey

‘The “fundamental architecture” for modernising the way in which the family courts deal with vulnerable people could be introduced before the end of the year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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Justice system badly failing most users, says Michael Gove – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in courts, criminal justice, delay, news by tracey

‘Britain’s justice system is badly failing most people who use courts while providing a gold standard of service to the wealthy, according to the justice secretary, Michael Gove.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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Criminal solicitors berate bar retreat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Solicitors accused the criminal bar of selling out to a government policy of ‘divide and rule’ as the Gazette went to press, after the bar ditched plans to take direct action over cuts to legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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