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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Criminal solicitors to walk out for third time over legal aid cuts – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news, probation, solicitors by sally

“Criminal solicitors across England and Wales are to stage a two-day walkout at the end of the month to coincide with a strike by probation workers.”

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The Guardian, 20th March 2014

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Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System – Speech by Lord Justice Gross, Senior Presiding Judge

Posted March 19th, 2014 in criminal justice, judiciary, rule of law, speeches by tracey

‘Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System. Speech by Lord Justice Gross, Senior Presiding Judge.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th March 2014

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Home Secretary speech at National Crime Agency leadership event – Home Office

‘Speech given by Home Secretary Theresa May on 17 March 2014 at National Crime Agency leadership event.’

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Home Office, 18th March 2014

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Policing Minister speech to the APCC – Home Office

Posted March 19th, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, police, speeches, statistics by tracey

‘Policing Minister Damian Green addresses the Association of Police and Crime Commisioners general meeting.’

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Home Office, 18th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in ASBOs, courts, criminal justice, dogs, forced marriages, legislation, police, repossession by tracey

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 published

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Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Review of veterans within the Criminal Justice System: call for evidence – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 13th, 2014 in armed forces, consultations, criminal justice, rehabilitation by tracey

‘This review aims to identify properly the reasons for ex-Service personnel ending up in the justice system and how support can be improved.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th March 2014

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Grieve acts on judge’s plea over unrepresented defendants – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 7th, 2014 in amicus curiae, criminal justice, legal representation, news by tracey

‘The attorney general’s office has confirmed that Dominic Grieve QC has appointed an amicus curiae to assist the court on legal argument expected to be made on behalf of defendants facing trial without representation in court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th March 2014

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Fears for legal aid justice as lawyer admits ‘I can’t afford my own wig’ – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, remuneration, solicitor advocates by sally

‘Solicitor advocate Caitriona McLaughlin fears government cuts will deter firms from taking loss-making magistrates court cases.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2014

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Criminal legal aid fee cuts for lawyers confirmed by justice secretary – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2014 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Cuts in criminal legal aid fees of 17.5% on average for solicitors and 6% for barristers have been confirmed by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2014

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Hyde Park bomb: NI Police Federation ‘appalled at grubby deal’ – BBC News

‘The chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland has said he is appalled at the government’s “grubby secret deal” on IRA “on-the-run” cases. He was speaking after the case of a man accused of the IRA Hyde Park bomb collapsed following what victims’ families called “a monumental blunder”. Donegal man John Downey denied killing four soldiers in the 1982 bomb. The case collapsed because government officials mistakenly told him he was no longer a wanted man.’

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BBC News, 26th February 2013

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Criminals to pay towards cost of running courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 7th, 2014 in bills, costs, courts, criminal justice, press releases by tracey

‘Criminals will be made to pay towards the cost of their court case under legislation introduced to Parliament today by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th February 2014

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Ben Jaffey and Tom Hickman: Loading the Dice in Judicial Review: The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2014 – UK Constitutional Law Group

Posted February 7th, 2014 in bills, criminal justice, judicial review, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Public lawyers across the country are anxiously scrutinising yesterday’s response by the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, to the Judicial Review consultation and the associated Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. They are seeking to ascertain the extent to which access to judicial review will be restricted and, in the case of many firms with legal aid contracts in public law, to see if whether their business will remain financially viable at all.’

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 6th February 2014

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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