BSB publishes guidance on deliberately failing to attend court – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board has today published guidance on deliberately failing to attend court.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th December 2013

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Isa Muazu loses legal battle after starving self – BBC News

Posted December 17th, 2013 in asylum, demonstrations, deportation, immigration, mental health, news, tribunals by sally

‘A Nigerian asylum seeker who starved himself for three months has lost his legal bid to stay in the UK.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2013

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Cormac Mac Amhlaigh: Once More Unto the (Public/Private) Breach …: s. 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Severability Thesis – UK Constitutional Law Group

‘Two interesting recent blog posts dealt with the meaning of public and private under s. 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. They were motivated by injunction proceedings in the High court whereby the Olympic Delivery Authority, (ODA) the body charged with the logistics and infrastructure of the London Olympic Games, had sought injunctions to restrain protestors from entering and occupying land which was to be developed as part of the Olympic site. The main issues emerging from this case discussed in the two posts was whether the ODA constituted a ‘core’ or ‘hybrid’ public authority under s. 6 HRA; whether it could itself enjoy human rights to defeat or counter any human rights obligations it may hold in its capacity as a ‘hybrid’ body exercising public functions; and where the ‘centre of gravity’ for determining the human rights obligations of hybrid bodies lay under the Act; under the s. 6(3)(b) ‘public function’ test or the definition of ‘private act’ under s. 6(5).’

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 13th December 2013

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Committee says proposed legal aid cuts may breach human rights – The Guardian

‘Chris Grayling is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing, the chair of an influential all-party backbench committee has suggested. Oscar Wilde’s cynical jibe was twice put to the justice secretary when he gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on 26 November and was then repeated by Dr Hywel Francis, a Labour MP, when he launched its report today.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2013

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Yorkshire Regiment soldiers jailed for sit-in protest – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2013 in armed forces, courts martial, demonstrations, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘Fifteen soldiers have been jailed after a court martial for staging a “sit-in” in protest at being “led by muppets”.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2013

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Regina (IM (Nigeria)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted December 10th, 2013 in appeals, demonstrations, detention, hospitals, law reports, medical treatment by tracey

Regina (IM (Nigeria)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 1561; [2013] WLR (D) 476

‘The Secretary of State for the Home Department had power to detain in hospital an immigration detainee pending his removal from the United Kingdom and such power was not limited to a person detained under section 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The Secretary of State’s policy on detention allowed for the removal to hospital of a detainee whose serious medical condition could not be treated in the detention centre and did not require that he be released from detention in order to receive medical treatment.’

WLR Daily, 5th December 2013

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Boat race protester Trenton Oldfield wins appeal against deportation – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2013 in appeals, demonstrations, deportation, families, immigration, news by sally

“Trenton Oldfield, an Australian protester who leapt into the Thames to disrupt the Oxford versus Cambridge boat race, will not be sent back to Australia, an immigration judge has said.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2013

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‘Close to death’ hunger striker faces imminent deportation after court defeat – The Independent

Posted November 26th, 2013 in appeals, asylum, demonstrations, deportation, detention, immigration, news by tracey

‘A man who is “close to death” after being on hunger strike in immigration detention for three months could be sent back to Nigeria on Wednesday after his case failed in the Court of Appeal.’

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The Independent, 25th November 2013

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Hunger striker Isa Muazu loses release bid – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2013 in appeals, demonstrations, detention, immigration, news by tracey

‘A hunger striker who is “near death” has failed to win temporary freedom pending his appeal court challenge to being held in an immigration detention centre.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2013

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Dying asylum seeker on hunger strike must stay in custody, says high court – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2013 in asylum, demonstrations, deportation, detention, immigration, news by sally

“A failed asylum seeker said to be near death following an 85-day hunger strike in protest at his detention must remain in custody, the high court ruled on Tuesday.”

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The Guardian, 19th November 2013

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Barristers threaten strike action over cuts to legal aid – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2013 in barristers, budgets, demonstrations, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

“Criminal barristers are threatening strike action if the government does not drop plans to slash legal aid, a senior QC has said.”

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The Guardian, 16th November 2013

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High Court allows eviction of fracking protestors, but council must find “appropriate” alternative space – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 15th, 2013 in demonstrations, energy, freedom of expression, local government, news, repossession by tracey

“The High Court has granted a possession order to West Sussex County Council, allowing it to remove anti-fracking protestors from where they have camped alongside a busy main road.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th November 2013

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Protester cleared of threatening behaviour for calling Hove MP ‘a coward’ – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2013 in demonstrations, freedom of expression, news, threatening behaviour, universities by tracey

“A Judge has ruled that a protester who called Conservative MP Mike Weatherley ‘a coward’ was not guilty of breaking the law.”

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The Independent, 13th November 2013

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New Asbo plans are assault on basic freedom, says former DPP Lord Macdonald – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 11th, 2013 in ASBOs, bills, demonstrations, freedom of expression, news, police by michael

“Plans to replace Asbos with wide ranging new orders clamping down on anything likely to cause ‘annoyance’ amount to ‘gross state  interference’ with basic freedoms, Lord Macdonald warns.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2013

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Police face legal challenge over secret files on protesters – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2013 in criminal records, database right, demonstrations, human rights, news, police, privacy by sally

“Police chiefs face a legal challenge over their policy of keeping secret files on thousands of political activists.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2013

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David Mead: The Continuing Mystery of “Publicness” Within Section 6 of the HRA – UK Constitutional Law Group

Posted October 17th, 2013 in demonstrations, human rights, news, sport, trespass by sally

“Guessing that it was not on my usual diet of journals, a colleague recently suggested an article in The Conveyancer that might be of interest. Emma Lees had written an interesting piece ((2013) 77 Conv. 211) on protest occupations and actions for possession but one aspect unrelated to the main topic intrigued me more than any other. In Olympic Delivery Authority v Persons Unknown [2012] EWCA 1012 Ch, the ODA, established under s.3 of the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006, sought injunctions to restrain protesters from entering and/or occupying land that was being developed as part of the Olympic site. Mr Justice Arnold had held that he was required to balance the rights of the putative protesters under Articles 10 and 11 with the ODA’s rights to peaceful enjoyment of possessions under the 1st Protocol (at [24]). I’d skimmed the case last year when judgment was delivered but hadn’t really noticed the point that Emma Lees was making: that it was ‘somewhat surprising that [the ODA] is deemed capable also of possessing human rights’ (Lees, p.215) as it is acknowledged elsewhere in the judgment as a public authority (though Lees uses the term ‘public body’).”

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 17th October 2013

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Ex-EDL leaders will not face court over alleged obstruction of police – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2013 in demonstrations, evidence, news, police, political parties, prosecutions by sally

“Two former English Defence League leaders will not have to answer a charge of obstructing police after prosecutors deemed there was insufficient evidence against them.”

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The Guardian, 16th October 2013

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Legal aid protests held by UK Uncut – BBC News

Posted October 7th, 2013 in budgets, demonstrations, equality, legal aid, news by sally

“Demonstrators have staged events across England in opposition to planned changes to legal aid.”

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BBC News, 5th October 2013

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Campaigner’s Hay Wain vandalism charge thrown out – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2013 in artistic works, criminal damage, demonstrations, news by sally

“A crown court judge has thrown out the case against a campaigner accused of vandalising a masterpiece by the English romantic painter John Constable.”

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BBC News, 30th September 2013

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Police ‘containment’ of Palestinian solidarity protester was lawful, rules High Court – UK Human Rights Blog

“The High Court has found that the containment of a protester in a designated protesting pen for seventy five minutes was not unlawful at common law, nor under the Human Rights Act 1998.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th September 2013

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