£60k compensation for pensioner, 91, locked away from his cat – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in care homes, compensation, costs, detention, elderly, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘Judge says it is ‘hard to imagine a more depressing and inexcusable’ case than that of the WWII veteran taken from his home against his wishes by Essex council.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2015

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Pledge to end locking up mentally ill in police cells – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2015 in detention, hospitals, mental health, news, police, quality assurance, statistics by tracey

‘Authorities in England have pledged to bring an end to the practice of detaining people with mental health problems in police cells. The NHS, councils and police are now set to come up with plans for how they will achieve this, the government said.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2015

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

Posted January 14th, 2015 in asylum, detention, EC law, immigration, law reports by tracey

Regina (Mohammed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; [2014] EWHC 4317 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 4

‘Where the Secretary of State for the Home Department had detained a person because she had innocently suspected that they should be returned to a third country under the principles in Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 (“the Dublin II Regulation”), but subsequent case law demonstrated that liability to Dublin II return did not arise, then that detention was unlawful.’

WLR Daily, 19th December 2014

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Female detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated, claims report – The Guardian

‘Women detained in the Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre are routinely humiliated by male staff who monitor them while they are dressing, showering and using the toilet, or are naked in their rooms, a report into the treatment of female asylum seekers reveals. The report, by the charity Women for Refugee Women, noted that many female asylum seekers detained at Yarl’s Wood, in Bedfordshire, have been victims of sexual violence in their home countries.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2015

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Immigrant children still being detained, figures show – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2015 in children, detention, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘More than 600 children, the majority under 12 years old, have been put in detention under immigration rules in the four years since the Government claimed to have ended the controversial practice.’

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The Independent, 8th January 2015

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Detention: the black hole at the heart of British justice – The Independent

Posted January 8th, 2015 in asylum, bills, detention, immigration, news, time limits by sally

‘It has been described as the “black hole at the heart of British justice”. Thousands of people, most of whom have been convicted of no crime, detained for as long as government officials wish.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2015

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Thousands detained under controversial immigration powers – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 6th, 2015 in detention, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘Newly released Home Office figures show that 3,378 people have been detained under divisive immigration laws – including some held for years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2015

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Yarl’s Wood: UN special rapporteur to censure UK government – The Guardian

‘The official report of the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, will censure the UK government for preventing her from inspecting Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire.’

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The Guardian, 3rd January 2015

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Mentally-ill teenagers no longer to be held in cells – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2014 in children, detention, mental health, news, police, young persons by sally

‘Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a “place of safety”.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2014

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Mentally ill teenagers will no longer be held in police cells – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2014 in complaints, detention, mental health, news, police, statistics, young offenders by tracey

‘Mentally ill teenagers will no longer be taken to police stations and detained in cells under reforms to be announced by the home secretary, Theresa May, this week.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2014

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Child abduction changes – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 4th, 2014 in child abduction, detention, false imprisonment, kidnapping, news, reports, sentencing by sally

‘Proposed amendments to child abduction legislation will have a far-reaching impact on family law, write Joanna Farrands and Helen Habershon.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st December 2014

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Iraqi Civilians v Ministry of Defence – WLR Daily

Posted November 26th, 2014 in armed forces, detention, human rights, Iraq, law reports by sally

Iraqi Civilians v Ministry of Defence [2014] EWHC 3686 (QB); [2014] WLR (D) 496

‘The legal effect of UN Security Council Resolutions 1483 of 22 May 2003 and 1511 of 16 October 2003 was that they imposed a duty on the United Kingdom in its role as an occupying power in Iraq to detain individuals where to do so was necessary for imperative reasons of security. However, nothing in the language of the Resolutions authorised the taking of such a measure in so far as doing so violated the United Kingdom’s obligation to secure rights under article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 7th November 2014

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Unlawful detention: UK government ‘can be sued’, court rules – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2014 in detention, jurisdiction, news, rendition, state immunity, torture by tracey

‘A Pakistani man can sue the UK government over claims he was unlawfully detained and tortured by British soldiers in Iraq, the High Court has ruled. Yunus Rahmatullah was captured in 2004, then sent from British to US custody and held for 10 years without charge.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2014

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Family pressure group “had no business” in applying for habeas corpus on behalf of mother – UK Human Rights Blog

‘An application for habeas corpus by a pressure group was completely “hopeless” and “entirely misconceived”. The appellant’s challenge to the decision of the judge below was equally devoid of merit. Third party applications are only appropriate where the prisoner is incommunicado or where the impediment preventing the prisoner from acting is ignorance or disability. It was entirely inappropriate in these circumstances, where the prisoner had been represented by counsel throughout the proceedings which resulted in her imprisonment, or where her detention had already ended before the application for habeas corpus was made.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th November 2014

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Yarl’s Wood: Undercover tour of detention centre with dreadful reputation for its treatment of asylum seekers – The Independent

‘The Detention Centre in Bedfordshire – privately run, but publicly funded – has a dreadful reputation for its treatment of asylum seekers. Cole Moreton found a way inside to see if its notoriety is deserved.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2014

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Law to change so that 17-year-olds in police custody treated as minors – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 13th, 2014 in bills, children, detention, news, young persons by tracey

‘The law will be changed so that 17-year-olds held in police custody are treated as minors and placed in local authority care, Policing Minister Mike Penning has said. This move followed a campaign on behalf of 17-year-olds, who argued that the police had wrongly treated them as though they were adults by holding them in overnight detention.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th November 2014

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Phasing in new legislation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The major piece of criminal law legislation for 2014 is the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. It has been brought gradually into force throughout the year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd November 2014

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Family of girl who killed herself after arrest challenges detention policy – The Guardian

‘Kesia Leatherbarrow broke a window trying to enter a residential care home for ex-addicts to visit a friend. When officers arrested the 17-year-old, they discovered a small quantity of cannabis. She spent two nights and three days in police custody; a few hours after being released, she hanged herself.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2014

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K v Kingswood Centre and another – WLR Daily

Posted October 28th, 2014 in appeals, detention, habeas corpus, hospital orders, law reports, mental health by sally

K v Kingswood Centre and another [2014] EWCA Civ 1332; [2014] WLR (D) 443

‘The notice period of a discharge order made for the purposes of section 25 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and served in accordance with regulation 3(3)(b)(i) of the Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Treatment) (England) Regulations 2008 started to run from the time when it was received by the officer authorised by the hospital managers and not from the time when it was received at the hospital’s fax machine.’

WLR Daily, 23rd October 2014

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Government not required to disclose full details of defence – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The High Court has ruled that in a case against the state which did not directly affect the liberty of the subject, there was no irreducible minimum of disclosure of the state’s case which the court would require. The consequences of such disclosure for national security prevailed.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th October 2014

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