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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Bedroom Tax and separated families – UT again – Nearly Legal

‘The Upper Tribunal has another go at the separated families issue in CH 0062 2015-00 and this time, unsurprisingly, shuts down completely the FTT dissenting position in a Middlesborough FTT decision, while upholding and amplifying MR v North Tyneside.’

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Nearly Legal, 1st August 2015

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Mothers Confined – Part 1: Over the threshold? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 31st, 2015 in children, families, human rights, news, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Research surrounding the imprisonment of women, indeed even the imprisonment of mothers, is not new. A plethora of researchers and scholars have explored the issues surrounding women and criminal justice with passion and tenacity, arguably all of whom have contributed to the evidence-laden pathway culminating in the inspirational and influential 2006 Corston Report.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st July 2015

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Article 2 inquests – are they becoming more common for grieving families? – Park Square Barristers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in families, human rights, inquests, legal aid, news by sally

‘It seems that every time I watch the news or read a newspaper there is some report following an Article 2 style inquest. If Article 2 style inquests are becoming more common, is the ambit of the inquisition broadening generally? Laura Addy questions whether this prospect is why the government attempted to limit access to legal aid for families involved in inquests and may be influencing the decision to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. As a member of Park Square Barrister’s Regulatory and Public Law Team, Laura is often instructed to attend and represent families at inquests. She considers the importance of coroner’s inquest and the role of the family of the deceased.’

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Park Square Barristers, 15th July 2015

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Genetic Predisposition to Paedophilia and Child Abuse: a case note – Six Pump Court

Posted July 28th, 2015 in child abuse, families, news, sexual offences by sally

‘In his latest case note, Richard Barraclough QC writes on the issues of paedophilia and child abuse and specifically genetic and family influences.’

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Six Pump Court, 16th July 2015

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Sylvie Beghal, wife of terrorist, loses human rights court battle – BBC News

‘The wife of a convicted terrorist, who was prosecuted after refusing to submit to a police interrogation, has lost her human rights case in the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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Triennial Reviews of the Civil Justice Council and Family Justice Council Report – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 15th, 2015 in civil justice, Civil Justice Council, families, family courts, reports by tracey

‘Triennial Reviews of the Civil Justice Council and Family Justice Council were launched on the 4th November 2013.The Ministry of Justice have today (14th July 2015) published the final report of the review.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th July 2015

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Bereaved to benefit from action on cremation and coroner services – Ministry of Justice

‘Bereaved families will be the focus of proposed new cremation rules and a review of out-of-hours coroner services announced today by Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th July 2015

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Couple face court after taking children out of school to see sick grandfather – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2015 in education, families, fines, news, prosecutions, school children, truancy by sally

‘A couple who took their children out of school without permission to visit their sick grandfather in India are being taken to court this week as part of the government’s continuing crackdown on term-time absence.’
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The Guardian, 5th July 2015

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Mother asks judge to choose whether her baby son should live or die – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in children, euthanasia, families, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A mother asked a High Court judge to choose whether her 18-month-old son should live or die so that she did not have to decide herself. Mr Justice Hayden said that the mother, who had a “deep-seated” religious faith, had been “in turmoil” over choosing whether or not her son’s life-support machine should be turned off.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2015

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Aunt and grandmother jailed for death of seven-year-old girl in their care – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2015 in child abuse, child cruelty, families, news, sentencing by sally

‘The aunt and grandmother of a seven-year-old girl who died of a brain injury have been jailed for what a judge described as “just about the worst case of child cruelty it is possible to imagine”.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2015

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In re K (Children) – WLR Daily

In re K (Children): [2015] EWCA Civ 543; [2015] WLR (D) 237

‘The Family Court had no power to order the Lord Chancellor to provide public funding for legal representation outside the legal aid scheme in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.’

WLR Daily, 22nd May 2015

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Keep Calm and Read B-S – Family Law Week

‘Cyrus Larizadeh of 4 Paper Buildings and Senate House Chambers recently spoke at the NAGALRO Conference on Re B-S, its aftermath and some of the misconceptions arising from it.’
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Family Law Week, 2nd June 2015

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Foreign criminal convicted of child cruelty wins ‘family life’ case – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 1st, 2015 in child cruelty, deportation, drunk in charge, families, human rights, news by michael

‘Former professional footballer caught drink-driving with his four-year-old daughter in the car, and convicted of child cruelty, overturns deportation because of his relationship with his child.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2015

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Prosecutors examining claims that police spied on sister after death of her brother – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are examining allegations that police improperly monitored the sister of a former paratrooper who died on the floor of a police station.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2015

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Father forced to fight hospital in courts to keep son alive spends funeral cash on lawyers – Daily Telegraph

‘Man uses money for teenage son’s funeral to pay for lawyers to argue at Court of Protection doctors should continue giving him chemotherapy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2015

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Human Rights Act: What has it done for us? – The Independent

‘The Conservatives want to replace it. Here are five things it has implemented for good.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2015

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Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together – The Guardian

‘Seven years ago, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court began in London: now it is being extended to England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2015

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Women in prison equals children without mothers, say justice groups – The Independent

‘12,000 women are sentenced each year in the UK – leaving about 20,000 children without mothers, according to Women in Prison’

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The Independent, 16th May 2015

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Time for a Regulated Process for Surrogate Parents? – Family Law Week

Posted May 13th, 2015 in custody, families, news, regulations, surrogacy by tracey

‘Natalie Gamble, solicitor, of Natalie Gamble Associates and Elizabeth Isaacs QC of St Ives Chambers consider the significance of H v S (Surrogacy Agreement) in which Ms Justice Russell awarded care of a surrogate child to a gay couple.’

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Family Law Week, 12th May 2015

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