A single legal framework for UK elections – Law Commission

Posted February 4th, 2016 in elections, Law Commission, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The UK needs a new, modern and rational legal framework to govern the conduct of elections and referendums, according to an interim report published today by the three Law Commissions of the UK.’

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Law Commission, 4th February 2016

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Reviewing the offence of misconduct in public office – Law Commission

Posted January 29th, 2016 in consultations, Law Commission, misfeasance in public office by tracey

‘What is misconduct? And who is in public office? The existing law that governs misconduct in public office does not provide clear answers to either of these questions, according to the Law Commission.

Today the Law Commission launched a consultation aimed at exploring how the current law is being used and discovering the problems caused in practice by the law’s lack of clarity.’

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Law Commission, 20th January 2016

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Modernising the rules on unfitness to plead – Law Commission

Posted January 13th, 2016 in fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news by sally

‘A new test is needed to establish who is unfit to plead. The existing rules for deciding whether a defendant is unfit to participate in a criminal trial – and what the courts should do if they are not – are out of date, misunderstood and inconsistently applied.’

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Law Commission, 13th January 2016

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Fitness-to-plead court test out of date, says Law Commission – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2016 in fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news by sally

‘New tests should be introduced to assess whether a defendant facing criminal charges is mentally fit to stand trial, the Law Commission says.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Too many people unfit to plead face criminal trials, says Law Commission – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2016 in criminal justice, fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news, trials by tracey

‘Commission will tell Government legal tests to determine whether someone is mentally fit for trial are Victorian legacies.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Bringing the law on firearms up to date – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2015 in firearms, Law Commission, legislation, press releases, reports by tracey

‘In a report published today, we make recommendations to solve pressing problems that undermine the effectiveness of the law governing the acquisition and possession of firearms. The existing law is confused, unclear and difficult to apply. There are over 30 pieces of overlapping legislation, some of the key terminology – such as “lethal”, “component part” and “antique” – is not clearly defined, and the law has fallen out of step with developments in technology.’

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Law Commission, 16th December 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Outdated marriage law in need of reform – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2015 in Law Commission, legislation, marriage, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The law that governs how and where couples in England and Wales can marry is badly in need of reform, according to the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 17th December 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Call for tougher laws to stop imitation firearms being ‘reactivated’ – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2015 in firearms, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Those “reactivating” imitation weapons should face tougher legal sanctions because of the widespread availability of conversion kits, according to a Law Commission review of firearms legislation.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Offences against the person – modernising the law on violence – Law Commission

Posted November 6th, 2015 in assault, Law Commission, press releases, violence by tracey

‘New rules are needed to tackle violent offences and make better use of court time, according to the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 3rd November 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Let magistrates deal with more assault cases, says law reform body – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in assault, courts, Law Commission, legislation, magistrates, news, reports, violence by sally

‘Magistrates courts should be empowered to deal with thousands more assault charges every year rather than sending too many cases for expensive trial in the crown court, the Law Commission has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Reform violent crime laws and re-name GBH and ABH offences, say experts – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in assault, crime, Law Commission, legislation, news, reports, violence by sally

”Archaic’ language on violent crime dating back more than 150 years must be updated, says Law Commission.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Reforming intellectual property law – Government consultation – Law Commission

Posted October 29th, 2015 in bills, consultations, intellectual property, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Intellectual Property Office has opened a consultation to assess whether there would be sufficient stakeholder support to introduce our Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill into Parliament using the special procedure reserved for uncontroversial Law Commission Bills.’

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Law Commission, 23rd October 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Protecting retirement flat owners from hidden fees – a consultation – Law Commission

Posted October 29th, 2015 in consultations, fees, housing, Law Commission, leases, news, retirement by sally

‘In a consultation opening today we look at what can be done to protect owners of retirement flats and their families from unexpected charges hidden in leases.’

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Law Commission, 29th October 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Finance & Divorce Update October 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 11th October 2015

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Tightening the payout rules for business insurance – Law Commission

Posted September 18th, 2015 in bills, damages, delay, insurance, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘Businesses can suffer serious loss if insurance companies delay paying claims. But under Law Commission reforms introduced into Parliament today, insurers would be obliged to make prompt payment or face a claim for damages.’

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Law Commission, 16th September 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Unfair law fails to protect logbook loan consumers – Law Commission

‘Logbook loan borrowers have too little protection – and those who unwittingly buy cars subject to logbook loans have none at all. Today the Law Commission opens a consultation to reform the archaic law underlying logbook loans – the “Bills of Sale Acts” – which remains unchanged since Victorian times.’

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Law Commission, 9th Spetember 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Enforce family court orders but don’t jail debtors – Society – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 13th, 2015 in debts, enforcement, family courts, imprisonment, Law Commission, Law Society, news by sally

‘The Law Society has called for simpler procedures to enforce family financial orders and said creditors should be armed with more information.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th August 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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The law in Wales – making it clearer, more modern and easier to use – Law Commission

Posted July 14th, 2015 in consultations, Law Commission, press releases, Wales by tracey

‘Throughout the UK the law can be difficult for professionals and the public to find and understand. The volume of legislation in England and Wales, the number of amendments and the way in which legislation is presented, make it increasingly difficult to find out what the law is and what it means. In Wales, the process of devolution has made matters even more complicated. In a consultation opening on 9 July the Law Commission is asking what can be done to simplify legislation relating to Wales and make it more accessible.’

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Law Commission, 9th July 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Providing protective care to people unable to consent to treatment – Law Commission

‘The Mental Capacity Act aims to protect people who lack mental capacity but need to be deprived of liberty in order to receive appropriate care and treatment in hospitals and care homes. But the safeguards are not meaningful for disabled and older people and their families, local councils and the NHS are struggling to meet their obligations under the law, and people who live in other settings – such as supported living – are being left unprotected.’

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Law Commission, 7th July 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Patel v Mirza: Illegal Cats and a Place of Repentance – Family Law Week

‘John Wilson QC of 1 Hare Court analyses a Court of Appeal judgment on the illegality defence which may prove very pertinent to cohabitation and financial remedy cases.’

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Family Law Week, 15th April 2015

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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