Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) becomes part of the Ministry of Justice – Ministry of Justice

‘The welfare of children will be brought closer to the family court system as key safeguarding organisation Cafcass joins the Ministry of Justice, Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st April 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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G4S repays UK government £108.9m after tagging scandal – BBC News

‘Troubled security firm G4S has agreed to repay £108.9m plus tax to the UK government after overcharging on contracts to tag offenders.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Court fee plans herald justice for those who can pay – senior judges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2014 in civil justice, costs, family courts, fees, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Senior judges have savaged government proposals for reforming court fees, warning that they are based on ‘inadequate’ and compromised research, and basic misconceptions about the way the courts operate.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th March 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Watchdog slams MoJ for inadequate assessment of ‘enhanced’ court fees impact – Litigation Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The impact assessment (IA) accompanying the Ministry of Justice’s plans to charge some court users fees in excess of cost price is not fit for purpose, a government watchdog has declared.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd January 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Court fees: proposals for reform – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 4th, 2013 in budgets, consultations, costs, courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The courts play a vital role in our democracy. They provide access to justice for those who need it, help to maintain social order and support the proper functioning of the economy.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd December 2013

Source: http://consult.justice.gov.uk

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Timpson – Repairing Offenders’ Lives – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

Posted December 4th, 2013 in employment, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, statistics by sally

‘John Timpson hopes more employers will follow in his footsteps and give ex-offenders a second chance.’

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 29th November 2013

Source: www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk

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Court fees set to soar for commercial litigation – Litigation Futures

Posted December 4th, 2013 in bills, consultations, costs, courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Court fees for litigants in commercial money claims could rise from under £3,000 to more than £21,000 under plans by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for a percentage-based fee system.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th December 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Chambers in scrap with MoJ over reduced rates for Very High Cost Cases – The Lawyer

Posted December 4th, 2013 in barristers, costs, fees, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, solicitors by sally

‘A number of high profile criminal sets have clashed with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) due to its circulation of a list of practitioners who might undertake Very High Cost Cases, which are now subject to reduced rates.’

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The Lawyer, 3rd December 2013

Source: www.thelawyer.com

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Ministry stands by Grayling evidence after bar chief challenge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 23rd, 2013 in barristers, budgets, costs, fees, Ministry of Justice, news, select committees by tracey

“Evidence given to MPs by Chris Grayling has sparked a spat between the Bar Council and Ministry of Justice.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd October 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Twitter Trolls, Tribunal Online (Finally), Don’t go Home – The Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

“This week, judicial review continued to take a beating, the Home Office backed down over their ‘Go Home’ campaign and the legal implications behind the twitter threat debacle were considered. And, finally, the immigration and asylum tribunal launched a useful online search service.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th August 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Lord Judge’s correspondence with Chris Grayling on court privatisation – the full text – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2013 in budgets, courts, judiciary, legal profession, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Read a copy of the letter that the lord chief justice sent to the justice secretary warning him not to undermine judicial independence.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Are we headed for the Legal Services Act 2015? – Legal Futures

Posted May 15th, 2013 in legal services, legislation, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Yesterday’s announcement that Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling had rejected the Legal Services Board’s (LSB) recommendation that will-writing become a reserved legal activity was not a total shock.”

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Legal Futures, 15th May 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Trials collapsing thanks to ‘shambolic’ privatisation of translation services – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2013 in fines, inquiries, interpreters, Ministry of Justice, news, trials by sally

“The privatisation of court interpreting services has been ‘shambolic’, MPs warn saying it has caused more trials to collapse and suspects to be remanded unnecessarily in custody.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Justice minister, Chris Grayling, accused of legal interference – The Independent

Posted February 4th, 2013 in anonymity, consent orders, courts, imprisonment, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

“Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, was at the centre of a major legal row last night amid accusations that he politically interfered with a judicial decision taken by his own department.”

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The Independent, 3rd February 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Law Commission Triennial Review – call for evidence – Law Commission

Posted January 9th, 2013 in evidence, Law Commission, Ministry of Justice, news, quangos by sally

“The Government’s response to the Public Administration Select Committee report ‘Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango state’ sets out the plans for reforming public bodies. It includes new Triennial Review requirements for Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB).”

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Law Commission, 9th January 2013

Source: www.consult.justice.gov.uk

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Hugh Barrett: ‘We’re expecting test cases.’ – LegalVoice

Posted November 8th, 2012 in legal aid, legal services, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Next April represents a seismic shift in the legal aid world. It’s not only the LASPO cuts but the Legal Services Commission is going to be subsumed into the Ministry of Justice. Jon Robins speaks to Hugh Barrett, director of legal aid commissioning and contract management at the LSC.”

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LegalVoice, 7th November 2012

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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Gov.uk website launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 18th, 2012 in internet, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“A new cross-government website Gov.uk has launched making it quicker and easier for you to interact with the government online.”

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Ministry of Justice, 17th October 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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Serious sexual offenders to get ‘two strikes and you’re out’ life sentences – The Guardian

“A hardline ‘two strikes and you’re out’ automatic life sentence for serious sexual or violent offences will be brought into force shortly, the self-proclaimed ‘tough’ justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has told the Conservative party conference.”

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The Guardian, 9th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Ministry of Justice abandons £10m raid on medical negligence damages – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 25th, 2012 in damages, legal aid, medical treatment, Ministry of Justice, negligence, news by sally

“Attempts to claw back almost £10 million a year from compensation awarded to disabled children and their families have been abandoned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Cameron reshuffle brings critic of legal aid cuts into ministry of justice – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2012 in legal aid, ministers' powers and duties, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“One of the new ministerial appointees to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has previously been highly critical of the government’s key policy decision to axe £350m from the civil legal aid budget.”

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The Guardian, 5th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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