Bar Council welcomes Lord Chancellor’s decision to scrap two-tier contracting – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has welcomed the Lord Chancellor’s announcement today that the Government is to dispense with the two-tier contracting system.’

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The Bar Council, 28th January 2016

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Michael Gove has scrapped the Government’s planned legal aid cuts – The Independent

Posted January 29th, 2016 in budgets, criminal justice, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Government has scrapped major cuts to the criminal legal aid system in England and Wales, it has announced.’

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The Independent, 28th January 2016

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MoJ and MoD join forces to protect soldiers from “parasitic litigation” – Litigation Futures

Posted January 27th, 2016 in armed forces, Iraq, law firms, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, torture by sally

‘Justice minister Dominic Raab and armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt are to chair a working party looking at how to prevent “any malicious or parasitic litigation from being taken against our brave armed forces”, Mr Raab revealed yesterday.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th January 2016

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Top UK judges denounce ‘dangerous’ increase in court fees – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2016 in budgets, courts, fees, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Court fee increases that were hastily introduced to plug a £100m hole in the Ministry of Justice’s budget were based on “hopeless” evidence, according to the most senior civil judge in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2016

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MoJ apologises for faulty divorce settlements calculator – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in computer programs, divorce, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The financial assets of more than 3,600 couples were miscalculated in divorce and separation proceedings due to a faulty Ministry of Justice website.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2016

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‘Going into legal aid work now is career suicide’ – The Guardian

‘Government cuts to legal aid means social welfare lawyers are a dying breed. So where will the next generation come from? Step up the Justice First Fellowship.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2015

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MoJ urged to probe impact of ‘religion-based law’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 9th, 2015 in codes of practice, equality, gender, Islam, Judaism, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice should issue guidance to ensure that religious and cultural tribunals comply with UK standards on gender equality and judicial independence, according to a high-profile commission into the role of religion and society.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th December 2015

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MoJ considers specialist courts for issues such as domestic abuse – The Guardian

‘The potential for developing more US-style specialist tribunals – including courts dedicated to tackling the surge in domestic abuse cases – is being examined by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Making new criminal offences – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in crime, criminal justice, Ministry of Justice, news, proportionality by tracey

‘This guidance is for officials who may be considering creating new criminal offences or amending existing criminal offences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd December 2015

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Judicial review pushes back crime contracts to April – Legal Voice

‘The Ministry of Justice announced on Friday that the introduction of duty provider contracts will be pushed back from January to April 1 next year. Only the previous week, the MOJ continued to insist that despite the threat of legal challenges, the new duty provider contracts would come into force from 01 January 2016.’

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Legal Voice, 16th November 2015

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Court charge creates “perverse incentive” for guilty pleas – The Bar Council

‘Criminal court charges create perverse incentives for the innocent to plead guilty, warns Bar Council chairman Alistair MacDonald QC, ahead of today’s parliamentary debate. He also points out that we still do not know if the Government is on track to raise £265 million it proposed to bring in over the course of this Parliament.’

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The Bar Council, 17th November 2015

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Legal aid cuts: MoJ puts brakes on changes as solicitors revolt – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2015 in budgets, law firms, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, tenders by sally

‘Moves to overhaul the legal-aid system have been delayed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in the face of more than 100 challenges from solicitors’ firms who claim the whole process is fundamentally flawed.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2015

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Employment tribunal fees ‘may put off claimants’ – BBC News

‘The father of three sisters who brought employment claims against an award-winning chef has said tribunal fees could put people off filing a dispute.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2015

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Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Since his appointment as Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor in May this year, the Rt Hon Michael Gove has maintained a fairly low profile. Aside from his Making Prisons Work speech in July, Mr Gove’s plans for the future of the Criminal Justice System have not been very clearly outlined. Although since his swearing in, to the delight of many, Gove has managed to overturn the previous Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling’s ban on books for prisoners; scrapped plans to create a super youth prison; and halted massively controversial plans for the UK to undertake Saudi Arabian prison training contracts.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th November 2015

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Spending review: Nine new prisons to replace Victorian jails – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2015 in budgets, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics by sally

‘Nine new prisons will open in England and Wales – five by 2020 – under plans to close Victorian jails and sell them for housing, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2015

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No appetite for scrapping Human Rights Act, says Amnesty – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2015 in charities, human rights, Ministry of Justice, news, precedent, statistics by sally

‘Only one in 10 people in Britain believe that scrapping the Human Rights Act should be a major government priority, according to an opinion poll conducted by Amnesty International.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2015

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Violent offenders: Fears over management after release – BBC News

‘Is the system in place to manage dangerous offenders when they are released from prison keeping people safe?’

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BBC News, 25th October 2015

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Former Serbian general awarded £50,000 over Wakefield prison attack – The Guardian

‘A former Serbian general convicted of genocide for his part in the Srebrenica massacre has been awarded more than £50,000 in compensation from the Ministry of Justice after his throat was cut in a British prison.’

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the Guardian, 16th October 2015

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MoJ tells noise-induced hearing loss working group to focus on fixed fees – Litigation Futures

Posted September 28th, 2015 in costs, fees, Ministry of Justice, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) group asked by the Ministry of Justice to investigate noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) claims is to look at how a fixed-costs regime might work, it has been announced.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th September 2015

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Court fee hikes will tip justice balance towards rich – bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 16th, 2015 in barristers, civil justice, consultations, courts, equality, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has warned that government plans to increase court fees for a second time would unbalance civil justice, giving rich people and big businesses an unfair advantage.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th September 2015

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