A bill to abolish chancel repair liability has been successfully introduced into the House of Lords – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 18th, 2014 in bills, Church of England, ecclesiastical law, parliament, repairs by tracey

‘The proposed legislation seeks to ‘end the liability of lay rectors for the repair of chancels’ – in other words abolishing the demands for landowners to fund repairs to their parish church.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th July 2014

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Peers criticise government over emergency data laws – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2014 in bills, electronic mail, interception, news, parliament, telecommunications by tracey

‘The government has come under fire in the Lords over emergency legislation giving the security services access to people’s phone and internet records.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2014

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Assisted dying: leading doctors call on Lords to back legalisation – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2014 in assisted suicide, bills, doctors, news, parliament by tracey

‘Twenty-seven leading figures write to every peer urging them to back Lord Falconer’s private members bill on assisted dying.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2014

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Tom Hickman on the DRIP Bill: Plugging Gaps in Surveillance Laws or Authorising the Unlawful? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The unveiling last Thursday of a a draft bill on surveillance powers that is to be rushed through Parliament brought to mind the story of the Dutch boy who finds a hole in a dyke on his way to school and puts his finger in it to plug the leak until help arrives to shore it up. The legislation is said to be necessary to plug what the Government regards as holes in the regime of surveillance and investigatory powers pending a full review. The fact that the bill is titled the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill – the “DRIP” bill – may mean I am not the first person to draw the analogy. But the analogy may not be entirely apt. An examination of the DRIP Bill reveals that it is not addressing little holes in the regime but in fact profoundly important and substantial issues.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th July 2014

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org/blog

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A life and death question: hopes and fears rise as right to die decision nears – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2014 in assisted suicide, bills, criminal justice, doctors, news, parliament by sally

‘The House of Lords is to debate Lord Falconer’s bill aimed at clarifying the law on the right to end one’s life.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2014

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Surveillance law wins cross-party support but critics claim stitch-up – The Guardian

‘David Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy, Nick Clegg, have unveiled emergency surveillance legislation that will shore up government powers to require phone and internet companies to retain and hand over data to the security services.

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The Guardian, 10th July 2014

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MPs call for anniversary debate on ‘new Magna Carta’ – BBC News

‘The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta next year is the right time for a fresh debate on the pros and cons of a written constitution, MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2014

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Ex-senior judge Butler-Sloss to head child sex abuse inquiry – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2014 in child abuse, documents, inquiries, judges, news, parliament, sexual offences by tracey

‘Retired senior judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, 80, has been named as the chairman of a wide-ranging review into historical child sex abuse.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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Home Secretary oral statement on child abuse – Home Office

Posted July 8th, 2014 in child abuse, documents, inquiries, parliament, press releases by tracey

‘Theresa May oral statement to Parliament on child abuse investigations.’

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Home Office, 7th July 2014

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Female genital mutilation: Prosecute health professionals who fail to report signs of FGM, MPs say – The Independent

‘Doctors and nurses who fail to report that girls in their care have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM) should be prosecuted in an effort to tackle the scandal of “this horrific abuse”, MPs say in a report published today.’

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The Independent, 3rd July 2014

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Launch formal investigation into the lost paedophile dossier, says former DPP – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in documents, government departments, news, parliament by sally

‘Disappearance of 1980s papers handed to Leon Brittan naming senior politicians as part of Westminster child-abuse ring merits full investigation, says Lord Macdonald.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2014

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You cannot be serious! Peers call ‘out’ on Government’s judicial review reforms – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last night saw the House of Lords’ first reaction to the Government’s proposed changes to judicial review as the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill had its second reading. Already dissected at some length in this blog, the proposals have been roundly criticised by both the senior judiciary and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Consultations responses, including from JUSTICE, expressed concern that the measures appear, by design or coincidence, to undermine the rule of law, inhibit transparency and shield the Government from judicial scrutiny. Two key concerns arise from the Government proposals: restricting access for individuals without substantial means and limiting the courts’ discretion to do justice in the public interest. Yesterday’s debate was robust and eloquent, with former Law Lords joined by bishops and backbenchers alike to condemn the new measures.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st July 2014

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Graham Gee: The Lord Chief Justice and Section 5 of the Constitutional Reform Act – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 14th, 2014 in constitutional reform, judiciary, news, parliament by sally

‘The Constitutional Reform Act redrew relationships between the senior judiciary and Parliament in a number of ways. Amongst the most significant was removing the right of the LCJ to speak in the Lords. Earlier this month, the new LCJ Lord Thomas repeated the lament of his immediate predecessors that it was a mistake to deprive the LCJ of the right to address Parliament on the floor of the House on important matters relating to the administration of justice. In this context, some have read the LCJ’s suggestion of a new approach to s5 of the CRA as significant. Drawing on interviews conducted between 2011-13 as part of an AHRC-funded project on The Politics of Judicial Independence, I want to shed some light on tensions that have arisen about the use of s5.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th April 2014

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Maria Miller expenses report: minister must repay expenses and apologise – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 3rd, 2014 in expenses, news, parliament, repayment, reports by tracey

‘Maria Miller must pay back £5,800 worth of expenses and apologise for her behaviour in a personal statement in the House of Commons, says report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd April 2014

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Alexander Horne: Is there a case for greater legislative involvement in the judicial appointments process? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 28th, 2014 in constitutional law, constitutional reform, judiciary, news, parliament by sally

‘The dramatic increase in public law and human rights cases coming before the UK Supreme Court (and the Appellate Committee before it) means that the UK’s top court is more frequently determining essentially socio-political questions. In addition, in recent years, the judiciary has pressed for a rather more expansive definition of judicial independence, with a greater emphasis on the institutional independence of the judiciary. This has tended to lead to more powerful leadership roles, for senior judges in particular.

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 27th March 2014

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MPs renew demand for Commons votes on use of war-making powers – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2014 in news, parliament, select committees, war by tracey

‘The government must enshrine in law its commitment to consult the House of Commons before using its war-making powers, MPs have reiterated.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2014

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Why unelected judges should get our vote: reflections on Lord Neuberger’s Law Lecture – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 19th, 2014 in EC law, elections, judiciary, news, parliament, rule of law by tracey

‘In his Cambridge Freshfield Lecture, Lord Neuberger gave a number of reasons, historical, geographical and emotional, for the view expressed in the Daily Mail and other newspapers that, “it is unacceptable for unelected judges to impose a diktat on a democratically elected parliament”. He said that this was a “peculiarly British” view, aimed particularly at the rulings on EU law by judges in Luxembourg and on human rights by judges in Strasbourg. But I am not going to write about that. No, what troubles me about Lord Neuberger’s citation from the Daily Mail is the complaint about rulings (diktats) being made by “unelected judges”.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th March 2014

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Hitting the Balls out of Court: Are Judges Stepping Over the Line? – Speech by Lord Justice Moses

‘Hitting the Balls out of Court: Are Judges Stepping Over the Line?
Speech by Lord Justice Moses: Creaney Memorial Lecture 2014, 26/02/2014′

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Judiciary Of England & Wales, 18th March 2014

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Assisted suicide could be legalised as Government allows free vote – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2014 in assisted suicide, bills, news, parliament by sally

‘MPs and peers will be given a free vote on whether to change the law on assisted suicide, the Government said on Sunday.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2014

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Meg Russell: The Byles/Steel bill – unless amended – holds grave dangers for the Lords – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On Friday 28 February Dan Byles’ Private Member’s Bill on Lords reform completed its Commons passage. It is now in the Lords, and will be sponsored by David Steel. The bill, which allows retirement from the Lords and expulsion of non-attendees and serious criminals, has been presented as a small, uncontroversial “housekeeping” measure. But as already argued in an earlier blog post, as currently drafted it would in fact introduce a very major change that would alter the Lords fundamentally, and in very undesirable ways.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th March 2014

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org/blog

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