Consultation: Family Transparency – The next steps – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 20th, 2014 in consultations, family courts, pilot schemes, practice directions by tracey

‘This consultation, on behalf of the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, invites comments on the next steps of the Transparency reform.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th August 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Tackling alcohol-rated offending – are “Sobriety tags” the answer? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 14th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, alcoholism, crime, electronic monitoring, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The first “sobriety tag” has been fitted to a man who had been found guilty of drunken affray. The introduction of the tags, which monitor consumption of alcohol by the wearer, is part of a year-long pilot scheme to tackle alcohol-related reoffending.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th August 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Lie detector tests introduced to monitor released sex offenders – The Guardian

‘Lie detector tests monitoring the behaviour of released sex offenders across England and Wales have begun this week, amid calls for the technology to be used more widely in police investigations.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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‘Sobriety tags’ to be worn by offenders of alcohol-linked crime in pilot scheme – The Guardian

‘People who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crime will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor whether they are still drinking, under a year-long pilot scheme.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2014

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Badger Trust given permission to challenge badger cull – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in animals, environmental protection, judicial review, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Badger Trust has been granted permission for a judicial review to challenge the government’s plans to continue culling badgers this year.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014 – Education Law Blog

‘These regulations will come into force on 1 September 2014. They basically extend the current pilot scheme for personal budgets to all local authorities and apply it to the new Education Health and Care Plans regime. I posted back in 2012 about the pilot scheme and these new regulations make very few changes to the substance of that scheme.’

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Education Law Blog, 28th June 2014

Source: www.education11kbw.com

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The e-trials of the future: Judges take part in pilot that could revolutionise court system – The Independent

Posted June 3rd, 2014 in judges, news, pilot schemes, trials by sally

‘Scrapping paper from Britain’s courtrooms and dispensing with the need for people to be physically present in some cases could transform the way case are heard and save the legal system millions, according to the organisers of a mock “virtual trial”.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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The Serial Removal of Children from Young Mothers – is this right? – Family Law Week

‘Maureen N Obi-Ezekpazu, FRSA, Barrister and Mediator, Family Matters, asks what can be done to help the plight of young mothers who have had several children permanently removed.’

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Family Law Week, 18th May 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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What can we learn from drug courts? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Why were drug courts set up?

The introduction of drug courts in the UK has followed a slightly different trajectory to other jurisdictions, where drug courts filled an important gap in the range of community-based sanctions available to the courts to deal with drug-related crime.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th May 2014

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Metropolitan Police officers start wearing body cameras – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2014 in evidence, London, news, pilot schemes, police, video recordings by tracey

‘Met Police officers are to start wearing cameras on their uniforms as part of plans to boost transparency and accelerate convictions.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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First victims spared harrowing court room under pre-recorded evidence pilot – Ministry of Justice

‘The first ever case allowing vulnerable victims and witnesses to give evidence ahead of the trial will start tomorrow.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th April 2014

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

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Vulnerable witnesses allowed to give evidence pre-trial – BBC News

‘Vulnerable witnesses can give evidence before a trial starts from Monday as part of a pilot scheme in three Crown Courts in England.’

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BBC News, 28th April 2014

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Contempt of Court: reducing the publisher’s risk of breaching court reporting restrictions – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission is recommending that a new online service be established to help journalists and publishers reporting criminal trials discover whether reporting restrictions are in force and, if so, why. The service would be open to all publishers, from large media organisations to individual bloggers.’

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Law Commission, 26th March 2014

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Chancery Division to pilot fixed-length trials from May – Litigation Futures

Posted March 20th, 2014 in case management, news, pilot schemes, time limits, trials by tracey

‘A pilot of fixed-ended trials will begin in the Chancery Division in less than six weeks’ time – and parties have been warned that they may be given just 24 hours’ notice that they are to be included in it.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th March 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Mental health staff to be based in police stations – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2014 in mental health, news, nurses, pilot schemes, police, recidivists by sally

‘Mental health nurses are to be based in police stations and courts in 10 areas of England as part of a pilot scheme aimed at cutting reoffending.’

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BBC News, 4th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Clare’s Law – what is it and is it what’s needed? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘From March 2014, a scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts will be extended to police forces across England and Wales, following a successful 14-month pilot in four police force areas. It is intended that this Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or “Clare’s Law”, will provide, “people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy”, according to Home Secretary Theresa May.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd December 2013

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Young people to be allowed to remain in foster care until age 21 – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2013 in budgets, education, fostering, local government, news, pilot schemes, young persons by sally

‘Children and young people brought up by foster carers in England will be allowed to remain with families until they are 21 if they choose to under a new legal duty for councils, ministers will announce on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Evaluation of the pilot of Domestic Violence Protection Orders – Home Office

Posted November 25th, 2013 in domestic violence, pilot schemes, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) were piloted in three police force areas in 2011-12. DVPOs are a new civil provision designed to provide immediate protection for victim-survivors of domestic violence where no other enforceable restrictions can be placed upon the perpetrator. This evaluation of the pilot suggests that DVPOs were generally seen positively by practitioners and victim-survivors and were associated with a reduction in re-victimisation, particularly when used in “chronic” cases.’

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Home Office, 25th November 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Pay a fee to skip the passport queue, under new Home Office plans – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2013 in airports, consultations, fees, immigration, news, passports, pilot schemes by tracey

” British holidaymakers and business travellers who pay an extra fee to the Home Office will be allowed to skip the passport queue at the airport, under new plans outlined by the Home Office on Tuesday. A consultation paper said ministers were drawing up plans to extend ‘premium fast-track processing’ which is currently only available to some first and business class passengers at Heathrow. The proposal is one of a number of new ideas being floated to cover more of the immigration service’s costs by raising more revenue from passengers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2013

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Smoking bans could challenge human rights in prisons and cause riots, ministers warned – The Independent

Posted September 23rd, 2013 in health & safety, human rights, news, pilot schemes, prisons, smoking by sally

“Smoking could be banned across all prisons in England and Wales by 2015, amid fears that prisoners could begin rioting over the change.”

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The Independent, 20th September 2013

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