First North East prosecution for controlling and coercive behaviour – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 16th, 2016 in crime, harassment, press releases, prosecutions, sentencing by tracey

‘A Cleveland man has today been sentenced in what is believed to be the North East’s first prosecution for the new criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour.’

Press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th June 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Activities of McKenzie Friends in family courts to go under the microscope – The Bar Council

Posted June 16th, 2016 in family courts, McKenzie friends, press releases by tracey

‘The activities of unregulated, untrained and uninsured McKenzie Friends in the family courts is to come under the microscope with the commissioning of field research by the Bar Council into how they handle court work.’

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The Bar Council, 10th June 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Bar Council responds to PAC report on criminal justice – The Bar Council

Posted May 31st, 2016 in barristers, criminal justice, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council has responded to today’s report from the Public Accounts Committee, on the criminal justice system.’

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The Bar Council, 27th May 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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New powers to strengthen coastal security – Home Office

Posted May 27th, 2016 in customs and excise, drug trafficking, immigration, press releases by tracey

‘New powers to help target smugglers and prevent illegal entry come into force.’

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Home Office, 26th may 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Master of the Rolls: Sir Terence Etherton – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 27th, 2016 in judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Rt Hon Sir Terence Etherton as the Master of the Rolls with effect from 3 October 2016. This appointment follows the retirement of The Rt Hon Lord Dyson on 2 October 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th May 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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LSB responds to the Judicial Executive Board’s McKenzie Friends consultation – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has submitted its response to the Judicial Executive Board (JEB) consultation on the approach courts should take to McKenzie Friends.’

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Legal Services Board, 26th May 2016

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Independent review into Sharia Law launched – Home Office

Posted May 26th, 2016 in divorce, forced marriages, islamic law, press releases, women by tracey

‘An independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales has been launched by Home Secretary Theresa May today.’

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Home Office, 26th May 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Biggest shake-up of prison system announced as part of Queen’s Speech – Ministry of Justice

‘More than 5,000 offenders will be housed in new reform prisons by end of the year as part of largest reform programme since Victorian times.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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

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BSB echoes Bar Council concerns on equality and access to justice – The Bar Council

‘The Chairman of the Bar Council, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has signalled agreement with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) concern for equality and diversity in the profession. As the independent regulator reported in its recently published Risk Outlook yesterday, the Bar Council also welcomed the focus on access to justice and on ensuring that consumers’ needs are properly met following the prolonged period of cuts to our system of justice.’

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The Bar Council, 18th May 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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BSB’s Strategic Plan and Risk Outlook launch provokes lively debate – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) officially launched its Strategic Plan 2016-19 and Risk Outlook last month at a function in central London, to an audience of barristers, representative bodies of the Bar, legal consumer organisations and diversity groups.’

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Bar Standards Board, 17th May 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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New plans to tackle corporate fraud – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 13th, 2016 in fraud, money laundering, press releases, tax evasion by tracey

‘New proposals to crack down on “economic crimes” such as fraud and money laundering are to be considered later this year.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th  May 2016

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

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Youth justice announcement – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 13th, 2016 in detention, press releases, young offenders, Youth Justice Board by tracey

‘Written Ministerial Statement made by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th May 2016

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

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Crown Court Bench Book – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 13th, 2016 in criminal procedure, Crown Court, judiciary, juries, press releases by tracey

‘The main aim of this Compendium is to provide guidance on directing the jury in Crown Court trials and when sentencing, though it contains some practical suggestions in other areas, for example jury management, which it is hoped will be helpful..’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 10th May 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar regulator has made “significant improvements”, says LSB’s report – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has made “significant improvements” as a regulator since 2012-13, says the Legal Services Board (LSB)’s today in its Regulatory Standards Report for 2015-16 about the Bar regulator.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th May 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Wellbeing in the legal profession – one year on – The Bar Council

Posted May 13th, 2016 in barristers, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘The Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, has urged the legal sector and other professions to work together on supporting wellbeing and mental health in the professions one year after the Bar Council and the Inns of Court published its Wellbeing at the Bar report.’

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The Bar Council, 13th May 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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McKenzie Friends: Bar Chairman says consumer protection has to be paramount – The Bar Council

Posted April 29th, 2016 in barristers, consumer protection, McKenzie friends, press releases by tracey

‘The protection of consumers “has to be paramount” when it comes to unregulated, uninsured and untrained McKenzie Friends charging fees to people in court, the Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, told BBC listeners.’

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The Bar Council, 28th April 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Determinations and findings of the Hillsborough inquests – Home Office

Posted April 28th, 2016 in inquests, parliament, press releases, sport, unlawful killing by tracey

‘Home Secretary Theresa May gives a statement on the findings of the Hillsborough inquests.’

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Home Office, 27th April 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Man sentenced for controlling or coercive behaviour – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 28th, 2016 in assault, criminal damage, domestic violence, harassment, press releases by tracey

‘Sam Williams has been sentenced for offences including controlling or coercive behaviour’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 27th April 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Asylum court fee hike makes access to justice a “luxury” for the few – The Bar Council

Posted April 28th, 2016 in asylum, barristers, civil justice, fees, immigration, press releases, tribunals by tracey

‘Plans put forward by the Ministry of Justice yesterday to increase fees for those seeking justice through the Immigration and Asylum tribunal system by 500% is yet another step towards putting access to justice beyond the means of those who most need it, warns the Bar Council.’

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The Bar Council, 28th April 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Biggest reforms to money laundering regime in over a decade – Home Office

Posted April 22nd, 2016 in money laundering, press releases, proceeds of crime, terrorism by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has set out the most significant changes to the UK’s anti-money laundering and terrorist finance regime in over a decade.’

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Home Office, 21st April 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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