Justice Secretary launches new prison and probation service to reform offenders – Home Office

Posted February 10th, 2017 in press releases, prisons, probation, rehabilitation by tracey

‘A new frontline service focused on reforming offenders and cutting crime will launch in April 2017, Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced today.’

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Home Office, 8th February 2017

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

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BSB publishes two-year equality and diversity strategy – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 10th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, equality, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication of its Diversity at the Bar Report last month. That report showed that diversity at the Bar was heading slowly in the right direction but that considerable progress is still needed.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th February 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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New guidance on imposing community and custodial sentences – Sentencing Council

Posted February 8th, 2017 in community service, courts, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council guideline on imposition is effective in all courts from today, 1 February 2017. This clarifies that suspended sentences should be imposed only when custody is actually intended and not as a more severe form of community order.’

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Sentencing Council, 1st February 2017

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Former teacher at boys’ school convicted of indecent assaults – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A former master at a prestigious private school has been found guilty of indecently assaulting pupils he taught, over more than a decade.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th February 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Speaking to Witnesses at Court – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in courts, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘More than nine out of 10 victims and witnesses are now satisfied with the support provided to them at court by the CPS, following the implementation of a ground-breaking initiative. Since April 2016, the CPS has been rolling out a new nationwide programme in which prosecution staff or advocates provide essential information to witnesses at court in order to assist them in giving their evidence. This rollout was completed across all courts last Autumn.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd February 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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New sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts published – Sentencing Council

Posted January 25th, 2017 in magistrates, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published revised guidelines for offences in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines.
The guidelines apply to all offenders aged 18 and older who are sentenced on or after 24 April 2017, regardless of the date of the offence.’

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Sentencing Council, 24th January 2017

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Legal services at forefront of Global Britain – Ministry of Justice

‘A bold and bright future awaits the UK’s world-leading legal services as we prepare to leave the EU, Lord Chancellor Elizabeth Truss declared today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th January 2017

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

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Government takes action on county line drug gangs – Home Office

‘The Home Secretary announces plans to crack down on ‘deal-lines’ used by county line drugs gangs.’

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Home Office, 22nd January 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Families of murder victims to get more support – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 19th, 2017 in families, murder, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Relatives of murder victims where an individual is acquitted after a trial will be offered enhanced support under a scheme launched today (17 January). Justice After Acquittal (JAA) has worked with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police to draw up new National Standards of Support (NSS). JAA is a voluntary organisation set up to provide support to families who suffer the double trauma of the murder of a loved one and the subsequent acquittal of the alleged perpetrator.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th January 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Practice guidance: Family Court – Duration of Ex Parte (Without Notice) Orders – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 19th, 2017 in courts, family courts, practice directions, press releases, time limits by tracey

‘Guidance issued by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division on 18 January 2017.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th January 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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New crackdown on corporate economic crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 17th, 2017 in consultations, false accounting, fraud, money laundering, press releases by tracey

‘New laws will be considered as part of a crackdown on corporate economic crime, ministers announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th January 2017

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

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Legal basis for striking terror targets set out – Attorney General’s Office

Posted January 12th, 2017 in armed forces, attorney general, press releases, self-defence, speeches, terrorism by tracey

‘Attorney General Jeremy Wright will set out the legal basis for British military strikes against terror targets overseas.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 11th January 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Proposals to reform criminal defence advocates pay published – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 6th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Plans to introduce a simpler and fairer pay system for defence advocates who work on legal aid-funded criminal cases have been unveiled today by the Ministry of Justice.’

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ministry of Justice, 5th January 2017

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New AGFS plan will mean fairer pay for advocates – The Bar Council

Posted January 6th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Council and the Young Barristers’ Committee welcome new proposals published today by the Ministry of Justice which will mean barristers and other advocates will be paid fairly for the work they do in publicly funded criminal cases. The new, fairer Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), if implemented, will mean barristers’ fees are no longer based on outdated and distorting factors such as the number of pages in a case, but instead are paid according to the seriousness and complexity of the work.’

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The Bar Council, 5th January 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Psychoactive substances ban 6 months on: almost 500 arrests and first convictions – Home Office

Posted January 4th, 2017 in drug offences, press releases, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘Nearly 500 people have been arrested since the government’s landmark Psychoactive Substances Act came into force 6 months ago.’

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Home Office, 29th December 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Statement from the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: Cross-examination of vulnerable people – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 4th, 2017 in cross-examination, family courts, press releases, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘I have been raising since 2014 the pressing need to reform the way in which vulnerable people give evidence in family proceedings. I have made clear my view that the family justice system lags woefully behind the criminal justice system.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 30th December 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar Chairman: Government must protect UK legal services’ strength in Brexit process – The Bar council

Posted December 21st, 2016 in EC law, legal services, press releases, statistics by tracey

‘Bar Council responds to new report from TheCityUK on value of legal services.’

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The impact of Brexit on the UK-based legal services sector

The Bar Council, 20th December 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Enforcement of Family Financial Orders – Official Publications

Posted December 16th, 2016 in enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘This is the Law Commission’s report on the Enforcement of Family Financial Orders.’

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Official Publications, 15th December 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications

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Businessman who killed his wife and tried to burn the house down jailed for life – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 16th, 2016 in arson, domestic violence, murder, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A former City trader who knocked his wife unconscious, set her body on fire and then took his dog for a walk has been jailed for life today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th December 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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CMA final report: demand for better price and service transparency from law firms, and review of legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted December 15th, 2016 in competition, law firms, legal services, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Regulators need to deliver a “step change in standards of transparency” so that lawyers’ clients can both understand the price and service they will receive, and compare providers, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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