Repeat knife offenders face new minimum prison term – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in offensive weapons, press releases, recidivists, sentencing by tracey

‘Minimum prison sentences for offenders who repeatedly carry knives will come into effect from 17 July 2015.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd July 2015

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

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A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales – Law Commission

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in consultations, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Today we are publishing the first consultation in our project to create a New Sentencing Code for England and Wales.’

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Law Commission, 1st July 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Codifying public nuisance and outraging public decency – Law Commission

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in nuisance, outraging public decency, press releases, reports by tracey

‘In our latest report, we recommend reforms to the common law offences of public nuisance and outraging public decency.’

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Law Commission, 24th June 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Redditch man sees sentence doubled to 20 years’ imprisonment for multiple rapes – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in appeals, press releases, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘Appeal Court increases the 10 year rape sentence of John Dennis to 20 years after ruling the original sentence unduly lenient.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 1st July 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Andrew Stocker found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following death of employees on an apple farm – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in employment, health & safety, homicide, negligence, press releases by tracey

‘Andrew Stocker has been found guilty by a jury of gross negligence manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th June 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Consultation on proposed amendments to allocation guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted June 19th, 2015 in Crown Court, magistrates, press releases, trials by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the allocation guideline.’

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Sentencing Council, 19th June 2015

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

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Surge in ‘DIY’ justice sparks guidelines for lawyers – The Bar Council

Posted June 19th, 2015 in legal profession, litigants in person, press releases by tracey

‘A surge in the number of people representing themselves in court has prompted legal organisations to draft guidelines for lawyers who come up against people who find themselves in court without legal representation.’

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The Bar Council, 18th June 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Changes in legislation reflected in new gang definition – Home Office

Posted June 9th, 2015 in crime prevention, drug offences, gangs, injunctions, press releases by tracey

‘The Home Office has today (8 June) published revised statutory guidance to reflect changes to the legislation on gang injunctions.’

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Home Office, 8th June 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Tell us your experience of the legal services regulators – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is launching a survey today inviting views from anybody and any firm that has been in contact with one of the eight legal services regulators in England and Wales.’

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Legal Services Board, 14th May 2015

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Codes of practice for the acquisition, disclosure and retention of communications data – Home Office

‘Guidance on the procedures that should be followed when the communications data is accessed or disclosed under RIPA, or retained under DRIPA or the ATCSA.’

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Home Office, 15th May 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Regulator seeks new powers – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 12th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said that it needs new statutory powers to step into barristers’ failing chambers, companies and partnerships properly to protect the interests of clients where something has gone seriously wrong.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th May 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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New legal services businesses now being authorised by regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 10th, 2015 in alternative business structures, barristers, press releases by tracey

‘The barristers’ regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today approved 15 new businesses as it begins authorising BSB-regulated entities – companies or partnerships that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th April 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Digital ‘Make A Plea’ system means people can choose where and when they plead – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 27th, 2015 in electronic filing, pleadings, press releases by tracey

‘A new digital service will allow people charged with minor motoring offences to make a plea online at a time and place of their choosing.’

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Ministry of Justice, 26th February 2015

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

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Home Secretary announces investigation into collapsed police trial – Home Office

Posted February 27th, 2015 in disclosure, miscarriage of justice, murder, police, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘A QC-led investigation into the collapse of a police trial following the wrongful conviction of three people for the murder of Lynette White.’

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Home Office, 26th February 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Bar Council backs MoJ U-turn on funding for DNA parentage testing – The Bar Council

Posted February 27th, 2015 in DNA, family courts, legal aid, paternity, press releases by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice’s decision to reinstate funding for DNA tests that determine parentage in family court cases was the right thing to do, says the Bar Council after Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced funds for between £500,000 and £1m a year to pay for tests.’

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The Bar Council, 23rd February 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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New rules to crackdown on violent prisoners come into force – Attorney General’s Office

Posted February 27th, 2015 in assault, press releases, prisons, prosecutions, sentencing, violence by tracey

‘A significant step forward in the fight against violence in prisons has been taken, with the publication of a joint national protocol.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 27th February 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Regulator tidies up complaint handling powers – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 13th, 2015 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) wants to tidy up the regulations in relation to complaint handling by removing the power of its Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) to take “No Further Action” (NFA) decisions.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th February 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Authorisation to Practise process now open – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in barristers, press releases by tracey

‘The annual Authorisation to Practise process has now opened, featuring a new method for calculating a barristers’ Practising Certificate Fee (PCF). Barristers have until 31 March 2015 to renew their practising certificates, which is a compulsory part of the Authorisation to Practise process.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd February 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Sir Brian Leveson’s Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings published: Media Release – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Sir Brian Leveson, The President of the Queen’s Bench Division publishes his review into efficiency in criminal proceedings today (Friday) with a wide ranging set of recommendations. He was asked by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas to find ways to make criminal justice more efficient and streamlined.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 23rd January 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Alice Gross – joint statement from the CPS and the Metropolitan Police – Crown Prosecution Service

‘At the end of the investigation into the disappearance and death of Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) submitted a report to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). That report proposed that Arnis Zalkalns was responsible for her abduction and murder.’

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Corwn Prosecution Service, 27th January 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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