Charging decision concerning MPS Special Demonstration Squad – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted August 21st, 2014 in press releases by tracey

‘The CPS received a file in relation to a number of police officers under Operation Aubusson, a subset of Operation Herne, which is an investigation into the activities of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Special Demonstration Squad. The evidence in this case relates to alleged sexual misconduct. In reviewing the case we have considered whether there is sufficient evidence to allow charges of rape, indecent assault, procuring a woman to have sexual intercourse by false pretences, misconduct in public office and breaches of the Official Secrets Act.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st August 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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More free mediation sessions for separating couples – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 21st, 2014 in arbitration, divorce, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Couples should avoid confrontational courtroom battles and use mediation as more free sessions will be funded by Government, Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th August 2014

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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Consultation: High Court Family Orders – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 20th, 2014 in consultations, family courts, press releases by tracey

‘Mr Justice Mostyn and his team have produced the third batch of proposed standard form orders for discussion and comment.The President and Mr Justice Mostyn will very much welcome and value comments from as many people as possible.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th August 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Children will be seen and heard in Family Courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 25th, 2014 in children, dispute resolution, family courts, press releases by tracey

‘Children will be given a greater voice in the family justice system so they can tell judges how they feel and what they think about the family disputes they are involved in.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th July 2014

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

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The Criminal Practice Directions, revised October 2014 – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted July 25th, 2014 in costs, criminal procedure, practice directions, press releases by tracey

‘The Criminal Practice Directions, revised October 2014: Summary of Key Changes and Additions.’

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Judiciary of England & Wales, 23rd July 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Insurance Contract Law – Law Commission

Posted July 18th, 2014 in contracts, insurance, press releases by tracey

‘Report from the Law Commissions of England and Wales and of Scotland making recommendations for reform to modernise business insurance law. The majority of these recommendations are included in the Government’s Insurance Bill.’

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Law Commission, 17th July 2014

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Data Retention & Investigatory Powers Bill receives Royal Assent – Home Office

‘Legislation to ensure UK law enforcement and intelligence agencies continue to have access to the vital evidence and information they need to investigate criminal activity, prevent terrorism and protect the public has today (Thursday 17 July) received Royal Assent.’

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Home Office, 17th July 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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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

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Nuisance claims firms face huge fines – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 27th, 2014 in claims management, fines, personal injuries, press releases by tracey

‘Lord Faulks QC has today announced rogue claims firms providing a bad service and bombarding people with nuisance calls will face large fines.’

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Ministry of Justice, 27th June 2014

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Home Secretary announces review of undercover policing cases – Home Office

Posted June 27th, 2014 in miscarriage of justice, police, press releases, prosecutions, spying by tracey

‘Home Secretary Theresa May today announced details of a review of criminal convictions in cases involving undercover police officers.’

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Home Office, 26th June 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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New guidelines issued for reporting restrictions in the criminal courts – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted June 20th, 2014 in courts, criminal justice, press releases, reporting restrictions by tracey

‘A third updated set of guidelines on open justice and reporting restrictions in the criminal courts is published today by the Judicial College, Newspaper Society, Society of Editors and the Media Lawyers Association.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 16th June 2014

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The Rights of European Citizens and their Spouses to Come to the UK: Inspecting the Application Process and the Tackling of Abuse – Home Office

Posted June 20th, 2014 in EC law, fraud, immigration, marriage, press releases by tracey

‘An inspection of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Home Office’s handling of this European casework by John Vine CBE QPM, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.’

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Home Office, 19th June 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Bar Council and Bar Standards Board Release Barristers’ Working Lives Survey Results – The Bar Council

Posted June 20th, 2014 in barristers, employment, press releases, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, and the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, today released the report Barristers’ Working Lives, which reveals results from the second biennial survey of the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 18th June 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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New Equality objectives for 2014-15 – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 4th, 2014 in barristers, disclosure, diversity, equality, harassment, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has developed and adopted five new equality objectives for 2014-15.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd June 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Proposed guidance to help prosecutors spot signs of domestic violence against teenagers and pensioners – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has today proposed changes to the way the CPS considers domestic violence cases that would instruct prosecutors to consider the use of social media, gang culture and peer pressure when looking at cases involving teenagers.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th May 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Police and prison officer killers to face life in prison – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 8th, 2014 in murder, police, press releases, prison officers, sentencing by tracey

‘Anyone who kills a police or prison officer in the course of their duty will face spending the rest of their lives behind bars, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th May 2014

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Bar Council to consider Jeffrey report into criminal advocacy – The Bar Council

Posted May 8th, 2014 in barristers, criminal justice, legal profession, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will review and consider carefully the findings and recommendations made by Sir Bill Jeffrey in his report, “Independent Criminal Advocacy in England and Wales” published today by the Ministry of Justice.’

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The Bar Council, 7th May 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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DPP statement following Clifford case – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said: “The prosecution in this case has proved Max Clifford’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt and the jury in this case decided that they were sure Max Clifford was guilty on eight of the eleven counts brought to court. He has rightly been held to account and sentenced today for his crimes.” ‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd May 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Statement from Bar Leaders on Very High Costs Cases – The Bar Council

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in barristers, contracts, costs, fees, press releases by tracey

‘The leaders of the Bar, who represent barristers in England and Wales, have published the following joint statement.”

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The Bar Council, 1st May 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Family justice reforms to benefit children – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 24th, 2014 in care orders, children, family courts, press releases, time limits by tracey

‘The largest family justice reforms for a generation will come into effect today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd April 2014

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

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