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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Enhanced court fees: the government response to part 2 of the consultation on reform of court fees – Ministry of Justice

‘The government response to part 2 of the consultation on reform of court fees and further proposals for consultation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th January 2015

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

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Court fees: Proposals for reform – Judicial responses – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Responses of the Lord Chief Justice, senior judiciary and the Civil Justice Council to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Consultation on Court fees – enhanced charging.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 16th January 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Queen’s Counsel in England & Wales: 2014 to 2015 – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 14th, 2015 in press releases, queen's counsel by tracey

‘Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of 93 new Queen’s Counsel.’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th January 2015

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

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Updated CPS-Police Rape Protocol launched as DPP warns of rising caseloads – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 14th, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, police, press releases, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A joint protocol, created and implemented by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Police has been launched today [Thursday 8 January 2015], setting out how to deal with all rape cases from the initial complaint to after the verdict in a trial.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th January 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Declaration 2014: Legal Professional Privilege is vital to a fair trial – The Bar Council

‘Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: codes of practice consultation – Attorney General’s Office

‘A consultation on a revised code of practice that governs the use of investigatory powers in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 12th December 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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New powers to tackle sham marriage announced – Home Office

Posted December 1st, 2014 in civil partnerships, fraud, immigration, marriage, press releases, registrars by tracey

‘Home Office will have more time to investigate suspected sham marriages.’

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Home Office, 25th November 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Implementation of Bar Tribunal arrangements “progressing well” – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 1st, 2014 in barristers, press releases, reports, tribunals by tracey

‘A Bar Standards Board (BSB) annual report into the arrangements relating to the operation of the independent Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) has found no significant issues to report and improvements in the service being sustained.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th November 2014

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‘No obvious benefit’: Bar Council concerned over proposed dual-contracting model – The Bar Council

Posted December 1st, 2014 in barristers, consultations, contracts, criminal justice, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice response to the “Transforming Legal Aid: Crime Duty Contracts” consultation, published today, will be of concern to all lawyers engaged in criminal defence work, and especially to solicitors firms with criminal legal aid contracts.’

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The Bar Council, 27th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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CPS decide no criminal charges should be brought following investigation into police actions in relation to the Kevin Nunes murder trial – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Operation Kalmia 2 was an investigation to determine whether any offences had been committed in connection with Staffordshire Police’s handling of disclosure of unused material in a prosecution (relating to the death of Kevin Nunes), which resulted in the convictions for murder in the subsequent criminal proceedings being quashed by the Court of Appeal. Following an investigation led by Chief Constable of Derbyshire Mick Creedon and managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was asked to consider allegations in relation to two matters relating to the handling of the murder trial.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th November 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Parents face funding test to stop their children going into care – The Bar Council

Posted November 20th, 2014 in care orders, legal aid, legal representation, press releases by tracey

‘Parents facing the prospect of having their children taken away from them should have legal aid to fight their case, the Bar Council has said.’

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The Bar Council, 17th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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