Divorce myths to be dispelled – Ministry of Justice

‘Separating couples will be given clear new guidelines setting out what they should expect when property and income is distributed by the courts, Simon Hughes has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th April 2014

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

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Sentencing for theft offences – consultation launched on sentencing guidelines – Sentencing Council

Posted April 3rd, 2014 in consultations, electricity, press releases, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a 12-week consultation on its proposed guidelines for judges and magistrates to use when sentencing people for theft offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 3rd April 2014

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

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Damian Green: new rehabilitation powers for magistrates – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 27th, 2014 in magistrates, press releases, rehabilitation, supervision orders by tracey

‘Magistrates will be given new powers as part of the Government’s reforms of rehabilitation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th March 2014

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

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Family Provision of Justices’ Reasons in uncontested Cases – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Guidance issued jointly by the Justices’ Clerks Society and the Magistrates’ Association with the approval of Mrs Justice Pauffley and the President of the Family Division.’

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Judiciary of England & Wales, 18th March 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Increased sentence handed to violent Penzance rapist – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 17th, 2014 in appeals, press releases, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘After reference from Solicitor General, Court of Appeal increases sentence of Lee David Hosking from 9 and a half years’ imprisonment to 13.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 14th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Major changes in family courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 14th, 2014 in children, families, family courts, press releases by tracey

‘The Children and Families Act has been given Royal Assent today, meaning reforms which will put children firmly at the heart of the family justice system will be introduced as part of the relaunched family court system being implemented on 22 April 2014.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th March 2014

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

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Reforms to help reduce reoffending come into force – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 11th, 2014 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, press releases, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Reforms which will cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of any low level convictions come into effect today, Justice Minister Simon Hughes.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th March 2014

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

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Support for industrial disease victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Sufferers of a deadly industrial disease will be the focus of work to improve the compensation claims process for them, new Justice Minister Lord Faulks said today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 6th March 2014

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

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New guidance will help barristers carry out their duties to clients, says regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 6th, 2014 in barristers, complaints, legal profession, press releases, solicitors by tracey

‘New guidance for solicitors on how they should assist barristers in telling clients of their right to complain will help members of the Bar carry out their duty, says the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th March 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline for environmental offences – Sentencing Council

Posted February 26th, 2014 in codes of practice, environmental protection, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council is publishing a new guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of environmental offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 26th February 2014

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

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Criminals to pay towards cost of running courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 7th, 2014 in bills, costs, courts, criminal justice, press releases by tracey

‘Criminals will be made to pay towards the cost of their court case under legislation introduced to Parliament today by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th February 2014

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

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Statement regarding defamation cases – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted January 10th, 2014 in civil procedure rules, defamation, press releases by tracey

‘During the passage of the Bill that became the Defamation Act 2013, Parliament discussed procedural changes to assist with the implementation of the legislation and the policy underlying it. The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has now made the rule changes. However, as these have not been as extensive as members of Parliament may have anticipated, I am issuing this statement to provide some clarification and reassurance to Parliament and others…’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 2nd January 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Man sentenced for stirring up racial hatred – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 10th, 2014 in inciting racial hatred, press releases, racism, sentencing by tracey

‘Christopher Philips has today (8 January 2014) been sentenced to 12 months in prison and imposed with an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) for distributing videos of himself at an extremist right-wing event on a social media site. Mr Philips pleaded guilty to one count of stirring up racial hatred contrary to section 21 of the Public Order Act 1986 at a hearing on 31 October 2013 at Wolverhampton Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th January 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Victims put first in the criminal justice system – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 10th, 2013 in codes of practice, criminal justice, press releases, victims by tracey

‘People who fall prey to criminals will now receive more support than ever before to help bring offenders to justice and move on with their lives, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.’

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Victims’ Code

Ministry of Justice, 10th December 2013

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

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Statement of changes in immigration rules – Home Office

Posted December 10th, 2013 in immigration, press releases, regulations, visas by tracey

‘This WMS was laid in Parliament on 9 December 2013, and delivered in the House of Commons by Theresa May and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.’

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Home Office, 9th December 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Industrial disease victims central to changes – Ministry of Justice

‘Sufferers of a deadly industrial disease are central to new plans to improve the way they claim compensation, Courts Minister Shailesh Vara announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th December 2013

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

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Barristers’ CPD obligations to change with immediate effect – Bar Standards Board

‘Barristers no longer have to return CPD record cards to the BSB, but must still undertake their set number of hours and keep their record cards up-to-date.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th November 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Draft Strategic Plan 2014-17 and Budget 2014-15 – The Bar Council

Posted November 28th, 2013 in barristers, budgets, consultations, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Council is consulting on its draft Strategic Plan 2014-17, which sets out its proposed direction of travel for the next three years, setting clear aims and objectives. It builds on our last Strategic Plan which covered the period 2011-14.’

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The Bar Council, 27th November 2013

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Update for the profession: Criminal Very High Cost Cases (VHCCs) Contracts – The Bar Council

Posted November 27th, 2013 in barristers, codes of practice, contracts, costs, press releases by tracey

‘Update for the profession: Criminal Very High Cost Cases (VHCCs) Contracts.’

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The Bar Council, 26th November 2013

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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CPS decisions in Operation Alice – incident at Downing Street on 19 September 2012 – Crown Prosecution Service

‘CPS decisions in Operation Alice – incident at Downing Street on 19 September 2012.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 26th November 2013

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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