Legal Aid Challenge Success, Assisted Suicide and the Future of UK Human Rights – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, the Conservative Party will unveil its plans for human rights reform in the UK. In other news, Chris Grayling’s decision to drastically reduce the number of legal aid contacts granted is successfully challenged, while a prosecution for assisted suicide keeps the assisted dying debate alive.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Comments Off

Disability hate crime: Attacks on people with disabilities ‘must be taken more seriously’ – The Independent

‘The former director of public prosecutions has said attacks on disabled people are not being recognised as hate crime, letting criminals off with lighter sentences.’

Full story

The Independent, 21st September 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off

NCA refers child protection agency case handling to IPCC – BBC News

‘An organisation which took a year to alert police to information about potential paedophiles in the UK is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).’

Full story

BBC News, 18th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

New stalking legislation helps to bring thousands more prosecutions as CPS and ACPO launch protocol to improve service to stalking victims – Crown Prosecution Service

‘As stalking-related prosecutions rise, prosecutors and police are being reminded to focus on the devastating impact these crimes have on victims. After the first full year of operation, new stalking legislation has seen 743 cases brought to court – cases which may not have been charged under previous law.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 11th September 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Comments Off

Domestic Violence Update – the latest developments practitioners need to know about – Family Law Week

‘Mandip Ghai, solicitor and legal officer, with Rights of Women, updates practitioners on developments in the prevention of domestic violence.’

Full story

Family Law Week, 11th September 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Comments Off

Stalking prosecutions rise by 20% under new law on harassment – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, harassment, news, prosecutions, stalking, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutions for stalking and harassment increased by more than 20% last year following the enforcement of a new law that criminalises behaviour causing serious alarm or distress.’

Full story

The Guardian, 11th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Case dropped against parents of boy who missed school – BBC News

‘Legal action has been dropped against parents who took their child out of school without permission, as the family has moved to the US.’

Full story

BBC News, 8th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Judge condemns Crown Prosecution Service for pursuing sex case – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge Anthony Morris QC had urged prosecutors to pull the sex assault case before the trial had even begun because of lack of evidence.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off

Undercover police officers will not face sex charges – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2014 in evidence, news, police, prosecutions, psychiatric damage, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘Four undercover police officers accused of starting relationships with women will not face sexual offence charges, prosecutors have said.’

Full story

BBC News, 21st August 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Northumbria Police to re-examine ‘no crime’ rape claims – BBC News

Posted August 20th, 2014 in consent, news, police, prosecutions, rape, standards by tracey

‘A number of rape claims are to be re-examined by police over fears they were incorrectly recorded as a “no crime” Northumbria Police said 33 rapes have this year been listed as “no crime” – when people subsequently inform officers no offence took place – but 11 are to be reinvestigated.’

Full story

BBC News, 19th August 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Domestic abuse crime considered by ministers – BBC News

‘A new crime of domestic abuse could be created under plans being considered by ministers. Home Secretary Theresa May is consulting on creating the offence in England and Wales as part of attempts to improve police performance. Existing law already covers coercive and controlling behaviour – but it does not explicitly apply to relationships.’

Full story

Consultation

BBC News, 20th August 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

RSPCA prosecute family over cat’s long hair – Daily Telegraph

‘Richard and Samantha Byrnes express their relief after the Crown Prosecution Service steps in and orders the RSPCA to halt an animal cruelty case against them.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off

Energy price riggers to face jail under new proposals – BBC News

‘Anyone found guilty of rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices faces up to two years in jail, under new proposals by the government.’

Full story

BBC News, 6th August 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off

Armed police officer charged with murder over Azelle Rodney shooting – The Independent

Posted July 31st, 2014 in anonymity, firearms, inquiries, murder, news, police, prosecutions by michael

A decorated former Scotland Yard marksman involved in a botched armed operation against a drugs gang was charged yesterday with murdering one of the suspects.

Full story

The Independent, 30th July 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off

Domestic violence could become a specific offence, David Cameron says – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2014 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘The Prime Minister says he will consider a new offence for those who attack their partners that will take into account a pattern of abuse.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off

More than 30 criminal cases involving ‘Fake Sheikh’ to be reviewed in light of Tulisa trial – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 25th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, news, perjury, prosecutions by tracey

‘ More than 30 criminal cases that relied on evidence given by undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood are being reviewed in light of the collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial.
The Crown Prosecution Service is looking again at the cases -as well as three that are still going on – after a judge ended the pop singer’s trial because there were “strong grounds” to believe the Sun reporter had lied in court and manipulated evidence.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off

Teenagers who share ‘sexts’ could face prosecution, police warn – The Guardian

‘A police force has warned schoolchildren who share so-called “sexts” with friends over the internet that they could face prosecution in the criminal courts.’

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off

Female genital mutilation: a breach in the UK’s duty of care? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 21st, 2014 in female genital mutilation, news, prosecutions, select committees by sally

‘A report by the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) is a response to what it calls the “ongoing national scandal” of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is the mutilation of the genitalia of young women and girls for non-medical reasons. The history of FGM in the UK makes for sobering and shocking reading. It is estimated that 170,000 women and girls are living with the legacy of FGM in this country and 65,000 girls aged 13 or under are at this moment at risk of mutilation. Despite having been criminalised here in 1985, there has not been a single successful prosecution.’

Full story

Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th July 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawsexchange.co.uk

Comments Off

Victim right of review scheme sees 146 suspects charged with offences – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2014 in criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘Almost 150 suspects have been charged for offences after alleged victims appealed against decisions not to prosecute them under the new right to review scheme, according to new figures.’

Full story

The Independent, 19th July 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off

‘On-the-run’ scheme flawed but not unlawful, inquiry finds – The Guardian

‘The post-Troubles scheme devised to reassure Irish republican “on-the-runs” (OTRs) that they were no longer wanted by the police was lawful and did not give terrorist suspects an amnesty, an independent review has concluded.’

Full story

The Guardian, 17th July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off