The Attorney General on who should decide what the public interest is – Attorney General’s Office

‘The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP spoke at University College London’s Law Faculty on his role as a guardian of the public interest.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 8th February 2016

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Judges ‘not always best placed’ to decide public interest – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Politicians are sometimes better placed than judges to decide what is in the public interest in disputes over freedom of information, the government’s most senior lawyer has said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th February 2016

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MPs better placed than judges to decide public interest, says attorney general – The Guardian

‘Politicians are frequently better placed than judges to decide what constitutes the public interest in releasing information about foreign relations, national security and other areas, according to the attorney general.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2016

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An open or shut case? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R(C) v. Secretary of State for Justice [2016] UKSC 2. When is it right to keep the names of parties to litigation a secret? That was the difficult question the Supreme Court had to grapple with in this judgment, handed down on Wednesday. The decision to allow a double-murderer to remain anonymous led to outraged headlines in the tabloids. Yet the Court reached the unanimous conclusion that this was the right approach. Why?.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2016

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Regina (MM) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted February 1st, 2016 in citizenship, families, Islam, judicial review, law reports, public interest, terrorism by tracey

Regina (MM) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: [2015] EWHC 3513 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 503

‘The Secretary of State for the Home Department had no discretion to refuse citizenship by naturalisation under section 6(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981 in order to deter potential extremists from their activities through knowing that family members would not be naturalised in consequence.’

WLR Daily, 3rd December 2015

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No case for rewriting FoI Act, says information commissioner – The Guardian

‘Advice given to ministers by civil servants should not be excluded from freedom of information legislation, according to the official responsible for overseeing the workings of the act.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2016

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New guidance for public bodies on FOI requests for information they intend to publish in future – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2016 in codes of practice, disclosure, freedom of information, news, public interest by tracey

‘Public bodies will find it harder to justify decisions to withhold information requested under freedom of information (FOI) laws on the basis that they intend to publish the material in future where no date has been set for that publication, according to newly issued guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2016

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Straszewski v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Kersys v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted December 14th, 2015 in appeals, deportation, EC law, immigration, law reports, public interest by sally

Straszewski v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Kersys v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 1245; [2015] WLR (D) 512

‘When determining whether the removal of an EEA national who had acquired a permanent right of residence in the United Kingdom was justified on serious grounds of public policy or public security, wider factors, such as the public interest in deterrence and the need to demonstrate public revulsion at the offender’s conduct, could not properly be taken into account.’

WLR Daily, 3rd December 2015

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When might deportation orders be revoked before 10 years is up? – Free Movement

‘The facts of Secretary of State for the Home Department v ZP (India) [2015] EWCA Civ 1197 involved some of the worst breaches of immigration law ever seen in a reported decision: overstaying a visit visa in 2002 then organising and taking part in sham marriages, fleeing abroad in 2003 when detected and being convicted in her absence and then re-entering the UK in a false identity in 2005, obtaining settlement in this false identity in 2007 and then on detection being convicted again for breaches of immigration law and, after serving her sentence, being deported in 2009.’

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Free Movement, 14th December 2015

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Court of protection extends ban on naming woman in right-to-die case – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2015 in anonymity, assisted suicide, media, news, public interest, reporting restrictions by sally

‘A legal ban preventing identification of a 50-year-old mother who died after refusing lifesaving kidney treatment has been extended by the court of protection.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2015

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New Bar chairman: the BSB is independent enough – Legal Futures

Posted December 9th, 2015 in barristers, fees, legal aid, legal services, news, public interest, standards by sally

‘The current arrangements for the regulation of barristers are “relatively cost-efficient” and there is no need to make the Bar Standards Board (BSB) fully independent, the incoming chairman of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 9th December 2015

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Lord Janner unfit to stand trial, judge rules – BBC News

‘Lord Janner is unfit to stand trial over child sexual abuse offences dating back 50 years, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2015

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Lord Janner judge to rule on evidence behind lack of fitness to stand trial – The Guardian

‘A high court judge is expected to rule on whether Lord Janner is unfit to stand trial – and what evidence can be released regarding that decision – for a string of child sex offences dating back 50 years.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Police’s ’12 errors’ as investigation into death of toddler Poppi Worthington went nowhere – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2015 in children, complaints, injunctions, inquests, news, police, public interest by tracey

‘A judge has listed 12 separate errors made by police as they investigated the death of Poppi Worthington, finally lifting a veil of secrecy that has barred the public from knowing anything about how the toddler died three years ago.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2015

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Malayan killings families lose UK Supreme Court appeal – BBC News

‘Relatives of 24 rubber plantation workers killed by British troops almost 70 years ago in Malaya have lost an appeal for an official investigation.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2015

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Removal of consultation options over housing estate “unlawful”: High Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 25th, 2015 in consultations, housing, local government, news, planning, public interest by sally

‘A High Court judge has ruled that a London borough’s decision to stop consulting on refurbishment options for a housing estate and focus on regeneration alone was unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th November 2015

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Lawyer’s crowdsourcing site aims to help people have their day in court – The Guardian

‘With warnings coming thick and fast about the stark ramifications of the government’s sweeping cuts to legal aid, it was probably inevitable that someone would come up with a new way to plug some gaps in access to justice. Enter the legal crowdfunder, CrowdJustice, an online platform where people who might not otherwise get their case heard can raise cash to pay for legal representation and court costs.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2015

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Charity Commission and terrorism suspect campaigners Cage in high court – The Guardian

‘The right to fund unpopular causes is at the heart of a key case heard in the high court on Wednesday, in a legal battle that pits controversial campaigners Cage against the charity regulator.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2015

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Secret court case application numbers more than double in a year – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in closed material, intelligence services, news, public interest, statistics by sally

‘The number of official applications for secret court hearings more than doubled in the past year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

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Courts likely to look for evidence that journalists have verified alleged defamatory statements, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 16th, 2015 in defamation, evidence, media, news, Privy Council, public interest by sally

‘Journalists seeking to rely on the new ‘public interest’ defence to a claim of defamation will still have to be able to prove that they have taken steps to verify the accuracy of what they have published, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th October 2015

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