FSA: 4,000 major breaches of animal welfare laws at UK abattoirs in two years – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in animal cruelty, food hygiene, news, regulations, reports, slaughter by sally

‘There were more than 4,000 severe breaches of animal welfare regulations over the past two years at British slaughterhouses, according to data released by the government’s food watchdog under freedom of information laws.’

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The Guardian, 28th August 2016

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People of colour and poor whites failed by justice system – report – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 23rd, 2016 in criminal justice, equality, human rights, news, racism, reports by sally

‘A new report from a leading equality watchdog has cited fresh evidence suggesting that the criminal justice system is institutionally racist.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2016

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Internet spying powers backed by review – BBC News

‘Britain’s spies should be allowed to continue harvesting large amounts of data from emails, the government’s reviewer of terror legislation said.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2016

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Extremist prisoners ‘may be separated’ from other inmates – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in Islam, news, prisons, reports, select committees, terrorism by sally

‘Violent extremist prisoners could be held in separate special units inside jails under government plans to stop other inmates being radicalised.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2016

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Ethnic minorities face ‘entrenched’ racial inequality – watchdog – BBC News

Posted August 18th, 2016 in equality, race discrimination, racism, reports by tracey

‘Black and ethnic minority people in Britain still face “entrenched” race inequality in many areas, including education and health, a watchdog warns. A review by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which also looked at employment, housing, pay, and criminal justice, found an “alarming picture”.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2016

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Muslim women most disadvantaged, say MPs – BBC News

Posted August 11th, 2016 in employment, Islam, news, religious discrimination, reports, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Muslim women are the most economically disadvantaged group in British society, according to a report by MPs.’

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BBC News, 11th August 2016

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Troubled Families report ‘suppressed’ – BBC News

‘An unfavourable evaluation of the government’s flagship policy response to the 2011 riots has been suppressed, BBC Newsnight has learned.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2016

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Law amounts to unnecessary death sentence for dogs, claims RSPCA – The Guardian

Posted August 9th, 2016 in charities, dogs, euthanasia, news, reports by sally

‘Hundreds of dogs are being put down unnecessarily, an animal charity has warned, as it calls for a government law change.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2016

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Abuse Of Process In Historical Cases: A Thing Of The Past? – Crimeline

Posted August 4th, 2016 in abuse of process, disclosure, evidence, news, reports by Mark L

‘In May this year the Public Accounts Committee published a report titled the ‘Efficiency in the Criminal Justice System.’ The conclusions are unsurprising for those with any experience of the system; it is at breaking point. In the current climate it seems the courts will do everything in their power to ensure cases proceed often in spite of significant delay. Due to their nature, historical cases can often be besieged with disclosure problems, and while delay can be due to legitimate and understandable reasons it is also true that historical cases can face unjustifiably delay. The question which must be asked is, when a case suffers from both delay and disclosure issues can a defendant have a fair trial at all?.’

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Crimeline, 3rd August 2016

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Bar ‘entities’ flop – so fees under review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 4th, 2016 in alternative business structures, barristers, fees, news, reports by Mark L

‘The bar’s regulator is reviewing its fees after grossly overestimating the profession’s appetite for new business models. Income has fallen well short of expectations, the Bar Standards Board admits in its annual report, after entity applications turned out to be just a fraction of the hundreds anticipated when it began licensing the new model in April last year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th August 2016

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The BSB highlights progress made in its Annual Report 2015-16 – Bar Standards Board

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in barristers, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The BSB has published its latest annual report, which summarises its achievements during the 2015-16 business year and during the course of its last three-year strategic plan which concluded on 31 March 2016.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd August 2016

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Briggs presses ahead with Online Court and challenges profession to get to grips with unbundling – Legal Futures

Posted July 28th, 2016 in civil justice, costs, courts, internet, news, reports by tracey

‘Lord Justice Briggs published his final report on the structure of the civil courts and retained his strong support for the creation of an online court for claims worth up to £25,000 – which he said should be called the Online Solutions Court – although he has shifted position to say that parties should be able to recover a limited amount of legal costs.’

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Legal futures, 27th July 2016

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Bar Council response to Lord Justice Briggs’ review – The Bar Council

Posted July 28th, 2016 in barristers, civil justice, courts, internet, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council has responded to Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review. Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, said: “Efforts to modernise the courts and improve efficiencies in our justice system are essential. It is surely time to make a proper investment in our civil justice system for the future, to provide justice for all.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 27th July 2016

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Civil Courts Structure Review (CCSR): Final Report published – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 28th, 2016 in civil justice, courts, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The final report of Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review was published on 27 July 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th July 2016

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Number of people dying after coming into contact with police rises sharply to 200 – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2016 in complaints, death in custody, mental health, news, police, reports, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘Some 200 people died during or following contact with police in the UK last year, according to new figures.
A report released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission reveals the number of deaths has risen 63 per cent in the last five years – with a spike of 37 per cent in the last year alone.’

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The Independent, 26th July 2016

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Deliveroo contracts ‘written to scare couriers from going to court over workers’ rights’ – The Independent

‘Deliveroo has outsmarted Uber by reportedly building clauses into the contracts of its couriers to prevent them from taking the company to court over worker’s rights.’

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The Independent, 25th July 2016

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Migrant children are being failed by UK, says Lords committee report – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2016 in asylum, children, detention, immigration, news, refugees, reports, select committees by sally

‘The UK is shirking its responsibility to care for thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, dismissing them as “somebody else’s problem”, a report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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MPs to debate motion declaring Tony Blair in ‘contempt’ of parliament in September – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2016 in deceit, Iraq, news, parliament, reports, war by tracey

‘MPs are to debate a motion on whether to declare Tony Blair in “contempt” of Parliament because of his role in the Iraq War.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2016

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Chilcot report: Iraq war families crowdfund legal costs – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2016 in costs, families, Iraq, legal services, news, reports, war by sally

‘Families of some of the British troops killed in Iraq have launched a public crowdfunding appeal to pay for lawyers to potentially sue those responsible.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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New law to recoup crime money needed, say MPs – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2016 in confiscation, news, proceeds of crime, reports, select committees by tracey

‘It should be a separate criminal offence to refuse to hand over money and assets derived from crime, a group of MPs has said. The system for enforcing confiscation orders imposed by the courts is not working, a report by the Home Affairs Select Committee added.’

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Home Affairs select committee press release

BBC News, 15th July 2016

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