Youth jails should be replaced by secure schools, finds review – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2016 in detention, education, news, reports, secure training centres, young offenders by sally

‘The notorious Medway youth jail and other privately run secure training centres and state-run young offender institutions should be replaced by a new network of small “secure schools”, according to the findings of an official review set up by the justice secretary, Michael Gove.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2016

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A single legal framework for UK elections – Law Commission

Posted February 4th, 2016 in elections, Law Commission, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The UK needs a new, modern and rational legal framework to govern the conduct of elections and referendums, according to an interim report published today by the three Law Commissions of the UK.’

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Law Commission, 4th February 2016

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CPS response to HMCPSI report on Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) units – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 4th, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, press releases, rape, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) have issued a report today [2 February 2016] which reviews the Crown Prosecution Service’s handling of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd February 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Watchdog criticises Nottinghamshire police over child protection – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2016 in children, complaints, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Poor supervision of investigations and unacceptable delays led to a situation where a child abuse suspect was allowed to continue offending, according to a report by the police watchdog into Nottinghamshire police.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2016

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Rape case specialist units falling short, review says – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, rape, reports, victims by sally

‘The care provided to rape and sexual assault victims by dedicated Crown Prosecution Service units in England and Wales is falling “well short” of what is expected, inspectors have said.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2016

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Bar regulator publishes report on diversity at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 29th, 2016 in barristers, diversity, news, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report for 2015 on the diversity of the profession.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th January 2016

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Litvinenko – When real life is more fantastic than fiction – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 26th, 2016 in inquiries, murder, news, reports, spying by sally

‘The publication on Thursday of the long awaited report by Sir Robert Owen into the circumstances of the death of Alexander Litivenko from polonium poisoning on 23 November 2006 has (unsurprisingly) resulted in bitter criticism by the Russian Government of the Inquiry’s conclusions that the poisoning was probably directed by the Russian Federal Security Service, and probably approved by President Putin. The report is long (246 pages not including Appendices), but in page after page of readable and measured prose Sir Robert Owen tells the extraordinary story of Alexander Litvinenko’s death and the subsequent 9 year investigation into it.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th January 2016

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BBC’s Jimmy Savile abuse report to be published in next six weeks – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2016 in BBC, child abuse, inquiries, news, police, reports, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The report into sexual abuse at the BBC is to be published within the next six weeks, after police finally ruled that it will not prejudice any ongoing investigations.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2016

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Litvinenko inquiry to rule on former Russian spy’s killing – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2016 in inquiries, murder, news, reports, spying by sally

‘The long-awaited findings of a public inquiry into the killing of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko are due to be released by a judge.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2016

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Almost half of asylum seekers unhappy with their lawyers, report finds – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2016 in asylum, complaints, immigration, law firms, legal representation, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Almost half of asylum seekers are not satisfied with the service provided by their lawyers, a report for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2016

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Yarl’s Wood: Report finds no ‘endemic culture of abuse’ – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2016 in detention, immigration, news, reports by sally

‘There are “serious staffing concerns” at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre but “not an endemic culture of abuse”, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2016

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Thousands of trials end over no-show witnesses – watchdog – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2016 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, reports, trials, witnesses by sally

‘More than 11,000 criminal trials in England and Wales had to be abandoned last year because witnesses pulled out or did not appear at court, a watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2016

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Top judge says justice system is now unaffordable to most – The Guardian

‘Civil justice is unaffordable for most people, more people are being forced to represent themselves, and judges – whose pensions have been cut – feel underappreciated, according to the lord chief justice.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Interim review of civil courts proposes online court for claims up to £25,000 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 14th, 2016 in civil justice, consultations, courts, internet, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘There is a clear and pressing need to create an online court for claims up to £25,000, a senior judge has said in his interim review of the civil courts structure in England and Wales.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2016

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CPS lacks empathy with crime victims and witnesses, report finds – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, reports, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Letters the Crown Prosecution Service sends to victims of crime often lack empathy and contain template paragraphs that sometimes fail to convey basic information, according to an official inspectorate report.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Set up online courtrooms to cut lawyers out of legal process, says official report – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 13th, 2016 in consultations, electronic filing, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘Senior judge says civil cases up to £25,000 should be carried out in ‘paperless’ courts with most work done by admin staff rather than judges or lawyers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2016

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Too many offenders let off probation, inspectors say – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2016 in community service, news, probation, reports, sentencing by sally

‘The way that offenders sentenced to unpaid community work in England and Wales are managed and supervised has been criticised by inspectors.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2016

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Privatise Britain’s border controls, says new report – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 4th, 2016 in contracting out, immigration, news, reports by sally

‘Think-tank says UK Border Force – set up only four years ago – is failing and should have passport control functions put out to contract.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd January 2016

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Bringing the law on firearms up to date – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2015 in firearms, Law Commission, legislation, press releases, reports by tracey

‘In a report published today, we make recommendations to solve pressing problems that undermine the effectiveness of the law governing the acquisition and possession of firearms. The existing law is confused, unclear and difficult to apply. There are over 30 pieces of overlapping legislation, some of the key terminology – such as “lethal”, “component part” and “antique” – is not clearly defined, and the law has fallen out of step with developments in technology.’

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Law Commission, 16th December 2015

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Outdated marriage law in need of reform – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2015 in Law Commission, legislation, marriage, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The law that governs how and where couples in England and Wales can marry is badly in need of reform, according to the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 17th December 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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