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.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2014

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Prison ‘crisis’ denied by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2014 in news, prisons, reports, statistics, violence, young offenders by tracey

‘Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has admitted to the BBC that prisons in England and Wales face problems with violence, suicides and staff shortages.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2014

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£230m wasted on needlessly holding people on remand, says Howard League – The Guardian

Posted August 18th, 2014 in budgets, charities, news, prisons, remand, sentencing, statistics by tracey

‘Up to £230m has been spent “needlessly” holding people on remand in custody who eventually avoided jail, a penal reform charity has said. More than 35,000 people kept on remand in 2013 went on to be either acquitted or be given non-custodial sentences, according to new figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform from the Ministry of Justice through a Freedom of Information request.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2014

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Wikipedia link to be hidden in Google under ‘right to be forgotten’ law – The Guardian

Posted August 4th, 2014 in freedom of expression, internet, news, privacy, statistics by sally

Google is set to restrict search terms to a link to a Wikipedia article, in the first request under Europe’s controversial new “right to be forgotten” legislation to affect the 110m-page encyclopaedia.

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2014

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Bar Standards Board to “research need for accreditation schemes” – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has promised to research “the need for other quality assurance schemes and/or accreditation schemes” so the public can have confidence in barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 4th August 2014

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Employment tribunal cases drop significantly, but claims that go forward tend to be more expensive, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 1st, 2014 in employment tribunals, fees, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of claims referred to employment tribunals may have dropped by as much as 79% in the year since fees were introduced, according to figures produced for the Trade Unions Congress (TUC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st July 2014

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‘Concern’ over more than fifth of prisons – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2014 in death in custody, fugitive offenders, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The performance of more than a fifth of prisons in England and Wales is “of concern”, a government body has said.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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Discrimination at work goes unpunished as women can’t afford to sue – The Independent

‘Women are being priced out of justice in the workplace, according to figures which show the number of sex discrimination claims brought by women against employers have fallen 80 per cent since court charges were introduced.’

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The Independent, 29th July 2014

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More women judges will improve law’: Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge calls for more diversity – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2014 in diversity, judiciary, legal profession, news, statistics, Supreme Court, women by sally

‘Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge says there needs to be more gender equality shown across Britain’s legal system and that by appointing more female judges the quality of justice could be greatly improved.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2014

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Number of prisoners over 60 in England and Wales doubles in 10 years – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2014 in elderly, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘The number of prisoners over the age of 60 in jail in England and Wales has nearly doubled over the past decade to 3,577, according to the latest Ministry of Justice figures.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2014

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How many times did court doors close? – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in closed material, news, private hearings, statistics by michael

‘One for spy thriller fans and conspiracy theorists: in the last year, the government has asked judges five times to let it give secret evidence to defend itself in otherwise open court cases.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2014

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Criminals ‘escaping justice’ by being given cautions – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in cautions, London, news, police, recidivists, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘Almost 30,000 criminals including rapists and burglars ”have escaped the justice system” in the London area by being handed a police caution, it has been revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2014

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Record number of data complaints made to ICO – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2014 in appeals, complaints, data protection, disclosure, fines, news, nuisance, privacy, statistics by tracey

‘The UK’s information commissioner has called for better funding for the country’s data regulator amid a record number of cases.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2014

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Bar Council reveals preliminary findings of its impact of LASPO survey – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today presented its preliminary findings from a major survey conducted to assess the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012.’

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The Bar Council, 12th July 2014

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Parole system preparing for overload as Supreme Court ruling gives prisoners right to ‘hopeless’ hearings – The Independent

Posted July 14th, 2014 in budgets, news, oral hearings, parole, statistics, Supreme Court by sally

‘The parole system is preparing for overload after a ruling gave prisoners the right to have hearings even when there is no hope of release.’

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The Independent, 12th July 2014

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Power of attorney: how flawed system cost one family £30,000 – Daily Telegraph

‘Rules granting other people control over your money when you are elderly or infirm are open to abuse. We highlight one sobering case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th July 2014

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Domestic violence convictions at record high – The Guardian

‘The conviction rate for domestic violence cases has reached its highest ever level, with cases now making up 10.7% of the Crown Prosecution Service’s workload, the director of public prosecutions will announce on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2014

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More than 1,000 children under 10 stopped and searched in five years – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2014 in children, inquiries, news, reports, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘More than 1,000 children under the age of 10 – and some as young as four – have been stopped and searched by the police in England and Wales over the past five years, according to official figures.’

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The Guardian, 1st July 2014

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Project pits women’s success stories against “negative narrative of diversity debate” – Legal Futures

Posted June 30th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘A five-year project to celebrate the achievements of women lawyers has been launched, culminating at the centenary of the Act of Parliament which abolished the bar on their entry into the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2014

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Sham marriages ‘double in four years’, Home Office figures show – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 24th, 2014 in fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘The number of suspected sham marriages being reported by registrars has doubled in four years, official Home Office figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd June 2014

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