PM calls for rethink of treatment of pregnant women in prison – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 8th, 2016 in children, pilot schemes, pregnancy, press releases, prisons, statistics, women by tracey

‘Treatment of pregnant women and female prisoners with babies to be reformed including tagging, problem-solving courts and alternative resettlement units.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th February 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Rapes linked to online dating up by more than 450% in five years – The Independent

Posted February 8th, 2016 in internet, national crime agency, news, rape, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘The number of rape allegations linked to online dating websites has increased sixfold in five years, according to Britain’s leading crime-fighting body.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2016

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Narcolepsy boy wins £120k swine flu vaccine damages – BBC News

Posted February 3rd, 2016 in compensation, damages, disabled persons, medical treatment, news, statistics by sally

‘A boy with a rare sleeping illness caused by a swine flu vaccine has won £120,000 in damages.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2016

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High Court ruling outlines extraordinary scale of allegations against Blavo & Co – Legal Futures

Posted February 3rd, 2016 in disclosure, fraud, law firms, legal aid, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘A High Court judge has said there is a “strongly arguable case” that collapsed firm Blavo & Co, formerly the UK’s leading mental health practice, made “many thousands” of false legal aid claims.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd February 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Review of racial bias and BAME representation in Criminal Justice System announced – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 1st, 2016 in bias, criminal justice, equality, press releases, race discrimination, statistics by tracey

‘The Prime Minister has asked David Lammy MP to investigate evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities.’

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Ministry of Justice, 31st January 2016

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Fines for driving while on phone fall four fold in three years – Daily Telegraph

‘Sharp drop in penalties for motorists on mobiles fuels fears police are turning a blind eye.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2016

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Victims are ill-served by the justice system: this bill will change that – The Guardian

‘The case of Poppi Worthington is the latest in a lamentable catalogue of misses by police or prosecutors. It demonstrates why the law needs to change.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2016

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Murder rate rises after spate of killings in June 2015 – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in homicide, murder, news, statistics by sally

‘Murders and killings in England and Wales have increased to their highest level for five years, figures show.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2016

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Refusal and revocation of British citizenship for dishonest conduct – Free Movement

Posted January 20th, 2016 in asylum, citizenship, deceit, fraud, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘In another reminder that British citizenship can be refused on the basis of past dishonest conduct we have the case of R (on the application of Rushiti & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 3931 (Admin). This one dates back a few months but I’m afraid I only just found it in my drafts folder. It involves two linked cases, both of which are further examples of Albanians entering the UK and pretending to be Kosovar, eventually obtaining immigration status then applying for British citizenship.’

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Free Movement, 18th January 2016

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Human rights groups condemn steep rise in UK arms sales to Saudis – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2016 in EC law, human rights, international law, news, Saudi Arabia, statistics, weapons by sally

‘More than £1bn worth of bombs, missiles and rockets were sold under government licence to Saudi Arabia over three months last summer, according to human rights groups.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2016

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Government confirms 1 October 2016 date for fixed costs in clinical negligence – Litigation Futures

‘The introduction of fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in clinical negligence cases is still planned for 1 October 2016, the Department of Health has confirmed.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th January 2016

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One in 12 criminals reoffends just 18 days after being freed from prison – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2016 in news, recidivists, statistics by sally

‘Official figures disclose shocking rate of reoffending by thousands of freed inmates.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2016

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Hidden rise in violent crime driven by growth in violence against women – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in crime, domestic violence, news, statistics, violence, women by sally

‘Women are bearing the brunt of an invisible rise in violent crime, a new analysis shows. Domestic violence and violence against women have increased since 2009, researchers found, pushing up overall levels of violent crime.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Nearly 300 British veterans face investigation over alleged Iraq war crimes – The Guardian

‘Nearly 300 British personnel who served in Iraq have been contacted by investigators looking into allegations of war crimes, with some of them facing interrogation on their doorsteps, officials have said.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2015

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More lawyers to review ‘unduly lenient’ sentences after complaints soar – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2016 in appeals, attorney general, complaints, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘More lawyers are to be recruited to a scheme that reviews “unduly lenient” sentences after a sharp rise in the number of complaints about judges’ decisions on jail terms.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2016

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Disabled workers can’t afford justice to deal with workplace harassment – The Guardian

‘Since the government introduced fees for employment tribunals, together with legal aid cuts, disabled people have increasingly been unable to have their cases heard.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2016

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‘Going into legal aid work now is career suicide’ – The Guardian

‘Government cuts to legal aid means social welfare lawyers are a dying breed. So where will the next generation come from? Step up the Justice First Fellowship.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Social background determines career prospects, say almost nine out of ten law students – Legal Week

Posted December 14th, 2015 in diversity, equality, law firms, legal education, legal profession, news, statistics by sally

‘Survey of law students finds strong feelings on influence of upbringing on career prospects, as law firms take new approaches to improve diversity’

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Legal Week, 10th December 2015

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Mother of murdered son calls for jail time for all knife crimes – BBC News

‘The mother of a young man who was stabbed to death in west London has pleaded with judges to impose jail terms on anyone caught with a knife.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2015

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RSPCA ‘reserves right’ to prosecute hunt cases despite controversy – Daily Telegraph

‘Changes to the animal protection charity’s prosecution policy will not mean a final end to cases brought against members of fox hunts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th December 2015

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