‘Gradual fall’ in number of legal aid providers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 1st, 2016 in legal aid, news, statistics by tracey

‘The number of firms providing legal aid is continuing to decline gradually, the government’s latest statistics bulletin suggests.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st July 2016

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Record number of suspected female terrorists arrested last year, figures show – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2016 in news, statistics, terrorism, women by tracey

‘A record number of suspected female terrorists have been arrested in the UK in the past year, government figures have shown. The official figures, released by the Home Office, show 36 female terror suspects were arrested in the 12-month period prior to March. This amounts to 14 per cent of all arrests on terrorism charges during the time frame.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2016

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Battle to stop Jack Straw facing Libya rendition charges – The Guardian

‘The government has spent at least £600,000 of taxpayers’ money trying to prevent a civil case being brought against it by a husband and wife who allege that British intelligence was complicit in their detention, rendition and torture.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2016

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Fall in number of magistrates ‘will mean less diversity’ – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in diversity, inquiries, judiciary, magistrates, news, select committees, statistics by sally

‘A sharp fall in the number of magistrates in England and Wales will ensure that those on the bench remain overwhelmingly white and elderly, the government has been warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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Restraint use on child prisoners doubles, says Howard League – BBC News

Posted June 20th, 2016 in charities, children, inquiries, news, prisons, restraint, statistics, young offenders by tracey

‘Children held in custody in England and Wales are twice as likely to have force used against them by staff than they were five years ago, research suggests.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Home Office loses test case on asylum seekers ‘who look 18 or older’ – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2016 in asylum, children, detention, evidence, immigration, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘A test case judgment has been handed down in the high court preventing the Home Office from detaining child asylum seekers just because officials think they look 18 or older.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2016

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They think they’ve got away: How to catch a historical sex offender – BBC News

‘Sex offenders think they’ll get away with it. And often they do. Sometimes it can take years to bring them to justice, while others escape retribution altogether. So how do you go about making sure perpetrators of horrendous crimes committed in the distant past are caught and convicted?’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Watchdog demands more powers to stop cold-calling kingpins from dodging fines – Daily Telegraph

‘Cold call kings behind millions of nuisance calls are getting away with it because the Government has refused to hold them personally liable, the departing Information Commissioner has told The Telegraph. Christopher Graham, in his final interview before stepping down, said he had repeatedly pressed ministers to give him the power to pursue the directors of cold-calling companies – but his pleas had been ignored.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2016

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Doctors could be prosecuted for gender-based abortion following British lawyers appeal to European Court of Human Rights – Daily Telegraph

‘Doctors who aborted foetuses based on their gender could finally be successfully prosecuted after British lawyers launched an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights calling for a reform of abortion law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June

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Employment tribunal fees ‘will deny workers justice’ – The Independent

‘Workers unfairly dismissed by their employers are being denied access to justice because of new Government court fees, a cross party committee of MPs has warned. Since the new employment tribunal fees were introduced in 2013 there has been a “precipitate drop” of almost 70 per cent in the number of cases being brought, the Commons Justice committee said. It can now cost as much as £1,200 simply to bring a claim.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2016

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Two-thirds of litigators say increased court fees already putting off clients – Litigation Futures

Posted June 16th, 2016 in civil justice, courts, fees, news, statistics by tracey

‘Two-thirds of litigation lawyers say increased court fees have already deterred clients from commencing proceedings, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th June 2016

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Families separated for immigration purposes – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government. Some had entered the country irregularly and were quickly removed. Others were detained pending removal or deportation. More than half of them were released back into the community, meaning that their detention had served no purpose.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th June 2016

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Hold Me Close, I’m an Academic – Panopticon

‘If I am an extremely well-regarded academic at Cambridge (don’t snigger at the back, I could be) and due to my eminence I do some unpaid voluntary work for a major international group (here, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change), the work in relation to which I do over my university email account, are those emails held by the University under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (“EIR”)?’

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Panopticon, 10th June 2016

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‘Revenge porn’ threats could be made a crime in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘The threat of circulating “revenge porn” would be criminalised and the evidence threshold lowered to bring England and Wales in line with Scottish law, under changes to be proposed by a former Lib Dem cabinet minister.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2016

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Knife crime: Almost half of repeat offenders spared jail – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2016 in news, offensive weapons, recidivists, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘Almost half of repeat knife offenders were not immediately jailed, despite new legislation requiring judges to impose a prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2016

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Sexting offences increasing in schools, say senior police officers – The Guardian

‘Senior police officers are seeing an escalation in sexting offences in schools, according to a report submitted to MPs.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2016

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Refusnik rev: the vicar ​whose council tax protest could put him in jail – The Guardian

‘Retired clergyman Paul Nicolson, who is refusing to pay council tax in solidarity with those hit by benefit cuts, explains why he’s happy to take the consequences.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2016

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More than 1,200 FGM cases recorded across England in three months – The Guardian

‘Midwives have called for renewed efforts to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) after more than 1,200 cases were recorded across England in just three months. This includes 11 Britons who were identified as being subject to FGM.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2016

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Legal highs ban will fail to eradicate spice, warns government adviser – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2016 in criminal justice, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, statistics by sally

‘The ban on legal highs will not lead to the disappearance of spice and other synthetic, cannabis-like drugs because they are so profitable to dealers, a senior government drugs adviser has warned.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2016

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NHS watchdog to weigh cost of HIV prevention drug Prep – BBC News

‘The NHS watchdog NICE has been asked by government to look at the cost of providing an HIV prevention treatment known as Prep.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2016

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