Judge allegedly falls asleep during child rape trial – The Guardian

‘An investigation has been launched following claims a judge fell asleep in court, causing a child rape trial to be halted.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2014

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DPP to examine treatment of witnesses after abuse victim’s death – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions (DPP) said she recognised the “real issue” over whether victims and witnesses are treated fairly after the death of a sex abuse victim sparked calls for reform.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2014

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Police chiefs were aware six years ago that undercover unit ‘had lost moral compass’ – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2014 in families, firearms, news, police, spying, victims by tracey

‘The Scotland Yard undercover unit that gathered intelligence on 18 grieving families was known by police chiefs six years ago to have been so out of control it had “lost [its] moral compass” and become a “force within a force”.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2014

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Parents who allow female genital mutilation will be prosecuted – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in anonymity, crime, female genital mutilation, news, victims by sally

‘Parents will be prosecuted if they fail to prevent their daughter being cut, and all victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) will get lifelong anonymity, David Cameron will say on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

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Victim right of review scheme sees 146 suspects charged with offences – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2014 in criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘Almost 150 suspects have been charged for offences after alleged victims appealed against decisions not to prosecute them under the new right to review scheme, according to new figures.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2014

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Transforming the criminal justice system: strategy and action plan – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 16th, 2014 in computer programs, criminal justice, delay, reports, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘The “Criminal justice system 2014 to 2015: strategy and action plan” is an update on the version published last year.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2014

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Lady Butler-Sloss stands down from child-abuse inquiry – The Guardian

‘Lady Butler-Sloss, the retired high court judge, has resigned as chair of the panel that is due to examine the extent to which public institutions failed to investigate allegations of child abuse.

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The Guardian, 14th July 2014

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Child abuse victims to sue Government – The Independent

‘An alleged victim of historical child abuse has instructed lawyers over his intention to take legal action, claiming the Government is in breach of its obligations to victims of abuse. The victim, who has asked not to be named for legal reasons, believes the government has not lived up to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees respect for home life. Had it done so, it is claimed, many more victims would have come forward to assist the police. The victim is an alleged survivor of child abuse at Grafton Close, a care home run by Richmond Borough Council in south-west London.’

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The Independent, 13th July 2014

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Tougher penalties urged for people who name rape victims on social media – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2014 in anonymity, internet, news, penalties, privacy, select committees, victims by sally

‘Tougher penalties may be needed to deal with Twitter and Facebook users who are “deliberately naming and abusing” rape victims online, a legal adviser to the Crown Prosecution Service has said.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2014

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Crime victims’ treatment by police and courts examined – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2014 in codes of practice, courts, news, police, reports, victims by tracey

‘The way crime victims are treated by the police and courts in England and Wales is to be examined.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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Criminalising Forced Marriage – The Deterrent Effect – Family Law Week

Posted June 27th, 2014 in crime, families, forced marriages, marriage, news, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Danish Ameen, barrister of 18 St John Street Chambers, considers the impact of the criminalisation of forced marriage which came into effect on the 16th June 2014.’

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Family Law Week, 26th June 2014

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Sex abuse victim has post traumatic stress from court questioning – BBC News

‘A sex abuse victim says a cross-examination in court in Jersey was so aggressive she has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).’


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BBC News, 23rd June 2014

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Guilty verdict in former N-Dubz singer Dappy slap case – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2014 in assault, costs, news, victims by sally

‘Magistrates have found the former N-Dubz singer Dappy guilty of slapping a man outside a nightclub.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2014

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Care homes operator pays compensation to family of elderly resident subjected to ‘sickening’ abuse – Legal Futures

‘The owners of a care home where staff were jailed after being caught on camera physically and verbally abusing a 89-year-old woman have finally agreed a compensation settlement with her family for allowing the ‘sickening’ treatment to happen.’

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Legal Futures, 19th June 2014

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Thalidomide drug victims launch legal action – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2014 in birth, compensation, medicines, news, personal injuries, victims by sally

‘Thalidomide victims have launched legal action against the drug’s manufacturer and distributor 50 years after it was prescribed to their mothers.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2014

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Slavery victims in Britain to be eligible for reparations from traffickers – The Guardian

‘Victims of “modern slavery” are to become eligible for compensation and reparations from their traffickers, in recognition of the exploitation and loss of dignity they have suffered, the home secretary, Theresa May, is to announce.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2014

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Domestic violence: One month’s death toll – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2014 in domestic violence, murder, news, police, social services, victims by sally

‘David Gikawa, who murdered ex-girlfriend Linah Keza at her flat in London last year, has become the latest person convicted of a domestic violence-related killing. How common are such crimes?’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2014

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Burglars face tougher punishments if children are in raided house – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 16th, 2014 in burglary, children, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Damian Green, the justice minister, says courts should take account of new statements by children and young people setting out how burglary affects them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th May 2014

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Proposed guidance to help prosecutors spot signs of domestic violence against teenagers and pensioners – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has today proposed changes to the way the CPS considers domestic violence cases that would instruct prosecutors to consider the use of social media, gang culture and peer pressure when looking at cases involving teenagers.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th May 2014

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DPP statement following Clifford case – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, said: “The prosecution in this case has proved Max Clifford’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt and the jury in this case decided that they were sure Max Clifford was guilty on eight of the eleven counts brought to court. He has rightly been held to account and sentenced today for his crimes.” ‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd May 2014

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