Are Covert Recordings Admissible? – No. 5 Chambers

‘Charles Crow reviews recent decisions in relation to covert recordings by employees and the implications for Tribunals and employers.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 12th January 2015

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Home secretary: Cyril Smith cover-up claims ‘could lead to prosecutions’ – The Guardian

‘Theresa May has said the claims a police investigation into the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith was scrapped, and corruption blocked other historic police operations into child abuse, were “shocking and could lead to criminal prosecutions”.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

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Why is the immigration tribunal so uniquely impervious to modernity? – Free Movement

‘In a recent determination, the President of the Upper Tribunal suggested that documents and submissions could be sent electronically to the tribunal in order to facilitate efficient justice:

“…parties and their representatives are strongly encouraged to communicate electronically with the Tribunal and, further, to seek confirmation that important communications and/or attachments have been received.”‘

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Free Movement, 26th February 2015

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Insurance surgery: Up for the challenge – New Law Journal

‘How should local authorities respond to the compensation claims landscape, asks Carol Dalton.’

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New Law Journal, 13th February 2015

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London student jailed over Isis terror plot – The Guardian

‘A radical Muslim student who wanted the black flag of the Islamic State (Isis) to fly over Downing Street has been jailed for three and a half years after being found guilty of planning to join rebel forces in Syria.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2015

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Sir Brian Leveson’s Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings published: Media Release – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Sir Brian Leveson, The President of the Queen’s Bench Division publishes his review into efficiency in criminal proceedings today (Friday) with a wide ranging set of recommendations. He was asked by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas to find ways to make criminal justice more efficient and streamlined.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 23rd January 2015

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Domestic CCTV users may face tougher rules – The Guardian

‘Homeowners who use a domestic surveillance camera system on their properties but fail to take their neighbours’ privacy into account could face tougher rules in future, a Home Office watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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DJ Chris Denning jailed for 13 years for abusing 24 boys – The Independent

‘Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been jailed for 13 years for sexually assaulting 24 boys – including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile’s house.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2014

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Give child abuse viewers medical help, not prison terms, says police chief – The Independent

‘Child abuse viewers who access images and video on the internet need medical help to overcome “perverse attractions” rather than serve prison terms, said a senior police officer.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2014

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Child abuse database containing millions of images to launch – BBC News

‘Data taken from tens of millions of child abuse photos and videos will shortly be used as part of a new police system to aid investigations into suspected paedophiles across the UK.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2014

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Doctor Lam Hoe Yeoh jailed for secretly filming patients – BBC News

‘A doctor who secretly filmed hundreds of patients, colleagues and hospital visitors has been jailed for five years.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2014

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Investing in crime fighting technology: accountability versus privacy rights – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The London Met has recently indicated that officers will be fitted with body cameras. Other wearable technology such as wi-fi enabled clothing that allows real-time tracking, vital sign monitoring and constant communications is being trialled in the US.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 21st November 2014

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Covert care camera guidance approved by Care Quality Commission – BBC News

‘Guidance for people who install hidden cameras to check on standards of their own or a relative’s care has been approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).’

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BBC News, 19th November 2014

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Video recordings – Panopticon

Posted November 19th, 2014 in human rights, international law, news, video recordings by sally

‘The classification requirements imposed by the Video Recording Acts are lawful, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has ruled, on 14 November 2014, in R v Dryzmer and Play Media Distribution Ltd. The prohibition on supplying video recordings which have not been classified by the British Board of Film Classification is not rendered unlawful either by ECHR Article 10, on freedom of expression, or by TFEU Articles 34-36 on non-interference with trade. The reason is the same in both cases. Qualitative restrictions on grounds of public health and morals are justified.’

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Panopticon, 18th November 2014

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Liverpool family jailed for £200,000 benefit fraud – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2014 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing, video recordings by sally

‘A woman who claimed she was too ill to walk, yet was filmed surfing in Australia and swimming with dolphins, has been jailed for benefit fraud.’

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BBC News, 14th November 2014

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Voyeur teacher Gareth Williams has jail term cut – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2014 in appeals, news, sentencing, teachers, video recordings, voyeurism by sally

‘A Cardiff deputy head teacher who secretly filmed pupils going to the toilet has had his “manifestly excessive” five-year jail term cut to four by the Court of Appeal.’

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BBC News, 28th October 2014

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Bullied man uses video from sunglasses to mount private court case – The Guardian

‘A student who gathered video evidence of himself being harassed and abused on a pair of specially adapted sunglasses has been allowed to carry out a private prosecution of his tormentor.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2014

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Aston Robinson guilty of Kayleigh-Anne Palmer’s scarf murder – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2014 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing, video recordings by sally

‘A man who strangled his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend with a scarf has been jailed for life for her murder.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2014

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Child witness court video evidence expansion planned – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2014 in children, Crown Court, evidence, news, sexual offences, trials, victims, video recordings, witnesses by sally

‘Changes to allow children and abuse victims in England and Wales to film their evidence before a trial begins should be brought in “as fast as possible”, a justice minister has said.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014

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Epileptic teenager died in police custody after officers failed to notice seizures on CCTV, report finds – The Independent

‘A young father died after police failed to notice him having three epileptic seizures in custody, it has emerged.

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The Independent, 8th August 2014

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