probation Supreme court to consider appeal to enforce smoking ban in UK jails – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in news by sally

‘The remaining rights of prisoners to smoke inside their cells are to be challenged at the supreme court in a case which, if successful, could inflame discipline problems in prisons.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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Private companies could pull out of probation contracts over costs – The Guardian

‘Two of the private companies that provide 50% of probation services in England and Wales have confirmed to MPs they will have to consider quitting if a Ministry of Justice review fails to deliver improvements.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2017

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Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty: Law Commission Report Summary – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities are being detained in hospitals and care homes without the appropriate checks, due to a law unfit for purpose according to the Law Commission.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th March 2017

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Cosmetic practice owner who crashed her car while drunk spared ban after claiming she accidentally drank vodka and orange for breakfast – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in alcohol abuse, magistrates, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘A cosmetic practice owner who crashed her car while drunk has been spared a driving ban after claiming she accidentally drank her son’s vodka and orange for breakfast.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2017

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Hannah was petrified,’ say parents of student who killed herself during rape inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, mental health, news, rape, suicide, universities, victims by sally

‘Amanda and Paul Stubbs give first interview after prosecutors drop charges against daughter’s fellow student.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2017

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Ilott -v- Mitson: Claims by adult children contesting wills – the law is unsatisfactory – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in benefits, charities, financial provision, news, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘At long last the saga has reached a conclusion. The Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Ilott (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others (Appellants) [2017] UKSC 17 on 15 March, a case having its roots in the death of the late Mrs Jackson (Mrs Ilott’s mother) some 13 years ago.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th March 2017

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Woman who poured acid on her sleeping partner is jailed for life – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in attempts, domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who tried to kill her boyfriend by pouring acid over him while he slept has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2017

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Terminally ill former lecturer challenges UK ban on assisted dying – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in assisted suicide, disabled persons, euthanasia, judicial review, news by sally

‘A terminally ill former lecturer has gone to court seeking permission to change the law so that he may be given assistance to die at home surrounded by his family.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2017

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Impact of Brexit on legal services “a cause for concern”, justice committee says – Legal Futures

‘The justice select committee has described the impact of Brexit on legal services as “a cause for concern, but not hyberbole”, in a report published today.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd March 2017

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Ear biter dressed as Colonel Gaddafi jailed for pub attack – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in alcohol abuse, grievous bodily harm, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former soldier who went out dressed as Colonel Gaddafi has been jailed for 16 months after biting off part of a man’s ear in a “savage” pub attack.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2017

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MPs cite anti-terror law over Google ‘inaction’ on far-Right group’s video – Daily Telegraph

‘Google risked breaking anti-terrorism laws by allegedly failing to remove illegal recruitment videos by a banned far-Right group, MPs have suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2017

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Sisters sue London hotel where they suffered brutal hammer attack – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in duty of care, hotels, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Three sisters from the United Arab Emirates who were the victims of a brutal hammer attack while on a shopping trip to London are suing the hotel where it happened.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2017

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Three Person IVF to begin in UK – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in assisted reproduction, DNA, embryology, news by sally

‘A clinic in Newcastle upon Tyne has been granted the UK’s first licence to carry out a trial of “three person IVF” (Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy, or MRT). The fertility technique is intended to be used by couples who want to prevent genetic diseases being passed on to their children, due to faulty mitochondrial DNA. The process uses genetic material from the mother, father and a female donor, and replaces faulty genetic material in the mother’s DNA with the female donor’s genetic material.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th March 2017

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Student jailed for attacking a man who said train had reached ‘end of the line’ – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in assault, news, penalties, sentencing by sally

‘A student has been jailed for attacking a man who woke him and mistakenly said their train was approaching its last stop.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2017

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Four ‘supersized’ prisons to be built in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

‘The justice secretary is to announce plans to build four new “supersized” jails in England and Wales, creating a total of 5,000 modern prison places.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2017

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K2: right to a private and family life no bar to deprivation of citizenship – Free Movement

Posted March 21st, 2017 in appeals, citizenship, human rights, immigration, news, tribunals by tracey

‘K2 v the United Kingdom (Application No 42387/13). The use of the Home Secretary’s power to strip a British citizen of their citizenship is on the rise. It has been the subject of debate where its use has rendered a person stateless following a series cases in the higher courts (see, for instance, here and here). But what arguments can be used to prevent the deprivation of citizenship where the person remains a citizen of a foreign country?’

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Free Movement, 201th March 2017

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Prisons and Courts Bill to improve access to justice and better protect the vulnerable – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2017 in bills, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, news, prisons by tracey

‘Plans to revolutionise the courts to make them more straightforward and efficient, and deliver swifter justice for victims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2017

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Public access work grows six-fold in only five years – Legal Futures

Posted March 21st, 2017 in barristers, legal representation, legal services, news, statistics by tracey

‘The value of public access work carried out by barristers as a proportion of the profession’s income grew six-fold over just five years, according to new figures seen by Legal Futures.’

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2017

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“We’ve gone for moderate options to reform PI,” says justice minister – Legal Futures

Posted March 21st, 2017 in bills, compensation, damages, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by tracey

‘The increase in whiplash claims at a time of falling road traffic accidents and improving car safety means that “cases are obviously exaggerated to some extent, and perhaps fraudulent”, justice minister Sir Oliver Heald said yesterday as he defended the government’s “moderate” personal injury reform proposals during the second reading of the Prisons and Courts Bill.’

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2017

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Quality must trump convenience in online justice reforms – The Bar Council

Posted March 21st, 2017 in barristers, bills, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, press releases by tracey

‘As the Government presses ahead with plans for online and virtual hearings, the Bar Council has warned that the quality and the reputation of our system of justice must not suffer.’

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The Bar Council, 20th March 2017

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