Llangoedmor man jailed over £200,000 cannabis crop – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2012 in drug offences, news, sentencing by tracey

“A businessman has been jailed for three years after he grew a £200,000 cannabis crop as a sideline.”

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BBC News, 5th January 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Unintended Consequences: the cost of the Government’s Legal Reforms – King’s College London

Posted January 9th, 2012 in budgets, legal aid, reports by tracey

“Unintended consequences: the cost of the government’s legal reforms: a report for the Law Society of England & Wales.”

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King’s College London, 8th January 2012

Source: http://www.kcl.ac.uk


Legal aid cuts will save less than half government’s forecast, study finds – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2012 in budgets, legal aid, news by tracey

“Savings made by reducing the availability of legal aid for civil cases will be significantly less than half of that predicted by the government, according to a study.”

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The Guardian, 9th January 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 9th, 2012 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Dell’olio v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2011] EWHC 3472 (QB) (20 December 2011)

Source: www.bailii.org

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 9th, 2012 in legislation by tracey

The Rugby (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

The Hartlepool (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

The Swindon (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

The West Lindsey (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No.4) Rules 2011

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

New enforcement powers for Natural England now in force – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 9th, 2012 in enforcement, environmental protection, news by tracey

“Natural England said its new ‘civil’ sanctioning powers would enable it to stop illegal activities; order the restoration of environmental damage, and accept voluntary enforcement undertakings from offenders. Previously the body could only issue warning letters or proceed to full criminal prosecution.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th January 2012

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Family lawyers warn of the devastating impact of legal aid changes – Family Law Week

Posted January 9th, 2012 in budgets, family courts, legal aid, news by tracey

“In advance of the House of Lords’ scrutiny of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which resumes this week, Resolution has warned of its potentially devastating consequences.”

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Family Law Week, 9th January 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk


Motoring offences scam man Colin Lowndes jailed – BBC News

“A man who masterminded a nationwide scam to help drivers escape motoring convictions has been jailed. Colin Lowndes, 41, of Hattersley, Greater Manchester, helped more than 700 motorists avoid penalty points for speeding and other driving offences.”

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BBC  News, 7th January 2012

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Football Association defends disciplinary system – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2012 in disciplinary procedures, news, sport by tracey
 “The Football Association has defended its near perfect record in disciplinary cases last year involving clubs, players or managers. Its Independent Regulatory Commission heard 473 cases between December 2010 and December 2011, but only two of them ended in ‘not guilty’ verdicts.”
BBC News, 7th January 2012

Obscenity law in doubt after jury acquits distributor of gay pornography – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2012 in news, obscenity, pornography by tracey

“Experts say Obscene Publications Act now ‘makes no sense’ after jury rejects claims that mail-order material was capable of ‘depraving and corrupting.’ ”

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The Guardian, 7th January 2012

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Ken Clarke warned plan to curb open justice is flawed – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2012 in closed material, costs, investigatory powers, news, tribunals by tracey

“Britain’s most secretive court has warned the government that plans to restrict open justice in sensitive civil claims cases are seriously flawed and likely to incur excessive costs. Criticising the central thrust of Ken Clarke’s justice and security green paper, judges and members of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal say proposals for expanding ‘closed material procedures’ into other courts have not been thought through sufficiently.”

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The Guardian, 8th January 2012

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Travellers will be offered sites to avoid repeat of Dale Farm – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2012 in news, planning, travellers by tracey

“Moves to create some 800 permanent sites across England for Traveller families will be announced today in an effort to defuse community tensions with settled residents. Under the £47m initiative, new locations will be found from Cornwallto Co Durham for Travellers, preventing them from having to put their caravans on unauthorised land.”

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The Independent, 7th January 2012

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Wedgwood family call on Attorney General to save their museum – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 9th, 2012 in news, pensions, trusts by tracey

“Descendants of Josiah Wedgwood, the 18th-century pottery manufacturer, have called on the Government to intervene to prevent the selling off of the Wedgwood Museum.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Michael Gove faces legal action as rebel primary battles his academy plan – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2012 in education, judicial review, news by tracey

“Michael Gove, the education secretary, is facing legal action by the primary school whose supporters he branded as ‘ideologues’ last week for fighting his plans to turn it into an academy. Lawyers for the governing body of Downhills primary in Haringey, north London, have escalated the row by accusing Gove of illegally trying to force the school to become independent of its local authority and be taken over by a sponsor. The Tory cabinet minister has been given less than two weeks to respond to a ‘statement of claim’ against him or face a judicial review over his conduct, which parents at the school say has been unfair and politically motivated.”

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The Guardian, 7th January 2012

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Stephen Lawrence killers will not get parole if they refuse to confess guilt – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2012 in murder, news, parole, racism, sentencing by tracey

“Stephen Lawrence’s killers will serve many years in prison beyond their minimum sentence unless they admit their guilt, say legal experts.”

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The Guardian, 7th January 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk