Children face court action for being ‘annoying’ under new Asbo scheme – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 30th, 2013 in ASBOs, bills, children, civil justice, news, nuisance by sally

“Children could get in trouble with the law simply for being ‘annoying’ under the Home Secretary’s new scheme to replace Asbos, senior police, crime commissioners and councils have warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th January 2013

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 30th, 2013 in legislation by sally

The Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The NHS Bodies (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2013

The Regional Strategy for Yorkshire and Humber (Partial Revocation) Order 2013

The National Health Service (General Duties of the National Health Service Commissioning Board in Relation to Clinical Commissioning Groups – Specification of Date) Order 2013

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

OFT rules out petrol prices inquiry – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2013 in consumer protection, news, statistics, unfair commercial practices by sally

“Rising petrol prices will continue to be a headache for cash-strapped motorists after the consumer watchdog concluded there is no evidence of unfair marketing or trading between oil companies and retailers.”

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The Guardian, 30th January 2013

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A new generation of lawyers – LegalVoice

“As the Skills Minister Matthew Hancock gives his backing for Apprentice Lawyers, Nick Skeet of Skills for Justice discusses the impact on the industry and what this could mean for legal aid.”

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LegalVoice, 30th January 2013

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Judge says £420,000 racism claim can stand, after 13 years of ‘Dickensian’ wrangling – Daily Telegraph

“A race equality campaigner who won £420,000 compensation after a council-funded anti-racism group turned her down for a job has emerged victorious from a “Dickensian” court battle – at the ultimate expense of the public purse.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th January 2013

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Secret courts: MPs to begin line-by-line battle over justice and security bill – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2013 in bills, civil justice, closed material, news, private hearings by sally

“Key amendments to government plans to expand secret courts may have reassured many Liberal Democrats MPs but do not give enough ground to satisfy civil liberties groups.”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2013

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Civil court claimants must keep costs under control from April, expert warns – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 30th, 2013 in budgets, civil justice, costs, damages, news by sally

“The Court of Appeal has reiterated the importance of accurate budgeting once wide-ranging reforms to civil court costs and procedures come into force from April.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th January 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

Asda cleared over ‘sexist’ Christmas ad despite more than 600 complaints – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2013 in advertising, complaints, news by sally

“The advertising watchdog has cleared Asda’s festive TV campaign featuring an exhausted mother doing all the work to make Christmas a success, despite more than 600 complaints it was offensive and sexist.”

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The Guardian, 30th January 2013

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Taxi driver jailed for killing lover 17 years ago – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 30th, 2013 in homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“A married black cab driver was jailed for 12 years today for killing his mistress more than 17 years ago and disposing of her body so that it has never been found.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th January 2013

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John Catt takes protester records case to Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2013 in criminal records, demonstrations, human rights, news, police, privacy by sally

“A man from Brighton who wants records of his political activities removed from a police database has taken his case to the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 29th January 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Iraqis seek public inquiry at the High Court over UK troops’ ‘acts of brutality’ – The Independent

Posted January 30th, 2013 in armed forces, human rights, inquiries, Iraq, news, torture, unlawful killing by sally

“Allegations that British troops in Iraq were guilty of killing civilians and ‘terrifying acts of brutality’ were made at the High Court today [29 January].”

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The Independent, 29th January 2013

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Soldier injured in Iraq grenade attack wins benefit battle – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2013 in armed forces, benefits, carers, disabled persons, news, tribunals by sally

“An injured soldier left suicidal after being falsely accused of benefit fraud has won an appeal against a decision to cut a £70-a-month carers’ allowance for his wife.”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2013

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Court of Appeal Declares Criminal Records Regime Incompatible with Article 8 – Panopticon

Posted January 30th, 2013 in cautions, criminal records, disclosure, human rights, news, privacy, proportionality by sally

“The Court of Appeal has today [29 January] handed down an important judgment in R (T & others) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester & others [2013] EWCA Civ 25. The case concerned the blanket requirement in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, section 113B of the Police Act 1997 and articles 3 and 4 of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 that criminal convictions and cautions must be disclosed in an enhanced criminal record check (‘ECRC’) in the context of particular types of employment (such as with children or vulnerable adults), even if those convictions or cautions would otherwise be deemed spent by the 1974 Act.”

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Panopticon, 29th January 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Mother Hazel Spence left paralysed by hospital error – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2013 in damages, hospitals, medical treatment, news, personal injuries by sally

“A mother of two has been given a multimillion-pound payout by a Birmingham hospital, after mistakes during an operation left her paralysed.”

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BBC News, 29th January 2013

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Criminal record checks system breaches human rights, court rules – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2013 in criminal records, human rights, news, vetting by sally

“The home secretary, Theresa May, is facing urgent pressure to overhaul the criminal records system after an appeal court ruled that the way it operated was unlawful and breached human rights.”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2013

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Rapist wins damages from government – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2013 in damages, delay, human rights, news, parole, rape by sally

“The government has been ordered to pay damages to a convicted rapist because of delays to a review about whether he should be released.”

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BBC News, 29th January 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 29th, 2013 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Coull, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 2893 (12 December 2012)

Friel, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 2871 (11 December 2012)

Mba, R. v [2012] EWCA Crim 2773 (04 December 2012)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Khalil v Barakat & Anor [2013] EWHC 85 (QB) (28 January 2013)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Fitzwilliam v Richall Holdings Services Ltd [2013] EWHC 86 (Ch) (28 January 2013)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Gregory v Welsh Ministers & Ors [2013] EWHC 63 (Admin) (25 January 2013)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Westwood Shipping Lines Inc & Anor v Universal Schiffahrtsgesellschaft MBH & Anor [2012] EWHC 3837 (Comm) (11 December 2012)

Source: www.bailii.org

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 29th, 2013 in legislation by sally

The Energy Act 2011 (Commencement No 2) Order 2013

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Designation of Directives) (England and Wales) Order 2013

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Command Papers – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted January 29th, 2013 in parliamentary papers by sally

High Speed Rail, Cm 8508 (PDF)

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

Setting the matter straight – The Bar Council

“The merits of joining forces with the Law Society and CILEx; the need to help facilitate the transition to the new world, even if its flaws are readily apparent; the Bar as guardians of the Rule of Law; and a fond farewell.”

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The Bar Council, December 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk