Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted August 7th, 2013 in legislation by sally

The Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2013

The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (Forms, etc.) Amendment Regulations 2013

The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2013

The Unfair Dismissal (Variation of the Limit of Compensatory Award) Order 2013

The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2013

The Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2013

The Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Rail System) (London Underground Metropolitan Line S8 Vehicles) (Boarding Devices) Exemption Order 2013

The School Organisation Code (Appointed Day) (Wales) Order 2013

The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 (Commencement No. 2, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2013

The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Over the Counter Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories) (No. 2) Regulations 2013

The Clergy Discipline Appeal (Amendment) Rules 2013

The Ecclesiastical Judges, Legal Officers and Others (Fees) Order 2013

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Sikh woman asks court not to annul marriage to mentally disabled man – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2013 in consent, forced marriages, local government, mental health, news, Sikhism by sally

“A woman who was subjected to an arranged marriage with a man who has severe mental disabilities begged a High Court judge not to annul the union because it would consign her to permanent spinsterhood and ostracism by the Sikh community.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2013

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Premium rate customer service phone lines to be banned – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2013 in consumer protection, news, telecommunications by sally

“Premium rate customer service phone lines are to be banned in a Government crackdown, but banks, train operators and airlines have been let off the hook by ministers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Edinburgh Woollen Mill boss Philip Day fined over wood damage – BBC News

Posted August 7th, 2013 in fines, forestry, negligence, news, sites of special scientific interest by sally

“A tycoon has been ordered to pay almost £1m for damage caused to ancient woodland in Cumbria.”

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BBC News, 2nd August 2013

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Driver caught doing 80 mph in a 30 mph zone criticised – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has criticised a man caught driving at more than 80 mph in a 30 mph zone, as she said sentencing guidelines did not cover such a gross breach of the speed limit.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2013

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Leah Grolman and Greg Weeks: Guidelines and Assisted Suicide: an Australian Perspective – UK Constitutional Law Group

“The morally and politically charged area of assisted suicide has many of the hallmarks of an insoluble problem. This has not prevented courts in some jurisdictions considering how they might ‘legalise’ assisted suicide without really legalising it. In doing so, they have raised manifold challenges in the minds of administrative and constitutional lawyers, including, in some jurisdictions, whether the prohibition on assisted suicide is itself constitutional, such as Rodriguez in Canada, Fleming in Ireland and Pretty in the ECtHR.”

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 7th August 2013

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Zero hours contracts provide flexibility for employees as well businesses but safeguards needed to prevent abuse, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 7th, 2013 in contract of employment, news by sally

“It would be wrong for businesses to be barred from contracting with workers on ‘zero hours’ terms, an employment law expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th August 2013

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Attorney general will review paedophile’s suspended sentence after prosecutor called victim ‘predatory’ – The Guardian

“The attorney general is to review the sentence of a convicted paedophile who avoided prison after his 13-year-old victim was described in court as predatory and was said to have encouraged him.”

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The Guardian, 7th August 2013

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IPCC wrong not to investigate us over Stephen Lawrence, say police – The Independent

“A police force that asked for intelligence on witnesses giving evidence to the public inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence has criticised a watchdog for refusing to hold an investigation into the spying row.”

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The Independent, 6th August 2013

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GP surgeries must inform patients about data plan – or face legal action – The Independent

Posted August 7th, 2013 in data protection, doctors, medical records, news, prosecutions by sally

“GP practices could face prosecution under the Data Protection Act if they do not take steps to inform patients that data will be taken from their records and used by the NHS and private companies from this autumn.”

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The Independent, 6th August 2013

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Top judge rejects calls for specialist sex crime courts – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2013 in child abuse, courts, cross-examination, judges, news, sexual offences, victims, witnesses by sally

“The most senior judge in England and Wales has rejected calls for specialist courts to deal with child sex abuse cases.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th August 2013

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Shrien Dewani lawyers launch bid to fight extradition in supreme court – The Guardian

“Lawyers acting for honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani are launching a bid to take his case to the supreme court.”

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The Guardian, 6th August 2013

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Berwick report: Danger of understaffed NHS wards can no longer be ignored after Mid Staffs scandal, Jeremy Hunt warned – The Independent

Posted August 7th, 2013 in doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news, nurses, reports, standards by sally

“Review says NHS staff responsible for ‘recklessness or wilful neglect’ of patient safety should face jail.”

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The Independent, 6th August 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Related link: Improving the Safety of Patients in England (PDF)

Child abuse victims to get specialist trial judges – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2013 in child abuse, cross-examination, judiciary, news, sexual offences, victims, witnesses by sally

“Child victims of sexual abuse will have their cases tried by a hand picked panel of specialist judges to give them more protection in criminal trials, the Lord Chief Justice is expected to announce.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th August 2013

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Guardian rejects press watchdog as ‘own goal’ threatening independence – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2013 in interception, media, news, privacy, regulations, victims by sally

“The publisher of the Guardian has rejected a new press self-regulator as proposed by the industry, saying that the proposed funding method threatens its independence and that the biggest national newspapers will call the shots.”

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The Guardian, 6th August 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk