Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted August 30th, 2013 in legislation by sally

The Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (Judicial Review) (England and Wales) Fees (Amendment) Order 2013

The Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013

The Bus Service Operators Grant (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Chambers) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2013

The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) and Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The Tribunal Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2013


EVENT: King’s College London – Is Secret Justice No Justice At All? The Use of Closed Material

Posted August 30th, 2013 in Forthcoming events by sally

“Lord Phillips will discuss a practice recently introduced into English procedure in relation to “closed material”. This is a controversial practice under which one party, usually the State, puts before the Court evidence of a sensitive nature that is concealed from both the public, and the other party. Initially Parliament introduced this practice in a number of areas of public law where sensitive evidence is likely to be important. For example, closed material can be placed before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), which handles appeals in immigration or deportation cases where evidence is involved whose disclosure would often involve a threat to national security.”

Date: Monday 30th September 2013, 6.30-8.30 pm

Location: Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

Council must pay compensation as Ombudsman find faults in planning permission process –

Posted August 30th, 2013 in civil procedure rules, news, proportionality, sanctions, time limits by sally

“The Local Government Ombudsman has said that a local authority failed properly to assess an application for planning permission against planning policies and has ordered that compensation be paid to householders.”

Full story, 29th August


High Court ruling clouds tough line on relief from sanctions – Litigation Futures

Posted August 30th, 2013 in compensation, complaints, local government, news, notification, ombudsmen, planning by sally

“The new rule on relief from sanctions should not be applied so strictly that a refusal would be disproportionate and give the defendants an unjustified windfall, the High Court has ruled.”

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Litigation Futures, 29th August 2013


Rapist jailed after victim tapes confession – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 30th, 2013 in evidence, guilty pleas, news, rape, sentencing, victims by sally

“Rapist is caught after victim secretly taped him confessing to his crimes and describing her as an ‘easy target’ when he abused her when she was just 14.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th August 2013


Man jailed for shooting his pet dog – The Independent

Posted August 30th, 2013 in animal cruelty, disqualification, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who tried to kill his pet dog because he wasn’t able to find a new home for it has been sentenced to jail.”

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The Independent, 29th August 2013


Nursing home inquest: Tea scalding ruled out as causing death of Margaret Young – The Independent

Posted August 30th, 2013 in care homes, duty of care, inquests, medical treatment, news by sally

“Coroner rules that wound was caused by cellulitis infection, not hot drink, and that there was no evidence 73-year-old would have survived if different action was taken.”

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The Independent, 29th August 2013


Mid Staffs trust to be prosecuted over death of diabetic patient – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2013 in duty of care, health, health & safety, hospitals, inquests, news, prosecutions, reports by sally

“The Mid Staffs NHS foundation trust, castigated for providing appalling care for years to patients, is to be prosecuted over a diabetic patient who died after falling into a diabetic coma – an unprecedented change in criminal accountability in the health service.”

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The Guardian, 29th August 2013