Operation Elveden: Met inquiry into payments to public officials closes – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard’s investigation into payments by journalists to police and other public officials has officially closed after five years.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More on media reporting of private court proceedings – Panopticon

‘The law on media reporting of private proceedings continues to develop with the decision of the Court of Appeal in Re W [2016] EWCA Civ 113. The decision arises out of the care proceedings that followed the death of 13-month old Poppi Worthington which attracted very high levels of public interest and media coverage.’

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Panopticon, 26th February 2016

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Abortion, mental incapacity and prior intentions: Court of Protection Clarifies the law – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 26th, 2016 in abortion, consent, Court of Protection, domestic violence, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘An NHS Trust v CS (By Her Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) ] EWCOP. The Court of Protection does the work of Solomon on a daily basis. Matters of life and death are brought before it, and with them come a mass of conflicting rights, overlapping statutes, and an array of case law from which arguments can be drawn. At the end of it, an individual judge must make a stark decision, which may have the most profound impact on another human being. One of those charged with making such decisions once divided the advocates who appeared before him into those who complicate and those who clarify. There is no surprise as to which he preferred.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

‘Sobriety tags’ rolled out across London – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 26th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, crime prevention, electronic monitoring, press releases by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice and Mayor of London announce crackdown against alcohol related crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th February, 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

SRA: We want to be accountable to Parliament, not the Law Society – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has asked the House of Commons’ justice select committee to assume responsibility for holding it to account once independence from the Law Society has been achieved.’

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Legal Futures, 26th February 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judiciary consults on the approach courts should take to McKenzie Friends – Court & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted February 26th, 2016 in consultations, litigants in person, McKenzie friends by tracey

‘The Judicial Executive Board (JEB) has issued a consultation paper proposing reforms to the existing guidance for “McKenzie Friends”, non-lawyers who offer assistance and in some cases seek to appear as advocates on behalf of litigants-in-person (LiPs).’

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Court & Tribunals Judiciary, 25th February 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

BSB publishes report on diversity within its complaints-handling system – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 26th, 2016 in barristers, complaints, diversity, news, reports by tracey

‘Monitoring complaints against barristers to make sure disciplinary processes are carried out in a fair and unbiased manner has always been a priority for the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th February 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Children: Public Law Update (February 2016) – Family Law Week

Posted February 26th, 2016 in adoption, child abuse, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings analyses recent significant judgments in public children law.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd February 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Smiler crash: Alton Towers owner to be prosecuted – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2016 in health & safety, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The owner of Alton Towers is to be prosecuted over the Smiler rollercoaster crash which left five people seriously injured.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Student arrested over ‘offensive banner’ about politicians is cleared – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2016 in demonstrations, news, prosecutions, public order by tracey

‘Adam Barr, who had banner with disparaging description of David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, has case dropped.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Public may never know full background to Operation Midland, hints Met Deputy Commissioner – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 26th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘The full background to Scotland Yard’s troubled Operation Midland inquiry into an alleged VIP paedophile ring may never be made public, one of the country’s top policemen has hinted. Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said police can “never put all the allegations about a particular case into the public domain”, adding that the Met should not be judged on the “partial” accounts of the inquiry coming from accusers and accused.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th February 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Army sergeant Edwin Mee jailed for rape and sex assaults – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2016 in armed forces, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘An army recruitment sergeant has been jailed for 11 and a half years for raping and assaulting female cadets at Mitcham Barracks in south London.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Braintree care home abuse: Workers jailed after TV investigation – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2016 in assault, care homes, care workers, elderly, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Three care workers have each been jailed for four months for assaulting an elderly woman in a residential home.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rotherham child sexual abuse victims to take police to court – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2016 in child abuse, corruption, human rights, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘Victims of child sexual abuse in Rotherham are set to take South Yorkshire police to court to force them to hand over confidential records on how they handled decades of abuse in the town.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Trafficking prosecutions rise following new laws – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2016 in forced labour, news, prosecutions, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Prosecutors from across the UK have signed up to new commitments to tackle human trafficking and exploitation. It comes as figures suggest trafficking prosecutions in England and Wales have increased since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in April.’

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BBC News, 26th February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Security Minister: What is real is reasonable – Home Office

‘John Hayes on the powers we need to keep Britain safe in the digital age.’

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Home Office, 25th February 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office