Fathers4 (Access2) Justice: Administrative Court ruling on the public’s right to attend court hearings and the Court Service’s limited powers of control – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 9th, 2017 in civil justice, courts, families, news, public order, trials by sally

‘On 20 February 2015 Matthew O’Connor, the Claimant in this judicial review and the founder of the campaign group Fathers4Justice, was due to go on trial at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court for a public order offence. He arrived at court with around ten of his supporters, but when they tried to gain entry to the court building they were prevented from doing so by HMCTS staff. Only the Claimant and his Mackenzie Friend were allowed to enter.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th February 2017

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Barnet wins best interests vaccine battle in High Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 9th, 2017 in children, local government, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has backed the decision of the London Borough of Barnet to vaccinate a looked after baby against the wishes of his mother.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th February 2017

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Unmarried woman wins pension battle – BBC News

‘A woman whose long-term partner died has won a legal battle that is likely to improve the pension rights of unmarried couples in the public sector.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2017

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Teacher Misconduct – Education Blog

‘The General Teaching Council for England was abolished by Section 7 of the Education Act 2011 (“the 2011 Act”). Section 8 of that Act enacted a new statutory code for dealing with misconduct by teachers in England. It did so by inserting Sections 141A to 141E and Schedule 11A into the Education Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”). The new scheme came into force on 1 April 2012.’

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Education Blog, 7th February 2017

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Thank you, Lady Hale, for shifting the supreme court’s view on marriage – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in appeals, cohabitation, married persons, news, pensions, women by sally

‘Protecting the financial rights of unmarried parents will matter not just to women but to the one in three children born to parents who aren’t married.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2017

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UK foreign aid fraud investigations ‘quadruple in last five years’ – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in bribery, charities, foreign jurisdictions, fraud, news, reports by sally

‘Fraud investigations involving foreign aid have quadrupled over five years as more public money is given to “fragile” countries, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

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Law Society intervenes in high-stakes appeal over the ‘£400 club’ – Litigation Futures

Posted February 9th, 2017 in appeals, costs, fees, insurance, law firms, Law Society, news, pre-action conduct by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has invited the Law Society to intervene in a highly significant hearing this month in which insurers are trying to recover millions of pounds in RTA claims portal fees from claimant solicitors in the so-called ‘£400 club’.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th February 2017

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Cyril Smith child abuse inquiry finds no evidence of cover-up – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in child abuse, complaints, inquiries, news, parliament, police, victims by sally

‘A police inquiry has found no evidence of a cover-up of historical sexual abuse at a residential school linked to the late politician Cyril Smith, prompting criticisms from an MP.’

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The Guardian, February 2017

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First ‘killer clown’ jailed in UK as prankster admits chasing couple with axe as part of craze – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2017 in harassment, news, sentencing by sally

‘An axe-wielding “killer clown” prankster has been jailed after he chased a pregnant woman the night before Halloween.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2017

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Revenge eviction law ‘not working’ – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2017 in complaints, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by sally

‘A new law designed to help protect people renting homes from rogue landlords isn’t working, say MPs and housing lawyers.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2017

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Serial child sexual abuser Mark Frost jailed for life – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A serial child abuser who admitted 45 offences going back more than 25 years, and who is feared to have abused many more victims, has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 16 years.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2017

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Court of Appeal judges told to stop writing unneccesarily long judgments – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2017 in appeals, judges, judgments, judiciary, news by sally

‘Court of Appeal judges have been told to stop unnecessarily long judgments and replace them with more concise rulings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2017

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Illegal substances creating ‘violent and volatile’ prisons – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2017 in drug abuse, news, prison officers, prisons, violence by sally

‘A “violent and volatile prison population” is being fuelled by better access to so-called legal highs, a union has said.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2017

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Remember when legal aid was slashed? The awful effects are taking hold – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in citizens advice bureaux, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

‘A new volunteer-run law centre in Manchester is the exception. More commonly, advice services across the country are either closed or struggling’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

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