Test purchase sees taxi driver convicted over refusal to allow guide dog in car – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in disabled persons, dogs, equality, news, prosecutions, taxis by tracey

‘A North East council has successfully prosecuted a taxi driver who refused to let a passenger with an assistance dog into his vehicle.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

APIL pushes for “predictable claim process” for fixed cost clinical negligence cases – Litigation Futures

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in costs, government departments, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has called for a “predictable claim process” for clinical negligence actions if the government goes ahead with its plan to impose fixed costs for cases worth up to £25,000.’

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Litigation futures, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Former football coach jailed for child sex offences – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A former PE teacher and football coach has today (May 2) been sentenced to 24 years in prison for sexual offences against a young boy.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

President’s guidance: Judicial Cooperation with Serious Case Reviews – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in family courts, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Guidance issued by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division on 2 May 2017.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

BSB consults on changing the standard of proof used in professional misconduct proceedings for barristers – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation about the standard of proof applied when barristers and others regulated by the BSB face disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in legislation by tracey

The Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme (England and Wales) Order 2017

The Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme (England) (Amendment) Order 2017

The Immigration Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) (Biometrics and Legal Aid) Regulations 2017

The Proscribed Organisations (Name Change) Order 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Ministers ‘should have legal duty to combat rise in prison suicides’ – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in ministers' powers and duties, news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘The next government should introduce legislation to “end the shocking rise in self-harm and suicides in prisons”, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has reported.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Obsessive gambler gets life for killing friend, dumping headless corpse in a suitcase, and stealing victim’s identity – The Independent

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in gambling, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “cruel and ruthless” killer may spend the rest of his life behind bars after murdering his friend, cutting up his body, stuffing it in a suitcase, and then adopting the richer man’s identity to fund a life as a high-rolling gambler.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Free speech groups call for public interest defence for whistleblowers – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, public interest, whistleblowers by tracey

‘A public interest defence should be created to protect journalists and whistleblowers who disclose secret information that reveals serious criminal activity or widespread breaches of human rights, an alliance of free speech organisations has said.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Priory’s care plan for anorexic teen Pippa McManus ‘inadequate’ – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by tracey

‘No adequate care plan was in place for an anorexic teenager who killed herself five days after being released from a psychiatric hospital, an inquest found.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Vicar who posted child sex fantasies through his neighbours’ letterboxes walks free from jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in clergy, indecent photographs of children, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A paedophile vicar who penned handwritten fantasy stories about child sex and posted them through neighbours’ letterboxes has been spared a jail sentence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cyber jihadi with James Bond-style USB cufflinks jailed for eight years over online terror hub – The Independent

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in internet, news, proscribed organisations, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘A cyber jihadi who hid his support for Isis on a James Bond-style cufflink as he created an online hub of information for terrorists all over the world has been jailed for eight years.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk