New Acts –

Posted December 8th, 2017 in competition, EC law, international law, legislation, treaties by Verity

European Union (Approvals) Act 2017

Domestic abuse and coercive control is ‘silent killer’ – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2017 in child abuse, domestic violence, news by sally

‘The prime minister should put protection in place for every child who is living in a house with domestic violence, according to the Children’s Commissioner for England.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2017


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted December 8th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Consequential Amendments) Order 2017

The Charities Act 2011 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2017

The Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6) Regulations 2017

The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2017

The Ringing of Certain Captive-bred Birds (England and Wales) Regulations 2017


Unreliable forensic toxicology tests – next steps – Family Law

‘Family analysis: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that it is treating some hair strand test results as potentially unreliable. Maud Davis, partner at TV Edwards LLP looks at what this could mean for proceedings involving children where there was a reliance on hair strand testing, and suggests next steps for family practitioners advising in this area.’

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Family Law, 7th December 2017


Police reveal ‘unlawful’ mental health detentions – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2017 in detention, mental health, news, police by sally

‘Police chiefs in England and Wales say they may be unlawfully detaining arrested people needing mental health care more than 2,000 times a year.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2017


Proportionality, the Margin of Appreciation and our Human Rights – in Plain English – Rights Info

Posted December 8th, 2017 in homosexuality, human rights, news, obscenity, privacy, proportionality by sally

‘This week marks the 41st anniversary of the judgment in Handyside v UK. This was a milestone judgment as it introduced a crucial concept for decision-making in human rights cases, the margin of appreciation.’

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Rights Info, 7th December 2017


‘We believe you harmed your child’: the war over shaken baby convictions – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2017 in child abuse, child cruelty, evidence, expert witnesses, forensic science, news by sally

‘Expert witnesses who claim parents have been wrongly accused have been vilified and struck off. But the science is anything but certain. What happens to the truth when experts can’t agree?’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2017