UK courts service spending sees tenfold rise since 2010 – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in contracting out, costs, courts, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The courts service spent £50m last year on agency and contract staff, a more than tenfold rise since 2010 when it spent less than £4m, while courts have been closing at an unprecedented rate.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2018

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Pensions Act 2008 (Commencement No. 16) Order 2018

The Care Quality Commission (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Digital court services “already starting to deliver” – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in consultations, courts, internet, news by sally

‘The courts service is already seeing benefits from the early stages of the digital delivery of justice, it said yesterday as it outlined its plans for further rationalisation of the physical court estate.’

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Legal Futures, January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The EU gave LGBT people protection. Without it, we face persecution again – The Guardian

‘The EU withdrawal bill undermines the rights of all UK citizens – but it is especially disastrous for the LGBT community.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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A failure to engage – ‘Medical advisors’ on homeless vulnerability – Nearly Legal

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in doctors, homelessness, mental health, news, psychiatrists by sally

‘This is a s.204 appeal of a ‘not vulnerable’ review decision by LB Tower Hamlets. It is of particular interest because of the consideration of the role and place of the ‘medical advisors’ used by LBTH – Now Medical, and the strong criticism of the handling and consideration of medical reports.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st January 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep. 21: Outlining the Legal Milestones to Brexit – 1 COR

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in constitutional reform, EC law, news, treaties by sally

‘In December 2017, the principles of Britain’s divorce from the European Union were agreed, and we now move to what Theresa May has called the “implementation phase”. But, as Professor Catherine Barnard of Cambridge University tells Bonnie Soames, it should really be termed “the transition”.’

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Law Pod UK, 17th January 2018

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Family of Pte Sean Benton hope to learn truth of his death at Deepcut Barracks – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, inquests, news by sally

‘Pte Sean Benton’s mother suspected he was being bullied the last time she saw him, no matter how much he refused to confide in her.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2018

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Collapsed rape trials could hamper convictions, says Lord Judge – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in evidence, judges, juries, news, rape, trials by sally

‘The collapse of a series of prominent rape trials could deter juries from convicting in genuine cases, a former lord chief justice has warned.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2018

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Nottingham modern slavery brothers ordered to repay £167k – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in confiscation, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Two brothers jailed for modern slavery have been ordered to repay £167,650 in criminal gains.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2018

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Take blame out of personal injury law, Supreme Court judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in civil justice, compensation, judges, news, personal injuries, speeches by sally

‘”Ambulance chasing” lawyers are not to blame for compensation culture as it is the way the system is set up that encourages claims, a Supreme Court judge has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd January 2018

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Ministry of Justice pays out nearly £2m in first two months of employment tribunal fee refund scheme – Litigation Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in employment tribunals, fees, news, repayment by sally

‘The government repaid £1.8m to employment tribunal claimants in the first two months of the scheme set up in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling tribunal fees unlawful, it has revealed.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2018

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Sport clubs should consider injunctions to prevent access to grounds by trespassers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in clubs, injunctions, news, sport, trespass by sally

‘Injunctions give sport clubs a useful tool to prevent access to grounds by ‘urban free climbers’ and other trespassers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th January 2018

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‘I began my career as a single mum’: female QCs changing the face of law – The Guadian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Just 32 women are among this year’s 119 new QCs, but they hope their success will inspire others.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2018

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Miscarriages of justice – OUP Blog

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in appeals, constitutional reform, courts, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘Today we take it for granted that anyone convicted of a crime should be able to appeal to a higher court. However, this wasn’t always so. English lawyers traditionally set great store in the deterrent value of swift and final justice. Over the course of the nineteenth century, reformers pressed for the establishment of a court that could review sentencing and order retrials on points of law or new evidence. These advocates of change met with fierce resistance from the judiciary and much of the legal profession, and the cause of reform had little success until a spectacular miscarriage of justice came to light.’

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OUP Blog, 21st January 2018

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What does family mediation involve? – Family Law

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in arbitration, divorce, families, news by sally

‘This month thousands of couples across the country discovered that the Christmas holiday had been the last straw for their failing relationship, and decided to call time on their marriage. But what do they do next? Family Mediation Week runs from 22-26 January, aiming to highlight exactly what family mediation entails.’

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Family Law, 19th January 2018

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Government introduces new product safety office – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in consumer protection, fire, health & safety, news, select committees by sally

‘The government is creating a new Office for Product Safety and Standards to help manage large-scale product recalls and identify risks to consumers.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2018

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Law Society urges end to enforced medical treatment of vulnerable people – The Guardian

‘Vulnerable people sectioned under the Mental Health Act are being subjected to medical treatment without consent and are not protected by effective legal safeguards, the Law Society has warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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Grandmother strangled and left for dead by rapist who murdered her daughter is refused compensation as her injuries are not serious enough – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in compensation, criminal injuries compensation, news, victims by sally

‘An 81-year-old great-grandmother who was strangled by a man who had just raped and murdered her daughter has been refused compensation after being told her injuries were not severe enough.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2018

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Rashan Charles death: Met Police officer not facing charges – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in assault, death in custody, evidence, London, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘A police officer will not face prosecution over the death of Rashan Charles.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2018

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Immigration and asylum The new arrivals UK Home Office tells stateless man: go home – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in asylum, citizenship, deportation, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘A man who has been stateless for 31 years has been denied protection in the UK after the Home Office refused to accept he was originally from Palestine, despite advising him to return there on two occasions.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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