JusticeWatch: Legal aid’s failing safety net – Legal Voice

Posted February 25th, 2020 in attorney general, family courts, judicial review, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘Almost four out of 10 legal aid firms do not use the LASPO ‘safety net’ and make exceptional case funding applications, according to a new study by the Public Law Project – reported on the Justice Gap (here). More then three-quarters believed the scheme was not effective. The PLP survey by Professor Joe Tomlinson and Emma Marshall drew on responses between from 89 legal aid providers and other groups providing legal advice and was conducted in October/ November last year. The aim was to engage with providers working in four areas – immigration, family, housing and welfare benefits. Researchers identified 1,276 organisations with a legal aid contract working across these four areas.’

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Legal Voice, 21st February 2020

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The QC Tipped To Lead The Effort To ‘Update’ Human Rights Laws – Each Other

‘The attorney general, Geoffrey Cox QC, has been tipped to lead a new government commission tasked with updating human rights laws and reforming the judiciary.’

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Each Other, 12th February 2020

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New Judgment: A Reference by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland of devolution issues to the Supreme Court pursuant to Paragraph 34 of Schedule 10 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 [2020] UKSC 2 – UKSC Blog

‘This appeal arose as a result of an application made by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 10 paragraph 34. Paragraph 34 provides that the Attorney General may refer to the Supreme Court any devolution issue which is not the subject of proceedings. A devolution issue includes a question whether a purported exercise of a function by a Northern Ireland Department is or would be invalid by reason the 1998 Act, s.24. S. 24(1)(a) provides that a Department of Northern Ireland has no power to make, confirm or approve any subordinate legislation, or to do any act, so far as the legislation or act is incompatible with any of the rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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UKSC Blog, 5th February 2020

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Reynhard Sinaga: Attorney general to review rapist’s’ sentence – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2020 in appeals, attorney general, Crown Prosecution Service, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A man jailed for 136 rapes could have his sentence increased after his case was referred to the Attorney General.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2020

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Solicitor General’s speech at Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime 2019 – Attorney General’s Office

‘The Solicitor General discusses some of the UK’s key successes in tackling economic crime and the UK government’s ambitious Economic Crime Plan.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 2nd September 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Attorneys General lead international cooperation to combat cybercrime – Attorney General’s Office

‘Five Attorneys General from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have today formalised their international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 31st July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

MPs demand prosecutors reverse ‘covert change’ causing plummeting rape charges – The Independent

‘MPs are calling on authorities to reverse a “covert change in policy” on rape cases amid plummeting prosecutions. Only 1.7 per cent of rapes reported to police in England and Wales now result in a charge, and victims have accused authorities of “decriminalising” sex attacks.’

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The Independent, 23rd June 2019

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Tommy Robinson to face fresh contempt of court proceedings – The Guardian

‘The former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson is facing a fresh hearing over allegations that he committed contempt of court by allegedly filming people involved in a criminal trial and broadcasting footage on social media.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Creating a ‘zero tolerance’ culture for disclosure failings across the criminal justice system – Attorney General’s Office

Posted November 15th, 2018 in attorney general, criminal justice, disclosure, news by tracey

‘The Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC MP, has today published the Government’s Review of the efficiency and effectiveness of disclosure in the criminal justice system.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 15th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Slight fall in number of sentences revised up in 2017 after complaints – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2018 in appeals, attorney general, news, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘Rapists and killers were among 137 people given tougher penalties after complaints that their original sentences were too lenient last year, official figures for England and Wales show.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2018

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Attorney retrospective approval of gifts from donor accounts – Family Law

Posted July 23rd, 2018 in attorney general, carers, gifts, news, volunteers by tracey

‘What are the rules governing retrospective approval of gifts and payments for voluntary care? Simon Edwards, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, discusses Re HH (attorney’s application for retrospective approval) [2018] EWCOP 13 which demonstrates the necessity for someone who has power of attorney to retain proper records of care payments.’

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Family Law, 20th July 2018

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Top-earning QC gives up practice to become Attorney General – Legal Futures

Posted July 12th, 2018 in attorney general, barristers, news by sally

‘The head of Thomas More Chambers and one of the highest-earning MPs as a result of his legal work is giving it all up today after he was catapulted into the cabinet as Attorney General.’

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Legal Futures, 10th July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Pay defence practitioners earlier to improve disclosure – attorney general – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Redesigning the legal aid system to pay defence practitioners earlier in a case could help to tackle long-standing disclosure challenges, the attorney general has told MPs.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th July 2018

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Attorney general defies call to give £400m windfall to UK charities – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in attorney general, charities, news by sally

‘The attorney general has applied to the high court to free up at least £400m from a fund that has effectively been frozen, in order to reduce the UK’s massive national debt.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2018

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No call for evidence in AG’s disclosure review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 27th, 2018 in attorney general, consultations, disclosure, news, select committees by tracey

‘The day before MPs begin hearing evidence on challenges around the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases, the Attorney General’s Office has announced it will not be issuing a call for evidence to inform its wider review.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th March 2018

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Michael Barrymore: Pool death inquest bid blocked – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2018 in attorney general, inquests, news by tracey

‘A bid for a fresh inquest into the death of a man at entertainer Michael Barrymore’s house in 2001 has been blocked by the attorney general.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2018

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Attorney General to review ‘lenient’ sentence after two men spared jail for having sex with 14-year-old girls – The Independent

Posted January 5th, 2018 in attorney general, children, consent, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Attorney General is to review an “unduly lenient” sentence after two men avoided jail despite having sex with two underage girls.’

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The Independent, 4th January 2018

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Attorney general’s office investigates social media posts which may identify Jon Venables – Daily Telegraph

‘The attorney general’s office has announced an inquiry into social media messages which may identify Jon Venables.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2017

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Crowdfunded high court challenge against £1bn Tory-DUP deal fails – The Guardian

‘A crowdfunded bid at the high court in London to challenge the government’s controversial parliamentary deal with the Democratic Unionist party has failed.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2017

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Flasher conviction quashed because Facebook village gossip undermined fair trial – Daily Telegraph

‘A loner accused of chasing two women through a village while exposing himself has had his conviction quashed because residents had shared his image and gossiped about him on Facebook.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th September 2017

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