Closures of ageing jails on hold for five years as prison numbers soar – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in bail, detention, imprisonment, news, prisons by sally

‘The head of the prison service has ruled out any closures over the next five years, shelving a 2017 Conservative manifesto pledge to shut down and sell off dilapidated Victorian jails across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Birmingham fashion designer jailed for fake Oscar-ticket fraud – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2017 in bail, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A fashion designer who duped investors into buying fake tickets to the Oscars, telling one couple they would sit on Julia Roberts’ table, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2017

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28 day pre-charge bail limit comes into force – Home Office

Posted April 6th, 2017 in bail, criminal procedure, news, time limits by tracey

‘Government introduces new pre-charge bail limit of 28 days as part of the Policing and Crime Act, which comes into effect today (Monday 3 April).’

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Home Office, 3rd April 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

28-day limit on police bail comes into force in the UK – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2017 in bail, human rights, news, police, proportionality, time limits by sally

‘Police will face new curbs on their use of bail from Monday after coming under severe criticism for leaving people in legal limbo for months or even years.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2017

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Police bail restriction plans ‘dangerous’ – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2016 in bail, news, police, reports, time limits by sally

‘Plans to restrict the use of bail in England and Wales for suspects who have not been charged are “dangerous”, policing experts have said.’

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BBC News, 28th September 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Families separated for immigration purposes – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government. Some had entered the country irregularly and were quickly removed. Others were detained pending removal or deportation. More than half of them were released back into the community, meaning that their detention had served no purpose.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th June 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Home Office unlawfully imposes curfew on migrant – Free Movement

Posted June 6th, 2016 in appeals, bail, deportation, immigration, news, tribunals by sally

‘Gedi, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 409 (17 May 2016) is a case where the Home Office took it into their own hands to impose curfew restrictions over and above bail conditions those imposed by the First Tier Tribunal, as well as those they are entitled to impose as afforded to the Home Office by statute. The Court of Appeal were clear they had no such power to do so.’

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Free Movement, 6th June 2016

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Thousands on the run after skipping court bail – BBC News

‘Thousands of suspected and convicted criminals who skipped court bail while facing charges including murder, child sex offences and rape are on the run.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2016

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Rapist who targeted Asian women in a series of sex attacks while on bail is jailed for life – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2016 in bail, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A violent rapist who carried out a series of racially motivated sexual assaults on lone women while on bail has been jailed for life.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Former royal aide cleared of abuse calls for sacking of Met chief – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2016 in bail, child abuse, complaints, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former aide to the Duke of Edinburgh who was cleared of historical sex offences says he felt “like a lamb to the slaughter” during the case. Lt Col Benjamin Herman, 81, was acquitted last year of abusing a girl in the early 1970s, when she was aged around 11 or 12 and he was working as equerry to Prince Philip. He said his family went through “absolute hell” after he was arrested in February 2013. He spent 27 months on bail before eventually being cleared by a jury in less than an hour following a trial at Blackfriars crown court in London.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Manchester sex workers’ rights case collapses after five years – The Guardian

‘A court case that would have tested the right of sex workers to offer services together in brothels to protect themselves has collapsed after a police officer refused to give evidence.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Family member of EU national awarded £136,000 damages against Home Office – Free Movement

‘A High Court judge has awarded the family member of an EU national a total of £136,048 in damages. The award consists of £76,578 for false imprisonment and £59,470 for breach of EU law. The Home Office is also criticised for having made “inaccurate and misleading” submissions to previous judges on multiple occasions and the damages include not just compensatory damages for lost earnings and distress but also special damages, aggravated damages and exemplary damages.’

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Free Movement, 30th March 2016

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Early guilty pleas: Justice for whom? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘New guidelines incentivising people accused of criminal offences in England and Wales to plead guilty as early as possible were proposed last week. While existing rules allow for a maximum one-third reduction in the sentence to those who plead guilty at the ‘first reasonable opportunity’, this benefit is now only available to those who plead guilty at their very first court hearing, with the available reduction falling on a steeper sliding scale thereafter.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th February 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Transcript of the Lord Chief Justice’s Annual Press Conference 2015 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, held his annual press conference on Tuesday, 17 November, 2015, at the Royal Courts of Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th November 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Judge overrules Theresa May and allows convicted terror prisoner to be freed – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, bail, deportation, immigration, news, terrorism by sally

‘A man believed by police to pose a threat to the UK is to be released from prison after Theresa May lost a court case to keep him in jail until he can be deported.’

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The Independent, 25th July 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Detained asylum seekers to be able to apply for bail – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2015 in appeals, asylum, bail, detention, immigration, news, statistics by sally

‘Hundreds of failed asylum seekers in immigration detention centres will be able to apply to be freed on bail, the Home Office is expected to confirm shortly.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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B v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Regina (B) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission – WLR Daily

Posted May 21st, 2015 in appeals, bail, deportation, detention, immigration, law reports by sally

B v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Regina (B) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission [2015] EWCA Civ 445; [2015] WLR (D) 210

‘Where a person’s detention by the Home Secretary, purportedly made pursuant to paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 3 to the Immigration Act 1971 as amended, pending deportation was unlawful, or where a person not currently in detention could not lawfully be detained under that provision, bail could not be granted pursuant to paragraphs 22 and 29 of Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act, as amended.’

WLR Daily, 6th May 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Court of Appeal: female prisoners released to bail hostels are not discriminated against – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 13th, 2015 in bail, news, prisons, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal recently grappled with Approved Premises for women in the case of Coll v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 328. The appellant is serving a mandatory life sentence for murder and brought the challenge on the basis that women have been the subject unlawful sex discrimination as a result of the AP regime. It was argued it was both direct and indirect discrimination. In the High Court, Justice Cranston upheld a separate submission that the Secretary of State (SSJ) was in breach of its public sector equality duty (S.149 Equality Act 2010). This finding was not appealed by the SSJ in the Court of Appeal.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th May 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Home Secretary announces time limits for police bail – Home Office

Posted March 25th, 2015 in bail, data protection, news, police, time limits by sally

‘Home Secretary’s announces range of measures in response to police bail consultation.’

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Home Office, 23rd March 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Police bail time limit announced by home secretary – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2015 in bail, news, police, time limits by sally

‘Time limits on police bail in England and Wales have been announced by Home Secretary Theresa May.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk