Criminal Bar Association Calls for Further Engagement Over the Treatment of Families Bereaved by Homicide – The Bar Council

Posted July 7th, 2011 in barristers, bereavement, families, homicide, news, victims by sally

“The Criminal Bar Association, which represents criminal barristers in England and Wales, has marked the release of the Victim Commissioner’s Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide by urging fair treatment for all involved in the criminal justice system.”

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The Bar Council, 6th July 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Judicial response to Victims Commissioner’s Report, Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted July 7th, 2011 in bereavement, homicide, judiciary, news, reports, victims by sally

“This review by the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses raises issues that need debating, especially in the light of recent cases. The judiciary will give this report close attention alongside the draft Directive on victims issued by the Commission in May which they are already considering carefully.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th July 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Clarke announces additional funding to help victims of homicide – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 6th, 2011 in bereavement, homicide, news, victims by sally

“Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has announced an additional £500,000 to help victims of homicide, following the publication of the Victims Commissioner’s report today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 6th July 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

DPP responds to Louise Casey report with enhanced service to bereaved families – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted July 6th, 2011 in bereavement, courts, Crown Prosecution Service, families, murder, news, victims by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service is extending its service for bereaved families at court, announced the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, today. He also welcomed the Victims Commissioners report: Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th July 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Murder victims’ families treated awfully in court warns Louise Casey – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2011 in bereavement, families, murder, news, victims by sally

“The families of murder victims receive worse treatment from the courts than the rich and wealthy who want to protect their privacy and they need a statutory ‘victims’ law’ to protect their rights.”

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The Guardian, 5th July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Victims’ Commissioner highlights financial costs for bereaved families – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 11th, 2011 in bereavement, debts, murder, news, victims by sally

“Families who have lost loved ones under terrible circumstances are facing costs of £37,000 on average as they struggle to pick up the pieces, according to figures released today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th May 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Key and another v Key and others – WLR Daily

Posted March 11th, 2010 in bereavement, law reports, mental health, probate, wills by sally

Key and another v Key and others [2010] EWHC 408 (Ch); [2010] WLR (D) 69

 “Although affective disorder such as depression, including that caused by bereavement, was more likely to affect powers of decision-making than comprehension, the effect of bereavement on a testator’s mind was a factor to be taken into account when deciding whether he had capacity to make a will and was capable of impairing testamentary capacity.”

WLR Daily, 9th March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

APIL attacks government over eligibility for bereavement damages – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 16th, 2010 in bereavement, damages, Law Commission, news by sally

“The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has criticised the government for ignoring Law Commission recommendations to increase general damages in personal injury cases.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Draft Charter for Bereaved People – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 19th, 2008 in bereavement, news by sally

“The Charter for Bereaved People brings together many of the services bereaved people will receive from coroners in a reformed system. It will be enabled by the Coroners and Death Certification Bill and will have the status of statutory guidance.”

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Ministry of Justice, 18th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: Draft charter for bereaved people (PDF)