Domestic abuse commissioner Nicole Jacobs ‘relieved’ about new law – BBC News

Posted September 18th, 2019 in bills, cross-examination, domestic violence, news, victims by tracey

‘The first domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales is “relieved” the prime minister has pledged to re-introduce a new law on the issue.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2019

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Domestic violence killings in UK at five-year high – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in bills, domestic violence, homicide, news, statistics, victims, women by tracey

‘The number of domestic violence killings has reached a five-year high, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2019

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Sexual grooming crimes soar by a third as paedophiles turn to Instagram – The Independent

Posted September 11th, 2019 in bills, charities, child abuse, children, internet, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Sexual grooming crimes have soared by a third in a year as paedophiles turn to Instagram to target children as young as 11, the NSPCC has said.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2019

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Financial Remedy Update, September 2019 – Family Law Week

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 6th September 2019

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Playing Hardball with the Queen – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in bills, brexit, constitutional law, Crown, news, parliament, prerogative powers by sally

‘The idea of constitutional hardball was introduced to the world by Mark Tushnet. The sport is played when political actors decide the stakes are so high that any lawful action is justified, no matter how constitutionally problematic: hardball stays within the confines of the law, but runs against the spirit, and sometimes the conventions, of the constitution.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 31st August 2019

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How will the UK immigration system cope with no deal Brexit? – Garden Court Chambers

‘UK immigration reform is imminent. The Government’s 2018 White Paper proposals for a new immigration system appear to be here to stay and a no deal Brexit looks more likely than ever.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd August 2019

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Justice secretary’s call for rape suspect anonymity ‘not government policy’, Downing Street says amid outrage – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2019 in anonymity, bills, news, police, prosecutions, rape by tracey

‘The new justice secretary has been heavily criticised after suggesting that suspected criminals of “good character” should be granted anonymity before charge.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2019

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MPs urge caution over speed of online court development – Legal Futures

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in bills, electronic filing, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘MPs have urged the government to learn the lessons of previous major IT projects and move cautiously with the development on online courts.’

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Legal Futures, 19th July 2019

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Facial recognition trials should stop, MPs say – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2019 in bills, facial mapping, forensic science, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘Police forces must stop using facial recognition technology until a legal framework for its use is set up, MPs have said.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2019

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House of Lords passes amendment to help prevent no-deal Brexit – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2019 in bills, brexit, EC law, news, Northern Ireland, parliament by tracey

‘Bill could make it illegal for a Boris Johnson administration to prorogue parliament.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2019

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“Landmark moment” as Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament – Home Office

‘The government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill will be introduced in Parliament today, signalling a major step forward in transforming the response to this crime.’

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Home Office, 16th July 2019

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Free speech victory or charter for higher costs? – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Supreme Court’s recent clarification of the ‘serious harm’ threshold for defamation claims has been welcomed by newspapers as a victory for free speech. In fact, it is more likely to mean escalating costs and uncertainty for claimants and defendants alike.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th July 2019

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Government ensures paper-based access to online courts – Legal Futures

Posted July 4th, 2019 in bills, courts, electronic filing, equality, internet, news by sally

‘The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons yesterday after the government added further protection for those unable or willing to use online processes.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2019

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Divorce: New law could lead to ‘spike’ – minister – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2019 in bills, divorce, families, news, reasons by sally

‘A new law could lead to a ‘spike’ in divorces, but the rate is ultimately like to “remain much the same”, the justice secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 25th June 2019

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Worst animal cruelty cases to get higher jail terms – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2019 in animal cruelty, bills, consultations, news, police, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘People found guilty of the worst cases of animal cruelty will face up to five years in prison under a new law proposed for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2019

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Pret allergy death: Parents ‘delighted’ by ‘Natasha’s law’ plan – BBC News

Posted June 25th, 2019 in allergies, bills, consumer protection, food, news by sally

‘A law protecting allergy sufferers will be introduced following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.’

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BBC News, 25th June 2019

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Peers back greater role for Lord Chief in online court rules – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2019 in bills, civil justice, electronic filing, family courts, news, tribunals, veto by sally

‘Former Lord Chief Justice (LCJ) Lord Judge yesterday defeated government efforts to limit the extent to which future holders of the post will have a veto over the work of the online procedure rule committee (OPRC).’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2019

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Lord Chief Justice “to have veto” over extension of online courts – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2019 in bills, courts, internet, news, veto by tracey

‘The government is set to give the Lord Chief Justice the power of veto over what areas of law are moved into an online court system, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 18th June 2019

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End to divorce ‘blame game’ moves closer – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 17th, 2019 in bills, divorce, press releases by tracey

‘Divorcing couples will soon no longer have to make allegations about each other’s conduct, after a landmark bill was introduced by Justice Secretary David Gauke today (13 June 2019).’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th June 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Litigants will not be forced online, government pledges – Legal Futures

Posted June 12th, 2019 in bills, civil justice, civil procedure rules, courts, internet, news by tracey

‘The government has no intention of making court processes exclusively online and so there is no need to give way to demands to guarantee this in primary legislation, peers were told this week.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk