What Is The Mental Health Bill? – Each Other

Posted December 6th, 2022 in bills, detention, mental health, minorities, news, select committees by sally

‘The government is publishing a draft Mental Health Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny, to modernise the Mental Health Act (MHA) for the 21st century. While the draft Bill has been welcomed by many, there must be more detail and direction on how the new legislation will be implemented at ground level.’

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Each Other, 6th December 2022

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Online safety bill returns to parliament after five-month delay – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2022 in bills, delay, government departments, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘The online safety bill, the government’s flagship internet regulation, returns to parliament on Monday, after a five-month delay prompted by Conservative party factional warfare threatened to kill it off.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2022

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Law Commission recommendation targeting the encouragement of serious self-harm to be included in Online Safety Bill – Law Commission

‘Last week the Government announced that it will update the Online Safety Bill to include the Law Commission’s recommendation to make encouraging or assisting serious self-harm an offence.’

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Law Commission, 29th November 2022

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Judge to decide if brain-damaged teenager can be allowed to die – The Independent

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in attempts, bills, delay, families, family courts, hospitals, internet, medical treatment, news, suicide by tracey

‘A High Court judge has been asked to decide whether a teenager who suffered brain damage after an “apparent suicide attempt” can lawfully be allowed to die.’

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The Independent, 1st December 2022

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Research Briefing: Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill – House of Commons Library

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in animal cruelty, animals, bills, news, parliament by tracey

‘This briefing provides an overview of the proposed measures in the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, along with background on the issues it aims to address.’

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House of Commons Library , 29th November 2022

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Colin Murray: A New Period of “Indirect” Direct Rule – The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Only a few short months on from the passing of the Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Act 2022 and legislation is once again before Westminster to amend the Northern Ireland Act 1998 – as everyone knew that it would be. One of the key innovations in the 2022 Act, belatedly giving effect to a proposal in the New Decade, New Approach Agreement of January 2020, was that during its 24-week post-election period Northern Ireland Executive ministers would continue to hold office and take decisions within their remit. This period prevented what Lord Bingham referred to in Robinson as a “persisting vacuum in the conduct of devolved government” (para 15). Its extended duration under the 2022 legislation was intended to provide a sufficient window after an election for a new power sharing administration to be formed, but to keep a count-down to new elections in place to focus Northern Ireland’s major parties towards that end. This arrangement, however, has proven no more effective as an impetus than the terms that it replaced.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 29th November 2022

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‘Deeply unjust’ postcode lottery putting lives of domestic abuse victims at risk – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2022 in bills, domestic violence, news, reports, statistics, victims by sally

‘The Domestic Abuse Commissioner has warned a “deeply unjust” postcode lottery is putting the lives of victims at risk in a report that maps services nationally for the first time ever.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2022

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Chris Himsworth: Referendum Bill Consequentials – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘At paras 56-57 of their judgment, the court in Reference by the Lord Advocate of devolution issues ([2022] UKSC 31) declared: “The central issue is whether legislation for a referendum on Scottish independence would relate to a reserved matter…. The critical question is accordingly whether the proposed Bill would relate to the Union of the Kingdoms of Scotland and England or the Parliament of the United Kingdom”.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 29th November 2022

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Senior media figures call for law to stop oligarchs silencing UK journalists – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2022 in bills, freedom of expression, media, news, public interest by sally

‘A coalition of senior journalists and editors from across the political spectrum is calling on the justice secretary, Dominic Raab, to back a proposed law to tackle the global super-rich’s use of “abusive legal tactics to shut down investigations”.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2022

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Salting the Bird’s Tail? The Online Safety Bill -v- Musk’s Twitter – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 29th, 2022 in bills, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

‘The Online Safety Bill approaches free speech from a different context. If “democratic functioning” covers one side of the “freedom of speech coin”, then the other-side is illustrated by the tragic death of Molly Russell. Molly was a teenager who died of self-harm following the negative effects of online content, a recent investigation has concluded. This is the perspective from which the Online Safety Bill seeks to impose obligations on social media sites to protect users from harmful content.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th November 2022

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Online Safety Bill: Plan to make big tech remove harmful content axed – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2022 in bills, children, hate crime, internet, news by sally

‘Controversial measures which would have forced big technology platforms to take down legal but harmful material have been axed from the Online Safety Bill.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2022

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New laws to better protect victims from abuse of intimate images – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 25th, 2022 in bills, consent, internet, Law Commission, Ministry of Justice, news, pornography, victims by tracey

‘Victims will be better protected from abusers who share intimate images without their consent, under a raft of changes to the law announced today (25 November 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2022

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Law Commission recommendations to protect victims of intimate image abuse to be implemented – Law Commission

Posted November 25th, 2022 in bills, consent, internet, Law Commission, Ministry of Justice, news, pornography, victims by tracey

‘The Government has today announced that it will implement Law Commission recommendations to strengthen the law to protect victims of intimate image abuse.’

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Law Commission, 25th November 2022

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Meta seeks government protection from Rees-Mogg’s EU law bonfire – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2022 in bills, brexit, company law, EC law, internet, news by tracey

‘Facebook and Instagram have asked for government protection from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s bonfire of up to 4,000 EU laws on post-Brexit statute books. In a letter to a parliamentary committee to be published on Friday, the parent group, Meta, asks that laws underpinning social media firms are either “explicitly maintained elsewhere” or “removed from the scope” of the retained EU law (revocation and reform) bill.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2022

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New Judgment: Reference by the Lord Advocate of devolution issues under paragraph 34 of Schedule 6 to the Scotland Act 1998 [2022] UKSC 31 – UKSC Blog

‘The Scottish Government drafted a Scottish Independence Referendum Bill which makes provision for a referendum on the question, “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. Under the Scotland Act 1998 (“the Scotland Act”), the power of the Scottish Parliament to make legislation (or its “legislative competence”) is limited. A provision of a Bill will be outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament and therefore not law if it relates to the matters which have been reserved to the United Kingdom Parliament in Westminster (sections 29(1) and (2)(b)). These reserved matters include “the Union of the Kingdoms of Scotland and England” and “the Parliament of the United Kingdom” (Schedule 5, paragraphs 1(b) and (c)).’

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UKSC Blog, 23rd November 2022

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MPs back tougher economic crime fines and oversight for lawyers – Legal Futures

‘MPs have backed giving the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) unlimited fining powers in cases of economic crime.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2022

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Saba Shakil: Bridging the gap between remedial reform and judicial practice: A study of challenges to delegated legislation – UK Constitutional Law Associaton

Posted November 24th, 2022 in bills, constitutional law, government departments, human rights, judiciary, news by sally

‘The resurrected Bill of Rights Bill (BoRB) shows that the government is continuing to grasp at the wrong end of the remedies stick – and it will continue to do so until it pays attention to the evidence. ‘

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th November 2022

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Supreme court rules against Scottish parliament holding new independence referendum – The Guardian

‘The Scottish parliament cannot hold a second independence referendum without Westminster approval, the UK supreme court has ruled, in a unanimous judgment likely to anger Scottish nationalists who say the country’s future is for Scottish voters to decide.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2022

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What is the supreme court’s Scottish independence ruling about? – The Guardian

‘All you need to know about decision on whether Scotland can hold new referendum without Westminster approval.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2022

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Jane Rooney: The Extraterritorial Application of the Human Rights Act: Overseas Military Operations and Beyond – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 22nd, 2022 in armed forces, bills, constitutional law, human rights, news by sally

‘With the reinstatement of Dominic Raab as Secretary of State for Justice, the Bill of Rights Bill, currently before Parliament, is once again a possibility only weeks after Liz Truss halted its progression on account that it was a ‘complete mess’. This post examines the Bill’s provisions on overseas military operations, how they compare with the UK judiciary’s approach, the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) jurisprudence. Also highlighted are other extraterritoriality issues outside overseas military operations that the UK will have to consider.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 22nd November 2022

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