British Bill of Rights plan shelved again for several more years, Justice Secretary confirms – The Independent

Posted February 24th, 2017 in bills, human rights, news by sally

‘The long-running Conservative proposal for a “British Bill of Rights” has once again been shelved for several more years.’

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The Independent, 23rd February 2017

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 24th, 2017 in bills, damages, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘Insurers would be primarily responsible for paying out damages stemming from accidents caused by ‘automated vehicles’ under new UK legislation laid before the UK parliament’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd February 2017

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Courts bill: ‘viewing booths’ to preserve open justice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in bills, consultations, courts, criminal justice, criminal procedure, internet, news by sally

‘Interested members of the public will be able to view ‘virtual’ court hearings from purpose-built booths in court buildings, the Prisons and Courts Bill states. The proposal is an attempt to counter threats to open justice by a courts system increasingly operating digitally. Court listings and case results will also be published online, a factsheet published by the Ministry of Justice says.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2017

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Government presses ahead with whiplash reforms – but gives ground on other PI claims – Legal Futures

‘The small claims limit will rise to £5,000 for whiplash cases, but only £2,000 for other personal injury (PI) claims, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced today in a bid “to crack down on the compensation culture epidemic” – less than seven weeks after its consultation closed.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd February 2017

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Prisons shakeup to give governors more control over rehabilitation – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in bills, courts, internet, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Prison governors are to be held to account for getting offenders off drugs, into jobs and learning English and maths under new powers to be detailed in the justice secretary’s flagship legislation to tackle the prison crisis.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2017

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Mikolaj Barczentewicz: The Principle of Legality and the EU-withdrawal Statute – UK Constitutional Law Assocition

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in bills, constitutional law, EC law, legislative drafting, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘Legal criticism of the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is quickly amassing. Notably, Paul Daly suggested that general phrasing of an authorisation to notify the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU by the executive, of the sort contained in the Bill, may not suffice to ground lawfulness of such notification (or of withdrawing from the EU). It may not suffice, because the principle of legality could be said to require more specificity in conveying Parliament’s legislative choice to authorise withdrawal with all the possible detrimental consequences to individual rights. A similar argument was also presented in the “Three Knights Opinion” of Sir David Edward KCMG PC QC, Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG PC QC, Sir Jeremy Lever KCMG QC, Helen Mountfield QC and Gerry Facenna QC.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 21st February 2017

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Article 50 is actually reversible, author of the Brexit treaty clause says – The Independent

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in amendments, bills, EC law, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘The author of Article 50 has ridiculed the Government’s claim that the treaty clause cannot be stopped after it is triggered.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2017

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What will the Lords do with the Article 50 bill? – UCL Constitution Unit

Posted February 21st, 2017 in bills, EC law, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘The bill authorising the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50, enabling the UK to leave the EU, has cleared the Commons. It begins its consideration in the Lords today. In this post Lords expert Meg Russell discusses how the second chamber is likely to treat the bill. She suggests that this illustrates important dynamics between Lords and Commons, which are often disappointingly misunderstood both in the media and inside government.’

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UCL Constitution Unit, 20th February 2017

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A Change is Coming – The Criminal Finance Bill and the Changes it will Bring to the Asset Recovery Landscape – Drystone Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in bills, news, proceeds of crime, tax evasion by sally

‘Radical change to the Proceeds of Crime Act is coming. Below I summarise four of the areas of key changes to POCA 2002.’

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Dystone Chambers, 26th January 2017

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Lords’ opposition leader says peers will not seek to delay article 50 – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2017 in amendments, bills, EC law, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘Opposition peers will not seek to wreck the government’s timetable for triggering article 50 when the Brexit bill comes before them on Monday, Labour’s leader in the House of Lords has said.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2017

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Can the article 50 bill be substantially altered or delayed by the House of Lords? – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2017 in amendments, bills, EC law, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘The bill to trigger Brexit moves to the Lords next week, and a flurry of new amendments will be introduced. This could lead to the bill ping-ponging between the two Houses, and a high-stakes battle of wills.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2017

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Campaigners call six-month jail terms for animal abusers ‘laughable’ when fly-tippers get five years – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 20th, 2017 in animal cruelty, bills, charities, news, sentencing by sally

‘Animal cruelty should carry a five year maximum jail sentence, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says as it complains you get longer for fly-tipping.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th February 2016

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Graham John Wheeler: Referendums That Time Forgot – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 17th, 2017 in bills, constitutional history, legal history, news, referendums by sally

‘It is well known that the first national referendum in the UK was the 1975 poll on EEC membership. It is also quite well known that A.V. Dicey called for the introduction of the referendum into British politics from the 1880s onwards as a means of defeating Irish home rule. This episode was the subject of an exchange between Dominic Chambers QC and Lord Sumption in the Article 50 case.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 17th February 2017

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‘Keep sex abuse dad’s name off my wedding certificate’ – BBC News

Posted February 17th, 2017 in bills, child abuse, families, marriage, news by sally

‘If Jenny ever gets married, there will be no dad walking her down the aisle and, if she gets her way, no mention of him on her marriage certificate either.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2017

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Divorces are skewed by judges’ outdated chivalry, says female peer pushing for cap on payments – Daily Telegraph

‘Judges are labouring under antiquated notions of chivalry in awarding women maintenance payments which extend years into the future, despite the fact that many divorcees go on to earn good salaries on their own, says a leading female peer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2017

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Violent abusers to be prevented from cross-examining ex-partners in court – The Guardian

‘Domestic violence victims will no longer face the threat of being interrogated by their former partners in court under proposed legislation.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2017

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MP proposes UK rape shield law to protect victims in court – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2017 in bills, cross-examination, news, rape, victims by tracey

‘A private member’s bill to protect rape victims from being cross-examined in court about their sexual history is to be introduced to the House of Commons.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2017

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Rape accusers ‘face court ordeal by defence lawyers’ – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2017 in bad character, bills, cross-examination, news, rape, sexual offences, trials, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Rape complainants are being routinely questioned in court about their sexual histories and even the way they were dressed on the night they were attacked, according to a damning dossier of case studies to be presented to MPs this week. The findings have triggered calls for the law to be tightened to protect complainants better.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2017

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People caught shining laser pens at pilots face tougher punishments – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2017 in bills, endangering safety of aircraft, news, sentencing, transport by sally

‘People caught shining laser pens at pilots, train drivers or motorists will face tougher fines and jail sentences under new laws proposed by the Department for Transport (DfT).’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2017

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Brexit plan to be published in government White Paper – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in bills, EC law, news, parliament, parliamentary papers, treaties by tracey

‘The government’s Brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2017

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