Sex abuse leaflets ‘won’t protect a soul’ – BBC News

Posted October 16th, 2018 in budgets, child abuse, criminal records, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘Police are giving leaflets to people at risk of committing child sexual exploitation crimes, asking for their behaviour to stop, the BBC has found.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2018

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Justice ‘only for the wealthy’: Law Society condemns legal aid cuts – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2018 in budgets, Law Society, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘It is increasingly difficult for defendants and claimants to find solicitors prepared to represent them due to government legal aid cuts, the Law Society has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2018

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MoJ seeks to allay concerns about the human rights impact of legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 14th, 2018 in budgets, human rights, legal aid, news, select committees by tracey

‘The government has today published its response to MPs’ concerns about the “damaging” effects of legal aid reforms on human rights, painting a rosier picture than found by members of the joint committee on human rights.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th September 2018

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Home Office ignorant of strain on police after cuts, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2018 in budgets, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Whitehall’s spending watchdog has accused the Home Office of being ignorant of the strain that police officers are under after funding cuts led to 45,000 job losses.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2018

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EHRC launches legal aid inquiry after damning justice report – Legal Futures

Posted September 10th, 2018 in budgets, equality, Equality and Human Rights Commission, legal aid, news by tracey

‘A catalogue of disastrous consequences has followed a reduction in the scope of legal aid, including debt from high lawyers’ fees, possible ill-informed judicial decisions, and knock-on costs for other parts of the public sector, according to new research.’

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Legal Futures, 10th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Miscarriage of justice body’s funding cuts criticised as workload grows – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2018 in budgets, Criminal Cases Review Commission, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

‘Government funding of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the last hope for people battling miscarriages of justice, has come under attack as the number applications rises steeply.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2018

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Met police dropped 30,000 criminal investigations in first 24 hours last year – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2018 in budgets, London, news, police, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘The Metropolitan police are increasingly dropping investigations into serious crimes such as sexual offences, violent attacks and arson within hours of them being reported, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2018

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“Little enthusiasm” among solicitors and judges for electronic bill – Litigation Futures

Posted September 4th, 2018 in bills, budgets, costs, news, solicitors by sally

‘Many solicitors and judges were not ready for the electronic bill of costs when it became compulsory in April and few are keen on it now, according to a survey by the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd September 2018

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Restructuring options for UK local authorities – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 20th, 2018 in budgets, local government, news, social services by sally

‘UK central government cuts and the fast-growing cost of social care have led to significant financial strain on local authorities. What are the restructuring options available to UK local authorities facing unlawful overspending?’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th August 2018

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Family claims win in high court challenge to Northants library cuts – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2018 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘A young girl and her family who took on Northamptonshire county council over its plans to close 21 libraries have claimed a win in the high court, after a judge ruled that the cash-strapped council would have to revisit its plans while “paying attention to its legal obligations”.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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Divisional Court strikes down irrational and unfairly made decision to cut criminal legal aid – Blackstone Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in budgets, criminal justice, judicial review, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A Divisional Court comprising Lord Justice Leggatt And Mrs Justice Carr DBE has allowed a judicial review challenge brought by the Law Society to a decision made by the Lord Chancellor to introduce a 40% cut to the maximum number of pages of prosecution evidence (‘PPE’) that count for payment of criminal defence solicitors. The regulations that introduced the cut will be quashed (p.143 of the judgment).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 3rd August 2018

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High Court judge quashes decision by council to cut SEND budget by £5m – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 7th, 2018 in budgets, local government, news, special educational needs by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce spending on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £5m.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th August 2018

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Legal Aid Fee Cuts To Evidence Work Have Been Declared Unlawful – Rights Info

Posted August 6th, 2018 in budgets, evidence, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Government attempts to cut legal aid fees for solicitor evidence work have declared unlawful by the high court.’

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Rights Info, 3rd August 2018

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Access to justice in family courts ‘inadequate’, says outgoing head – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2018 in budgets, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The outgoing head of the family courts in England and Wales has raised concerns about access to family courts and said help for litigants who had to represent themselves due to cuts to legal aid was “woefully inadequate”.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2018

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Youth fund doubled to £22m to aid violent crime prevention – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2018 in budgets, crime prevention, news, offensive weapons, violence, young persons by sally

‘The government is to double the funding for an early intervention scheme tackling violence among young people, as part of a “public health” approach to combatting knife crime and other offences.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2018

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Government accused of ‘undermining access to justice’ with closure of seven more courts in England – The Independent

Posted July 25th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, news by tracey

‘The government is closing seven more courts in England to save money, despite warnings that the move will “undermine local access to justice”.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2018

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Plans to close courts across the UK could see suspects failing to turn up for hearings, report warns – Daily Telegraph

‘Plans to close courts across the UK could see suspects failing to turn up for hearings, the public accounts committee has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2018

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High Court backs NHS decision to stop funding homeopathy – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2018 in budgets, consultations, health, medical treatment, news, reports by tracey

‘A decision to stop NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England’s decision, made in November last year, to stop paying the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a four-day hearing in London in May, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed the BHA’s case in a ruling on Tuesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2018

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Master takes axe to phone-hacking claimants’ partner-heavy costs budgets – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in budgets, costs, interception, news, proportionality, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has criticised a law firm’s “very heavy reliance on partner time”, and the “astonishing” amount of time junior counsel was planning to spend in preparing for trial, as it slashed by more than half many of their budgeted costs for representing two claimants in the phone hacking litigation against Mirror Group Newspapers.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th May 2018

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MP calls for parliamentary inquiry into Garden Bridge – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2018 in budgets, inquiries, London, news, parliament, transport by sally

‘An MP has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the Garden Bridge project over concerns Transport for London (TfL) may have been misled to secure £7m of its funding.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2018

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