Family courts ‘running up a down escalator’ due to increase in cases – The Guardian

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in budgets, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Family courts are having to “run up a down escalator” to keep pace with unprecedented increases in childcare cases, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2019

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MPs call for urgent electoral law to cover digital campaigning – The Guardian

‘The government must urgently legislate to ensure digital campaigning is covered by electoral law, rather than hoping Britain will not have a general election until 2022, a parliamentary committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2019

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Junior judges face zero-hours working conditions, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2019 in budgets, courts, criminal justice, Crown Court, judiciary, news, part-time work by sally

‘Junior judges are being put on what are in effect zero-hours contracts as the criminal justice system succumbs to a fresh round of austerity and courtrooms are closed down, lawyers are warning.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2019

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‘Councils Cannot Blame Funding For Special Educational Needs Failures’, High Court Told – Rights Info

‘A lack of funding gives councils “no excuse” for failing to meet their legal duty to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), a court has heard.’

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Rights Info, 27th June 2019

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‘Lack Of Special Educational Needs Funding Breaches Children’s Human Rights’, Court Will Hear – Rights Info

‘The government is “leaving thousands of children in limbo” and breaching their human rights by underfunding education for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), a court will hear.’

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Rights Info, 26th June 2019

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NHS pays firms £181m to care for patients with serious mental illness – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2019 in budgets, contracting out, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘The NHS is paying private firms an “eye-watering” £181m a year to look after people with serious mental health problems in units often hundreds of miles from their homes.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2019

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Sir Brian Leveson warns crimes are not being prosecuted – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2019 in budgets, criminal justice, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The most senior criminal judge in England and Wales has expressed “enormous concern” that many crimes are not being prosecuted.’

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BBC news, 21st June 2019

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Victims of discrimination ‘denied justice’ as legal aid cuts create ‘David vs Goliath’ scenario, report finds – The Independent

‘Victims of discrimination in England and Wales are being denied justice due to soaring legal aid cuts, the equalities watchdog has warned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said people who had been discriminated against for reasons such as their race, gender or disability were being left to represent themselves in court, creating a “David vs Goliath” scenario or letting perpetrators to go entirely unchallenged.’

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The Independent, 19th June 2019

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HMP Birmingham: Scanner funding failure ‘inexplicable’ – BBC News

‘A troubled jail’s failure to secure funding for a body scanner to help stop drugs being smuggled in is “inexplicable”, the chief inspector of prisons has said.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2019

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National minimum wage naming scheme suspended – OUT-LAW.com

‘A scheme for the naming of employers found to be in breach of the UK’s national minimum wage (NMW) has been suspended while the government reviews the scheme.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th June 2019

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Court refuses to increase budget for costs party brought on himself – Litigation Futures

Posted June 12th, 2019 in budgets, costs, disclosure, dispute resolution, documents, news by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected a defendant’s request to revise his costs budget upwards, saying that the extra costs came from matters he either should have anticipated or brought on himself.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th June 2019

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Madeleine McCann: More funds pledged for police investigation – BBC News

Posted June 6th, 2019 in budgets, children, inquiries, missing persons, news, police by tracey

‘The government has said it will continue to fund the police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann until March next year.’

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BBC news, 5th June 2019

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Police cuts could see rise in miscarriages of justice, says forensic expert – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2019 in bias, budgets, forensic science, miscarriage of justice, news, police by tracey

‘Austerity cuts in the police force could lead to an increase in miscarriages of justice, a leading forensic scientist has warned, as constraints on funding lead to in-house forensic teams performing more selective tests.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2019

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Brexit: Boris Johnson ordered to appear in court over £350m claim – BBC News

‘Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week. The Tory leadership candidate has been accused of misconduct in public office after making the claim during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2019

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Criminal barristers in England and Wales to vote on walkout over pay – The Guardian

‘Criminals barristers in England and Wales are to vote over a national walkout on 1 July in protest at low fees, which they say can be as low as £46.50 for a day in court.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2019

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UN highlights role of legal aid cuts in “immiseration” of millions – Legal Futures

‘The decimation of legal aid has contributed to “the systematic immiseration of millions across Great Britain”, the UN’s expert on poverty and human rights said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd May 2019

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New APIL chief: Falling PI damages “an affront to justice” – Litigation Futures

‘Trends in personal injury claims since LASPO, with damages falling, are an “affront to justice”, the new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st May 2019

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What are the rules for donating to UK political parties? – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in budgets, elections, financial regulation, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘The Brexit party funding row shows how technology has outpaced electoral law.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2019

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Voices of children overlooked in family courts, says ex-head – BBC News

‘Family courts in England and Wales are not properly accommodating children’s voices and needs because the government has suggested “it would all cost too much”, their former head has said.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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Private jails more violent than public ones, data analysis shows – The Guardian

‘Private prisons are more violent than public jails, according to data analysis that raises questions over the government’s plans to pursue its prisons-for-profit model.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2019

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