Government to consult on temporary stop notices to prevent unauthorised traveller sites – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 12th, 2012 in consultations, fines, local government, news, planning, travellers by sally

“Communities secretary Eric Pickles has set out the details of plans announced by him earlier this week to remove restrictions on the use of temporary stop notices, giving councils greater freedom to prevent unauthorised traveller sites being set up.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Bar Council Calls for Consultation on Government Plans to Opt Out of EU Criminal Justice Measures – The Bar Council

Posted October 8th, 2012 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, EC law, press releases, warrants by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has called on the Government to issue a full public consultation on its proposals to opt out of more than 130 EU criminal justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant.”

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The Bar Council, 5th October 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Draft Code of Practice for Adult Conditional Cautions – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 4th, 2012 in cautions, codes of practice, consultations, news by sally

“This consultation paper invites views from interested parties on the draft Code of Practice for Adult Conditional Cautions under Part 3 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. The Code of Practice makes provision for conditional cautions as a means of dealing with adult offenders in certain circumstances as an alternative to prosecution. It has been revised to reflect the changes to conditional cautions made by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. It also sets out in clearer language certain elements of the existing Code of Practice.”

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Ministry of Justice, 4th October 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Draft Code of Practice for Youth Conditional Cautions – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 4th, 2012 in cautions, codes of practice, consultations, news, pilot schemes, young offenders by sally

“This consultation paper invites views from interested parties on the draft Code of Practice for Youth Conditional Cautions under Section 48 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (that amends the Crime and Disorder Act 1998).Currently youth conditional cautions are only available for 16 and 17 year olds in five pilot areas.”

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Ministry of Justice, 4th October 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Government should have consulted Child Poverty Commission on welfare strategy – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 2nd, 2012 in consultations, judicial review, news, ultra vires by sally

“The government had acted unlawfully by removing the Child Poverty Commission, an advisory body set up under the Child Poverty Act 2010 . They had also acted beyond their powers by preparing a child poverty strategy without having requested and having regard to the advice of that Commission. But government is free to formulate new policy and as such there was nothing irrational about the strategy itself.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd October 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

DPP invites responses to proposed new guidance on driving offences – Crown Prosecution Service

“Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has today launched a public consultation on guidance about the most serious driving offences, including death by careless or dangerous driving.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 27th September 2012

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Police should face fewer dangerous driving prosecutions, says CPS – The Guardian

“Fewer prosecutions should be brought against police, fire brigade and ambulance staff who commit driving offences while responding to emergencies, according to draft guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 27th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Divorce – needs and non-matrimonial assets: formula or flexibility? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 25th, 2012 in consultations, divorce, family courts, financial provision, news by sally

“The Law Commission recently published a supplemental consultation paper (Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements – Law Com 2012/208) following its earlier consultation on marital property agreements in 2011. The focus of the supplemental consultation is two particularly problematic aspects of financial provision on divorce or civil partnership dissolution: needs and non-matrimonial assets.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 24th September 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Consultation on adoption and fostering welcomed by sector – Family Law Week

Posted September 20th, 2012 in adoption, carers, consultations, fostering, local government, news, social services by sally

“The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) and Fostering Network have welcomed the Government’s newly published consultation on proposed changes to adoption and fostering.”

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Family Law Week, 19th September 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Will the Bill of Rights Commission achieve anything at all? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 20th, 2012 in consultations, diversity, EC law, human rights, news by sally

“It’ll all be over by Christmas: that’s what the coalition promised when it established the Commission on a Bill of Rights to, among other things:

‘… investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in UK law, and protects and extends our liberties.'”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th September 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Copyright reforms needed now, but future ‘tweaking’ without consultation must be avoided, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 20th, 2012 in artistic works, consultations, copyright, EC law, news, parliament by sally

“The Government must reform UK copyright law in order to restore the public and business’s ‘respect’ in the ‘integrity’ of the framework, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th September 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Employment Tribunal Rules – review by Mr Justice Underhill – Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Posted September 18th, 2012 in consultations, employment tribunals, news by sally

“In November 2011, Mr Justice Underhill, former President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal was invited by Government to lead a fundamental review of the rules of procedure for employment tribunals. He was asked to ensure that the rules were simplified and provided the framework to manage cases flexibly, effectively, proportionately and consistently, providing certainty to all parties who participate in the employment tribunal process.”

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Department for Business Innovation & Skills, 14th September 2012

Source: www.bis.gov.uk

HFEA launches public consultation on ‘three parent’ IVF technique – Family Law Week

Posted September 17th, 2012 in assisted reproduction, consultations, news by sally

“The Human Fertilisation & Embyology Authority has launched a public consultation on the ethics of new IVF-based techniques designed to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases.”

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Family Law Week, 17th September 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

LSB publishes response to approaches to quality consultation – Legal Services Board

Posted September 17th, 2012 in consultations, legal services, news, quality assurance by sally

“The LSB today publishes its response to its consultation on approaches to quality in the legal services market.”

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Legal Services Board, 17th September 2012

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Forced Marriage and the Criminal Law – Family Law Week

Posted September 14th, 2012 in consultations, forced marriages, news, prosecutions, women by tracey

“Charlotte Rachael Proudman, barrister, provides an overview of the Government’s proposed changes to the law intended to combat forced marriage.”

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Family Law Week, 13th September 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Payout for sacked workers may be cut – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2012 in compensation, consultations, news, unfair dismissal by tracey

“Ministers will today announce a consultation on reducing the upper limit on compensation payments for unfair dismissal from its current level of more than £72,000.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Stop and detain’ counter-terrorism powers may be scaled back – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2012 in consultations, immigration, news, stop and search, terrorism by tracey

“Moves to scale back the most widely drawn counter-terrorism powers left in the police ‘stop and search’ armoury have been initiated by the home secretary, Theresa May.”

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The Guardian, 13th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Consultation on schedule 7 powers launched – Home Office

Posted September 13th, 2012 in consultations, immigration, press releases, stop and search, terrorism by tracey

“The public are being asked for their views on the operation of important border security powers in a consultation launched by the home office today.”

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Home Office, 13th September 2012

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Divorce law criticised as ‘incomplete and uninformative’ – The Guardian

“Divorce laws in England and Wales are so ‘incomplete and uninformative’ that judges receive no guidance about the fairest way to divide a couple’s property, the Law Commission has said.”

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The Guardian, 11th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements – Law Commission

“Following its 2012 consultation on marital property agreements (‘pre-nups’), the Law Commission has opened a supplementary consultation on needs and non-matrimonial property.”

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Law Commission, 11th September 2012

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk