Is Covid-19 Changing How We Think About Criminal Justice Reform? – Each Other

‘Barrister Tim Kiely examines the unexpected changes taking place within the criminal justice system amid the Covid-19 outbreak.’

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Each Other, 26th March 2020

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SRA relaxes assessment rules for students and trainees – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today outlined a significant relaxation of its rules for law students and trainees to allow their assessment to go online.’

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Legal Futures, 25th March 2020

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Coronavirus: Police get new powers to enforce protection – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2020 in coronavirus, enforcement, fines, freedom of movement, news, police by sally

‘Anyone continuing to break coronavirus lockdown rules will be breaking the law and faces arrest.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2020

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Number of outstanding crown court cases reaches two-year high – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2020 in coronavirus, criminal justice, Crown Court, delay, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of outstanding crown court cases in England and Wales has reached the highest level for two years, figures show, amid growing concerns about pressures on the criminal justice system caused by the Covid-19 crisis.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2020

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Covid-19 Sample Couriers ‘Denied Face Masks’ Take Legal Action – Each Other

‘Couriers transporting Covid-19 samples across London are taking legal action against their employer over claims they are being denied hand sanitiser and face masks.’

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Each Other, 26th March 2020

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Coronavirus cough attacks a crime, says prosecution chief – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2020 in assault, coronavirus, criminal justice, health, news by sally

‘Anyone who coughs on key workers as a threat amid the coronavirus crisis will face serious criminal charges.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2020

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Watchdog approves use of UK phone data if it helps fight coronavirus – The Guardian

‘The UK’s privacy watchdog has said the government can use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behaviour if it helps fight the spread of coronavirus.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2020

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Warning over rise in UK domestic abuse cases linked to coronavirus – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2020 in coronavirus, domestic violence, families, news, police, statistics by sally

‘There has been a rise in domestic abuse incidents directly related to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a police leader.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2020

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The Coronavirus Act and the Care Act: The Key Points – Coronavirus: Guidance for Lawyers and Businesses

‘The former Coronavirus Bill is now the Coronavirus Act 2020. The bill was not significantly amended in relation to the proposed changes to the Care Act – however, per s.87(2) of the Coronavirus Act, the changes relating to the Care Act will not come into force until further regulations are made to that effect. Arianna Kelly outlines the key points.’

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Coronavirus: Guidance for Lawyers and Businesses, 26th March 2020

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What powers does “take such action as is necessary to enforce” give to police officers? – UK Police Law Blog

‘The powers in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 allow a constable to “take such action as is necessary to enforce a premises closure or restriction”. The powers in theCoronavirus Act 2020, schedule 22 (formerly schedule 21 in the Bill) are to enforce a restriction or prohibition on gatherings or events and to close and restrict access to premises during a public health response period. Again, it will allow a constable to “take such action as is necessary to enforce such a restriction, prohibition or closure”. But what does the phrase, “take such action as is necessary to enforce …” mean?’

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UK Police Law Blog, 25th March 2020

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Coronavirus: What Are My Employment Rights? – Each Other

Posted March 26th, 2020 in coronavirus, employment, health, health & safety, news, remuneration, sick leave by sally

‘With the UK now in coronavirus lockdown, many people will be anxious about their right to stay at home and their right to get paid. Lawyer Alex Monaco answers a selection of frequently asked questions on your employment rights.’

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Each Other, 25th March 2020

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Lord Chancellor praises lawyers’ “heroic” efforts – Legal Futures

‘The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland yesterday praised lawyers for their “heroic efforts” in trying to keep trials going during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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Legal Futures, 25th March 2020

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Government to protect commercial tenants from eviction if they miss rent payments over coronavirus outbreak –

‘Commercial tenants who miss a payment in the next three months because of the coronavirus outbreak will be protected from eviction, the government has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2020

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Open justice direction published for remote hearings – Litigation Futures

‘A new practice direction clarifying when civil courts may derogate from the principle of open justice to conduct hearings remotely in private has been published today.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th March 2020

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England: police to get power to use force to impose coronavirus lockdown – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, freedom of movement, news, police by sally

‘Police will be authorised to use force to send people back home if they refuse to obey the coronavirus lockdown, under government plans.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2020

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What The Coronavirus Bill Could Mean For Mental Health – Each Other

‘The UK government’s Emergency Coronavirus Bill paves the way for widespread changes to legislation that could potentially have an alarming impact on our human rights, especially in the area of mental health.’

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Each Other, 24th March 2020

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Coronavirus Act 2020 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 26th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, legislation by sally

Coronavirus Act 2020

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High court rejects call to free 736 detainees at risk from coronavirus – The Guardian

‘The high court has rejected calls to free hundreds of immigration detainees who, lawyers and human rights activists say, are at risk from Covid-19 while behind bars.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2020

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UK abortion law briefly changes during Covid-19 outbreak – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2020 in abortion, coronavirus, government departments, health, internet, news by sally

‘The UK government published then deleted changes to abortion law that would have allowed women to access medical terminations without travelling to a clinic, leaving women’s health charities “staggered”.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2020

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Vice-President of Court of Protection issues further guidance for judges and practitioners on hearings – Local Government Lawyers

‘No hearings in the Court of Protection which require people to attend are to take place unless there is a genuine urgency and it is not possible to conduct a remote hearing, the Court’s Vice-President has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2020

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