Huge rise in domestic abuse cases being dropped in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2021 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, prosecutions, statistics, time limits, women by tracey

‘Victims of alleged domestic abuse are seeing their cases dropped at a rapidly increasing rate, according to data obtained by the BBC.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2021

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Domestic violence victim says UK justice system is ‘like the abuse’ – BBC News

‘A traumatised domestic abuse victim has said her experience of the justice system was so bad it was “like the abuse has continued”.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2021

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Tens of thousands more criminals to be tagged to cut crime and protect victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Almost 26,000 extra offenders will be tagged over the next 3 years under an ambitious £180 million plan to expand the use of electronic monitoring to cut crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th October 2021

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Gender pay gap at Bar has widened over past 20 years – Legal Futures

‘The income gap between male and female barristers has increased over the last 20 years, new Bar Council figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2021

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Jail terms of 20+ years ‘quadruple’ in England and Wales over past decade – The Guardian

‘The number of people sentenced to more than 20 years in prison has quadrupled over the last decade, figures have shown. Given the increase in average tariff lengths handed down by courts, this figure is expected to continue to rise substantially over coming years.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2021

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More rape trials to allow pre-recorded evidence – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Victims of alleged sexual violence in London and the north east will be spared live cross-examination from today, as part of a pilot scheme to make trials less traumatic for complainants.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th September 2021

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Fear of more baby deaths as ministers stand firm on jailing pregnant women – The Guardian

‘Experts have warned that more babies could die in prison owing to the government’s expansion of female prison places and ministers’ refusal to grant multiple requests to end the incarceration of pregnant women.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2021

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Violence against women and girls should be treated with same priority as terrorism, says watchdog – The Independent

‘“Radical” change is needed to stop an epidemic of violence against women and girls in Britain, a watchdog has found.
An inspection sparked by the killing of Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a serving police officer, said police must prioritise protecting women as highly as counter-terrorism.’

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The Independent, 17th September 2021

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Watchdog finds ‘staggering variation’ in police use of Clare’s Law – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2021 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, ombudsmen, police, statistics, violence, women by tracey

‘Clare’s Law, a scheme designed to protect unsuspecting women from new partners with a history of violence, is not being used properly by police forces, putting some women at risk of harm, a policing watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2021

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Angry and despairing criminal Bar to “draw a line in the sand” – Legal Futures

Posted September 14th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, criminal justice, news by tracey

‘The “prevailing mood” among criminal defence barristers is one of “visceral anger and despair” and it is time to draw a line in the sand, the new chair of the Criminal Bar Association warned yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 14th September 2021

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Government says discrimination against black people and Travellers ‘objectively justified’ with new laws – The Independent

‘Discrimination against black people and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in a controversial suite of new laws is “objectively justified”, the government has claimed.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2021

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Lord Chancellor addresses the Cambridge Economic Crime Symposium – Ministry of Justice

‘The Lord Chancellor spoke during the 38th annual Symposium held at Jesus College, University of Cambridge – to give an update on the government’s progress and plans in relation to economic crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th September 2021

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Policing bill will deepen racial and gender disparities, say experts – The Guardian

‘A new policing bill that will be debated this week risks deepening racial and gender disparities in the justice system while forcing professionals to betray the trust of vulnerable people, hundreds of experts and a report have warned.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2021

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Possession of laughing gas could become a criminal offence, Priti Patel says – The Independent

‘Priti Patel has announced that the Home Office is seeking advice on whether to criminalise the possession of laughing gas.’

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The Independent, 3rd September 2021

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Cressida Dick referred to police watchdog over ‘defence of officer facing criminal trial’ – The Independent

‘Dame Cressida Dick has been referred to the police watchdog after publicly supporting a senior officer who faces a criminal trial in relation to a bullying probe.’

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The Independent, 22nd August 2021

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Sentences for violent and sexual crimes fall sharply in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Average sentence lengths for violent and sexual offences in England and Wales fell steeply last year as the Covid pandemic also led to a huge slowdown in the number of people dealt with by the criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2021

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Man with right to British citizenship facing deportation to Jamaica – The Independent

‘A man who has been in the UK for nearly 30 years and is believed to have the right to British citizenship under the Windrush scheme is facing deportation to Jamaica in two days.’

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The Independent, 10th August 2021

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Chaos as more than a dozen people taken off deportation flight from UK to Jamaica – The Guardian

‘The hours before a controversial Home Office charter flight to Jamaica was due to take off were mired in chaos and confusion as more than a dozen people were removed from the flight after legal challenges. The original Home Office “long list” for the flight is believed to have had 90 names on it. But the fate of the deportation flight hung in the balance on Tuesday evening as only about one tenth remained on the schedule. Tweets from a campaign group in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and flight tracker data, suggested the plane did eventually depart.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2021

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Outcry over plan to deport Jamaican nationals who came to UK as children – The Guardian

‘Preparations are being made for the deportation of a number of Jamaican nationals who came to the UK as children, in an apparent reversal of an earlier agreement not to deport people who arrived in this country as minors. A charter flight to Jamaica is scheduled for 11 August, returning several dozen people whose criminal convictions have triggered deportation orders. However, campaigners have protested that it is unreasonable to remove people who have spent a lifetime in the UK to a country where they have no ties.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2021

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Lawyers pledge to boycott extended court hours – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Almost 400 solicitors and barristers have signed an open letter to HM Courts & Tribunals Service, refusing to attend a ‘single court listing outside of regular court hours’. The Ministry of Justice responded today by denying the existence of any plan for weekend sittings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th August 2021

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