Evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses: Part 2 – Family Law

Posted December 13th, 2017 in children, elderly, mental health, news, witnesses by sally

‘The first article in this series of two dealt with circumstances where particular arrangements might be appropriate for children and vulnerable as witnesses in family proceedings. This article looks at the type of measure which the court can provide for such witnesses; and at how these measures are dealt with in common law and under statutory provision. As mentioned at the end of this article, the funding of assessment for, and thus the effective operation of, such measures is not something the Lord Chancellor and his Ministry of Justice seems fully – or at all? – to have put their minds to.’

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Family Law, 12th December 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Birmingham Six: Calls for end to ‘double injustice’ – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2017 in disclosure, elderly, explosives, miscarriage of justice, news, terrorism by sally

‘Two men who were wrongly convicted of carrying out the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974 have supported calls for the alleged bombers to be named publicly to end a “double injustice”.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2017

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Family of woman facing deportation after 50 years in UK demand apology – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2017 in deportation, detention, elderly, immigration, news by tracey

‘The family of a grandmother who was sent to an immigration detention centre and threatened with deportation to Jamaica, a country she left 50 years ago when she was 10, has called on the Home Office to apologise for the treatment she has received. The case of Paulette Wilson, 61, who was detained for a week at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre last month, has focused attention on other UK residents, now retired, who have lived in Britain since they were in primary school, who are being pursued by the Home Office. Most had no idea that there was anything wrong with their immigration status.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2017

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Prisons struggling to cope with geriatric inmates – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2017 in elderly, news, prisons by sally

‘Prisons are struggling to cope with the soaring population of geriatric inmates, it has emerged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2017

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Continuation of Life-Sustaining Treatment not in Mrs P’s Best Interests – ASCERTAINING WHAT THE PATIENT WOULD HAVE WANTED – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in elderly, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The Trust applied for a declaration that it was in Mrs P’s best interests to receive clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) by way of a gastric feeding tube. Following a fall, Mrs P, aged 72 years, went to hospital without telling her family. Her condition deteriorated and she fell into a minimally conscious state. A dispute arose as to whether CANH should be continued between her sisters who wanted treatment to be maintained and her partner and daughters who did not.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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Woman jailed for manslaughter after ‘gross neglect’ of her 91-year-old grandmother – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2017 in elderly, families, grandparents, homicide, negligence, news by tracey

‘A woman has been jailed for three years for the manslaughter of her 91-year-old grandmother, who had been in need of “urgent medical attention”.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2017

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Council wins appeal over residential care payments and revenue streams – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 24th, 2017 in appeals, care homes, elderly, fees, local government, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a council’s appeal over whether it could lawfully take into account three revenue streams – private fees, top up payments and NHS payments – when making an evaluative judgement of what it would expect to pay for residential care for the elderly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Paedophile aged 102 sentenced for abusing five-year-old girl in the 1970s – The Independent

Posted September 12th, 2017 in compensation, costs, elderly, news, sentencing, sexual offences, suspended sentences, victims by tracey

‘A 102-year-old man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a young girl from the age of five in the 1970s. A judge suspended Douglas Hammersley’s two-year prison sentence but ordered him to pay his victim £25,000 compensation within 21 days.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Law reform could cause more challenges to wills – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 19th, 2017 in consultations, elderly, Law Commission, legislation, news, solicitors, wills by sally

‘National organisation Solicitors for the Elderly has raised concerns at proposals to overhaul the laws governing will writing claiming, saying reform will result in more court action.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th July 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Burglar who targeted the elderly jailed for longer – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 13th, 2017 in appeals, burglary, elderly, news, press releases, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘A burglar who targeted the elderly has sentence increased to 7 years and 6 months following ULS referral.’

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Attorney General's Office, 7th July 2017

Source: www.gov.uk

Soaring abuse of elderly amid warnings care system ‘disintegrating’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2017 in assault, care homes, community care, elderly, news, social services, statistics by tracey

‘Reports of abuse and neglect of the elderly have risen by one third, amid warnings from GPs that the care system is “rapidly disintegrating”. The number of cases referred to social services under safeguarding rules has soared, new figures show, with more than 5,600 referrals last year – an increase of 33 per cent in two years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2017

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‘Buried alive’: the old men stuck in Britain’s prisons – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in care homes, elderly, mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘They can’t manage the stairs, so they can’t exercise, or go to classes. They’re afraid to shower in case they fall. The ones with dementia don’t even know where they are. Is this any way to deal with elderly offenders? By Amelia Hill’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

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Prisons taking role of care homes and hospices as older population soars – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in care homes, elderly, mental health, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Prisons are now the largest providers of residential care for frail and elderly men in England and Wales and are increasingly turning into hospices, providing end-of-life care for older prisoners and even managing their deaths.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

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Man jailed for minimum of 19 years for ‘brutal’ killing of pensioner – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, elderly, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘A man has been jailed for a minimum of 19 years for what was described as the “brutal” and “cruel” killing of a pensioner, who was stripped and beaten in the street on New Year’s Day.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2017

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Care home staff guilty of ‘organised and systematic’ abuse of disabled adults – Daily Telegraph

‘Care home bosses could increasingly face prosecution over the neglect of residents after a “groundbreaking” court case into “organised and systematic” abuse.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2017

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Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to rules on Adult Dependent Relatives – Free Movement

Posted May 30th, 2017 in appeals, elderly, families, immigration, news, regulations by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed the challenge brought by campaign group Britcits to the restrictive Immigration Rules on the admission to the UK of parents, grandparents and other adult dependent relatives. The case is BRITCITS v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 368.’

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Free Movement, 30th May 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Man, 87, jailed for historical abuse on young girls – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2017 in elderly, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘An 87-year-old man has been jailed for 15 years for attacks on girls aged eight and 12.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2017

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Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2017 in care homes, cohabitation, elderly, judges, married persons, news, social services by sally

‘Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2017

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Warrington man, 95, spared jail after trying to kill wife with pan – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2017 in attempts, domestic violence, elderly, guilty pleas, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A 95-year-old man who tried to kill his wife has been spared jail because the judge said it was “an exceptional case”.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2017

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Some landlords getting away with “very high” hidden fees in retirement properties – Law Commission

Posted March 31st, 2017 in elderly, fees, landlord & tenant, leases, press releases by tracey

‘Older people who have moved into retirement leasehold properties could be being hit with unfair fees worth thousands of pounds, according to the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 31st March 2017

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission