Coronavirus: Police issue just one fine for travel quarantine breach, figures show – The Independent

‘Police have fined just one person over breaching quarantine rules for people arriving from foreign countries, new figures for England and Wales show.’

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The Independent, 28th July 2020

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Hanna Wilberg: Lockdowns, the principle of legality, and reasonable limits on liberty – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, governments around the world have imposed unprecedented “lockdowns”. They decided, on the advice of public health officials and experts, that this was necessary in order to at least “flatten the curve” of escalating numbers of infections and thus prevent health systems being overwhelmed. This has left many governments scrambling to find the necessary legal powers.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd July 2020

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Coronavirus: New face covering rules come into force in England – BBC News

‘Face coverings are now compulsory for customers in shops in England, after new coronavirus rules came into force within 12 hours of the government issuing guidance on the change.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2020

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Ronan Cormacain: “Social Distancing” of Emergency Legislation during the Covid-19 Pandemic – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 10th, 2020 in constitutional law, coronavirus, emergency powers, news by sally

‘Ordinary legislation is different in its content and method of enactment from emergency legislation. But the risk is that the longer the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the less distinct these two types of law become, and that emergency legislation becomes the new normal. The structural solution proposed to this problem is “social distancing” of emergency legislation – that emergency laws are kept separate and distinct from ordinary laws. The more we conceive of them as abnormal, the more we maintain a gap between them and our ordinary laws, the easier it will be to dump emergency laws when the pandemic is over, and the less chance they will be used for illegitimate purposes.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th July 2020

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Leicester residents could be fined up to £3,200 for breaching new lockdown laws – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, freedom of movement, news by sally

‘The government has published its local lockdown rules for Leicester, which will see most businesses shutting their doors once again.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2020

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High court hears legal challenge to England’s lockdown restrictions – The Guardian

‘The government’s lockdown, which has closed schools, premises and companies while limiting free movement, is the “most sweeping and far-reaching” restriction on fundamental rights since the second world war, the high court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2020

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5 Things You Should Know About Local Lockdowns – Each Other

‘Who decides whether my area needs to go into local lockdown? How will it be enforced? What is being done to protect the most vulnerable? These are a few of the questions on people’s minds after England’s first local lockdown came into force this week.’

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Each Other, 3rd July 2020

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Simon Halliday, Jed Meers, and Joe Tomlinson: Public Attitudes on Compliance with COVID-19 Lockdown Restrictions (Part 2) – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In March 2020, the government introduced a set of restrictions to ‘lockdown’ the UK in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the central purpose of which is to protect public health by both containing the rate of infection and protecting the NHS’ capacity to treat a potential influx of COVID-19 patients. As part of our ongoing research on Law and Compliance during COVID-19, we have now undertaken two public opinion surveys to better understand public attitudes to the lockdown. We want to understand more about how people understand the rules, if they see themselves as compliant, what drives compliance, and how the rules relate to ordinary perceptions of rights.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th June 2020

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Travel between England and Wales – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The position in relation to cross-border travel between England and Wales has caused confusion in recent weeks. It has been subject to posts from UKHR readers and there have been news articles showing that many people have been entering Wales from England to access beauty spots, unaware that there are different regulations governing the two countries. This post will attempt to clarify the current position.’

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UK Human Right Blog, 26th June 2020

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What You Should Know About The UK’s 14-Day Quarantine Rule – Each Other

‘As many Britons bask in a summer heatwave, Kylie Neuhaus will remain housebound for the next week or else she could face a fine of up to £1,000.’

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Each Other, 24th June 2020

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Police in England and Wales six times more likely to fine BAME people in lockdown – The Guardian

‘Police enforcing the coronavirus lockdown in England and Wales were more than six times more likely to issue fines to black, Asian and minority ethnic people than white people, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2020

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Public prosecutor faces legal action over Cummings’ Durham trip – The Guardian

‘A judicial review is being sought over the failure of the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, to investigate Dominic Cummings for alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown rules.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2020

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Coronavirus: Police fines for lockdown breaches fall as measures ease – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, news, police, statistics by sally

‘More than 17,000 fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus lockdown laws have been issued in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2020

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Jake Hinks: The Coronavirus Act 2020: An Example of ‘Excessive Executive Dominance’ – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The concept of executive dominance should be split into two: natural and excessive executive dominance. Executive dominance is the executive’s power to control, impede or perform the role of another branch of the constitution. The UK constitution lacks a clear-cut distinction between the three organs of the state and has evolved to achieve a balance between the three branches. The relationship between and the responsibilities of the executive and legislature are overlapping. In this evolved constitutional setup, natural executive dominance is necessary for the executive to carry out its constitutional role and the UK’s constitution to operate efficiently. Natural dominance is a consequence of the working of the UK constitution.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 9th June 2020

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36 Emergency Powers Group Newsletter – The 36 Group

‘1. Knowing Your R’s from Your Elbow: Wrongful Convictions in the Time of Coronavirus – Arthur Kendrick & Tom Parker
2. “Repugnant to Ordinary Notions of Fairness”? The Burden of Proof in the ‘Leaving Home’ Offence – Catherine Rose
3. Beyond the Emergency Legislation: Offences of Deliberate Infection – Michael Haggar
4. To Derogate or Not to Derogate: Are the Lockdown Restrictions Compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights? – Nadeem Holland
5. Landlord and Tenant Rights in the Pandemic – Karen Reid
6. Immigration Appeals in the Age of Corona – Tom Wilding’

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The 36 Group, 2nd June 2020

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Lockdown rules: what is allowed in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – The Guardian

‘The latest coronavirus rules, from Monday 1 June, are plentiful and complicated. This is your ultimate guide.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2020

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Conveyancers lobby for furloughing flexibility – Legal Futures

Posted May 28th, 2020 in conveyancing, coronavirus, emergency powers, employment, housing, news by sally

‘Conveyancers and other property stakeholders have called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to allow them to move staff in and out of furlough on a weekly basis as the home-moving market recovers.’

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Legal Futures, 26th May 2020

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Return To Work During The Coronavirus Pandemic – Navigating Through The Employment Law Minefield – Hardwicke Chambers

‘With the recent announcement that lockdown measures are to be eased, and those who cannot work from home should return to work, we are likely to see a greater proportion of the workplace slowly return to work. The Prime Minister has announced that those in construction and manufacturing, scientific research, logistics and food production should return to work, once their employers have confirmed that it is safe for them to do so and set a “road-map” for the re-opening of shops, restaurants and other venues as well as workplace specific guidance for working safely during coronavirus.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 14th May 2020

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Ronan Cormacain: Can I go to the park please Dad? Everyday lessons in legal certainty in the English Coronavirus Regulations – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘This post analyses the changes made on 13 May 2020 to the coronavirus social distancing regulations for England. The criterion for analysis is the basic Rule of Law requirement of legal certainty. Certainty allows us to plan our actions, lets the police know what it is they should be enforcing, and most importantly stops us from inadvertently breaking the law. The very limited case-study is the question posed in many households today – can I go to the park please Dad?’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 15th May 2020

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Government faces legal action over refusal to publish Sage minutes – The Guardian

‘A millionaire businessman is launching legal action against the government after it refused to disclose minutes of the Sage meetings that informed its decision to impose the coronavirus lockdown.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2020

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