Shed parties and illegal races: UK police crack down on Covid-19 rulebreakers – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2021 in coronavirus, enforcement, fines, freedom of movement, news, police by sally

‘Police have issued fines to coronavirus rule breakers including those who held a party in a garden shed and a group of more than 40 people who gathered for illegal car racing.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2021

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Covid: Couple fined for seven-mile trip to care home – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2021 in care homes, coronavirus, enforcement, families, fines, freedom of movement, news, police by sally

‘A couple have been fined £60 for driving 20 minutes to see a relative in a care home.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2021

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Covid fine review welcomed by ‘intimidated’ women – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2021 in coronavirus, enforcement, fines, freedom of movement, interpretation, news, police by sally

‘Two women who criticised a police force for its “intimidating” approach to lockdown fines have welcomed a review.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2021

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Coronavirus: Twelve fined for playing dominoes in Tier 4 breach – BBC News

Posted January 4th, 2021 in coronavirus, fines, freedom of movement, news by sally

‘Twelve people have been fined after they were caught playing dominoes in a restaurant in east London.’

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BBC News, 3rd January 2021

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Ofcom investigating row over Emily Maitlis’ Newsnight monologue about Dominic Cummings – The Independent

‘The UK’s broadcasting watchdog is investigating the row over BBC host Emily Maitlis’ monologue about Dominic Cummings’ infamous trip to Barnard Castle.’

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The Independent, 15th December 2020

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Dolan’s latest lockdown defeat – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The appellants challenged Lockdown regulations made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic on 26 March 2020. Their argument was that the regulations imposed sweeping restrictions on civil liberties which were unprecedented and were unlawful on three grounds. First, the Government had no power under the legislation they used to make the regulations, namely the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“the 1984 Act”). Secondly, they were unlawful under ordinary public law principles (failing to take account of relevant considerations, fettering of discretion); and thirdly they violated a number of the Convention rights which are guaranteed in domestic law under the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”). Although the regulations were amended on several occasions and have since been repealed, the appellants contended that it remained important that the legal issues which arose should be authoritatively determined in the public interest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd December 2020

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Police can resume issuing instant £10,000 Covid fines – The Guardian

‘Police forces can resume handing out £10,000 fines for breaches of coronavirus regulations, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has said following discussions with the government.’

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The Guardian, 17th November 2020

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Immigration Act receives Royal Assent: free movement to end on 31 December 2020 – Home Office

Posted November 12th, 2020 in brexit, EC law, freedom of movement, immigration, legislation, press releases by tracey

‘The Immigration Act has today (Wednesday 11 November 2020) received Royal Assent and been signed into law. This means free movement will end around seven weeks from now, at 11pm on 31 December 2020.’

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Home Office, 11th November 2020

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Second Coronavirus Lockdown – The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 – 33 Bedford Row

Posted November 10th, 2020 in coronavirus, freedom of movement, news, regulations by sally

‘Further to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s televised statement to the nation on Halloween and his statement to Parliament on 2nd November, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 were laid before Parliament on 3rd November (pursuant to s.45C(1) of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984).’

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33 Bedford Row, 5th November 2020

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Covid-19: Assisted dying travel allowed during lockdown, says Hancock – BBC News

‘People travelling abroad for the purpose of assisted dying will not be breaking coronavirus travel rules, the health secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2020

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High court rejects legal challenge over Dominic Cummings breach – The Guardian

‘The high court has rejected a legal bid to challenge a decision not to investigate Dominic Cummings’s journey from London to Durham at the height of the first coronavirus lockdown. Max Hill, the director of public prosecutions, said any decision to investigate Cummings must be made by the police. He did not have the power to interfere.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2020

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Coronavirus: Priti Patel bans demonstrations during England’s lockdown – The Independent

‘Demonstrations of more than two people are to be banned during the month-long lockdown in England, after ministers removed an exemption that has allowed protests to take place in recent months.’

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The Independent,3rd November 2020

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Covid-19 and False Imprisonment – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Cambridge Private Law Centre last week hosted its annual Freshfields lecture. Lord Sumption addressed us on “Government by decree—Covid-19 and the Constitution”. This lecture has received considerable media attention and already been mentioned on this blog.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 3rd November 2020

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Covid measures will be seen as ‘monument of collective hysteria and folly’ says ex-judge – The Guardian

‘The government has deliberately stoked fear over coronavirus while behaving like an authoritarian regime relying on police state tactics, according to the former supreme court justice Jonathan Sumption.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2020

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Assessing the Home Office’s pandemic response – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 20th, 2020 in coronavirus, freedom of movement, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘Earlier this year, Covid-19 threw the UK’s immigration landscape into disarray. Travel restrictions, reduced working capacity at the Home Office and temporary shutdown of third-party providers caused much uncertainty for those trapped overseas and those in the UK. Added to this were the loss of jobs, salary reductions and individuals no longer being able to meet the requirements of their stay. Below we consider some of the key measures the Home Office introduced over this period for overseas nationals with time-limited restrictions in the UK.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th October 2020

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New Brexit law will allow vulnerable EU citizens to apply late to stay in UK – The Guardian

‘The government is to fast-track legislation it believes will stop vulnerable EU citizens becoming Windrush-type victims of Brexit, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2020

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Coronavirus: Students fined £200 over party at university halls – The Independent

‘Two students have been fined £200 each following an illegal party in a university’s halls of residence, West Midlands Police has said.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2020

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Society alarmed by Covid-19 exemption for lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Law Society has raised concerns about latest coronavirus regulations which allow lawyers to break self-isolation rules.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2020

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Why Coronavirus Curbs On Our Liberty Need Better Scrutiny – Each Other

‘In recent months there have been growing media reports of anti-lockdown protests, supported by conspiracy theorists, in which demonstrators have made bizarre and outlandish claims. The conspiracies – unsupported by scientific evidence – are often couched in terms of “civil liberties” and “freedoms”.’

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Each Other, 25th September 2020

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Were the March 2020 lockdown restrictions lawfully imposed? (Part 1) — Emmet Coldrick – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) contained the most draconian restrictions on the liberty of the general population ever imposed in England. They purported to create several new criminal offences (see reg. 9), including an offence of contravening a regulation that “… no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse” (see reg. 6) and an offence of contravening, without reasonable excuse, a regulation that (subject to limited exceptions) “no person may participate in a gathering in a public place of more than two people” (see reg. 7).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th September 2020

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