How People In Immigration Detention Try To Cope With Life In Limbo – Each Other

Posted February 19th, 2020 in deportation, detention, immigration, mental health, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The Home Office has received heavy criticism in recent weeks after it emerged people held in immigration detention centres were struggling to access mobile phone reception and could not reach lawyers to challenge their imminent deportation.’

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Each Other, 18th February 2020

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Anorexic woman’s death prompted independent review – BBC News

‘The care of a severely anorexic woman prompted 14 recommendations for change, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2020

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British woman repeatedly trafficked for sex after Home Office failures – The Guardian

‘A young and highly vulnerable British sex trafficking victim was re-trafficked by county lines drug gangs on multiple occasions after the Home Office repeatedly refused to fulfil its legal obligation to provide her with safe accommodation.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2020

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Barristers warn of strain on defendants after Caroline Flack death – The Guardian

‘The death of the Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has prompted questions about the way the justice system deals with allegations of domestic abuse and the strains imposed on defendants.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2020

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Solicitor faked email to cover inaction – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor claiming to have become overwhelmed by pressure of work has been struck off after dishonestly misleading clients that she had made court applications.’

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Legal Futures, 14th February 2020

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Branston murders: Man jailed for killing mother and her partner – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2020 in families, imprisonment, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who strangled his mother and battered her partner with a hammer to see “how he would feel if he killed” has been jailed for at least 32 years.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2020

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Bar Council wellbeing schemes ignored by barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 13th, 2020 in barristers, bullying, mental health, news by tracey

‘Bar Council efforts to stamp out bullying and improve mental health in the profession are not working, uptake figures suggest, as discontent at the organisation grows.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th February 2020

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Capacity Issues in the Employment Tribunal – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 11th, 2020 in disabled persons, employment tribunals, mental health, news by sally

‘Employment tribunals have particular expertise in dealing with matters relating to disability, including mental health conditions, and are generally well-equipped to ensure that litigants with mental health conditions are able to participate in proceedings to the fullest extent possible.’

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Littleton Chambers, 10th February 2020

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Charity warns over ‘safe’ legalisation of cannabis – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2020 in charities, drug abuse, drug offences, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘One in 20 adults would take cannabis on a regular basis if it were legalised, similar to the number of people who currently use it, according to a poll for a leading mental health charity.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2020

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Solicitors’ wellbeing worse than schoolteachers, study finds – Legal Futures

Posted February 6th, 2020 in mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors have an even lower sense of psychological wellbeing on average than notoriously hard-pressed schoolteachers, according to research published today to coincide with national Time to Talk day – an event held to promote speaking out about mental health.’

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Legal Futures, 6th February 2020

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Inquest finds use of Taser by Devon and Cornwall Police contributed to death of Marc Cole when experiencing paranoia – Garden Court Chambers

‘The inquest into the death of Marc Anthony Cole has concluded with the jury finding he died from excess use of cocaine resulting in paranoid and erratic behaviour, with the use of a Taser by Devon and Cornwall Police having a more than trivial impact on Marc going into cardiac arrest. The medical cause of death included the use of cocaine, an episode of altered behaviour including self-harm, excitement, exertion and restraint including the discharge of a TASER X26 device.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 30th January 2020

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‘I wanted to forget the past – but I couldn’t’: How modern slavery victim was left in limbo for five years by Home Office – The Independent

‘He arrived in the UK nearly a decade ago after an “uncle” – the term he uses for older men of his nationality – helped him escape the violence, labour exploitation and sexual abuse he was subjected to for most of his childhood. He has since been saved from his exploiters, but faced a different challenge – the battle for protection from the Home Office.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2020

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Lucy Sessions death: Mum criticises police punishment – BBC News

‘A mother has criticised the punishments given to two officers found guilty of misconduct after her daughter’s death.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2020

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Police tasering of man with mental health issues ‘contributed to his death’ – The Guardian

‘Truro inquest hears Marc Cole was hit three times as family calls for review of stun guns.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2020

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Errol Graham death: Nottingham man starved after benefits stopped – BBC News

‘Relatives of a man who starved to death after his benefits were stopped have said the system is “not fit for purpose”.’

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BBC, 29th January 2020

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Bar investigates training on how to deal with suicidal clients – Legal Futures

Posted January 27th, 2020 in barristers, families, family courts, legal education, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘The Bar Council is to explore how to deliver training to barristers about dealing with suicidal clients after a family law practitioner related her own harrowing experiences confronting the issue.’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2020

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Tamworth Five mystery: Dog sitter at centre of vanishing pets row is fined more than £3,000 – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 24th, 2020 in animals, fines, mental health, news, standards by tracey

‘The pet sitter at the centre of the “Tamworth Five” vanishing dogs mystery was under intense stress at the time as her marriage was breaking down, a court heard, as she was fined more than £3,000 for animal welfare offences.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2020

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Paul Canfield discusses the impact of PS, Abdi Dahir, CF v R [2019] EWCA Crim 2286 – Broadway House Chambers

Posted January 22nd, 2020 in appeals, codes of practice, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

‘It is widely recognised that mental health disorders may be relevant to sentencing. However, there is currently no definitive guideline that can be used in relation to the sentencing of offenders with mental health conditions and disorders. Although the Sentencing Council is currently working towards a definitive guideline that will set out overarching principles, draft guidelines should not be used by a sentencer (see, eg, Boakye [2013] 1 Cr App R (S) 2 and Connelly [2018] 1 Cr App R (S) 19). So where does that leave an offender facing sentencing who live with a mental disorder or learning difficulty where it may have a substantial impact?’

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Broadway House Chambers, 15th January 2020

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Wellbeing and cost of practice worrying barristers – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2020 in barristers, mental health, news, rates, rent, standards, statistics by sally

‘Experienced barristers are largely confident for their own futures but face challenges around wellbeing, the rising cost of doing business and the late payment of fees, a major survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2020

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High number of prison deaths are preventable, says damning new report – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2020 in inquests, mental health, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The persistently high death toll in prisons is a “national scandal”, with too many deaths avoidable, according to a new report published on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2020

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