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

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Plans to extend fixed costs are ‘fraught with danger’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 13th, 2021 in costs, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘Fixed recoverable costs are being expanded – and despite opposition from lawyers who accuse the government of “shoe-horning” cases into a simpler system, the government appears unlikely to budge.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th September 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Inquest delays: Three-year wait for answers over death of girl, 4 – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2021 in bereavement, children, coronavirus, delay, inquests, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics by tracey

‘A mum whose four-year-old daughter died with sepsis says waiting more than three years for her inquest has added to her grief.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Human Rights for Working Prisoners – by Virginia Mantouvalou – UK Labour Law

Posted September 10th, 2021 in employment, human rights, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

‘A few days ago it was highlighted in the press that the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers was in discussions with the Ministry of Justice. The aim of these was to explore how prisoners could be used to cover labour shortages, one of the many reported effects of Brexit. The scheme under which this could be done is the “Release under Temporary License”, which permits certain categories of prisoners who are on day release to work. Another group of prisoners who could work in this context are those with long sentences that are coming towards the end of these and who are idle for years while in prison.’

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UK Labour Law, 8th September 2021

Source: uklabourlawblog.com

Judicial review applications have continued to fall in first half of 2021: Ministry of Justice – Local Government Lawyer

‘The number of judicial review applications received in the first half of 2021 was – at 1,200 – down 16% on the same period in 2020, government data has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th September 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Ministry of Justice to press ahead with fixed costs expansion – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday confirmed that it will implement Sir Rupert Jackson’s blueprint for fixed recoverable costs (FRC) across the fast-track and in most money cases worth up to £100,000.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

MoJ: “Strong justification” for increasing 129 court fees – Legal Futures

Posted September 1st, 2021 in consultations, courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘There is “strong justification” for increasing 129 court fees by inflation, backdated to 2016, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

PDS employee dismissed after work with murderer awarded £100k – Legal Futures

‘The Public Defender Service (PDS) has been ordered to pay £100,000 in compensation to an employee unfairly dismissed after suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to her work debriefing a murderer.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Fury as Buckland brings back extended court operating hours – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government could face legal and strike action over its decision to resurrect extended court operating hours as part of the widely-trailled “Beating Crime Plan” unveiled today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th July 2021

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Longer court hours re-emerge despite concerns over impact – Legal Futures

Posted July 28th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, courts, delay, Ministry of Justice, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Extended operating hours in the courts – bitterly opposed by the legal profession – have returned, at least for now, in the guise of “temporary operating arrangements” (TOA).’

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Legal Futures, 27th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Fifty-two prisoners in close supervision units ‘that may amount to torture’ – The Guardian

‘Fifty-two people are being held in prison units in England and Wales in conditions that a UN human rights expert has said may amount to torture, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

‘The law is cold. It doesn’t reflect the life lost’: mothers of murdered women tell their stories – The Guardian

‘A new campaign film keeps the pressure on the Ministry of Justice to change the minimum sentence for domestic murder. The Changes That We Can Make features Carole Gould and Julie Devey, two mothers who have been campaigning since February 2020 on behalf of their daughters, Ellie and Poppy.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Colin Pitchfork: MoJ sorry for sex offenders register error – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in child abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, parole, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has apologised for saying killer Colin Pitchfork would not have to sign the sex offenders register when released from prison.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2021

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Judicial review: Plan to reform scrutiny by courts revealed – BBC News

‘The government is pressing ahead with plans to limit how the public can legally challenge official decisions, despite fears it will damage justice.’

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BBC News, 21st July 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Killer Colin Pitchfork to be released from prison after challenge fails – The Guardian

‘The child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork is to be freed from prison after the Parole Board rejected calls from the government to reconsider the controversial decision.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Legal lifeline for people in need – Ministry of Justice

‘People who have fallen on hard times during the pandemic will be helped by extra funding for free legal advice, the government has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Colin Pitchfork: Government to ask for review of child killer’s release – BBC News

‘The government will ask the Parole Board to look again at its decision to release a double child killer who was the first murderer to be convicted using DNA evidence.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk