Duty of Care Owed by the MoJ to Serving Prisoners Limited to Matters Arising out of their Custody – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 20th, 2018 in duty of care, human rights, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

‘In this case the claimant claimed damages from the MoJ for personal arising from clinical negligence and breach of his rights under ECHR art.3.’

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Zenith Chambers, 2nd March 2018

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Accountants to challenge government decision on rights to handle legal work – Legal Futures

Posted March 6th, 2018 in accountants, legal services, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has launched judicial review proceedings against the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over the decision to deny its members the right to conduct litigation, advocacy and legal instruments work, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 6th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ministry of Justice not liable for clinical negligence in prison – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Razumas v Ministry of Justice [2018] EHWC 215 a prisoner who had made a claim for clinical negligence against the Ministry of Justice, rather than against the specific health care provider, had his claim dismissed.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2018

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Passing the justice parcel – Counsel

Posted February 14th, 2018 in lord chancellor, Ministry of Justice, news by michael

“Clarke 28; Grayling 32; Gove 14; Truss 11; Lidington 7. The names are familiar. In some cases, the change was welcome.The numbers are rather too reminiscent of recent Ashes scorecards for the England top batting order. They are no more impressive in their true context: the number of months in office as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. The average for the preceding 70 years was at least 56: over 4½ years. The trend is far from welcome.”

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Counsel, February 2018

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Newspapers threaten legal action for Worboys parole report – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2018 in judicial review, media, Ministry of Justice, news, parole, rape, reasons, sexual offences by tracey

‘Two newspapers have threatened legal action if the Parole Board does not publish its reasons for agreeing to release convicted rapist John Worboys.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2018

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UK courts service spending sees tenfold rise since 2010 – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in contracting out, costs, courts, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The courts service spent £50m last year on agency and contract staff, a more than tenfold rise since 2010 when it spent less than £4m, while courts have been closing at an unprecedented rate.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2018

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New lord chancellor prioritises parole transparency review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 10th, 2018 in Ministry of Justice, news, parole by sally

‘Less than 24 hours after the prime minister handed the justice brief to solicitor David Gauke as part of a cabinet reshuffle, the new lord chancellor says he has begun the process of making parole decisions more transparent.’

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Law Society's Gazette, January 2018

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MoJ spending huge sums on consultants to help deliver digital courts – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2018 in contracting out, courts, internet, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is spending tens of millions of pounds on management consultants to help deliver online and digital court programmes that are designed to save money and improve access to justice.’

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The Guardian, 2nd January 2018

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MoJ formally rules out review of legal regulation and complete independence for regulators – Legal Futures

‘The current framework of legal regulation is “inconsistent”, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) accepted today, but said it could not commit to the formal review sought by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and others.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Three judges sue Ministry of Justice for race discrimination – The Guardian

‘Three judges from black and Asian backgrounds are suing the Ministry of Justice for race discrimination and victimisation, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2017

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Improving UK Competitiveness, Strengthening the Rule of Law – Ministry of Justice

‘Dominic Raab addressed guests at the Policy Exchange in London for the launch of the Linklaters report ‘The Rule of Law: everyone has a part to play’.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th December 2017

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Ministry of Justice staff lay out their complaints, with significant levels of discrimination and bullying – Legal Futures

Posted December 11th, 2017 in bullying, civil servants, employment, harassment, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics by sally

‘One in seven civil servants at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) claim that they have faced discrimination in their job, and one in eight say they have been bullied or harassed.’

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Legal Futures, 8th December 2017

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Unreliable forensic toxicology tests – next steps – Family Law

‘Family analysis: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that it is treating some hair strand test results as potentially unreliable. Maud Davis, partner at TV Edwards LLP looks at what this could mean for proceedings involving children where there was a reliance on hair strand testing, and suggests next steps for family practitioners advising in this area.’

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Family Law, 7th December 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

New courts planned to hear super-wealthy battle over finances – Daily Telegraph

‘Divorce battles among the super wealthy will be heard in separate courts under a plan to make the system more efficient, the head of the family court has announced.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2017

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Justice minister pours cold water on growing calls to fund early legal advice – Legal Futures

Posted December 6th, 2017 in budgets, legal aid, legal services, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The government yesterday damped down hopes that it would consider funding greater access to early legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 6th December 2017

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Elite prison squad deployed to jails 580 times last year – The Guardian

‘An elite group of specially trained prison officers had to be deployed to jails in England and Wales 580 times last year, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2017

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Dodgy drug test results – what should I do? – Transparency Project

‘On 21 November the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal’s Service issued advice for those concerned about potentially unreliable forensic toxicology (drug) tests in some family cases. The advice also relates to criminal trials, but this post looks at the issue for people who have been involved with a family court case and who are worried that the test results may have been dodgy.’

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Transparency Project, 23rd November 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Guidance on unreliable or manipulated forensic toxicology tests – Family Law

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has released guidance for those concerned about potentially unreliable forensic toxicology tests. This follows police investigations into the potential manipulation of forensic toxicology test results at two private companies, Trimega Laboratories Limited and Randox Testing Services. The test results were used as expert evidence in England and Wales. The guidance includes examples which aim to help people understand where toxicology tests may have been used as part of decision making in court cases, and provides advice for those who believe their case may have been adversely affected by manipulated test results.’

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Family Law, 24th November 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

MoJ reveals massive budget cut as new advice deserts open – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 20th, 2017 in budgets, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The deeply worrying scale of the budgetary pressures bearing down on the Ministry of Justice is laid bare in new figures which will dampen already faint hopes of public funding reform. In a written parliamentary answer, justice minister Dominic Raab revealed that the MoJ will have suffered a cumulative 40% real terms cut in its budget over the fiscal decade ending in 2020.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th November 2017

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Ministry of Justice abandons court battle on prisoners’ legal aid – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2017 in appeals, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by tracey

‘Legal aid for prisoners will be restored for three key categories of claims after the Ministry of Justice abruptly abandoned what was expected to become a supreme court battle.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2017

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