Mother wins legal battle over tribunal’s refusal to say why son’s killer was discharged from hospital – The Guardian

‘A woman has won a legal battle against a mental health tribunal over its refusal to provide her with the the reasons for releasing her son’s killer into the community.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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Prisoner died after staff were ‘not properly trained to save lives’, coroner rules – The Independent

‘A prisoner died after staff when to provide adequate life support after he was found unresponsive in his bunk, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Independent, 22nd January 2023

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People born of rape now recognised in Victims’ Code in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2023 in bills, children, families, Ministry of Justice, news, pregnancy, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A woman conceived through rape, who has campaigned for a change in the law to recognise people like herself as victims, is celebrating after achieving her goal. The government has announced that the victims’ bill will extend the definition of a “victim” to include people who are born as a result of rape. It means England and Wales will be among the first in the world to officially confer victim status to children born of rape.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2023

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Ministry of Justice to launch call for evidence on open justice – Legal Futures

Posted January 17th, 2023 in courts, electronic filing, media, Ministry of Justice, news, remote hearings, tribunals by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to launch a “wide-ranging” call for evidence on open justice, access to information and transparency across the courts and tribunals.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2023

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Raab faces judicial review over criminal legal aid fees – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Law Society has issued an ultimatum to lord chancellor Dominic Raab over criminal legal aid fees: increase them by the minimum amount recommended by the government-commissioned Bellamy review or face a judicial review.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th January 2023

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London to host major international meeting on war crimes – Ministry of Justice

‘Justice ministers from around the world will convene in London in March to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigating alleged war crimes in Ukraine.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th January 2023

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Civil legal aid review ‘to report in 2024’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 6th, 2023 in civil justice, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has finally set the ball rolling on its major review of the civil legal aid sector. However, the timetable suggests any measures to save the shrinking sector may not be implemented until late 2024 at the earliest, in the likely runup to the next general election.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th January 2023

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Rape response overhaul delivers progress – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims are seeing significant improvements in the criminal justice system’s response to rape, a new report has revealed today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th December 2022

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Prosecution crisis ‘will deepen’ without fee increase, CBA chief warns – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Ministry of Justice has hailed the “significant progress” that has been made since the government published its landmark rape review action plan – however, the Criminal Bar Association has warned that complainants will continue to wait years for a trial unless prosecutors’ fees are increased.’

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Law Society's Gazette,15th December 2022

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MoJ backs lasting power of attorney bill – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 14th, 2022 in bills, internet, Ministry of Justice, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘The government has backed a private members bill that will allow lasting powers of attorney to be made completely online. The Lasting Power of Attorney Bill, which brings forward government proposals to modernise the process, completed its second reading last Friday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th December 2022

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Thousands of survivors to be protected from prison abusers – Ministry of Justice

‘Survivors will be better protected from domestic abusers who attempt to continue their campaign of terror from behind bars.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th November 2022

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MoJ requests urgent use of 400 police cells for male prisoners – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2022 in criminal justice, detention, Ministry of Justice, news, police, prisons by sally

‘Dominic Raab has been accused of presiding over a “foolish and unrealistic” prisons policy after his department was forced to request the emergency use of 400 police cells for inmates for the first time in 14 years.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2022

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MoJ: Number of unrepresented claimants is not measure of OIC success – Legal Futures

‘The fact that fewer than 10% of claimants use the Official Injury Claim (OIC) portal without legal representation does not mean the system has failed to deliver, the government said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 30th November 2022

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Access denied: The state of the justice system in England and Wales in 2022 – The Bar Council

Posted November 28th, 2022 in barristers, budgets, civil justice, criminal justice, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘Access denied: The state of the justice system in England and Wales in 2022.’

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The Bar Council, 25th November 2022

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News focus: Legal aid pay rises would stoke inflation – Raab – Law Society’s Gazette

‘With the government set to unveil its full response to the Bellamy legal aid review, lord chancellor Dominic Raab says extra cash for solicitors is unlikely. The prospect of industrial action still looms.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25thNovember 2022

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New laws to better protect victims from abuse of intimate images – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 25th, 2022 in bills, consent, internet, Law Commission, Ministry of Justice, news, pornography, victims by tracey

‘Victims will be better protected from abusers who share intimate images without their consent, under a raft of changes to the law announced today (25 November 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2022

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Law Commission recommendations to protect victims of intimate image abuse to be implemented – Law Commission

Posted November 25th, 2022 in bills, consent, internet, Law Commission, Ministry of Justice, news, pornography, victims by tracey

‘The Government has today announced that it will implement Law Commission recommendations to strengthen the law to protect victims of intimate image abuse.’

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Law Commission, 25th November 2022

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More cash for solicitors? Not the right thing to do – Raab – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lord chancellor Dominic Raab has signalled that he will not be announcing extra cash for solicitors when the government’s response to the Bellamy legal aid review is published next week.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd November 2022

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Terrorists face longer in jail for offences in prison – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 21st, 2022 in imprisonment, Ministry of Justice, news, recidivists, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Terrorists who continue offending in prison will always face the prospect of more time behind bars, the Deputy Prime Minister announced today (Sunday 20 November).’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th November 2022

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Entrepreneur prisoners bid to turn back on crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 18th, 2022 in crime prevention, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Prisoners today (17 November 2022) pitched their business ideas to a “Dragons’ Den” panel as part of a ground-breaking scheme to steer them away from crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2022

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