Governors call for fewer jailings, not more jails – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Prison governors have delivered an urgent warning to ministers that building new jails will not solve the criminal justice crisis and that too many minor offenders with mental health and alcohol problems are being locked up.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2007

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Long arm of US officials could put Britons in prison – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in extradition, news by sally

“British businessmen could find themselves in American jails after a crackdown by the US Department of Justice on trade with ‘rogue states’, leading lawyers say.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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Miners’ lawyer made £45,000 a day – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in news, solicitors by sally

“A solicitor whose firm specialises in compensation claims for sick miners made a personal profit of £16.8 million in one year.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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‘Sarah’s Law’ scheme could backfire, say child workers – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in child abuse, news by sally

“Probation officers and child protection experts voiced concerns last night after it emerged that a so-called Sarah’s Law would be piloted in three areas.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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Lawyers given chance to ditch wig and gown – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in barristers, court dress, news by sally

“The traditional wigs and gowns that are the hallmark of the legal profession are finally to be swept away in a shake-up of legal dress.”

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The Times, 9th April 2007

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Legal battle: My son, the chimp – The Independent

Posted April 10th, 2007 in adoption, news by sally

“A British woman has launched a court challenge to become the legal guardian of a 160lb chimpanzee in a test case that could confer basic rights on apes across Europe. ”

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The Independent, 9th April 2007

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Criminal law bar faces up to ‘solicitor threat’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 5th, 2007 in advocacy, news, solicitors by sally

“The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has launched a draft strategy paper on how to maintain its members’ position in the market in a bid to meet the ‘growing threat of unfair competition’ from solicitor higher court advocates (HCAs).”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2007

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Law Society in no-confidence vote as tension builds on legal aid reform – Legal Week

Posted April 5th, 2007 in legal aid, news by sally

“The Law Society has passed a unanimous vote of no-confidence in the Legal Services Commission (LSC), it emerged last week, as the Government vowed to press on with a key plank of its controversial package of reforms to the £2bn legal aid system.”

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Legal Week, 5th April 2007

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Fugitive barrister stripped of assets in absence – The Times

Posted April 5th, 2007 in confiscation, fraud, news by sally

“A former barrister who went on the run mid-way through her trial for conning £80,000 from an insurance company has been stripped of her remaining assets in her absence.”

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The Times, 5th April 2007

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Extremists told to expect prosecution – The Times

Posted April 5th, 2007 in incitement, news, terrorism by sally

“Extremists who preach hate and incite violence and murder will be targeted under a tough crackdown launched by the Attorney-General today to bring ‘radicalisers’ before the courts. ”

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The Times, 5th April 2007

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Barristers told reforms needed to lure less well-off trainees – Financial Times

Posted April 5th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“Poorer students are likely to be driven away from becoming barristers unless the profession takes action to make itself more accessible, the Bar Council chairman warned yesterday.”

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Financial Times, 5th April 2007

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Unlocking the door to the Bar – Legal Week

Posted April 5th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“The long-awaited report by Lord Neuberger’s working party on widening access to the Bar was officially unveiled today (5 April). The report sets out a number of proposals for boosting access and diversity within the bar.”

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Legal Week, 5th April 2007

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Bar group floats capping BVC places and relaxing funding in access push – Legal Week

Posted April 5th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“The Bar Council may limit the number of places available on the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) and force course providers to reveal students’ chances of gaining a pupillage as part of a shake-up of the profession’s recruitment rules.”

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Legal Week, 5th April 2007

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Justice Ministry’s welcome marred by political fallout – Legal Week

Posted April 5th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“It perhaps says much about the fortunes of the Government – and the political controversy surrounding the Home Office – that the long-awaited creation of a Ministry of Justice should finally become a reality to so little fanfare or support.”

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Legal Week, 5th April 2007

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National strategy to enhance prosecution of extremist radicalisers – Attorney General’s Office

Posted April 5th, 2007 in incitement, news, terrorism by sally

“A national strategy to enhance the investigation and prosecution of extremist radicalisers in the UK – those who incite others to terrorism, violence or hatred of other groups – was announced by the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith today.” 

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Attorney General’s Office press release, 5th April 2007

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Goldsmith has radical preachers in his sights – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 5th, 2007 in Islam, news, terrorism by sally

“A drive against Islamist fanatics is being launched by the Government today to counter the growing radicalism that could fuel a new wave of terrorist bombings.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2007

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Brain-damaged man faces death for drug smuggling – The Independent

Posted April 5th, 2007 in death penalty, drug trafficking, news by sally

“A naturalised Briton who suffered brain damage in the Vietnam War will be shot by firing squad unless Tony Blair intervenes in his appeal, according to lawyers representing him. ”

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The Independent, 5th April 2007

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Ban on human-animal embryos is unacceptable, MPs say – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2007 in embryology, news by sally

“Government plans to outlaw the creation of embryos which are part-human, part-animal are ‘unacceptable’ and threaten to undermine Britain’s leading position in stem cell science, MPs will say today.”

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The Guardian, 5th April 2007

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Do we need limits to raise the Bar? – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 5th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“This is an idea whose moment may have come, Lord Neuberger tells me. The recently appointed law lord is explaining why he thinks that a working party set up by the Bar of England and Wales may have the answer to a recruitment problem that has stumped nine previous committees over the past 16 years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2007

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Neglectful dog owners could face prosecution – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 5th, 2007 in dogs, news by sally

“Owners of fat dogs or cats could face prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act which comes into force tomorrow.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2007

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