Faith in legal system vanishing, says judge – The Times

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge spoke out yesterday against the early release of prisoners, which he said undermined confidence in the judicial system.”

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The Times, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sally Anne’s killer in appeal bid – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in appeals, murder, news by sally

“The man jailed for life for the murder of teenage model Sally Anne Bowman is appealing against his conviction, his lawyer has said.”

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BBC News, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New arrangements for governance, resourcing and operation of courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in HM Courts Service, news by sally

“The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice have made a joint statement on a new partnership for the operation of Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS).”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: Her Majesty’s Court Service Framework Document (PDF)

Cabinet split emerges over 42 day detention – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“The first signs of a high-level Cabinet split over proposals to extend suspects’ detention to 42 days emerged yesterday as the government faced criticism from Labour backbenchers. Gordon Brown has been counselled by senior colleagues that there is no real need to push ahead with the extension, adding to the pressure from leading figures in the judiciary, including the director of public prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald.”

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

80 prosecuted since smoking ban – BBC News

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in news, prosecutions, smoking, Wales by sally

“Seventy nine people and one business have been prosecuted for flouting the smoking ban in the year since it was introduced in Wales, figures show.”

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BBC News, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Coroner accuses Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler, of blindingly obvious deceit – The Times

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in inquests, news, royal family by sally

“Paul Burrell, the butler and self-styled ‘rock’ of Diana, Princess of Wales, was once a loyal servant of the Crown but ‘cashed in’ on his experience, the coroner said at her inquest yesterday.”

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The Times, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Email halts Diana inquest summing-up – The Independent

Posted April 1st, 2008 in inquests, news, royal family by sally

“The inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales hit a last-minute glitch today, hours before it was due to conclude, after the discovery of potentially new evidence.”

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The Independent, 1st April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers appointed as Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary – 10 Downing Street

Posted April 1st, 2008 in judges, news by sally

“The Queen has been pleased to approve that The Right Honourable the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, be appointed Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, in succession to the Right Honourable The Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG, who retires on 30 September 2008.”

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10 Downing Street, 1st April 2008

Source: www.pm.gov.uk

Business faces Corporate Manslaughter Act – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2008 in corporate manslaughter, health & safety, news by sally

“A new era of health and safety regulation for businesses, which could face considerable penalties if they are found guilty of the offence, is being ushered in on 6 April when the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act comes into force.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hoax 999 caller jailed for 40-year campaign – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 1st, 2008 in news, nuisance by sally

“An unemployed man described as Britain’s worst serial hoaxer has been jailed following a 40-year campaign of prank 999 calls estimated to have cost the taxpayer more than £1 million.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lauren Holden, who invented an evil stalker named Casanova, is spared jail – The Times

Posted April 1st, 2008 in harassment, news, police by sally

“A fantasist who wasted 235 hours of police time when she invented a sinister stalker named Casanova has been given a suspended prison sentence.”

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The Times, 1st April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

DPP Sir Ken Macdonald: Detaining terror suspects for over four weeks is not needed – The Times

Posted April 1st, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Powers to allow terrorist suspects to be detained without charge for 42 days are not needed and are unlikely to find favour with the judges who would have to approve them, the Director of Public Prosecutions said yesterday.”

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The Times, 1st April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

PM seeks retreat on bill to outlaw press spying – The Guardian

Posted April 1st, 2008 in data protection, media, news by sally

“Gordon Brown has demanded the scrapping of longstanding plans for a clampdown on newspapers that illegally buy personal data, such as health, bank and telephone records, the Guardian has learned. This has provoked criticism that he has bowed to pressure from the media.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Who will become head of the first United Kingdom supreme court? – The Times

Posted April 1st, 2008 in courts, judiciary, news by sally

“A far-reaching reshuffle of top judicial posts is about to be triggered with the announcement of the next senior law lord, or top judge in the highest court of the land. The post is key because that person will become head of the first United Kingdom supreme court when it opens its doors for business in October next year.”

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The Times, 1st April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judge says courts ‘overstretched’ – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2008 in courts, news by sally

“The most senior judge in England and Wales has said a ‘stream’ of legislation had contributed to courts being ‘seriously overstretched’.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judges admit they get round law designed to protect women in rape trials – The Guardian

Posted April 1st, 2008 in cross-examination, judiciary, news, rape by sally

“Judges have undermined a law intended to stop defence lawyers cross-examining women in rape cases about their sexual history, by continuing to insist on their discretion to allow it, a new book discloses.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Letting a child witness have his day in court – The Times

Posted April 1st, 2008 in children, news, witnesses by sally

“Some prosecutors feel that children and vulnerable adults cannot cope with courtroom pressures. All that is about to change.”

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The Times, 1st April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Murder accused guilty of deceit – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2008 in murder, news, theft by sally

“A financial trader accused of murdering a wealthy reclusive author at his north London home has been found guilty of dishonesty charges.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Year’s jail for ‘wicked’ false rape accusation – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 31st, 2008 in news, perverting the course of justice, rape, sentencing by sally

“A woman who falsely accused a soldier of rape has been described as ‘wicked’ by the judge who sentenced her to a year in jail.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Credit crunch fallout could drag on for years, lawyers warn – The Times

Posted March 31st, 2008 in banking, financial regulation, news by sally

“Lawyers across the City have been sifting through traders’ e-mails and listening to recordings of their phone conversations in an attempt to piece together thousands of financial transactions.”

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The Times, 31st March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk