Judge to strike out bank claims – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2007 in banking, news by sally

“A county court judge has threatened to strike out claims by 20 bank customers who are suing for the refund of overdraft charges.”

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BBC News, 1st June 2007

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DCA splashes 47% more cash on consultants – Legal Week

Posted June 1st, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“Government spending on external consultants has rocketed again this year, it has emerged, with the now-defunct Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) shelling out for £15.6m on external services during 2005-06.”

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Legal Week, 1st June 2007

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Government will take FOI case to High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 1st, 2007 in freedom of information, identity cards, news by sally

“The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) will go to the High Court in an attempt to overturn an Information Tribunal ruling on access to controversial Government reports.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st June 2007

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Trespass law extended to palaces – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2007 in news, trespass by sally

“Entering Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and the prime minister’s country house Chequers as a trespasser has become a criminal act.” 

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BBC News, 1st June 2007

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Met to give Terror Act stop and search figures – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2007 in news, police, statistics, stop and search by sally

“Senior police officers in London revealed yesterday that they would be publishing a quarterly breakdown of stop and search figures for the first time in response to an outcry about ‘racist’ spot checking.”

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The Guardian, 1st June 2007

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It’s health and safety: musicians face calls to rehearse quietly – The Times

Posted June 1st, 2007 in health & safety, news, noise by sally

“Orchestras may be asked to rehearse and even to perform more quietly under new health and safety regulations.”

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The Times, 1st June 2007

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Liberty backs legal battle over BME impact of Carter – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 1st, 2007 in fees, law firms, minorities, news by sally

“Human rights group Liberty is the latest high-profile organisation to back a legal challenge to the Carter reforms launched by the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) and Society of Asian Lawyers.” 

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st May 2007

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‘No evidence’ of CCTV data breach – BBC News

“The Information Commissioner’s Office says it has not seen evidence which suggests that most CCTV systems are breaching its own code of practice.” 

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BBC News, 31st May 2007

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Increase in anti-terror targets – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2007 in news, stop and search, terrorism by sally

“Counter-terror police have recorded a 37% increase in “suspicious reconnaissance” of potential targets in the first four months of 2007″ 

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BBC News, 31st May 2007

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Teachers reluctant to frisk pupils for knives – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 1st, 2007 in news, offensive weapons, school children, teachers by sally

“Teachers gave warning last night that they would not be prepared to use new legal powers to search pupils for weapons without their consent because of the risks involved.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2007

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Stalking victims given anonymity – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2007 in anonymity, domestic violence, electoral register, harassment, news by sally

“New voting legislation is set to come into effect which will allow victims of stalking and domestic violence to keep their names off the electoral roll.”

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BBC News, 1st June 2007

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‘Action not jail’ for paedophiles – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2007 in child abuse, news, sexual offences by sally

“Some child sex offenders should be encouraged to seek treatment rather than be sent to prison, the police’s child protection chief says.”

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BBC News, 1st June 2007

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Rethink use of restraint on young offenders, urges coroner – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2007 in news, young offenders by sally

“A coroner called yesterday for an urgent review of the use of restraint on young offenders after a jury returned a suicide verdict on a vulnerable 14-year-old who hanged himself with his shoelaces at a privately-run secure unit.”

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The Guardian, 1st June 2007

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SRA delays controversial education reforms – Legal Week

Posted May 31st, 2007 in news by sally

“Controversial plans to widen entry to the legal profession face a setback after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced today (31 May) that it had delayed piloting the new-look system until 2008.”

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Legal Week, 31st May 2007

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New provision in the Violent Crime Reduction Act – Wired-GOV

Posted May 31st, 2007 in news by sally

“A new power for the police to enter and search a registered sex offender’s home, to assess the risk they pose to our communities, was today welcomed by Home Secretary John Reid.”

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Home Office press release, 31st May 2007

Source: www.wired-gov.net

Judges define scope of McKinnon appeal – The Register

Posted May 31st, 2007 in news by sally

“Accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon’s final appeal against extradition edged forward on Tuesday after judges defined the two points that might merit consideration by the Law Lords.”

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The Register, 31st May 2007

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Prisons ‘could be full within two weeks’ – The Independent

Posted May 31st, 2007 in news by sally

“Ministers are holding emergency meetings as the jail population threatens to rise out of control.”

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The Independent, 31st May 2007

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A million debtors face court action – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 31st, 2007 in consumer credit, debts, news by sally

“Up to a million households struggling with rising living costs and lured by offers of easy credit will face court action over their debts this year.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2007

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Legal wrangles over porn billing software – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2007 in consumer protection, news, pornography by sally

“MBS’s popups seeking payment for access to websites have caused concern, but it could be you breaking the law, not them.” 

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The Guardian, 31st May 2007

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Five London local authorities unite to launch bar panel in bid to slash costs – Legal Week

Posted May 31st, 2007 in barristers, local government, news by sally

“Five London local authorities are combining to create a panel of barristers for the first time, as part of a drive to cut costs.”

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Legal Week, 31st May 2007

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