‘Disaster area’ prison and probation agency to be scrapped in weeks – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2007 in news, prisons, probation by sally

“The government’s troubled £2.6bn programme to manage convicted criminals in order to cut reoffending rates is to be scrapped within weeks, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Warnings over probation shortages – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2007 in news, probation by sally

“Thousands of people are not completing their Community Service Orders because of staff shortages within the Probation Service, a union says.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New powers to stop gun and knife violence – Home Office

Posted September 28th, 2007 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, press releases by sally

“A range of tough new powers to fight gun and knife crime take effect this week.”

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Home Office press release, 27th September 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has criticised government plans to introduce a ‘potentially costly’ quality assurance scheme for publicly-funded criminal defence work – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 28th, 2007 in barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has criticised government plans to introduce a ‘potentially costly’ quality assurance scheme for publicly-funded criminal defence work.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th September 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Reforms spell ‘disaster’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 28th, 2007 in legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

“Proposed reforms to criminal defence legal aid contracts risk ‘pushing the defence service towards disaster’ and should be resisted ‘to the end’, Roger Peach, the president of the Criminal Defence Solicitors’ Union has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th September 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Top job at US law firm for Goldsmith – The Times

Posted September 27th, 2007 in attorney general, law firms, news by sally

“The former Attorney-General, Lord Goldsmith, QC, is joining a top American law firm today to lead its European litigation practice.”

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The Times, 27th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

GMTV hit with biggest-ever fine over competition deception – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2007 in consumer protection, media, news by sally

“Media regulator Ofcom has fined broadcaster GMTV £2 million over its misconduct in viewer competitions over a four year period. It is the highest fine ever issued to a broadcaster by Ofcom, which said that up to 25 million people may have been cheated.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

BC Bar Standards Board Voices Doubts Over Government’s Plans For Quality Assurance in Criminal Defence Work – The Bar Council

Posted September 27th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Board agreed its response to the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Services Commission’s June consultation paper at its meeting last week.”

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The Bar Council, 26th September 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Top judge issues warning as radical cost budgeting looms – Legal Week

Posted September 27th, 2007 in costs, fees, law firms, news by sally

“A senior costs judge has warned law firms that they may soon have to set out their costs at the outset of cases as part of a radical clampdown on escalating fees.”

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Legal Week, 27th September 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

Victim letter delays criticised – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2007 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, victims by sally

“Prosecution lawyers have been criticised for failing to inform crime victims when charges against a suspect are dropped or changed.”

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BBC News, 26th September 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Petition to evict travellers ‘breaks race laws’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2007 in news, race discrimination, travellers by sally

“A race relations group is taking legal action against a businessman who started a petition calling for the eviction of travellers from a car park.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2007

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Asylum seeker launches Aids test case – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2007 in AIDS, asylum, human rights, news by sally

“An asylum seeker with Aids who claims it would amount to inhuman or degrading treatment to send her home to Uganda will take a test case to the 17-judge grand chamber of the European court of human rights in Strasbourg today.”

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The Guardian, 26th September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barristers facing disciplinary action to be named online – The Times

Posted September 27th, 2007 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

“Barristers facing disciplinary charges will for the first time have the details published on a website, it was announced yesterday.”

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The Times, 26th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Straw promises greater legal protection for ‘have-a-go-heroes’ – The Independent

Posted September 27th, 2007 in news, self-defence by sally

“Greater protection from prosecution will be offered to “have-a-go heroes” under plans to strengthen the law on self-defence to be announced today.”

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The Independent, 27th September 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

In-house lawyers call for flexible billing arrangements – The Times

Posted September 27th, 2007 in fees, news by sally

“In-house lawyers are willing to pay higher legal fees for top-value advice but only if they can save costs on routine work, a new survey shows.”

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The Times, 26th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Guideline Judgments Case Compendium – dangerous offender provisions – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted September 26th, 2007 in dangerous offenders, news, sentencing by sally

“On Friday 21st September 2007, the Sentencing Guidelines Council published an addendum to the Compendium of Court of Appeal Guidelines. This relates to the dangerous offender provisions and brings together key judgments, setting them in the context of the statutory provisions; the document also contains two flow charts to help in ensuring that the proper stages are followed in the decision making process.”

Dangerous Offenders – Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners (PDF)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 21st September 2007 

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Nationwide seeks £20m in law firm court case – The Times

Posted September 26th, 2007 in law firms, negligence, news by sally

“Nationwide, the building society, is suing Eversheds, one of the country’s largest law firms, for more than £20 million, claiming that it was given negligent advice on an allegedly fraudulent property deal.”

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The Times, 26th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Crowded jails ‘threaten public’ – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Overcrowded jails are presenting a threat to the public, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has told the BBC.”

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BBC News, 26th September 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pensioner given Asbo for loud Vera Lynn music – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 26th, 2007 in ASBOs, news by sally

“A patriotic pensioner has been given an Asbo for playing his Vera Lynn records too loudly.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Suspects get drink advice in cell – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2007 in alcohol abuse, criminal justice, news by sally

“Alcohol support workers have been allowed to interview suspects in police cells in a bid to combat binge drinking and alcohol-related crime.”

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BBC News, 26th September 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk