SFO consults on US-style plea bargains to boost its corruption conviction rates – Legal Week

Posted July 10th, 2008 in corruption, news, plea bargaining by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is poised to launch a consultation about bringing in a US-style plea bargaining system for UK companies involved in corruption cases.”

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Legal Week, 10th July 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Judge who sentenced animal rights activist was fan of blood sports – The Independent

Posted July 10th, 2008 in bias, judiciary, news by sally

“A man found guilty at the end of the longest animal rights trial in legal history has launched an appeal, claiming the judge should not have heard the case because of his interest in blood sports.”

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The Independent, 10th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Europe to begin investigation of secrecy in family courts – The Times

Posted July 10th, 2008 in family courts, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

” Britain faces an investigation by Europe into secrecy in family courts, amid growing political pressure to overhaul the system.”

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The Times, 10th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

We need tougher sentences for knife crime, says Britain’s top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, sentencing by sally

“The independent body which advises judges and magistrates on sentencing has failed to keep pace with the scale of Britain’s knife crime crisis, the Lord Chief Justice has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Charities ‘should be subject to human rights’ – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2008 in charities, freedom of information, human rights, news by sally

“Human rights and freedom of information legislation should be extended to cover charities and social enterprises that deliver public services, such as care homes, a report said today.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge praises twins who reported their drink-driving mother – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2008 in alcohol abuse, news, road traffic offences by sally

“A judge has praised twin sisters for public spiritedness in reporting their mother to police for drink driving.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Law and order: Police stop nearly 2m for questioning in year – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, police by sally

“The police used their powers to stop members of the public in the street and demand they account for themselves on nearly 2m occasions in the year 2006-07, according to Ministry of Justice figures published yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Peers call for cybercrime shakeup (again) – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 9th, 2008 in computer crime, news, police, victims by sally

“Peers are calling for a reversal of rules that stop UK victims reporting cybercrimes directly to the police. The House of Lords science committee is also encouraging the government to introduce a data breach notification law.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th July 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Impractical and wrong in principle: former MI5 chief’s verdict on Brown’s 42-day plan – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Gordon Brown’s plan to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days suffered a big setback yesterday when the former head of MI5 condemned it as unworkable and all but accused Downing Street of playing politics with Britain’s national security.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prisons: Child secure units still use adult restraint methods, says inspector – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2008 in children, news, prisons, restraint by sally

“Children being held in secure units are still subjected to restraining techniques designed for adults, with no consistent system of recording the reasons for its use, according to the prisons inspector.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK-IPO asks if research exemption in patent law is too vague – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, patents by sally

“The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) will attempt to clear up uncertainty and doubt about an exception to patent law for researchers, moving to end a lack of clarity about which acts are illegal and which are allowed.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th July 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Disabled teenagers allegedly told they were ‘scaring off other customers’ in salon – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2008 in compensation, disability discrimination, news by sally

“Three disabled teenagers who were allegedly ‘shooed’ out of a beauty salon by staff who said they were ‘scaring off other customers’ have accepted £4,500 in an out of court settlement.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Huge rise in number of racist attacks – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2008 in harassment, news, racism by sally

“Record numbers of racist incidents – from verbal abuse to stabbings – are being reported to police, fuelling fears that levels of Islamophobia are rising.”

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The Independent, 9th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prison’s use of force criticised – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“The use of force at Dartmoor Prison has been criticised in a report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Burglary ‘does not deserve jail’ – The Times

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, sentencing, theft by sally

“Unpaid work or a curfew could be a better way of punishing ‘less serious’ thieves, sentencing advisers recommend.”

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The Times, 9th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Dangerous Offenders – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted July 9th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, sentencing by sally

“On 14th July 2008, the dangerous offender provisions in the 2003 Act are amended as a result of the implementation of relevant provisions in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. The Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council in September 2007 as an addendum to its Guideline Judgments Compendium has also been amended. The Guide brings together the statutory provisions and relevant case law for the assistance of both the judiciary and practitioners: it is not a Council guideline. As well as incorporating the effect of the new provisions into the text, a new Annex F reproduces sections 225-229 of the 2003 in amended form, including the new schedule 15A. A brief summary of the effect of the new provisions is also included for ease of reference.”

Dangerous Offenders – Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners (PDF)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 9th July 2008

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

UBS fails in bid to fight sub-prime lawsuit in London – The Times

Posted July 9th, 2008 in banking, fraud, jurisdiction, news by sally

“The Swiss bank has been told by the High Court that it must defend itself against a £100m lawsuit in the US, not in London.”

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The Times, 8th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

More rapists will be convicted, promises Government – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, rape by sally

“The Government says it will increase the conviction rate for rape, one of the most under-reported crimes.”

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The Independent, 9th July 2008

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Family of teenager killed by cyclist call for change in law – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2008 in bicycles, fines, news by sally

“The family of a teenager killed by a speeding cyclist have called for a change in the law after he walked free from court with just a ‘laughable’ fine.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Daily Cause List, 9th July 2008

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news by sally

Wednesday 9th July 2008

Source: www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk

Please note only the current day’s cause list will be accessible.