Falconer faces up to jails crisis on first day of justice ministry – The Guardian

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

“The chief inspector of prisons warns today that offenders are being forced to “queue” for jail cells despite an assurance yesterday from the new justice minister, Lord Falconer, that the system can cope with the immediate crisis in prisoner numbers.”

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The Guardian, 10th May 2007

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Patent damages not refunded if EPO cancels patent – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 10th, 2007 in damages, news, patents by sally

“Damages for patent infringement awarded by a UK court must not be paid back even if the patent is later declared invalid by the European Patent Office (EPO), the Court of Appeal has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th May 2007

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Only deliberate inducement can be punished, say Lords – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 10th, 2007 in contracts, inducements, news by sally

“Someone cannot be sued for inducing another person to breach a contract unless it can be shown that the inducement was deliberate, the House of Lords has ruled in a decision which could have a significant impact on employment law.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th May 2007

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Cease-fire in battle of ‘supermums’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 10th, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“Gina Ford, the controversial childcare guru, yesterday dropped her bitter legal battle against a popular parenting website that mocked her rigorous methods.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th May 2007

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Man guilty of murdering wife in assisted euthanasia – The Independent

Posted May 10th, 2007 in assisted suicide, news by sally

“A  devoted husband who killed his wife after she begged him to help her die was convicted of murder yesterday. Retired accountant Frank Lund, 58, admitted suffocating his wife Patricia, 65, with a plastic bag and a pillow at their home in New Brighton, Merseyside, in September.”

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The Independent, 10th May 2007

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Two found guilty over Bush-Blair memo leak – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2007 in Iraq, news, official secrets act by sally

“A civil servant and an MP’s researcher were today found guilty of leaking a secret memo detailing talks between George Bush and Tony Blair on the Iraq war.”

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The Guardian, 10th May 2007

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Divorcees may have assets taken to fund an ex-spouse’s debts – The Times

Posted May 10th, 2007 in bankruptcy, divorce, news by sally

“Thousands of divorcees risk seeing their assets plundered to meet their former spouses’ debts after a landmark ruling that they are no longer protected from his or her creditors when they split.”

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The Times, 10th May 2007

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Judges are told to cut jail terms for thieves – The Times

Posted May 10th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Thousands of petty criminals and thieves will avoid jail under Government plans proposed yesterday to ease the overcrowding crisis engulfing prisons.”

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The Times, 10th May 2007

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Lords backs Bar Council on latest Bill amendments – Legal Week

Posted May 9th, 2007 in complaints, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

“The Bar Council has scored another victory in the House of Lords after peers yesterday (8 May) voted in favour of two further amendments to the Legal Services Bill.”

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Legal Week, 9th May 2007

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MoJ criticised on first day of opening – The Lawyer

Posted May 9th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Criticism has been thrown at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) within hours of it opening its doors for the first time today (9 May).”

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The Lawyer, 9th May 2007

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Single mother launches CSA test case – The Times

Posted May 9th, 2007 in child support, news by sally

“A single mother who blames the loss of her home on the incompetence of the Child Support Agency (CSA) brought a test compensation claim yesterday that could affect thousands of families.”

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The Times, 9th May 2007

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The new Home Office: Protecting the public, securing our future – Home Office

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“The division of the Home Office culminates an extraordinary programme of reform and change initiated by Home Secretary John Reid shortly after he took over running the department last year.”

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Home Office, 9th May 2007

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Clerks back CPD but shun pupil pay – The Lawyer

Posted May 9th, 2007 in barristers' clerks, news by sally

“The recent Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) conference placed education at the top of the agenda as clerks look to increase professionalism.”

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The Lawyer, 8th May 2007

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Barristers enticed to take English common law expertise overseas – The Lawyer

Posted May 9th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“Three of England’s high-profile barristers have decided to make the move to British Overseas Territories within the past month.”

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The Lawyer, 8th May 2007

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Justice ministry faces jails crisis as Home Office splits in two – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

“Britain’s first Ministry of Justice emerges today out of the rubble of the “not fit for purpose” Home Office to face a mounting prison crisis with prisoner numbers in England and Wales hitting a new record.”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2007

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Government unit saves 11-year-old from forced marriage in Dhaka – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2007 in Bangladesh, forced marriages, news by sally

“The government’s forced marriage unit has rescued an 11-year-old British girl whose parents married her to a Bangladeshi man in Dhaka, it has emerged.”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2007

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New rules on terror leaks urged – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2007 in civil servants, news, police, terrorism by sally

“Officials and police should be subject to new rules covering media briefings on anti-terrorism investigations, human rights organisation Liberty has said.” 

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BBC News, 8th May 2007

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Restructured Home Office splits – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“A restructured Home Office is to begin operating, with the Ministry of Justice taking control of prisons, probation and sentencing.” 

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BBC News, 8th May 2007

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Indefinite jail terms forecast to treble in the next five years – The Times

Posted May 8th, 2007 in news, sentencing by sally

“An explosion in the use by the courts of a new indeterminate sentence is predicted to nearly treble the number of prisoners serving an indefinite term in jail to a ‘crisis’ level of 25,000 in five years.”

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The Times, 8th May 2007

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Softer line on crime vetoed as jails fill up – The Times

Posted May 8th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“A package of measures to head off a summer prison overcrowding crisis, including abolishing the option of custody for shoplifting offences, has been vetoed by Tony Blair, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 8th May 2007

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