Watchdog calls for reform of ’19th century’ electoral system – The Guardian

Posted August 27th, 2008 in elections, news by sally

“The UK’s electoral system is ‘stretched to breaking point’ and unfit for the challenges of the 21st century, the electoral watchdog warned today.”

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The Guardian, 27th August 2008

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Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act – draft regulations – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 27th, 2008 in benefits, disclosure, legal aid, news by sally

“A consultation on draft regulations made under section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 regarding the disclosure of information from the Department of Work and Pensions and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in order to facilitate the assessment of a defendant’s financial eligibility for legal aid at the magistrates’ court.”

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Ministry of Justice, 26th August 2008

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Just one in 5,000 children caught carrying knives are locked up – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 27th, 2008 in children, news, offensive weapons, sentencing by sally

“Only one in 5,000 children who are caught carrying knives are locked up for their crime, figures out today show.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th August 2008

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Home Office: New powers proposed for security staff – The Guardian

Posted August 27th, 2008 in news, penalties, security companies by sally

“Powers for council wardens and private security staff to issue fixed-penalty notices and on-the-spot fines for disorderly behaviour are being considered by the police and Home Office ministers. Chief constables are also looking at using security staff to tackle community problems in places where police involvement might be seen as excessive.”

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The Guardian, 27th August 2008

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Industry seeks Hips review – The Guardian

Posted August 27th, 2008 in home information packs, news by sally

“Estate agents, surveyors and solicitors have joined forces to slam home information packs (Hips) as ‘unfit for purpose’.”

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The Guardian, 26th August 2008

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Paedophiles to be offered form of chemical castration – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 27th, 2008 in news, sexual offences, sterilisation by sally

“Convicted paedophiles are being offered chemical castration for the first time in the UK to help manage their sexual behaviour.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2008

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Apology for Rushdie over book lies – The Independent

Posted August 26th, 2008 in defamation, news by sally

“Author Sir Salman Rushdie came to the High Court in London today to hear apologies from the writers and publishers of a book which they admitted contained falsehoods about his time under police protection.”

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The Independent, 26th August 2008

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Jenkins murder claim is dismissed – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2008 in identification, murder, news, police by sally

“Police have dismissed a claim by the former deputy head teacher Sion Jenkins that a ‘mystery man’ may have murdered his foster daughter Billie-Jo Jenkins.”

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BBC News, 26th August 2008

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Sharia courts rule on sex lives in Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Ten currently operate across the country, with around 95 per cent of their cases relating to matrimonial issues.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2008

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Law firms feeling pinch as companies slash legal spending – The Times

Posted August 26th, 2008 in law firms, news by sally

“Law firms are feeling the pinch as Britain’s top companies, under pressure from the economic downturn, slash their spending on outside legal advice.”

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The Times, 26th August 2008

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Salman Rushdie to appear in High Court as libel case is settled – The Times

Posted August 26th, 2008 in defamation, news by sally

“Sir Salman Rushdie will be at the High Court today for the settlement of a libel action he brought over allegations in a book written by a former policeman.”

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The Times, 26th August 2008

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Coroner calls for stricter laws on dangerous dogs after boy mauled to death – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2008 in dogs, news by sally

“A coroner has called for stricter laws controlling the breeding and distribution of dangerous dogs after a 13-month-old boy was mauled to death by his grandparents’ rottweiler.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd August 2008

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Violent criminals more likely to get a caution than conviction – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2008 in cautions, news by sally

“Violent criminals are more likely to receive a caution rather than a conviction as punishment for their crimes, according to a report.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th August 2008

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Lawyers make billions but good times are ending – The Times

Posted August 26th, 2008 in law firms, news by sally

“Their clients may be cutting jobs and reeling from millions of pounds in losses, but Britain’s corporate lawyers enjoyed record profits last year.”

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The Times, 26th August 2008

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Child protection database ‘will be used to prosecute young people’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2008 in children, data protection, news by sally

“A flagship database intended to protect every child in the country will be used by police to hunt for evidence of crime in a ‘shocking’ extension of its original purpose, The Daily Telegraph has learned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2008

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University lecturer wins £10,000 libel damages over expenses slur – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2008 in defamation, news by sally

“A lecturer has won £10,000 in libel damages after his university falsely accused him of making up expenses claims.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2008

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Billie-Jo’s foster father appeals for compensation – The Independent

Posted August 26th, 2008 in compensation, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“Sion Jenkins, cleared of murdering his foster daughter Billie-Jo after spending six years in jail, has revealed that he is appealing to the Home Office for compensation.”

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The Independent, 24th August 2008

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Payouts to same-sex partners of police officers killed on duty – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2008 in civil partnerships, compensation, news, police by sally

“The same-sex partners of police officers killed in the line of duty will get compensation payouts in an overhaul of the current system.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th August 2008

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Mother attacks payout offer for abducted child – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2008 in assault, children, criminal injuries compensation, news by sally

“The mother of a girl kidnapped at the age of three and assaulted twice before a terrifying 100mph attempt to escape police has condemned a £9,000 compensation offer to the child as ‘the final insult’.”

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The Guardian, 26th August 2008

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Titan jails ‘could be dangerous’ – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“The proposed giant Titan jails could be dangerous and ministers have failed to explain why they would save money, a prisons watchdog has said.”

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BBC News, 26th August 2008

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