Out of court disposals warning – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 9th, 2010 in cautions, news, penalties, police by sally

“Too many cases are being dealt with by out of court disposals where the police are acting as prosecutor and judge, a Court of Appeal judge said last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Canon law has allowed abuse priests to escape punishment, says lawyer – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2010 in child abuse, international law, news, penalties, sexual offences, treaties by sally

“The system of law operated by the Vatican has allowed serious sex offenders to escape punishment and must be abandoned, says a prominent lawyer.”

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The Guardian, 7th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Compass sues NHS trust for £2.3m in row over out-of-date ketchup – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 3rd, 2010 in contracts, fines, food, hospitals, news, penalties by sally

“Compass has filed a £2.3m lawsuit against an NHS trust amid claims the catering group faced ‘grossly exaggerated’ penalties for minor contract failures including holding a fire door open with a spoon and supplying out-of-date tomato ketchup.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Law Commission calls for greater use of civil penalties – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 2nd, 2010 in consultations, Law Commission, news, penalties by sally

“The Law Commission has proposed a cut in the number of criminal offences for regulatory breaches.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Call to cut number of minor offences – BBC News

Posted August 25th, 2010 in crime, Law Commission, news, penalties by sally

“Criminal laws dealing with many petty offences should be scrapped, according to the body responsible for reviewing the law in England and Wales.”

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BBC News, 25th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Hamer – WLR Daily

Posted August 23rd, 2010 in appeals, bad character, evidence, law reports, penalties by sally

Regina v Hamer [2010] WLR (D) 235

“A fixed penalty notice which had been issued to a defendant pursuant to s 2 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 was not a conviction, admission of guilt, proof that a crime had been committed, or a stain on the defendant’s character, and therefore could not be regarded as evidence which impugned the character of the defendant or admitted as such.”

WLR Daily, 20th August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Stockler v Revenue and Customs Comrs – WLR Daily

Posted August 4th, 2010 in appeals, income tax, law reports, part 36 offers, penalties by sally

Stockler v Revenue and Customs Comrs; [2010] EWCA Civ 893; [ 2010] WLR (D) 222

“The revenue was entitled to charge the taxpayer a penalty under s 95 of the Taxes Management Act 1970, even after the parties had compromised and settled their tax claim disputes, so long as the penalty did not exceed the difference between the amount payable on the accurate returns and the amount that would have been payable on a negligent or fraudulent return, within the confines of s 95(2) of the 1970 Act.”

WLR Daily, 3rd August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Call for drug users to face civil penalties – The Independent

Posted July 27th, 2010 in drug abuse, fines, news, penalties by sally

“Drug users should face civil sanctions such as fines or the loss of their driving licence instead of criminal penalties, a former government drugs adviser said today.”

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The Independent, 27th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Stamford restaurant faces £50,000 fine – UK Border Agency

Posted June 23rd, 2010 in employment, fines, immigration, penalties, press releases by sally

“Five illegal workers have been caught in Stamford by our officers.”

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UK Border Agency, 21st June 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Man wins parking ticket battle over bee attack – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2010 in appeals, news, parking, penalties by sally

“A motorist who received a parking ticket after pulling into a bus lane to swat away a bee has been let off the fine.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lords angered over three strikes rule for filesharers – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2010 in bills, copyright, internet, news, penalties by sally

“The government’s plans to disconnect file sharers from the internet have come in for heavy criticism in parliament, amid claims that ministers are attempting to rush legislation through without proper oversight.”

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government to consult on punishments for breaking online air fare rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 13th, 2010 in airlines, consultations, consumer protection, news, penalties by sally

“The Government will consult within weeks on new penalties for airlines that employ hidden charges to mislead consumers. The action will close a loophole by which airlines can avoid penalties for breaking the law.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Half a million pound fines for serious breaches of data protection – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 12th, 2010 in data protection, fines, news, penalties by sally

“The Information Commissioner will soon be able to impose a penalty of up to £500,000 on data controllers who seriously contravene data protection principles.”

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Ministry of Justice, 12th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

TalkTalk threatens legal action over Mandelson’s filesharing plan – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2009 in copyright, human rights, internet, news, penalties by sally

“TalkTalk, the second largest internet service provider in the UK, has threatened to launch legal action if business secretary Peter Mandelson follows through with his plan to cut off persistent illegal filesharers’ internet connections.”

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The Guardian, 29th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord Mandelson sets date for blocking filesharers’ internet connections – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2009 in copyright, internet, news, penalties by sally

“Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, warned internet users today that the days of ‘consequence-free’ illegal filesharing are over as he unveiled the government’s plan for cracking down on online piracy.”

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The Guardian, 28th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Culture minister confirms court oversight for UK disconnections – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 27th, 2009 in copyright, internet, news, penalties by sally

“UK internet users will not be disconnected from the internet for illegal file sharing without a court’s involvement, a Government minister has pledged. Culture minister Ben Bradshaw has told MPs that there would be a ‘strict’ process involving the courts.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th October 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Government outlines increased penalties for data misuse – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 19th, 2009 in data protection, news, penalties, privacy by sally

“The Government has outlined its plans to jail people convicted of trading illegally in personal data or knowingly or recklessly disclosing it. Under the plans the jail terms would be introduced next April.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th October 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Jack Straw signals rowing back on out of court fines – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 5th, 2009 in criminal justice, fines, news, penalties by sally

“A planned extension of on the spot fines has been scrapped in a Government about turn amid concerns that criminals are escaping with financial penalties instead of being dealth with by the courts.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Interest rate of 15% was not a punishment, rules Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 31st, 2009 in company law, contracts, interest, news, penalties by sally

“An interest rate of 15% agreed in a contract between two companies was not a penalty and was justified, the Court of Appeal has said. The interest, which had been ruled unlawful, can be charged, said the Court.”

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OUT-Law.com, 30th July 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Penalty notice for disorder scheme – guidance on retail theft and criminal damage – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2009 in penalties, press releases by sally

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw has made a statement announcing revised operational guidance for police on the issuing of penalty notices for disorder for retail crime and criminal damage.”

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Ministry of Justice, 16th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk