Terms of reference for independent review of Prevent announced – Home Office

Posted September 17th, 2019 in crime prevention, government departments, press releases, terrorism by tracey

‘The terms of reference setting out the purpose and structure of the independent review have been published today.’ Full press release Home Office, 16th September 2019 Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

More victims able to challenge ‘unduly lenient’ prison sentences – Ministry of Justice

‘Under plans confirmed by ministers today (17 September 2019), the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme will be extended to 14 new offences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th September 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Electronic signatures are valid, confirms Law Commission – Law Commission

‘Electronic signatures can be used to execute documents, including where there is a statutory requirement for a signature, the Law Commission has today confirmed. This means that, in most cases, electronic signatures can be used as a viable alternative to handwritten ones.’

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Law Commission, 4th September 2019

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

BSB introduces new rules to remove restrictions on reporting barristers’ sexual orientation, religion and belief data – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 4th, 2019 in barristers, disclosure, diversity, equality, press releases, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new rules that remove restrictions on the reporting by the profession of sexual orientation, religion and belief data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd September 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Sentencing review to look at most dangerous and prolific offenders – Ministry of Justice

‘The work, which begins immediately, will focus on whether violent and sexual offenders are serving sentences that truly reflect the severity of their crimes. It will consider whether changes in legislation are needed to lock criminals up for longer – by not letting them out automatically part-way through a sentence. It will also look at how to break the cycle of repeat offending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th August 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

£100 million crackdown on crime in prison – Ministry of Justice

‘Airport-style security and cutting-edge technology to crack down on criminal activity in prisons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th August 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Attorneys General lead international cooperation to combat cybercrime – Attorney General’s Office

‘Five Attorneys General from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have today formalised their international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 31st July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Past Cases Review 2 – Church of England – Law & Religion UK

‘On 1 August, the Church of England announced the publication of protocols and practice guidance for its Past Cases Review 2, (PCR2).’

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Law & Religion UK, 1st August 2019

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

Separated migrant children to access legal aid more easily – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 25th, 2019 in children, citizenship, immigration, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Draft legislation will bring immigration and citizenship matters into the scope of legal aid for separated migrant children.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Lord Reed appointed next President of Supreme Court, alongside three new justices – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 25th, 2019 in judges, press releases, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Right Hon Lord Reed will succeed Baroness Hale of Richmond as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom..’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 25th July 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

BSB updates policy on the publication of disciplinary findings against barristers – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night decided to update its policy on the publication of disciplinary findings for professional misconduct. The policy will in future extend to all avenues by which the BSB puts disciplinary findings into the public domain and the lengths of time for which such findings are made publicly available have also been revised.’

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Bar Standards Board, 19th July

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Justice secretary urges evidence-led approach to cut crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today called for an “evidence-led” approach to tackling reoffending in order to crack down on crime and reduce the number of victims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

New rights for victims of crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2019 in codes of practice, criminal justice, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Victims of crime will receive greater support under government plans to boost their rights at every stage of the justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

“Landmark moment” as Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament – Home Office

‘The government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill will be introduced in Parliament today, signalling a major step forward in transforming the response to this crime.’

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Home Office, 16th July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon committed to prison for contempt of court – Attorney General’s Office

‘Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, AKA Tommy Robinson, has today been sentenced to 6 months in prison for committing contempt of court by filming outside Leeds Crown Court during a trial. He was committed to prison for a further 3 months for a previous contempt.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 11th July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Criminal record reform to help ex-offenders into work – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 15th, 2019 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, press releases, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Ex-offenders striving to turn their lives around through work will be backed by new legislation changing what they must disclose to employers.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Law Commission to undertake phase 2 of the Abusive and Offensive Online Communications project – Law Commission

‘The Government has announced that it is asking the Law Commission to undertake phase 2 of the Abusive and Offensive Online Communications project.’

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Law Commission, 26th June 2019

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

‘Lifeline’ community treatment pilots to steer offenders away from crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable offenders will be offered targeted treatment under new plans designed to boost rehabilitation and reduce reoffending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th June 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Blog: what our new Bar qualification rules could mean for you – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 20th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, legal education, press releases, universities by tracey

‘Having spent several years working in a university and managing training for professionals before being called to the Bar in 2007, I know first-hand the importance of high-quality education and training. The organisation I lead, the Bar Standards Board, has for the past few years been reviewing how barristers qualify in England and Wales, and I’m delighted that our new Bar qualification rules have now been launched.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th June 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

New global resettlement scheme for the most vulnerable refugees announced – Home Office

Posted June 19th, 2019 in children, press releases, refugees by tracey

‘The UK will continue to resettle thousands of refugees under a new scheme set to start in 2020, the Home Secretary announced today.’

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Home Office, 17th June 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office