No legal barriers to social investment, but pension schemes still not investing – Law Commission

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in contribution, Law Commission, news, pensions, press releases, reports by tracey

‘There are no legal or regulatory barriers to pension schemes making social investments, according to a new report by the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 23rd June 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Prison reform: open letter from the Justice Secretary – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in news, press releases, prisons by tracey

‘Justice Secretary David Lidington sets out the essential reforms under way to make prisons places of safety and reform.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st June 2017

Source: www.gov.uk

Queen’s Speech confirms that unfair rules on logbook loans are being sent to the scrapheap – Law Commission

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in bills, loans, news, parliament, press releases, repossession by tracey

‘The Law Commission welcomes plans outlined in today’s Queen Speech to close a legal loophole which means buyers of second-hand vehicles are at risk of having them repossessed due to unfair logbook loans.’

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Law Commission, 21st June 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Bar Council cautions over online guilty pleas – The Bar Council

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in barristers, electronic filing, guilty pleas, news, press releases by tracey

‘Using a smartphone to plead guilty to a criminal offence may seem convenient, but the Bar Council has warned that Government plans to roll out online pleas, outlined in today’s Queen’s Speech, risk down-playing potentially serious consequences for defendants.’

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The Bar Council, 21st June 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

CPS statement on the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 14th, 2017 in complaints, firearms, news, police, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘A CPS spokesperson said: “In December 2016, the CPS received a file from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) relating to the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker on 11 December 2015.”‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th June 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

BSB publishes consultation on new declaration rules for barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 14th, 2017 in barristers, money laundering, news, press releases, remuneration, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a consultation on a new set of proposals to require barristers to declare a range of information about their practice to the regulator every year when applying for their practising certificate. This also includes new and returning barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

New research shows paid McKenzie Friends operating mostly outside the courtroom – The Bar Council

‘ New research undertaken by the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol shows that the bulk of work undertaken by paid McKenzie Friends is delivered outside court, with very few seeking actively to represent their litigant in person clients in the court room.’

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The Bar council, 12th June 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Definitive guidelines on sentencing children and young people and reduction in sentence for a guilty plea come into effect – Sentencing Council

Posted June 6th, 2017 in children, guilty pleas, news, press releases, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘The revised guidelines on sentencing children and young people and reduction in sentence for a guilty plea have come into effect today (1 June 2017).’

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Sentencing Council, 1st June 2017

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Twelve jailed over high speed road race that killed four young people – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Two men have today (May 19) been jailed for nine years for their part in a high-speed road race which left four people dead.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th May 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Company directors jailed following fatal roof fall – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three company directors have been jailed today (May 19) following the death of a man who fell while working at a warehouse in Essex.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th May 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

CPS statement on election expenses – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Nick Vamos, CPS Head of Special Crime, said: “We have considered files of evidence from 14 police forces in respect of allegations relating to Conservative Party candidates’ expenditure during the 2015 General Election campaign.”‘

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th May 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Former football coach jailed for child sex offences – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A former PE teacher and football coach has today (May 2) been sentenced to 24 years in prison for sexual offences against a young boy.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

President’s guidance: Judicial Cooperation with Serious Case Reviews – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in family courts, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Guidance issued by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division on 2 May 2017.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

BSB consults on changing the standard of proof used in professional misconduct proceedings for barristers – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation about the standard of proof applied when barristers and others regulated by the BSB face disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Criminal Finances Bill receives Royal Assent – Home Office

‘The Criminal Finances Act 2017 will give law enforcement agencies and partners, further capabilities and powers to recover the proceeds of crime, tackle money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and combat the financing of terrorism.’

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Home Office, 27th April 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Changes to fine levels for speeding – Sentencing Council

Posted April 21st, 2017 in fines, press releases, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘New sentencing guidelines for magistrates come into force on 24 April 2017 following their publication earlier this year.’

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Sentencing Council, 20th April 2017

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Dangerous extremists to be separated from mainstream prison population – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 21st, 2017 in press releases, prisons, terrorism by tracey

‘Three separation centres are being created and will form part of the wider government strategy to tackle extremism in prisons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st April 2017

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

New fast-track immigration appeal rules proposed – Ministry of Justice

‘A new fast-track system to speed up immigration and asylum appeals for those in detention has been drawn up.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th April 2017

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

New powers to tackle illegal working in licensed premises – Home Office

Posted April 7th, 2017 in immigration, licensed premises, licensing, press releases by tracey

‘New powers to prevent illegal working in premises that sell alcohol or provide late night refreshment have come into force in England and Wales today.’

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Home Office, 6th April 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Con man convicted of wine fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 7th, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, press releases by tracey

‘A con man who tricked his girlfriend and others out of £100,000 by pretending he was a successful international businessman has been found guilty of 22 counts of fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th April 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk