Terms of reference for the review of law, policy and procedure relating to parole decisions – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 19th, 2018 in parole, press releases by tracey

‘The review will look at the case for changing key aspects of Parole Board decision-making.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th January 2018

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

Calls for views on transforming court estate – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 19th, 2018 in consultations, courts, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

‘A public consultation on proposals to shape future decisions on the court and tribunal estate was launched today, as part of the transformation of our justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th January 2018

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

Man jailed for life for murdering teenager and concealing her body – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 18th, 2018 in murder, press releases, preventing lawful & decent burial, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has today (17 January) been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 26 years in prison, for murdering a teenage girl and hiding her body in a wardrobe for more than two weeks.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th January 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Teen jailed for attack on mother and toddler – Attorney General’s Office

‘Joshua Ingram has been sent to a young offenders’ institute after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred his sentence as unduly lenient.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 17th January 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Fraudster has home sold to pay compensation to company he stole £3million from – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 15th, 2018 in compensation, confiscation, fraud, press releases by tracey

‘A fraudster who stole millions of pounds from his employer to spend on lavish properties and jewellery has had his home in Kent sold for £2.7 million to pay as compensation to the company he defrauded.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th January 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Surgeon sentenced for burning initials on patients’ livers – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A surgeon has pleaded guilty to assault by beating after burning his initials into the livers of two patients undergoing transplants.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th January 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Modern Slavery guidance – Sentencing Council

Posted December 20th, 2017 in press releases, sentencing, sexual offences, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Explanatory guidance for sentencing offences of sexual exploitation under section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has now been included in the Sexual Offences guidelines.’

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Sentencing Council, 19th December 2017

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

Missed opportunities over Lammy Review: Bar Council responds on judicial diversity – The Bar Council

Posted December 20th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, minorities, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Whilst encouraged by the Government’s response to many of the recommendations in the Lammy Review, the Bar Council today expressed disappointment that key opportunities to address diversity in the judiciary have been missed.’

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The Bar Council, 19th December 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Businessman jailed for tax evasion and benefit fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 5th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, press releases, sentencing, social security, tax evasion by tracey

‘A bar and garage owner who fraudulently avoided more than £340,000 in tax and national insurance by failing to register the premises has been jailed for four years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th December 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

President of the Family Division Circular: Financial remedies courts – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 5th, 2017 in family courts, financial provision, judges, press releases by tracey

‘The need for and the many benefits to be derived from the introduction of a national system of Financial Remedies Courts have been persuasively argued by HHJ Martin O’Dwyer, HHJ Edward Hess and Joanna Miles: Hess and Miles, The recognition of money work as a speciality in the family courts by the creation of a national network of Financial Remedies Units [2016] Fam Law 1335, and O’Dwyer, Hess and Miles, Financial Remedies Courts [2017] Fam Law 625. I have made clear my support for this: Note by the President [2016] Fam Law 1340, and 17th View from the President’s Chambers: divorce and money – where are we and where are we going? [2017] Fam Law 607.

Following discussions with HMCTS, I am proposing to pilot the Financial Remedies Court (FRC) concept in three places, starting, I hope, in February 2018: London, the West Midlands and South-East Wales. I envisage that further pilots will follow quite shortly on a rolling programme.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 1st December 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Simplify planning laws in Wales to create new homes – Law Commission

Posted December 1st, 2017 in housing, planning, press releases, Wales by tracey

‘A new planning code for Wales is needed to get the country building and further protect heritage and the environment, says the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 30th November 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Injustice in Immigration Detention – The Bar Council

Posted December 1st, 2017 in detention, immigration, legal representation, press releases by tracey

‘Migrants held in detention for too long with inadequate access to the courts or to legal help are among a catalogue of problems highlighted by ‘Injustice in Immigration Detention’, an independent report by Dr Anna Lindley of SOAS, published today.’

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The Bar Council, 30th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Police officer who blackmailed member of the public has sentence increased – Attorney General’s Office

‘Police officer has sentence increased after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 30th November 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Goods Mortgages Bill ready to write off unfair law on logbook loans – Law Commission

Posted November 24th, 2017 in bills, consumer protection, loans, mortgages, press releases by tracey

‘The Law Commission has today published a new draft Bill to put the brake on unfair rules on logbook loans and usher in a new era of better protection for consumers.’

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Law Commission, 24th November 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Two convicted of Modern Slavery Act offences – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Two people who arranged for underage girls to be trafficked for sexual exploitation have been convicted of offences under the Modern Slavery Act today (21 Nov).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st November 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Court of Protection Rules 2017 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 24th, 2017 in Court of Protection, press releases, regulations by tracey

‘As of 1 December 2017, the Court of Protection Rules 2017 come into force. The Rules are now in the same format as the Civil Procedure and Family Procedure Rules. The new-look Court of Protection Rules will also incorporate those rules relating to case management which have, since September 2016, been implemented by way of the Case Management Pilot. The Practice Directions supporting the 2007 Rules are replaced by the package of new Practice Directions supporting the 2017 Rules.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 23rd November 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Sex offender who targeted children online has sentenced increased – Attorney General’s Office

Posted November 24th, 2017 in appeals, child abuse, internet, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sex offender, Paul Leighton, has had his sentence increased to 20 years in prison.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 23rd November 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Civil standard of proof set to be adopted for professional misconduct proceedings for barristers – Bar Standards Board

‘Following a public consultation earlier this year, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has decided to change the standard of proof applied when barristers, and others regulated by the BSB, face disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct. Subject to approval from the Legal Services Board (LSB), the standard of proof will change from the criminal standard (“beyond reasonable doubt”) to the civil standard (“on the balance of probabilities”). The change will bring the Bar’s disciplinary arrangements in line with most other professions.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th November 2017

Source: www.barstandsboard.org.uk

Applications open for employment tribunal fee refunds as scheme rolls out – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 16th, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, press releases, repayment by tracey

‘All those eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds can apply from today, following a successful opening phase of the scheme.”

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Ministry of Justice, 15th November 2017

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

Bar Council insurance call for employed barristers gets go-ahead – The Bar Council‎

Posted November 14th, 2017 in barristers, insurance, press releases, pro bono work by tracey

‘Employed barristers will now be allowed to carry out pro bono work as the Bar Council’s call for professional indemnity insurance (PII) extension to cover the employed Bar has been approved by Bar Mutual.’

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The Bar Council, 13th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk