CPS launches Defendants strategy with pledge to focus on mental health, youth justice and disproportionality – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A commitment to fairness for all parties is at the heart of a new Defendants Strategy, launched today by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th July 2022

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Vos issues stern warning to chambers and law firms about embargoes – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has issued a stern warning about breaking embargoes on judgments after a leading chambers accidentally issued a press release a day before the ruling was handed down.’

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Legal Futures, 17th February 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Family mediation scheme to help thousands more parents – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 18th, 2022 in dispute resolution, divorce, families, news, press releases by tracey

‘Thousands more separating parents will avoid stressful courtroom battles as the Government boosts its landmark family mediation scheme with an additional £1.3 million.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th January 2022

Source: www.gov.uk

Tougher penalties for child cruelty through ‘Tony’s Law’ – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 30th, 2021 in bills, child abuse, child cruelty, news, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Child abusers will face more time behind bars after the Government confirmed plans to increase the maximum penalties for a range of cruelty offences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 30th November 2021

Source: www.gov.uk

Offenders to be banned from drinking to cut alcohol-fuelled crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Offenders released from prison face being banned from drinking from today (17 November 2021) under world-first plans to curb alcohol-fuelled crime.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2021

Source: www.gov.uk

Assisted Dying Bill (England & Wales) – Law & Religion UK

Posted October 21st, 2021 in assisted suicide, bills, Christianity, Judaism, news, press releases by sally

‘The second reading of Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill is scheduled for Friday 22 October. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster have issued a joint Press Release, reproduced below, which warns of the risk to vulnerable people should Parliament back a new attempt to change the law on assisted suicide. Links to the information on Physician-assisted dying, including its comparison of the arguments for and against, are also reproduced below.’

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Law & Religion UK, 20th October 2021

Source: lawandreligionuk.com

Government takes legal action against M25 climate protesters – Home Office

‘Activists who have been carrying out a string of disruptive demonstrations along the M25, causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of people, will be in contempt of court if they breach the terms of an interim injunction won by National Highways today (22 September 2021).’

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Home Office, 22nd September 2021

Source: www.gov.uk

New guidelines published for legal professionals practising within the Coroners’ Courts – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 14th, 2021 in bereavement, coroners, legal profession, news, press releases, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and CILEx Regulation have today published new guidance designed to ensure standards for solicitors, barristers and CILEX Advocates working in the Coroners’ Courts.’

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Bar Standards Board, 13th September 2021

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Pet theft taskforce report – Home Office

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in animals, government departments, press releases, reports, theft by tracey

‘This report sets out the findings of the taskforce and the recommendations that the government will be taking forward to tackle the issue of pet theft.’

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Home Office, 3rd September 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Ban on knives, firearms and offensive weapons comes into force – Home Office

‘A tough ban on a wide range of knives, weapons, and firearms comes into force today as part of government action to tackle violent crime and serious violence.’

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Home office, 14th July 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Legal lifeline for people in need – Ministry of Justice

‘People who have fallen on hard times during the pandemic will be helped by extra funding for free legal advice, the government has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2021

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

Attorney General launches new campaign to combat contempt of court online – Attorney General’s Office

Posted June 28th, 2021 in attorney general, contempt of court, internet, press releases by tracey

‘A new campaign has been launched today by the Attorney General, warning of the legal consequences of prejudicing the judicial process via social media.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th June 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Law Commission seek views on corporate criminal liability – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission is seeking views on whether, and how, the law relating to corporate criminal liability can be improved so that they appropriately capture and punish criminal offences committed by corporations, and their directors or senior management.’

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Law Commission, 9th June 2021

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

£200 million investment in rehab services to cut crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Charities and companies which help rehabilitate offenders have been awarded around £200 million of Government funding to help cut crime in the new probation system.’

Ministry of Justice, 21st May 2021

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

Taskforce launched to investigate reported rise in pet thefts – Home Office

Posted May 10th, 2021 in animals, crime prevention, government departments, press releases, theft by tracey

‘Taskforce will investigate and draw up action to tackle these crimes.’

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Home Office, 8th May 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Proposals to allow electronic documents would revolutionise trade – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has announced a consultation on proposals to allow for the legal recognition of electronic versions of documents such as bills of lading and bills of exchange. If implemented, the reforms could revolutionise global trade and bring the processes into the 21st Century. We are also considering reform of the legal treatment of cryptoassets and digital assets and today published a call for evidence as part of that process (see below).’

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Law Commission, 30th April 2021

Source: https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/proposals-to-allow-electronic-documents-would-revolutionise-trade/

Longer jail terms and stricter monitoring as new terror laws gain Royal Assent – Ministry of Justice

‘The biggest shake-up of terrorist sentencing and monitoring in decades has been granted Royal Assent today (29 April 2021) – giving the courts, police and security services greater powers to protect the public.’

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Ministry of Justice, 29th April 2021

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

Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent  – Home Office

‘The Bill provides protection to millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthens measures to tackle perpetrators.’

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Home Office, 29th April 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Draft Bill for transfer of ownership rules published by Law Commission – Law Commission

Posted April 26th, 2021 in bills, consumer protection, Law Commission, press releases, sale of goods by tracey

‘The Law Commission has today published a draft Bill that would introduce new rules into the Consumer Rights Act 2015 about the transfer of ownership under contracts for the sale of goods between a trader and a consumer.’

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Law Commission, 23rd April 2021

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Sobriety tags launched in England to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Sobriety tags and drinking bans aimed at reducing alcohol-fuelled crimes launch in England today (Wednesday 31 March), following a successful rollout in Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 31st March 2021

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