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

LSB launches internal governance rules consultation – Legal Services Board

Posted November 10th, 2017 in consultations, legal services, Legal Services Board, press releases by tracey

‘The Legal Service Board has today published a consultation on its internal governance rules (IGR) for the legal services regulators.’

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Legal Services Board, 9th November 2017

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Trader jailed for offering to sell elephant tusks and rhino horns – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 10th, 2017 in animals, environmental protection, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘An illegal trader who offered to sell elephant tusks, rhino horns, and hippopotamus teeth has been jailed for a total of 14 months after breaking wildlife protection laws.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th November 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

The government response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 – Home Office

Posted November 7th, 2017 in licensing, parliament, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The government response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny.’

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Home Office, 6th November 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

New ethics and practice website launched for barristers – The Bar Council

‘A new website devoted entirely to helping barristers with ethical and practice queries has been launched by the Bar Council to support its members.’

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The Bar Council, 6th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Wellbeing at the Bar success prompts quarterly roll-out of new Certificate – The Bar Council

Posted November 7th, 2017 in barristers, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘The Wellbeing at the Bar website has acted as a catalyst in bringing the Bar’s attention to wellbeing. Following the successful introduction of a Certificate of Recognition for good wellbeing practice, which attracted over 30 applications in its inaugural round, the Bar Council has announced that it will reopen Certificate applications. This will enable chambers, Inns, Circuits, Specialist Bar Associations and organisations that employ barristers to apply on an ongoing basis, with applications assessed each quarter.’

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The Bar Council, 6th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

First Courts & Tribunals Service Centres launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in courts, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

‘The country’s first Courts & Tribunals Service Centres will be launched in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2017

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

Secretary of State’s oral statement on sentencing – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in elections, imprisonment, parliament, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Rt Hon David Lidington MP, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, has today delivered an Oral Statement to the House of Commons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2017

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

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012: Post-Legislative Memorandum – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in legal aid, legislation, press releases, reports, sentencing by tracey

‘This document serves as the post-legislative memorandum for Parts 1, 2 and 3 of LASPO. It is being published with regard to the post-legislative scrutiny process. The memorandum was presented to the Justice Select Committee on 30 October 2017.’

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Ministry of Justice, 30th October 2017

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

Government starts work on Law Commission health care and mental capacity recommendations – Law Commission

‘The Government has launched a new consultation looking at the regulation of health care professionals, based on recommendations from a 2014 report by the UK Law Commissions.’

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Law Commission, 1st November 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Ratification of the Council of Europe convention on combating violence against women and domestic violence – Home Office

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in domestic violence, human rights, press releases, reports, treaties by tracey

‘The report sets out measures being taken by the government toward ratifying the Istanbul Convention.’

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Home Office, 1st November 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

BSB publishes updated disciplinary tribunal regulations and rules on parental leave in new BSB Handbook – Bar Standards Board

‘A new rule clarifying how vulnerable witnesses give evidence is one of a set of new and updated disciplinary tribunal regulations published today in the new version of the BSB handbook. The revised Handbook also contains new rules about shared parental leave, in addition to some minor amendments to provide additional clarity.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st November 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Consultation launched on laws around antique firearms – Home Office

Posted October 19th, 2017 in consultations, firearms, press releases by tracey

‘Public invited to give their views as new figures show the number of antique weapons recovered in criminal circumstances doubled between 2012 and 2016.’

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Home Office, 19th October 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Child killer gets longer life sentence – Attorney General’s Office

Posted October 19th, 2017 in appeals, murder, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Marvyn Iheanacho who killed a 5 year old boy has had his sentence increased by 3 years after representation at the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 17th October 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Life sentences for killer drivers – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 17th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, dangerous driving, drug abuse, homicide, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Ministers confirm plans to introduce tougher sentences for those who drive irresponsibly and devastate lives.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th October 2017

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

New sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences proposed – Sentencing Council

Posted October 13th, 2017 in press releases, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Today, the Sentencing Council has published its proposals for how those convicted of terrorism offences in England and Wales should be sentenced.’

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Sentencing Council, 12th October 2017

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

Making Britain the safest place in the world to be online – Ministry of Justice

‘Britain is to become the safest place in the world to be online thanks to new proposals announced today by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th October 2017

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

Home Office to review air weapons regulation in England and Wales – Home Office

Posted October 11th, 2017 in coroners, government departments, licensing, press releases, weapons by tracey

‘The government is to review the regulation of air weapons licensing, following a request from the Suffolk coroner.’

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Home Office, 10th October 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

CPS report shows more offenders are being successfully prosecuted for sexual crimes than ever before – Crown Prosecution Service

‘More defendants than ever before are being prosecuted and convicted for sexual offences across England and Wales, new figures reveal today. The Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report outlines the huge increases in convictions for rape (48%) and other sexual offences (79%) that have been witnessed in the decade since the first VAWG report was published in 2007-08.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th October 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk