Reforms to confiscation regime to recover £8 million more per year – Law Commission

‘Proposals to reform the confiscation regime could help recover an extra £8 million per year from convicted criminals, by more accurately and efficiently determining a defendant’s criminal proceeds and more effectively enforcing confiscation orders. The proposals are outlined in a consultation paper published today [17 September 2020] by the Law Commission of England and Wales.’

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Law Commission, 17th September 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Message from the Lord Chief Justice: Diversity of the judiciary – 2020 statistics – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

‘I welcome publication of the Judicial Diversity Forum’s combined statistical report. It brings together data on the diversity of the judiciary, judicial appointments and from the relevant professional bodies (the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 17th September 2020

Source: www.judiciary.uk

BSB announces new opportunities to sit Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) exams – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 14th, 2020 in equality, internet, press releases by tracey

‘The Director General of the Bar Standards Board has repeated his apology to students who were affected by the technical difficulties which they faced in sitting their BPTC exams in August. Further to his previous announcement on 18 August, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has also today announced that course providers will be offering new opportunities to sit the centralised BPTC and Bar Transfer Test (BTT) assessments in Professional Ethics and Civil and Criminal Litigation in the traditional pen and paper format starting from 5 October.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th September 2020

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

New stop and search powers for convicted knife criminals – Home Office

‘Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs) are designed to ensure repeat offenders are more likely to be caught and put in prison.’

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Home Office, 14th September 2010

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Greater protections for victims of online abuse proposed by Law Commission – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has today published proposals to better protect victims from harmful online behaviour including abusive messages or emails, cyberflashing, and pile-on harassment. Reforms to tackle the malicious sharing of information known to be false have also been proposed.’

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Law Commission, 11th September 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Reforms to UK’s antiquated spying laws published by Law Commission – Law Commission

‘Reform is needed to bring the law into the 21st century and protect the United Kingdom from espionage (spying) and unauthorised disclosures (leaks), according to a report from the Law Commission that has been laid in Parliament today [01 September 2020].’

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Law Commission, 1st September 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

New research reveals full impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the self-employed Bar – The Bar Council

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, press releases, self-employment by tracey

‘New research from the Bar Council has revealed the challenge faced by many self-employed barristers in England and Wales as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.’

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The Bar Council, 1st July 2020

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Coronavirus recovery in Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service – Ministry of Justice

‘The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland has today (1 July 2020) outlined a ‘renewal for justice’ as courts harness increased investment, improved technology and a range of emergency measures to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2020

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

Court of Appeal to live-stream family cases – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 13th, 2020 in appeals, families, family courts, internet, press releases, video recordings by tracey

‘Family hearings at the Court of Appeal will be live-streamed under a joint initiative by the judiciary and government to boost transparency in the justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th March 2020

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

Landmark Immigration Bill to end free movement introduced to Parliament – Home Office

Posted March 5th, 2020 in bills, freedom of movement, immigration, press releases by tracey

‘The bill will end free movement and give the government full control of UK borders for the first time in four decades.’

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Home Office, 5th March 2020

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Sentencing Code unveiled in Parliament – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 5th, 2020 in bills, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Plans to simplify the country’s complex sentencing laws moved a step closer today (5 March 2020) as Ministers unveiled a Bill in Parliament.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th March 2020

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

New support plan to improve jails – Ministry of Justice

‘A new intensive support programme will help challenging jails to improve safety and rehabilitation, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer announced today (28 February 2020).’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th February 2020

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

Automatic early release of terrorists ends – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 27th, 2020 in bills, parole, press releases, release on licence, terrorism by tracey

‘The automatic early release of terrorist offenders will end as emergency legislation to ensure the public is protected receives Royal Assent.’

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Ministry of Justice, 26th February 2020

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

Government launches public consultation on pre-charge bail – Home Office

‘New consultation aims to put the needs of victims first and ensure police are supported to investigate crimes.’

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Home Office, 5th February 2020

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Improved drafting of Immigration Rules to save Government £70 million – Law Commission

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in immigration, Law Commission, legislative drafting, press releases by tracey

‘Improvements to the way that Immigration Rules are written and presented would make them easier to follow for applicants and save the Government almost £70 million over ten years. This is according to the Law Commission, the independent law reform agency, that published its report on the Simplification of the Immigration Rules today.’

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Law Commission, 14th January 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Serious violent and sexual offenders to spend longer in prison – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in imprisonment, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences, violent offenders by tracey

‘Serious violent and sexual criminals will face more time behind bars under Government plans to better protect the public and restore confidence in the justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd January 2020

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

Bar Council responds to televised court plans – The Bar Council

Posted January 17th, 2020 in barristers, courts, press releases, sentencing, video recordings by tracey

‘Reality TV-style broadcasting of criminals being sentenced comes with risks that need to be guarded against, warns the Bar Council today as the Government looks to make the justice system more open with plans to film Crown Court sentencing.’

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The Bar Council, 16th January 2020

Source: www.barcouncil.oeg.uk

Home Office overhauls police complaints and discipline process – Home Office

‘Today (Friday 10 January) the Home Office is introducing legislation that will shake up how complaints made against the police are handled and improve the discipline system for officers.’

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Home Office, 10th January 2020

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

‘Helen’s Law’ returns to Parliament – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 9th, 2020 in bills, child abuse, disclosure, murder, parole, press releases, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Murderers and paedophiles who refuse to disclose information about their victims could spend longer behind bars as a bill to enact “Helen’s Law” enters Parliament today (8 January 2020).’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th January 2020

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

Options for reforming valuation in leasehold enfranchisement published by Law Commission – Law Commission

Posted January 9th, 2020 in enfranchisement, leases, press releases, valuation by tracey

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales has today [09 January 2020] published a report setting out options to reduce the cost that leaseholders have to pay to buy the freehold or extend the lease of their homes (known as “enfranchisement”). The reforms have the potential to make the process easier and more affordable for millions of leaseholders across England and Wales.’

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Law commission, 9th January 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov