Law Commission seeks views on smart contracts – Law Commission

Posted December 17th, 2020 in computer programs, contracts, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘The Law Commission has today [17 December 2020] launched a call for evidence to help ensure that the technology of smart contracts can thrive in England and Wales.’

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Law Comission, 17th December 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

New surrender scheme starts to keep dangerous weapons off the streets – Home Office

Posted December 11th, 2020 in firearms, government departments, offensive weapons, police, press releases, violence by tracey

‘Measures to keep dangerous weapons off the streets are a step closer today with the opening of a surrender scheme, under prohibitions introduced in the Offensive Weapons Act.’

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Home Office, 10th December 2020

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Family Justice Board statement: Priorities for the family justice system – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 11th, 2020 in families, family courts, press releases by tracey

‘The Family Justice Board has produced a statement, that summarises the priority actions it intends to pursue in response both to immediate pressures within the family justice system, and to bring about longer-term reform.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 10th December 2020

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Child Trust Fund court fees waived for parents – Ministry of Justice

‘Parents or guardians of children who lack mental capacity can ask for court fees to be waived when seeking access to a Child Trust Fund, the government has announced today (1 December, 2020).’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st December 2020

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

BSB publishes anti-racist statement – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night agreed an anti-racist statement which aims to reduce race inequality at the Bar of England and Wales.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th November 2020

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB publishes its first Regulatory Decisions Report – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its first annual Regulatory Decisions Report. It covers the year ending on 31 March 2020.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th November 2020

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Immigration Act receives Royal Assent: free movement to end on 31 December 2020 – Home Office

Posted November 12th, 2020 in brexit, EC law, freedom of movement, immigration, legislation, press releases by tracey

‘The Immigration Act has today (Wednesday 11 November 2020) received Royal Assent and been signed into law. This means free movement will end around seven weeks from now, at 11pm on 31 December 2020.’

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Home Office, 11th November 2020

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 12th, 2020 in children, divorce, family courts, parental responsibility, press releases by tracey

‘A report by the Family Solutions Group, entitled What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation, has been published.

President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, said: “This report brings together the various lines of thinking of recent years aimed at finding a better way to achieve good co-parenting between separated parents. It is an important and impressive document.”‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 12th November 2020

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Helen’s Law receives Royal Assent – Ministry of Justice

‘Killers who withhold information on their victims could spend longer behind bars.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th November 2020

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

Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020 – 2025 launched – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 5th, 2020 in diversity, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘The Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy has been published today (Thursday 5 November). It sets out the ambition, aim and objectives for the judiciary over the next five years.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 5th November 2020

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Law Commission begins project on Corporate Criminal Liability – Law Commission

‘The Government has asked the Law Commission to investigate the laws around corporate criminal liability and provide options to reform them.’

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Law Commission, 3rd November 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Lord Chancellor’s Speech: Opening of the Legal Year Service – Ministry of Justice

‘Speech delivered by the Lord Chancellor at Temple Church for the Opening of the Legal Year Service.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd October 2020

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