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

Home Office ‘presenting opinion as fact’ on immigration issues, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘Prominent barristers have accused the Home Office of misleading the public on immigration issues in the UK in breach of the civil service code and equating “child rapists” with “failed asylum seekers”.’

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The Independent, 29th March 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Justice overhaul to better protect the public and back our police – Ministry of Justice

‘Cutting crime and building safer communities will be at the heart of new legislation unveiled in Parliament today (9 March 2021).’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th March 2021

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

New laws to protect victims added to Domestic Abuse Bill – Home Office

‘A raft of new amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill will be presented, providing greater protections for victims and further clamping down on perpetrators.’

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Home Office, 1st March 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Reforms to laws around intimate image abuse proposed to better protect victims – Law Commission

‘Proposals to improve protections for victims whose intimate images are taken or shared without their consent have today [26 February 2021] been published by the Law Commission of England and Wales.’

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Law Commission, 26th February 2021

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

New witness statements Practice Direction approved – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted February 19th, 2021 in civil procedure rules, evidence, practice directions, press releases, witnesses by tracey

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has approved new Practice Direction PD57AC which seeks to promote and enforce best practice on the preparation of witness statements.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 18th February 2021

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Requirement for all parole hearings to be held in private to be relaxed – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 9th, 2021 in parole, press releases, privacy, private hearings, victims by tracey

‘The rule which currently requires all parole hearings to be held in private will be relaxed as part of the government’s efforts to increase public confidence in the process.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th February 2021

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

An introduction to the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa – Home Office

Posted February 1st, 2021 in China, colonies, government departments, Hong Kong, immigration, press releases, visas by tracey

‘This leaflet provides the key points of the Hong Kong BN(O) visa, including who can apply, how to apply, costs and eligibility requirements.’

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Home Office, 31st January 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Over 30 years of the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme – Attorney General’s Office

Posted February 1st, 2021 in appeals, criminal justice, press releases, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘For over 30 years the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme has helped victims of crime get justice. The scheme was launched in 1989 following public outcry over a series of controversial sentencing decisions, including the 1986 “Ealing vicarage rape” case where 21-year-old Jill Saward was raped by burglars at her father’s vicarage.’

Attorney General’s Office, 1st February 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Diversity at the Bar is gradually improving but more progress is needed, says BSB report – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 29th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, press releases, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that the profession became increasingly diverse in 2020 and that a greater proportion of barristers disclosed their demographic data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th January 2021

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk