BSB publishes a new guide for barristers working with vulnerable immigration clients – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published an online guide to assist immigration barristers when they work closely with vulnerable clients. The new resource will help immigration barristers to identify, assess and manage vulnerability as well as help them to meet their regulatory and other legal duties.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th April 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Gang members jailed for modern slavery – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Two London gang members who trafficked a teenage girl to Swansea to deal heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Former church minister jailed for historical sex offences – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 13th, 2018 in press releases by tracey

‘A former church minister has been jailed for historical sex offences committed over a period of 22 years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Family convicted of forced labour and modern slavery – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 13th, 2018 in press releases by tracey

‘Members of a Slovakian family have today (10 April) been convicted of trafficking people into the United Kingdom and forcing them to work for little or no pay.
Five members of the Newcastle-based Rafael family were found guilty of the systematic exploitation of homeless, unemployed and vulnerable people from Eastern Europe following a trial at Teesside Crown Court. Two further family members pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Home Secretary to launch Serious Violence Strategy – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd today sets out a multi-million pound commitment to steering young people away from crime and tackling violent drug-dealing gangs.’

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Home Office, 9th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Benefits fraudster ordered to pay back £190,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 9th, 2018 in benefits, fraud, press releases, proceeds of crime, repayment by tracey

‘A woman who was jailed for making false benefit claims – including lying that she needed 24-hour care – has been ordered to pay back £189,725 to the taxpayer.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Woman who invented dead husband in Grenfell Tower fraud jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 9th, 2018 in fraud, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who pretended to be the widow of a Grenfell Tower victim so she could claim money and accommodation has been jailed for fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Home Office announces plans for Offensive Weapons Bill to tackle serious violence – Home Office

Posted April 9th, 2018 in bills, offensive weapons, press releases by tracey

‘A ban on the sale of the most dangerous corrosive products to under-18s and tough restrictions on online sales of knives were announced today (Sunday 8 April) by the Home Office.’

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Home Office, 8th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Sheffield man jailed for longer for disability hate crime after Solicitor General’s action – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 29th, 2018 in assault, gangs, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Shakaiyah Swindells, who was part of a Sheffield trio who assaulted and imprisoned a vulnerable victim has had his sentence increased.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Former private school teacher jailed for longer for sexual abuse – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 29th, 2018 in child abuse, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences, teachers by tracey

‘A former private boarding school teacher who sexually abused 4 of his pupils has had his sentence increased.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Statement from the Justice Secretary on judgment re: John Worboys – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 29th, 2018 in consultations, disclosure, parole, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Statement from the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, David Gauke, in response to today’s judgment.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th March 2018

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

Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline on terrorism offences – Sentencing Council

Posted March 28th, 2018 in press releases, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘New sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences have been published today, marking the first time that comprehensive guidance has been produced for courts in England and Wales. The guidelines have been introduced to deal with the changing nature of terrorist offending and to ensure that courts have the guidance they need to deal with these serious and difficult cases, punishing offenders and disrupting their activities.’

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Sentencing Council, 28th March 2018

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

Arson and criminal damage – consultation launched on sentencing guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted March 27th, 2018 in arson, consultations, criminal damage, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published proposed new guidelines covering arson and criminal damage offences. The guidelines, for courts in England and Wales, will help ensure consistent and proportionate sentencing for these offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 27th march 2018

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

Sentencing Code considers additional youth sentencing laws – consultation – Law Commission

Posted March 26th, 2018 in consultations, press releases, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘The Law Commission has launched a short consultation on youth sentencing as part of its work to create a single Sentencing Code.’

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Law Commission, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Lorry drivers jailed for fatal crash on motorway – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 26th, 2018 in careless driving, dangerous driving, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Two lorry drivers have been jailed after they caused a motorway crash which killed eight people travelling in a minibus.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Tube terror attack youth jailed for life – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A teenager from west London who was convicted of attempted murder after his homemade bomb exploded in a packed tube carriage has been jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 34 years in prison.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Statement from the Chair of the Bar on AGFS – The Bar Council

Posted March 26th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Statement from the Chair of the Bar on AGFS.’

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The Bar Council, 24th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB agrees approach on the role of the Inns of Court in the future of Bar training – Bar Standards Board

‘Following its recent consultation, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed in principle how it should prescribe the future role of the Inns of Court in the training and qualification of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.

Former Salvation Army members convicted of sexual abuse in 70s and 80s – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three men have today been found guilty of sexually abusing young female members of the Salvation Army in Blackpool in the 1970s and 1980s.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 22nd March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Justice Secretary unveils new bill to cut car insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, personal injuries, press releases, road traffic by tracey

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today (20 March 2018) unveiled the Civil Liability Bill, offering hope of lower insurance premiums to millions of motorists.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2018

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