Review of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 – Home Office

‘This review sought to measure changes in outcomes before and after the implementation of the Act, to provide an indication of whether its aims are being achieved.’

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Home Office, 19th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Courts to pilot more flexible hours for the benefit of the public – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 16th, 2018 in courts, flexible working, pilot schemes, press releases by tracey

‘Early and late sittings will be piloted in civil and family courts, giving people greater access to hearings that can fit around their busy lives.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th November 2018

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

Man jailed for targeting grieving families with online abuse – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A man who admitted targeting Facebook memorial pages with sickening messages has been jailed for 14 months today (15 Oct) at Newcastle Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th November 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Sentencing Council launches online sentencing guidelines for use in the Crown Court – Sentencing Council

Posted November 8th, 2018 in internet, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The launch of the Crown Court guidelines online marks the latest step in the Council’s programme to deliver guidelines in a digital format that is immediately accessible, quick and easy to use, and designed to support the ways in which Judges, Magistrates and other users work.’

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Sentencing Council, 8th November 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Latvian human trafficking gang jailed for East Midlands plot – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Nine members of an organised crime group based in the East Midlands and Latvia have been jailed for human trafficking offences against 28 victims.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 7th November 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New research questions link between austerity and legal aid cuts – The Bar Council

‘New research commissioned by the Bar Council reveals the full scale of a decade of dis-investment in justice and argues that decisions to make wholesale budget cuts cannot be blamed on austerity measures alone.’

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The Bar Council, 1st November 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Confiscation regime review to ensure crime doesn’t pay – Law Commission

‘Confiscation laws will be reviewed to ensure they’re effectively depriving convicted offenders of their ill-gotten gains, the Law Commission has announced today.’

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Law Commission, 7th November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are launching the first of a series of public consultations about crucial legal reforms which will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles.’

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Law Commission, 8th November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Publication of revised Code for Crown Prosecutors – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 26th, 2018 in codes of practice, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases by tracey

‘Revisions to the Code for Crown Prosecutors have been unveiled today by Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bar Council: LASPO has failed – The Bar Council

‘Legislation passed five years ago has failed to meet its aims and has created an unfair and inefficient justice system, says the Bar Council as new research shows the true impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO).’

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The Bar Council, 25th October 2018

Government not to legislate for level crossings reform – Law Commission

Posted October 9th, 2018 in health & safety, Law Commission, legislation, press releases, railways, transport by tracey

‘The Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have noted the UK Government’s decision not to introduce legislation to implement our 2013 joint Report on Level Crossings. Instead, administrative changes are proposed that are very much in the spirit of our recommendations.’

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law Commission, 8th October 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Disabled victims of hate crime receiving improved service from prosecutors – report – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 9th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, disabled persons, hate crime, press releases by tracey

‘A network of prosecutors dedicated to tackling hate crime has helped the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) improve the experience of disabled victims, an inspection report has found.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 9th October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

People traffickers jailed after exploiting vulnerable and homeless people – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A gang of human traffickers, including six members of the same family, have been jailed for more than 24 years’ for trafficking and exploiting vulnerable and homeless people.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Specialist financial crime unit to crack down on prison gangs – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 4th, 2018 in crime, money laundering, press releases, prisons by tracey

‘A new specialist unit will identify and freeze bank accounts linked to organised crime behind bars, Justice Secretary David Gauke announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd October 2018

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

Gang member jailed for London acid attack – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 4th, 2018 in conspiracy, hazardous substances, press releases, robbery, sentencing by tracey

‘The ringleader of a gang who sprayed corrosive cleaning fluid in the face of a shopkeeper during a failed robbery has been jailed for ten years, with a further four years on licence.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

BSB improves efficiency in complaint handling – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 28th, 2018 in barristers, complaints, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Enforcement Report for 2017-18. The report provides an overview of the regulator’s enforcement work during the year and includes statistics about the volume, trends and outcomes of complaints about barristers, including disciplinary proceedings.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th September 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Consultation launched into how employment law disputes are decided – Law Commission

Posted September 27th, 2018 in consultations, employment, jurisdiction, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘The jurisdiction of employment tribunals, and the areas where they share jurisdiction with the civil courts to hear employment and discrimination claims, are being independently reviewed in a consultation paper. The Law Commission – an independent body set up to reform the law – has today published a consultation paper which asks questions about many areas of shared and exclusive jurisdiction to hear employment law and discrimination law claims.’

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Law Commission, 26th September 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

UK agrees principles for tackling modern slavery in supply chains – Home Office

‘The UK has developed, alongside the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, principles for nations to adopt to tackle modern slavery in global supply chains.’

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Home Office, 25th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Woman who laundered money from corrupt payments to her brother sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 27th, 2018 in confiscation, conspiracy, money laundering, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who hid $3.5 million in corrupt payments by letting it pass through her foreign bank accounts has been given a suspended prison sentence today (25 September).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th September 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

A fairer deal for leaseholders of houses and flats – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has proposed a series of radical reforms designed to provide a better deal for leaseholders who want to purchase the freehold or to extend the lease of their home.’

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Law commission, 20th September 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk