Government backed Stalking Protection Bill receives Royal Assent – Home Office

Posted March 18th, 2019 in bills, press releases, stalking by tracey

‘A new civil order that will help protect victims of stalking has received Royal Assent today, and is included as part of the government’s wider commitments to tackle violence against women and girls.’

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Home Office, 15th March 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

New guidance for prosecutors on mental health conditions and disorders – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 14th, 2019 in Crown Prosecution Service, mental health, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘Guidance for prosecutors on dealing with defendants with mental health issues has been updated to reflect growing understanding of different conditions, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced today. The revised guidance is designed to assist decision making throughout the life of a criminal case, from the initial decision to prosecute, through fitness to plead to sentencing. It has been developed to understand changes in the mental health landscape such as diversion services, and community concerns about the impact on the criminal justice system. A consultation has now been launched so that the views of the public, charities, and health and legal professionals can be considered further before the guidance is finalised.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th March 2019

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Former football coach jailed for offences against young boys – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A former youth football coach has been jailed for 13-and-a-half years for sexual offences against two young boys. He was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 15 years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th March 2019

Kingpin of North Wales drugs gangs sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 5th, 2019 in drug offences, drug trafficking, gangs, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The boss of a multi-million pound class A drug-smuggling operation, has been sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 1st March 2019

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Lord Chief Justice sets up advisory group on Artificial Intelligence – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 5th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, courts, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘To make sure the Judiciary of England and Wales is fully informed about developments in artificial intelligence (AI), the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, has set up a new advisory body.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th March 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Is social media harming our criminal justice system? – Attorney General’s Office

‘Publication of the government’s response to its Call for Evidence on the impact of social media on the administration of justice.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 5th March 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Access to compensation scheme for victims who lived with their attacker – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 28th, 2019 in criminal injuries compensation, domestic violence, press releases, victims by tracey

‘More victims of violent crime will be able to claim compensation, as the government today (28 February 2019) brought forward legislation to abolish the longstanding pre-1979 “same-roof” rule.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th February 2019

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

Hizballah to be banned alongside other terrorist organisations – Home Office

Posted February 25th, 2019 in Islam, Israel, political parties, press releases, terrorism by tracey

‘Hizballah, Ansaroul Islam and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM) are set to be banned following their proscription as terrorist organisations.’

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Home Office, 25th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

New Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner announced – Home Office

Posted February 25th, 2019 in enforcement, forced labour, police, press releases, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Sara Thornton to take up role to help combat modern slavery.’

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Home Office, 22nd February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Family sentenced over £240,000 theft and damage at Thwaites brewery – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in burglary, conspiracy, criminal damage, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Two family members who ransacked the historic Thwaites Brewery, causing more than £240,000 in damage, were sentenced to a combined eight years in prison today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st February 2019

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Police to get more stop and search powers to tackle acid attacks – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Sajid Javid will give police new powers to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying a corrosive substance in public.’

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Home Office, 20th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Pilot guilty of endangering life after crashing illegal commercial flight – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 21st, 2019 in aircraft, negligence, press releases, professional conduct by tracey

‘A pilot has today been found guilty of breaching aviation laws after his overloaded plane crashed near the M62.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th February 2019

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

‘Upskirting’ now a specific crime as bill receives Royal Assent – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 12th, 2019 in bills, outraging public decency, photography, press releases, sexual offences by tracey

‘‘Upskirting’ perpetrators face two years in prison and being placed on the sex offenders register, as a new law making the act a specific criminal offence is expected to receive Royal Assent today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th February 2019

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

Home Secretary announces further action to target youth violence – Home Office

Posted February 12th, 2019 in crime prevention, offensive weapons, press releases, violence, young persons by tracey

‘The Home Secretary today (Monday 11 February) announced 2 new initiatives to steer vulnerable young people away from a life of serious violence.’

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Home Office, 11th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Planning appeal decisions could be cut by 5 months – Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Posted February 12th, 2019 in appeals, delay, housing, planning, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Independent review says the average time to decide a planning appeal inquiry could be slashed from 47 to 26 weeks.’

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Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government , 12th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-housing-communities-and-local-government

Professor Dame Carol Black announced as independent reviewer of drugs – Home Office

Posted February 11th, 2019 in drug offences, press releases, violence by tracey

‘Today (Friday 8 February), the Home Secretary has appointed Professor Dame Carol Black to lead a major review that will look into the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence.’

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Home Office, 8th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

LASPO Review: Bar Council reaction – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has reacted to the Ministry of Justice’s LASPO Part 1 review, published today. Richard Atkins QC, Chair of the Bar Council, said: “The Bar Council is disappointed with the Government’s post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (“LASPO”), published today. When the Bar Council gave evidence to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) last year on the impact of the LASPO cuts to legal aid we identified five priorities to help reverse the decline in legal aid provision over almost six years. (See notes to editors). Few have been addressed.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 7th February 2019

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Government announces plans to tackle illegal traveller sites – Home Office

‘The Home Secretary has today (Wednesday 6 February) announced plans to give police tough new powers to crackdown on illegal traveller sites.’

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Home Office, 6th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

BSB agrees new transparency rules for the Bar – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night agreed new rules to improve transparency standards for barristers’ clients. Subject to Legal Services Board (LSB) approval, the new rules will come into force in May 2019, with compliance spot-checking by the regulator starting from 2020.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st February 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB reviews pupillage recruitment practice at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

‘New research published today presents the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB’s) review of the way in which pupillages were advertised in 2018 and in the selection criteria used by barristers’ chambers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 21st January 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk