Allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham: Wanless and Whittam QC review – Home Office

Posted July 18th, 2018 in child abuse, press releases, reports, sexual grooming by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has today published Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC’s independent review into information passed to the Home Office in connection with allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham.’

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Home Office, 17th July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Judicial Protocol update: Expedition of Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 17th, 2018 in children, courts, press releases, reports, witnesses by tracey

‘A Protocol between The National Police Chiefs’ Council, The Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service to Expedite Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th July 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Care home boss who stole millions from residents jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The owner of a care home who tried to defraud residents out of £4.1million by isolating them from their families and persuading them to make him a beneficiary of their wills has been jailed today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Law reform needed to help leaseholders take control of their buildings – Law Commission

Posted July 5th, 2018 in landlord & tenant, Law Commission, leases, press releases by tracey

‘Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has asked the Law Commission to look at improving the laws which allow leaseholders to manage their own buildings.The legislation on Right to Manage is meant to put power in leaseholders’ hands and stop abuse, by allowing some leasehold property owners to take over the management of a building. But issues with the law have stopped its usage becoming widespread. And those who have taken up the option have found delays, costs and uncertainty.’

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Law Commission, 4th July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

New law to protect people with dementia and learning disabilities announced – Law Commission

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities will be given better protection by a new law announced today by the Government. The new Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, based on Law Commission recommendations, brings in extra protections for those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.’

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Law Commission, 3rd July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

BSB explains how it assures competence at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

‘Following its decision last year not to implement the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published more detail about how it assures the competence of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th July 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

World-class fraud and cybercrime court approved for London’s Fleetbank house site – Ministry of justice

Posted July 5th, 2018 in computer crime, courts, press releases by tracey

‘A new flagship court specifically designed to tackle cybercrime, fraud, and economic crime will reinforce the UK’s reputation as a world-leading legal centre, the Lord Chancellor will announce tonight (Wednesday 4 July).’

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Ministry of justice, 4th July 2018

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

Man jailed for 1989 rape – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 29th, 2018 in press releases, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘A 64-year-old man has today been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment after he found guilty at Stafford Crown Court of raping a teenager in 1989.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 28th June 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

BSB shares good practice for barristers and advice for clients on consumer feedback – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 29th, 2018 in barristers, consumer protection, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new guidance that aims to encourage barristers to follow good practice when they receive feedback from their clients. It has also published a guide for the public about using and leaving feedback about barristers’ services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th June 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Fraud, bribery and money laundering offences: Assessment of guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted June 27th, 2018 in bribery, fraud, money laundering, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published its assessment of the impact of its Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering offences guideline on sentencing trends, under its statutory duty to monitor the operation and effect of its sentencing guidelines and to draw conclusions from this information.’

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Sentencing Council, 26th June 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Sentencing of drug offences involving newer and less common drugs – Sentencing Council

Posted June 27th, 2018 in drug offences, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Since publication of the Drug Offences guideline in 2012, there has been an increase in the number of cases before the courts involving newer drugs, such as synthetic opioids, which may have much higher potency and potential to cause harm than more common drugs. In addition, some new offences have been created, for example, those in the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. We have therefore published guidance on the sentencing of offences involving newer and less common drugs, in particular covering how to assess the harm caused.’

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Sentencing Council, 25th June 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Secretary of State launches dedicated strategy to ‘break the cycle’ of female offending – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 27th, 2018 in imprisonment, press releases, prisons, rehabilitation, women by tracey

‘The female offender strategy sets out a commitment to divert the most vulnerable women in the criminal justice system away from custody through the provision of tailored support.’

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Ministry of Justice, 27th June 2018

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

Time to get tougher on harassment and bullying, says Bar Council as it publishes new report on Barristers’ Working Lives Survey – The Bar Council

Posted June 27th, 2018 in barristers, bullying, harassment, press releases by tracey

‘New figures from the Barristers’ Working Lives 2017: Harassment and bullying report, released by the Bar Council today, indicate that reports of harassment or bullying and discrimination within the barristers’ profession, as well as reports of observations of harassment or bullying and discrimination, have increased in comparison with previous years.’

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The Bar Council, 26th June 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Updating the law of insurable interest – Law Commission

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in insurance, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission have today published updated draft legislation intended to pull the law of insurable interest into the 21st century.’

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Law Commission, 20th June 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Windrush lessons learned review – Home Office

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in citizenship, colonies, compensation, immigration, press releases by tracey

‘Wendy Williams, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary will have oversight of the Windrush lessons learned review, the Home Secretary announced today.

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Home Office, 21st June 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Consultation launched on General guideline for offences not covered by specific guidance – Sentencing Council

Posted June 21st, 2018 in consultations, criminal justice, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on a General sentencing guideline for use when sentencing offences for which there is no existing guideline.’

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Sentencing Council, 19th June 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Home Office launches review into medical use of cannabis – Home Office

Posted June 21st, 2018 in drug offences, licensing, medical treatment, medicines, press releases by tracey

‘The Home Secretary today announced a review into the scheduling of cannabis for medicinal purposes.’

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Home Office, 19th June 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Teenager sentenced after naming sex abuse victims online – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The sister of a convicted sex offender who posted the names of his victims online has been sentenced.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th June 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Government introduces new Offensive Weapons Bill to tackle serious violence – Home Office

Posted June 21st, 2018 in bills, crime, internet, offensive weapons, press releases, young persons by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has today (Wednesday 20 June) introduced new legislation to ban the delivery of knives and corrosives bought online to residential addresses.’

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Home Office, 20th June 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Government acts to make ‘upskirting’ a specific offence – Ministry of Justice

‘‘Upskirting’ is set to become a specific criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to two years behind bars, under a new law backed by Government.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th June 2018

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