Bar Council launches new debate over legal aid – The Bar Council

Posted May 20th, 2008 in barristers, legal aid, press releases by sally

“Discussion Paper calls for reforms to protect the most vulnerable and the interests of justice.”

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The Bar Council, 20th May 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Large Scale Expansion Of Britain’s Detention Estate – Home Office

Posted May 20th, 2008 in immigration, press releases by sally

“The UK Border Agency today (19 May) announced plans for up to 60 per cent more immigration removal centre places. The extra spaces, which will total between 1,300 and 1,500, will help the new Agency lift the number of removals of illegal immigrants up from its current performance of one removal every eight minutes.”

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Home Office, 19th May 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Law Commission welcomes new Commissioner – Law Commission

Posted May 19th, 2008 in Law Commission, press releases by sally

“The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, today announced the appointment of Professor Elizabeth Cooke to the post of Law Commissioner.”

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Law Commission, 19th May 2008

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

British Crime Survey Extended To Under-16s As Design Experts Meet To Tackle Youth Crime – Home Office

Posted May 15th, 2008 in crime, press releases, statistics, young offenders by sally

“Forty of the UK’s leading technology designers and manufacturers will today (14 May) join Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and a number of young people to discuss new ways of harnessing the power of design to protect young people from crime – particularly theft of ‘hot products’ like mobile phones and MP3 players.”

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Home Office press release, 14th May 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Revised Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines – Published 12 May 2008 – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted May 12th, 2008 in magistrates, press releases, sentencing by sally

“The first revised magistrates’ court sentencing guidelines in four years have today been published by the Sentencing Guidelines Council.”

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Revised Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines (PDF)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 12th May 2008

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Home Secretary: We’re fighting back – Home Office

Posted May 9th, 2008 in ASBOs, press releases, recidivists by sally

“A new ‘action squad’ will work with police and local agencies in every community to help them take on the problem of anti-social behaviour.”

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Home Office, 8th May 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Bar Standards Board announces new Director – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 9th, 2008 in barristers, press releases by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of Mandie Lavin as its new Director.”

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Bar Standards Board, 8th May 2008

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

CPS publishes response to All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Antisemitism – Crown Prosecution Service

“A Crown Prosecution Service investigation into cases involving antisemitism, carried out as part of its response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, has found that more needs to be done to encourage victims to support a prosecution.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th May 2008

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Related link: Crown Prosecution Service response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism

Statement: Anthony Leon Peart aka Anthony Leon Joseph – Attorney General’s Office

Posted May 2nd, 2008 in dangerous offenders, press releases by sally

“Statement: Anthony Leon Peart aka Anthony Leon Joseph.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th April 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Bar Chairman Warns of Threats to the Independence of the Legal Profession – The Bar Council

Posted April 30th, 2008 in barristers, forensic science, press releases by sally

“Criminal Bar Association Conference discusses the impact of forensic technology.”

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Th Bar Council, 25th April 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Acceptance of Instructions: BSB launches consultation – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 30th, 2008 in barristers, consultations, press releases by sally

“Proposals for amending rules around acceptance of instructions are the focus of a Bar Standards Board (BSB) consultation issued today.”

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Bar Standards Board, 28th April 2008

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Outcome of consultation on public law family fees – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 22nd, 2008 in consultations, family courts, fees, press releases by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has made a written ministerial statement on the outcome of a consultation on court fees in public law family proceedings.”

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Ministry of Justice, 21st April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Licence to lend: Consumer Credit Appeals Tribunals starts operating – Tribunals Service

Posted April 7th, 2008 in consumer credit, press releases, tribunals by sally

“A newly created tribunal, set up to ensure credit businesses have a more independent route of appeal against decisions by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), starts work today, administered by the Tribunals Service.”

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Tribunals Service, 7th April 2008

Source: www.tribunals.gov.uk

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act comes into force – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 4th, 2008 in corporate manslaughter, press releases by sally

“The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act comes into force this weekend (6 April).”

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Ministry of Justice, 4th April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Ministry of Justice capability review – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 4th, 2008 in Ministry of Justice, press releases by sally

“The findings of the Ministry of Justice’s Capability Review have been published by the Cabinet Office.”

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Attorney General paves the way for “plea negotiations” – Attorney General’s Office

Posted April 4th, 2008 in fraud, plea bargaining, press releases by sally

“The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, has announced a consultation set to examine how a framework for plea negotiations in fraud trials might work in England and Wales.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

New unified border agency launches – Home Office

Posted April 4th, 2008 in customs and excise, immigration, press releases by sally

“Border, immigration, customs and visa checks are all handled by the new UK Border Agency.”

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Home Office, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Public Access – how effective? BSB consults on rules – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 4th, 2008 in barristers, legal services, press releases by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a consultation to assess the effectiveness of arrangements for public access to barristers’ services.”

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council calls on LSC to ditch “failed” high cost contract – The Bar Council

Posted April 4th, 2008 in barristers, contracts, fees, legal services, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council, the professional body for over 15,000 barristers in England and Wales, has called on the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to abandon its proposed new contract for high cost criminal cases and to work together on the swift preparation of a better scheme.”

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The Bar Council, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Government announces a new tranche of specialist domestic violence court systems – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in courts, domestic violence, press releases by sally

“The government has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the victims of domestic violence with the announcement of more than 30 new specialist domestic violence court systems across England and Wales.”

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk