“It’s Your Call” – Bar Council Launches Guide for Aspiring Barristers – The Bar Council

Posted February 26th, 2008 in barristers, legal education, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council has published a new booklet explaining how to become a part of the profession. ‘It’s your call’, produced in the wake of Lord Neuberger’s Entry to the Bar Working Party Report into access to the profession, will be an invaluable tool for school, university and Bar students looking to find out more about the Bar.”

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The Bar Council, 25th February 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Written ministerial statement: Independent Review of the Forum for Preventing Deaths in Custody – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 26th, 2008 in police, press releases, prisons by sally

“Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Maria Eagle comments on the Independent Review of the Forum for Preventing Deaths in Custody. Copies of the review have been placed in the libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

David Hanson: local leadership essential to the future of criminal justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 21st, 2008 in criminal justice, press releases by sally

“Justice Minister David Hanson has called on Local Criminal Justice Boards to take the lead in responding to the needs of their communities and delivering improved services.”

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Ministry of Justice, 20th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Contract for citizenship – Home Office

Posted February 21st, 2008 in citizenship, immigration, press releases by sally

“Major changes proposed to the way foreign nationals achieve British citizenship.”

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Home Office, 20th February 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Council Publishes Guidelines for Sentencers dealing with Assaults and Child Cruelty Offences – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted February 21st, 2008 in assault, child abuse, press releases, sentencing by sally

“On 20 February 2008 the Sentencing Guidelines Council published its definitive guidelines on ‘Assault and Other Offences Against the Person’ and ‘Overarching Principles: Assaults on Children and Cruelty to a Child.’

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Sentencing Guidelines Council, 20th February 2008

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Bar Council and Justice Renew Warning to Peers over Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – The Bar Council

Posted February 20th, 2008 in barristers, criminal justice, criminal procedure, press releases by sally

“The Bill reaches a crucial stage of its consideration by the Upper House later today. The barristers’ representative body and Justice each object to Clause 42, which would amend the test applied by the Court of Appeal when considering an appeal against conviction, and to Clause 105, which would see more non-legal prosecution staff (‘Designated Case Workers’ – DCWs) conducting serious trials in magistrates’ courts.”

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The Bar Council, 20th February 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Lord Carlile Report: Control Orders Are “Justifiable And Proportional” – Home Office

Posted February 19th, 2008 in control orders, press releases, terrorism by sally

“Lord Carlile’s report on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 analyses the operation of the control order system in 2007 and concludes that he ‘would have reached the same decision as the Secretary of State in each case in which a control order has been made, so far as the actual making of the order is concerned’.”

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Home Office press release, 18th February 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Related link: Lord Carlile’s third independent report (PDF)

Reducing delay in child care proceedings – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 13th, 2008 in case management, delay, family courts, press releases by sally

“New guidance for the family courts aimed at reducing unnecessary delay in the care proceedings system was published by the Ministry of Justice today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 13th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

VHCC Letter from the Chairman of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted February 13th, 2008 in barristers, costs, fees, press releases by sally

“The Chairman of the Bar, Tim Dutton QC, has today written to all Heads of Chambers concerning High Cost Criminal Cases. Annexed to the letter are a letter to Richard Collins and a letter to the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, both of which were also sent today.”

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The Bar Council, 13th February 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Regulating barristers of the future: Bar Standards Board consults on the impact of the Legal Services Act – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 8th, 2008 in barristers, legal services, press releases by sally

“The way in which barristers provide services to consumers may change considerably following proposals being published today.”

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Bar Standards Board, 5th February 2008

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Justice Secretary commits to providing effective community sentences – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has given his commitment to offer more community sentences that provide effective punishment and rehabilitation for offenders, benefiting communities whilst reducing reoffending.”

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Ministry of Justice, 7th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New points based system begins – Border & Immigration Agency

Posted February 7th, 2008 in immigration, press releases by sally

“Details of Britain’s new Australian-style points based immigration system (PBS) were announced today (6 February) as the Government published the rules for highly skilled foreign workers applying to come to the UK.”

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Border & Immigration Agency, 6th February 2008

Source: www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk

Very High Cost Criminal Cases – the future – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 5th, 2008 in costs, criminal justice, legal profession, press releases by sally

“The Legal Services Commission and Ministry of Justice today announced steps that are being taken in order to proceed with the tender to establish a Panel of solicitors and barristers to represent defendants in major criminal cases.”

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Ministry of Justice, 5th February 2008

Source: www.wired-gov.net

Oral statement on HMP Woodhill inquiry – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 5th, 2008 in press releases, prisons by sally

“Jack Straw has made an oral statement to the House of Commons on an inquiry into alleged events at Woodhill Prison.”

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Ministry of Justice, 4th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New powers to prevent terrorism – Home Office

Posted January 25th, 2008 in bills, press releases, terrorism by sally

“Tough new measures to protect the public from terrorism were introduced in Parliament today, as the Home Office published the Counter-terrorism Bill 2008.”

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Home Office,  24th January 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Home Secretary Moves to Ratify the Council Of Europe Convention Against Trafficking in 2008 – Home Office

Posted January 15th, 2008 in press releases, trafficking in human beings by sally

“Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, today announced her intention to ratify the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking by the end of the year. Ratification of the Convention against Trafficking will be yet another milestone in the Government’s concerted strategy to protect the victims of trafficking and bring to justice those that exploit them.”

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Home Office press release, 14th January 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association voice concerns on Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – The Bar Council

Posted January 9th, 2008 in criminal justice, immigration, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association have voiced their concerns about key elements of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill in a hard-hitting briefing sent to MPs this week.”

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The Bar Council, 8th January 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Reforms to give public confidence in tackling criminals – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 21st, 2007 in press releases, self-defence by sally

“Measures to give the public confidence when tackling criminals were published today. The reforms are designed to clarify and reinforce the law, articulating the state’s responsibility to stand by those acting in good faith when using force in self defence.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th December 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Simplifying Immigration Law For The 21st Century – Home Office

Posted December 7th, 2007 in immigration, press releases by sally

“A proposal to use a new Government Bill to simplify immigration law has received positive feedback, the Home Office revealed today.”

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Home Office press release, 6th December 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Autumn date for forced marriages law – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 28th, 2007 in forced marriages, press releases by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice says that a law that protects victims and potential victims of forced marriage will come into effect next autumn.”

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 28th November 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007