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

Legal aid providers given certainty and stability for the future – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in legal aid, legal services, press releases by sally

“The Legal Services Commission, Law Society and Ministry of Justice have announced they have reached agreement on the best way forward following the Court of Appeal’s judgment on the Unified Contract.”

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council and Law Society renew warning to Peers over Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – The Bar Council

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in criminal justice, immigration, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents over 15,000 barristers in England and Wales, has today urged members of the House of Lords to amend further a key provision of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, which is currently being considered in the Upper House.”

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The Bar Council, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

CPS announces the roll out of two key justice initiatives – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in cautions, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases, witnesses by sally

“The national roll-out of two new initiatives – pre-trial interviews with witnesses and conditional cautions – has now been completed across England and Wales.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 1st April 2008

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Straw confirms expansion of dedicated drugs courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in courts, drug offences, press releases by sally

“Jack Straw has confirmed that drug courts, dedicated to tackling drug misuse and related crime, are to be extended to up to four more magistrates’ courts.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Coroner reform changes – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 28th, 2008 in coroners, press releases by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has said that the government remains committed to reforming the coroners system, placing the bereaved firmly at the centre of the process.”

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Ministry of Justice, 27th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Government response to coroners’ recommendations following the deaths of Gareth Myatt and Adam Rickwood – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 28th, 2008 in detention, inquests, press releases, young offenders by sally

“Jack Straw has made a written ministerial statement on the government’s response to coroners’ recommendations following inquests into the deaths of two teenagers at secure training centres.”

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Ministry of Justice, 27th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Strengthened constitutional role of the Law Commission – Law Commission

Posted March 27th, 2008 in constitutional law, Law Commission, press releases by sally

The Lord Chancellor has announced his intention to strengthen the role of the Law Commission. Law Commission Chairman Sir Terence Etherton responds.”

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Law Commission, 25th March 2008

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Governance of Britain Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill gives more power to Parliament – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 26th, 2008 in constitutional law, press releases by sally

“Jack Straw has announced new proposals to give Parliament more power to hold the government to account and strengthen its relationship with the people.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Package of reforms to historic role of Attorney General announced – The Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 26th, 2008 in attorney general, press releases by sally

“Following a four-month consultation Baroness Scotland has today outlined reforms that will mean a number of significant changes to the historic role of the Attorney General.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 25th March 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Bar Council Welcomes Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill – The Bar Council

Posted March 26th, 2008 in constitutional law, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council today welcomed the publication of the draft Constitutional Renewal Bill, which was announced by the Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP. The draft Bill follows the July 2007 Green Paper, The Governance of Britain, and a consultation on its contents.”

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The Bar Council, 25th March 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Care proceedings reforms – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 25th, 2008 in care orders, family courts, press releases by sally

“The government is implementing key reforms to the child care proceedings system in England and Wales, following a review of the system completed in 2006.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Review of the use of restraint in juvenile secure settings – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 25th, 2008 in press releases, restraint, young offenders by sally

“Justice Minister David Hanson has made a written ministerial statement on the review of the use of restraint in juvenile secure settings.”

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

BSB moves to strengthen chamber’s complaints handling – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 25th, 2008 in barristers, complaints, press releases by sally

“The way in which chambers handle complaints is set to change after the Bar Standards Board (BSB) approved a set of important new measures designed to improve chambers’ complaints handling.”

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Bar Standards Board, 18th March 2008

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Forced marriage an evil in our society – Bridget Prentice – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 12th, 2008 in forced marriages, press releases by sally

“Forced marriage is an appalling and indefensible practice that the government is working hard to stop, Justice Minister Bridget Prentice said today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Investing in alternatives to custody – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 11th, 2008 in press releases, probation, sentencing by sally

“Justice Minister David Hanson has made a written ministerial statement on investing in community sentences.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Honorary Queen’s Counsel 2008 – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 10th, 2008 in press releases, queen's counsel by sally

“Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of five Queen’s Counsel honoris causa.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th March 2008

Source: www.gnn.gov.uk

Response to paper on cohabitation and relationship breakdown – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 7th, 2008 in cohabitation, press releases by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has made a written ministerial statement announcing the government’s response to the Law Commission’s paper on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown for cohabiting couples.”

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Ministry of Justice, 6th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Plan for ID cards announced – Home Office

Posted March 7th, 2008 in identity cards, press releases by sally

“The Home Secretary has announced details of the plan for a system of national ID cards.”

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Home Office, 6th March 2008

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk