CPS publishes outcome of sexual offences review – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today (5 June) published the outcome of its review of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) cases.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th June 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New report from the Bar Council reveals true impact of struggling justice system on barristers’ profession – The Bar Council

Posted June 5th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council’s new report ‘Barristers’ Working Lives 2017: Barristers’ attitudes towards their working lives, released today, reveals that barristers across England and Wales are struggling with a number of factors affecting their overall working lives, such as workload, stress, and work-life balance.’

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The Bar Council, 29th May 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Public should be given more search warrant protections – Law Commission

‘The laws around search warrants should be modernised with more protections put in place to protect individuals’ rights, say the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 5th June 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Securing the future: counter-terrorism strategy published – Home Office

Posted June 5th, 2018 in crime prevention, press releases, terrorism by tracey

‘Home Secretary Sajid Javid sets out the UK’s response to evolving threat of terrorism.’

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Home Office, 4th June 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

New legislation will modernise the courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 24th, 2018 in civil justice, courts, criminal justice, judiciary, lists, press releases by tracey

‘The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill will increase efficiency by allowing greater flexibility to deploy the right judge to the right case.’

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd May 2018

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

Consultation to give police greater confidence to pursue suspects – Home Office

‘The Home Office is today launching a consultation to help tackle motorcycle-related crime by providing police officers with better legal protection.’

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Home Office, 22nd May 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

BSB agrees actions to tackle unfair treatment of women at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 18th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, press releases, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced how it intends to work with the profession to make further progress in eliminating the discrimination, harassment and other unfair treatment of female barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 17th May 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council backs Justice Committee concerns over increasing small claims limit – The Bar Council

Posted May 18th, 2018 in personal injuries, press releases, select committees, small claims by tracey

‘Yesterday’s report from the Justice Select Committee highlighted concerns over plans to increase the small claims limit to £5,000 which, according to the Bar Council, could undermine access to justice for those injured in accidents.’

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The Bar Council, 18th May 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Government shelves Goods Mortgages Bill – Law Commission

Posted May 17th, 2018 in bills, Law Commission, loans, mortgages, press releases by tracey

‘The Government has announced that it will not bring forward the Law Commission’s Goods Mortgages Bill. The Bill had been announced in last year’s Queen’s Speech and would have replaced the Victorian‑era Bills of Sale Acts – bringing greater protections to those who had taken out or who had unwittingly purchased cars with so-called “logbook loans”. But following additional consultation, the Government has said it will not bring forward reform in the area in the immediate future.’

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Law Commission, 14th May 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

New guidelines proposed for sentencing people convicted of public order offences – Sentencing Council

Posted May 9th, 2018 in press releases, public order, sentencing by tracey

‘Today, the Sentencing Council has published proposed new guidelines covering public order offences sentenced in England and Wales. In simple terms, these offences involve the use of or threat of violence by individuals or groups of people towards others usually in a public place. They span a wide range of offending from low-level disorderly behaviour, which comprise some of the highest volume offences seen by courts, to larger scale disorder such as football violence and up to major riots.’

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Sentencing Council, 9th May 2018

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

HMCTS response to National Audit Office report on court reform programme – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 9th, 2018 in budgets, courts, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

‘HMCTS response from CEO Susan Acland-Hood to National Audit Office report on court reform programme.’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th May 2018

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

Drug dealer has confiscation order increased nine years after conviction – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A drug dealer has had his confiscation order increased by £1.8million almost a decade after his original conviction following an application by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th May 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Brothers jailed for £16.7million fraud in father’s financial advisory business – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted May 9th, 2018 in guilty pleas, press releases by tracey

‘Two brothers who invested up to £16.7million on behalf of more than 200 elderly and vulnerable clients, resulting in losses of more than £5million, have been jailed today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd May 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Surrogacy laws set for reform as Law Commissions get Government backing – Law Commission

Posted May 4th, 2018 in Law Commission, press releases, surrogacy by tracey

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have started work on a review of the laws around surrogacy after Government funding was agreed.’

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Law Commission, 4th May 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Leasehold law reform work will improve lives of millions – Hopkins – Law Commission

Posted April 30th, 2018 in enfranchisement, Law Commission, leases, press releases by tracey

‘Professor Nick Hopkins has pledged that the Law Commission’s leasehold reform recommendations to government will provide a “better deal for leaseholders”. Announced as part of the 13th Programme of Law Reform, the Law Commission residential leasehold and commonhold project aims to improve consumer choice, provide greater fairness, and make the process of enfranchisement easier, quicker and more cost effective.’

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Law Commission, 27th April 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Man jailed for helping Daesh share violent material on social media – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 30th, 2018 in guilty pleas, internet, press releases, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘A man convicted of helping Daesh extremists to open social media accounts so they could spread Islamist propaganda online has been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 27th April 2018

Justice Secretary announces ambitious first steps in overhaul of Parole Board – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 30th, 2018 in disclosure, parole, press releases, reasons, victims by tracey

‘The findings of the urgent review of parole processes have been published by Justice Secretary David Gauke today, alongside a package of ambitious reforms.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th April 2018

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

New taskforce to take action against violent crime – Home Office

Posted April 27th, 2018 in crime prevention, drug trafficking, press releases, violence by tracey

‘Home Secretary announces membership of new cross-party taskforce to take action against violent crime.’

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Home Office, 25th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Police officer who stole drugs ordered to repay £135,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A police officer who stole and sold the illegal drugs he was meant to dispose of has been ordered to pay back more than £135,000.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Barristers respond to government announcement on diversity of judges – The Bar Council

Posted April 27th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘In response to the Ministry of Justice’s announcement that they will be funding a new programme of Pre-Application Judicial Education to both educate and boost diversity within the judiciary, Robin Allen QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, said: “The Bar Council believes profoundly in equality under and before the law. So it is delighted by the Lord Chancellor’s announcement today that the MOJ will commit funding for a programme of pre-appointment education for prospective applicants for judicial office of all kinds. We see this as a really positive step towards improving judicial diversity which is so urgently needed and so important.”‘

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The Bar Council, 26th April 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk