Making defendants state nationality is ‘racialising’ UK courts – report – The Guardian

‘The impartiality of the criminal justice system is being undermined by the requirement that defendants declare their nationality at the start of proceedings, a report into the legislation has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2020

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Police urged to justify use of stun guns against black men – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police and the Greater Manchester force have been urged to make clear whether or not the use of stun guns against black men by officers this week was proportionate and reasonable.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2020

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Right to rent rule ‘justified’ finds UK appeal court – The Guardian

‘The government has won an appeal over its controversial right to rent scheme, which was last year ruled by the high court to be racially discriminatory.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2020

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Met to review role of school police officers after legal challenge – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police are to review the role of officers in schools after a legal challenge raised concerns that they could have a disproportionately negative effect on pupils from black and minority ethnic groups.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2020

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Use of Artificial Intelligence by the Judiciary in the Face of COVID-19 – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘As one of the measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, courts in major parts of the world are delaying trials and temporarily closing doors. While the move is reasonable in the face of the pandemic, the process could leave some cases in limbo for weeks, if not months. In the criminal context, this could be a huge barrier to access to justice for victims and in securing the rights of the accused. The Chief Justices of various judicial systems have issued guidance to trial courts seeking emergency orders to adjust or suspend court operations in light of the pandemic. In addition to these measures, new AI-based systems may prove helpful during these times and should, where available, be used to secure access to justice.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 9th April 2020

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Met to face judicial review over role of school police officers – The Guardian

‘A London family has launched legal action over the role of police officers in schools, amid concerns that their presence could have disproportionately negative consequences for black and minority ethnic groups.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2020

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Equality watchdog demands suspension of use of automated facial recognition and predictive algorithms in policing – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has called for the suspension of the use of automated facial recognition (AFR) and predictive algorithms in policing in England and Wales, “until their impact has been independently scrutinised and laws are improved”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th March 2020

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DWP ordered to pay former trainee £400k over racism and ageism – The Guardian

‘A woman is to receive nearly £400,000 from the Department for Work and Pensions after a judge ruled that her colleagues there had deliberately created a “hostile environment” of racism and ageism that forced her out of work.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2020

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Cardiff woman wins £400k in DWP race discrimination row – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2020 in age discrimination, damages, government departments, news, race discrimination by sally

‘The Department for Work and Pensions has been ordered to pay out nearly £400,000 after a Cardiff woman won her claim for race and age discrimination.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2020

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BAME Workers’ Legal Bid Over ‘Inferior’ Pay And Terms Could Affect Millions – Each Other

‘A “landmark” legal case could determine whether the use of outsourcing firms to employ black and minority ethnic (BAME) workers on “inferior” pay and conditions is discriminatory.’

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Each Other, 21st February 2020

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Rules urgently needed to oversee police use of data and AI – report – The Guardian

‘National guidance is urgently needed to oversee the police’s use of data-driven technology amid concerns that it could lead to discrimination, a report has said.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2020

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Strike Out: seriousness of default and possibility of a fair trial require careful consideration – 3PB

‘The Claimant (herein after referred to as “C”) was employed by the Respondent (herein after referred to as “R”) as a caseworker from 4 August 2016 until her dismissal on 8 December 2016, with the grounds for dismissing her being ones of conduct and performance during her probationary period.’

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3PB, 7th February 2020

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‘Casual sexism is still prevalent’: how close is the law to gender equality? – The Guardian

‘Almost 100 years ago, Dr Ivy Williams joined the Inner Temple as a law student. In 1922, three years after the Sex Disqualification Removal Act, she became the first woman to be called to the bar in this country. Most people have never heard of her. Although she never entered private practice, she taught law for 25 years and gave free legal advice to those who couldn’t afford it. A tireless activist and campaigner, her example paved an important road.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2020

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Court rejects LiP’s “indiscriminate attack” on legal expenses insurers – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has struck out a claim by a litigant-in-person (LiP) who responded to the failure of her employment tribunal case by launching an “indiscriminate attack” against legal expenses insurers and regulators.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th January 2020

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Tribunal Judge loses case of race discrimination against fellow Judges – Ely Place Chambers

‘Employment Judge Snelson has handed down judgment in Kumrai v Ministry of Justice and others, an unusual case involving serious allegations of race discrimination by members of the senior judiciary in which the Claimant and all three Respondent witnesses were serving Tribunal Judges. The Claimant, a Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal, sued both the Regional Judge and President of the relevant chamber together with the Ministry of Justice, for direct race discrimination, harassment and victimisation.’

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Ely Place Chambers, 14th January 2020

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Adoption practices under review amid concerns prospective parents being wrongfully turned away – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2020 in adoption, minorities, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Adoption practices are set to be reviewed amid concerns that prospective parents are wrongfully being turned away in the wake of a landmark discrimination case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2020

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UK Somalis ‘racially profiled’ over FGM – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2020 in female genital mutilation, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Parents are wrongly being arrested and having their children taken into care due to the stigma around female genital mutilation (FGM), members of the UK Somali community have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. They say figures suggesting tens of thousands of girls are at risk in the UK are inaccurate.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2020

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Racism in UK military: only six people found guilty at court martial in past five years – The Guardian

‘Just over 17% of racially aggravated crimes investigated by military police over the past five years resulted in guilty verdicts at court martial, it has emerged, as the armed forces faces new pressure over claims it is failing black and Asian service personnel.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2020

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Judge sues MoJ claiming racial discrimination – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2019 in bias, harassment, judges, Ministry of Justice, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘A district judge is suing the Ministry of Justice and two supervising judges for unconscious bias, harassment, victimisation, micro-aggression and discrimination after a complaint was made against him by an appellant in one of his cases.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th December 2019

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Adoption and race discrimination: Mander – Law & Religion UK

Posted December 10th, 2019 in adoption, human rights, news, race discrimination, Sikhism by sally

‘Sandeep and Reena Mander are of Sikh heritage and were born and brought up in the UK. They identify as part of the wider Sikh community but are not religious:

“They go to Temple a few times a year much as, they say, some of their non-practising Christian friends go to church at Christmas or Easter. They consider themselves culturally British, whilst acknowledging their Indian heritage”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 10th December 2019

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com