Child abuse inquiry: School ‘reputations put before victims’ – BBC News

Posted August 10th, 2018 in child abuse, clergy, news, reports, school children, sexual offences by sally

‘Two leading Roman Catholic schools “prioritised monks and their own reputations over the protection of children”, a report says.’

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BBC News, 9th August 2018

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Defendants ‘gaming system’ to get domestic violence cases dropped – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2018 in domestic violence, intimidation, magistrates, news, reports by sally

‘Defendants are “gaming the system” in specialist domestic violence courts by intimidating partners into not appearing in the expectation that magistrates will drop charges, a critical report has said.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2018

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Adopt inquisitorial criminal justice system in UK, charity urges – The Guardian

Posted August 3rd, 2018 in criminal justice, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Toynbee Hall says it favours continental-style system because adversarial process is expensive and inefficient.’

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2018

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Bar Council response to Justice Select Committee report on Criminal Legal Aid – The Bar Council

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, press releases, reports, select committees by tracey

‘The Bar Council has responded to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee’s report on the current state of criminal legal aid in England and Wales.’

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The Bar Council, 26th July 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Government must change plans to let hospitals investigate own whistleblowing cases, MP say – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in hospitals, news, reports, select committees, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Government plans for a new NHS whistleblowing service have come in for criticism from MPs over “conflict of interest” concerns about letting NHS hospitals investigate themselves.’

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The Independent, 2nd August 2018

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Does the Treason Act need updating? – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2018 in legislation, news, reports, terrorism, treason by sally

‘A search of the Parliament website for the term mostly brings up the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. But Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat and his Labour colleague Khalid Mahmood want the 1351 Treason Act to be brought into the 21st Century.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2018

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Too Hot to Work? Your Rights in a Heatwave – Rights Info

‘Most of your conversations in the workplace over the last few weeks have probably involved the weather, with blazing temperatures sweeping across much of the UK. MPs have warned that the current heatwave could become the new normal for our summers by 2040, so what are your rights when the mercury rises?’

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Rights Info, 26th July 2018

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“Fragility” of criminal law firms threatening rights, MPs warn – Legal Futures

‘Fundamental rights to legal advice and representation for people accused of crimes are at risk, the justice select committee has warned, calling for a “comprehensive and independent” review of criminal legal aid.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2018

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Firms failing to tackle sexual harassment, say MPs – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2018 in employment, harassment, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Businesses, government and regulators are failing to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, say MPs. The Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee has published a five-point plan to deal with the problem.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2018

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Transparency report on disruptive and investigatory powers published – Home Office

Posted July 24th, 2018 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, press releases, reports by tracey

The government has published the third iteration of its transparency report on the use of disruptive and investigatory powers.’

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Home Office, 23rd July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Immigrants being restrained during deportation ‘with little justification’, says prisons watchdog – The Independent

Posted July 24th, 2018 in deportation, immigration, news, reports, restraint by tracey

‘Immigrants being deported from the UK are being strapped into restraint belts “with little justification”, according to a highly critical report on the use of chartered flights for forced removals.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2018

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Statement following the publication of the Justice Select Committee report on Disclosure – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Crown Prosecution Service and the National Police Chiefs Council have today (20 July) issued a joint response into the Justice Select Committee Report over Disclosure of evidence in criminal cases.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Radical proposal to make escaping ‘leasehold trap’ easier for homeowners raised by Law Commission – The Independent

Posted July 20th, 2018 in enfranchisement, Law Commission, leases, news, reports by tracey

‘A radical proposal to make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to escape the so-called “leasehold trap” and buy the freehold of their houses has been put forward by the Law Commission.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2018

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Offenders ‘not getting support they need’ due to decline in pre-sentence reports – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 19th, 2018 in community service, criminal justice, news, reports, sentencing by tracey

‘Fewer pre-sentence reports (PSR) may be linked to the worrying decline in community sentences in England and Wales, according to interim analysis conducted by a justice thinktank. The Centre for Justice Innovation says community sentences are significantly more effective than short-term custodial sentences to reduce reoffending – a key priority for justice secretary David Gauke. However, community sentences have fallen in England, in contrast to other UK jurisdictions.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2018

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Legal aid deserts: MPs and peers express ‘grave concerns’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Squeezing the legal aid budget has left vast numbers of people – including the most vulnerable – unable to assert their rights, the Law Society said today. In a report published today, Enforcing Human Rights, parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights reflects the Law Society’s concerns that large parts of England and Wales are becoming “legal aid deserts”, as solicitors are forced to withdraw from services because they can no longer afford to do the work.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2018

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Watchdog cautions on police response to hate crime and warns of post Brexit surge in reports – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2018 in hate crime, news, police, reports, statistics by tracey

‘Police must address failings in their response to hate crime ahead of a possible post-Brexit surge in reports, a watchdog has warned. A major review found victims have been let down after being targeted because of personal characteristics such as race, religion or sexual orientation.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2018

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Allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham: Wanless and Whittam QC review – Home Office

Posted July 18th, 2018 in child abuse, press releases, reports, sexual grooming by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has today published Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC’s independent review into information passed to the Home Office in connection with allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham.’

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Home Office, 17th July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Home Office had information on Rotherham grooming gangs in 2002 but failed to act, review finds – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2018 in child abuse, government departments, news, reports, sexual grooming by tracey

‘The government received information detailing the extent of grooming gang activity in Rotherham as far back as 2002 but failed to properly act on it, a review has found.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2018

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Judicial Protocol update: Expedition of Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 17th, 2018 in children, courts, press releases, reports, witnesses by tracey

‘A Protocol between The National Police Chiefs’ Council, The Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service to Expedite Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th July 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Failure to enforce law means older workers face discrimination – report – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2018 in age discrimination, elderly, employment, enforcement, news, reports by tracey

‘Government ministers and Britain’s equalities watchdog are failing to save more than a million older workers from discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices, according to a group of MPs. In a highly critical report for the government, the women and equalities committee said the talents of older workers were going to waste because too little was being done to enforce discrimination law.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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