“ADR is failing” says Civil Justice Council but compulsion is not yet the answer – Litigation Futures

Posted October 19th, 2017 in arbitration, Civil Justice Council, dispute resolution, negligence, news, reports by tracey

‘The Woolf reforms have failed to embed alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a major report by the Civil Justice Council (CJC) said today, but it stopped short of calling for the introduction of compulsory ADR.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th October 2017

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Disgraceful conditions at Bedford prison fuelled riot, watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in news, prisons, release on licence, reports, sentencing, violent disorder by tracey

‘A riot at Bedford prison that led to two wings being “totally trashed” was fuelled by frustration over “disgraceful conditions” including a failure to provide basic items such as soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper, an official watchdog has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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Black or Muslim inmates twice as likely to have negative experiences in prison, report finds – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2017 in equality, news, prisons, race discrimination, racism, reports by tracey

‘Black and Muslim prisoners are twice as likely to have negative experiences in jail than white inmates – with the figure nearly four times as high for black Muslims – new research has revealed.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2017

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Peers could be restricted to 15 years in Lords in drive to cut numbers – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in news, parliament, peerages & dignities, reports, time limits by tracey

‘New peers could be restricted to sitting in the House of Lords for 15 years, rather than being given life peerages, under plans to slash the numbers in the house.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017

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Modern slavery referrals up 300% in UK due to improved identification – The Guardian

‘There has been a 300% increase in the number of victims of modern slavery referred for support in the past six years, and a huge increase in the number of men from Vietnam trafficked to work in illegal cannabis farms.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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MPs threaten to use parliamentary powers to force disclosure of critical RBS report – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 13th, 2017 in banking, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Treasury committee chair Nicky Morgan has threatened to use parliamentary powers to force the disclosure of a report into the conduct of RBS’s controversial business restructuring arm.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th October 2017

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UK gender inequality as bad as 10 years ago, EU league table shows – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in education, employment, equality, gender, news, reports, sex discrimination by sally

‘Britain has made zero progress in tackling inequality between the sexes in the past decade and lags behind Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and France in the EU’s latest gender equality league table.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

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Prison has ‘deliberate policy’ of accepting sex offenders to help reduce violence, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 12th, 2017 in news, prisons, reports, sexual offences, violence by sally

‘One of the UK’s most violent prisons has begun a “deliberate policy” of accepting sex offenders to help tackle high levels of disturbance, according to a watchdog report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017

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Making Britain the safest place in the world to be online – Ministry of Justice

‘Britain is to become the safest place in the world to be online thanks to new proposals announced today by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th October 2017

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CPS report shows more offenders are being successfully prosecuted for sexual crimes than ever before – Crown Prosecution Service

‘More defendants than ever before are being prosecuted and convicted for sexual offences across England and Wales, new figures reveal today. The Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report outlines the huge increases in convictions for rape (48%) and other sexual offences (79%) that have been witnessed in the decade since the first VAWG report was published in 2007-08.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th October 2017

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Audit lays bare racial disparities in UK schools, courts and workplaces – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2017 in crime, education, imprisonment, news, race discrimination, reports, statistics by sally

‘White teenagers are far more likely to smoke than their minority ethnic counterparts, Roma children are falling well behind their peers at school and black men face the highest likelihood of being found guilty in court.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

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Fifth of CPS cases are alleged sex crimes or domestic abuse – The Guardian

‘Alleged sex crimes and domestic abuse offences now account for one in five cases pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2017

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Britain accused of unlawfully deporting Afghan asylum seekers – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2017 in asylum, deportation, illegality, international law, news, reports by tracey

‘Britain and other European countries have been accused of breaching international law, as it emerged that the number of asylum seekers forced to return to Afghanistan has tripled at a time when civilian casualties in the country are at a record high.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

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Kevin Nunes murder: Staffordshire Police ‘mishandled’ paid witness – BBC News

Posted October 5th, 2017 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, gangs, murder, negligence, news, police, reports, witnesses by tracey

‘”Significant failures” by Staffordshire Police over a gangland killing led to the unsafe convictions of five men, a police watchdog report has found.’

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BBC News, 4th October 2017

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Police must do more to stop sexual abuse by officers, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2017 in news, police, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘Police forces are not doing enough to stop their officers carrying out sexual abuse, the official watchdog has said. The finding by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) comes despite previous interventions from the watchdog and high-profile cases of police officers committing sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

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NHS patients going blind and missing cancer treatments due to hospital failings, report finds – The Independent

Posted October 5th, 2017 in health, hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by tracey

‘Patients in Cornwall died after waiting too long for heart treatment, while others were left to go blind, according to a damning report. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found patients waiting too long for treatment and suffering harm as a result, operations being cancelled, including for cancer, patients with sepsis not receiving antibiotics in time and a sewage problem in a bathroom not being dealt with for more than three years.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2017

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Press watchdog’s future in doubt after chief’s anti-Mail tweets – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2017 in internet, judicial review, media, news, professional conduct, publishing, reports, standards by sally

‘The future of the only government-approved press watchdog, Impress, is in doubt after an internal report concluded that its chief executive had brought the organisation into disrepute and that his position would be untenable if the Daily Mail and the Sun had applied to join.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2017

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Bach Commission: “Only legislation will resolve crisis in legal aid system” – Legal Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2017 in legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘The right to justice should be enshrined in an Act of Parliament to ensure that nobody is denied legal assistance because they cannot afford it, according to the final report of the Bach Commission.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd September 2017

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Third party arbitration funding here to stay, says expert, as major report published – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 21st, 2017 in arbitration, dispute resolution, international law, news, reports, third parties by sally

‘Dispute resolution bodies must develop an understanding of the issues raised by third party funding as the role it plays in international arbitration continues to grow.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st September 2017

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Ofsted reports on the inspection of services for children living with domestic abuse – Family Law

‘Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and HM Inspectorate of Probation have published a report examining the multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse, along with inspections of local area services.’

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Family Law, 20th September 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk