Ofsted report recommending special measures quashed over complaint procedures – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 17th, 2017 in complaints, education, news, reports by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed an Ofsted report that judged a school to be ‘inadequate’ and recommended that it be placed in special measures.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th August 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

‘Worrying trend’ of freedom of the press in the UK as country ranks 40 in latest Reporters Without Borders index – The Independent

Posted August 15th, 2017 in freedom of expression, media, news, reports by sally

‘A “heavy handed approach” often in the name of national security has seen the UK slip in the rankings of countries with the world’s freest press, according to a new report by Reporters Without Borders.’

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The Independent, 14th August 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Landmark review places family ties at the heart of prison reform – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 10th, 2017 in families, prisons, rehabilitation, reports by tracey

‘Ministry of Justice welcomes Lord Farmer’s recommendations to strengthen family ties to help offenders turn their lives around and protect public safety.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th August 2017

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

Animal abusers ‘get away with it’ and avoid jail, finds report – BBC News

Posted August 9th, 2017 in animal cruelty, news, reports, sentencing by sally

‘Those who commit cruelty against animals “are getting away with it” due to the “leniency” of UK courts, according to a report.’

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BBC News, 9th August 2017

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Bar Council responds to Lord Justice Jackson’s FRC proposals – The Bar council

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in civil justice, costs, judges, news, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Responding to the publication today of the Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Supplemental Report – Fixed Recoverable Costs by Lord Justice Jackson,Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, said: “Today’s review by Jackson LJ indicates that he has listened carefully to the views of the legal profession and accepted proposals from the Bar Council and others that multi track cases are so varied in character that they do not lend themselves to any rigid costs matrix, and that cost management is working better than had been supposed.”

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The Bar Council, 31st July 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB increases efficiency in handling complaints – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2016-17.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st August 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Supplemental Report – Fixed Recoverable Costs – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 31st, 2017 in civil justice, costs, reports by sally

Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Supplemental Report – Fixed Recoverable Costs

Court and Tribunals Judiciary, 31st July 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Call for rethink on judges expressing opinions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2017 in criminal justice, judges, judiciary, magistrates, news, reports by sally

‘A former Court of Appeal judge has stoked the debate about judicial independence by suggesting that rules preventing judges from speaking about their role fuel media and public distrust of the criminal justice system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th July 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Why UK law still caters to the norms of public disgust towards homosexuality – The Independent

Posted July 27th, 2017 in crime, homosexuality, legislation, news, reports by tracey

‘We tend to assume that law is objective and disembodied, but the story of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK shows that it is in fact, like the people who create it, an emotional creature: animated by visceral human feelings – and as far as sexuality is concerned, the chief emotion at work is often disgust.’

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The Independent, 26th July 2017

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Court Service records £100m ‘profit’ from civil litigation for first time – Litigation Futures

Posted July 19th, 2017 in civil justice, courts, fees, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘The civil courts recorded a surplus of more than £100m in 2016-17, their biggest profit to date, according to the annual report of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).’

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Litigation Futures, 18th July 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Trial of Cardiff Three police collapsed due to human error, inquiry finds – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2017 in disclosure, evidence, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, police, reports, trials by sally

‘The collapse of a trial of police officers accused of framing innocent men for murder collapsed due to human error, not corruption, an official report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Expert witness wins apology and payment from Legal Aid Agency – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 18th, 2017 in complaints, expert witnesses, fees, legal aid, news, ombudsmen, reports by tracey

‘The Legal Aid Agency has been told to directly apologise and pay £10,000 to an expert witness in immigration cases for causing him distress, inconvenience and financial loss by excessively auditing his bills.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th July 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Police failing to disclose crucial evidence about defendants, report finds – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2017 in criminal justice, disclosure, evidence, news, police, reports by tracey

‘The police and Crown Prosecution Service have been accused of failing to disclose crucial information about cases, resulting in defendants’ right to a fair trial potentially being undermined, according to a new report. Compiled by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, it found that it was rare for police officers to tell prosecutors about evidence that could undermine their case or assist the accused’s – known in legal terms as unused material.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Burglary sentencing guideline assessment published – Sentencing Council

Posted July 14th, 2017 in burglary, reports, sentencing by tracey

‘The Council has published an assessment of its burglary sentencing guideline which came into force in January 2012. It follows an initial assessment published in 2016 and details the results of further analysis on the impact of the guideline.’

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

Barristers are serving family law clients well, says new BSB research – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 13th, 2017 in barristers, family courts, news, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The BSB has today published the findings of its research with people who have used barristers’ services during family legal proceedings. The findings show that most of those who took part in the research were positive about the service they received from their barrister.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th July 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Matthew Taylor report: Government should look at reducing the cost of employment tribunal fees – The Independent

‘Government officials should look at reducing the cost of employment tribunal fees, according to Matthew Taylor, who today publishes a long-awaited review into employment rights of workers in the gig economy.’

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The Independent, 11th July 2017

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UK watchdog criticises treatment of deportees on charter flights – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2017 in airlines, deportation, immigration, news, reports, restraint by sally

‘The enforced removal of some people from Britain on escorted chartered flights falls short of humane treatment, with some leaving the country in waist restraint belts or leg restraints almost as a default, according to an official watchdog.

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The Guardian, 5th July 2017

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Why we need more black and minority ethnic magistrates – The Guardian

‘Jacqueline Macdonald-Davis and Jessica Baldwin are spearheading a campaign to court greater diversity among volunteers to the bench.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2017

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Stalking victims being failed, say watchdogs – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2017 in harassment, news, police, reports, stalking, victims by sally

‘Victims of harassment and stalking are being left at risk because of failings by police and prosecutors in England and Wales, say two watchdogs.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2017

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Police failed to protect Bijan Ebrahimi prior to his murder, IPCC says – The Guardian

‘Police repeatedly failed to protect a disabled Iranian refugee as neighbours waged a violent seven-year campaign of hate that culminated in his murder by a misguided vigilante, a report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com