Tarun Khaitan: An Elected Second Chamber? Some Thoughts on the Brown Report – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 26th, 2023 in constitutional reform, elections, news, parliament, reports by sally

‘One of the key recommendations of the Brown Commission is to replace the House of Lords with an elected second chamber called the Assembly of the Nations and Regions. The proposal has stimulated a broad debate. A key intervention in the debate was by the Speaker of the Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, who has argued against replacing the House of Lords with a second elected chamber because—he claims—doing so would threaten the supremacy of the Commons. In this post, I will draw upon my paper in defence of “moderated parliamentarism” to argue that—if done right—this might be a welcome reform that could combine the benefits of creating a system that checks executive power better, but without being prone to US-style legislative deadlocks and governmental dysfunction. I will argue that a properly designed elected second chamber could make the quality of British democracy better, especially by doing a better job of holding the executive to account and improving the quality of legislation. To the extent that the details for this reform in the Brown Report are sketchy and not exactly thought through, the objective of this blogpost is to provide a relatively more detailed proposal—if only to explain what is at stake and what kinds of questions need to be discussed and answered.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th January 2023

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A quarter of listed cases not published by National Archives – Legal Futures

Posted January 24th, 2023 in archives, courts, delay, internet, judgments, law reports, news, reports by sally

‘The National Archives (TNA), which took over as the immediate online publisher of senior court judgments last year, failed to publish judgments in over a quarter of cases in its first three months of operation, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 24th January 2023

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UK menopause law change rejected as it ‘could discriminate against men’ – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2023 in employment, news, reports, select committees, sex discrimination by sally

‘Proposals to change UK legislation to protect the rights of women experiencing menopause have been in part rejected by the government due to fears such a move would discriminate against men.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2023

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Human Rights in the UK Are in Crisis According to New Report – Each Other

Posted January 17th, 2023 in human rights, news, reports, United Nations by sally

‘Over 70 organisations from across civil society in England and Wales have provided evidence for a new report to the UN on the UK’s human rights record. The report concludes that rights in the UK – including everyday rights such as to food, housing, social security, work, trade unions, health and education – are in crisis.’

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Each Other, 17th January 2023

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Government to review damp and mould guidance following death of Awaab Ishak – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 17th, 2023 in children, coroners, health & safety, housing, inquests, news, reports by sally

‘The Government has announced plans to review guidance to landlords on damp and mould, after a coroner asked the government to take action to prevent future deaths.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th January 2023

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Killamarsh murders: Probation failings over killer Damien Bendall – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2023 in domestic violence, murder, news, probation, reports, sentencing by sally

‘A review into how a quadruple murderer was dealt with by probation officers has found failings “at every stage”.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2023

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Report Summary – Children and Families Act 2014: A failure of implementation – Spire Barristers

Posted January 10th, 2023 in chambers articles, children, families, news, reports by sally

‘Spire Barristers’ pupils Lauren Gardner and Eleanor Suthern discuss The House of Lords Children and Families Act 2014 Committee published report “Children and Families Act 2014: A failure of implementation” in which Joint Head of Chambers, Sarah Blackmore was called to give evidence as a leading practitioner in the field of Family Law and the author of the practitioner text Family Justice Reformed – Developments since the Children’s & Families Act 2014.’

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Spire Barristers, 9th December 2022

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Kids Company founder cleared to challenge critical watchdog report in court – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2022 in charities, Charity Commission, children, inquiries, judicial review, news, reports by sally

‘The founder of the former children’s charity Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh, has won permission to go to the high court to try to overturn a charities watchdog report she claims was unbalanced, unfair and unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2022

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Adam Tucker: Entrenchment, Parliamentary Sovereignty, and the Limited Radicalism of the Brown Report – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The publication of the Report of the Commission on the UK’s Future is attracting widespread attention. The centrepiece of its constitutional content is the replacement of the House of Lords with a new second chamber with new composition and a reformed role, which would have particular responsibility for territorial aspects of the constitution (discussed here) and act as guardian of (newly) entrenched elements of the constitution –not just in the devolution context but also more widely.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 15th December 2022

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Scathing report condemns police in England and Wales for ‘victim blaming’ in rape cases – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2022 in criminal justice, news, police, rape, reports, victims by tracey

‘A damning official examination into how police forces tackle rape has exposed persistent failings in the criminal justice system, including a failure to track repeat suspects, “explicit victim-blaming” and botched investigations.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2022

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Report urges “impact targets” for judicial diversity initiatives – Legal Futures

Posted December 13th, 2022 in diversity, judiciary, news, reports by sally

‘There should be targets to help measure whether efforts to improve judicial diversity are achieving their goals, a report for the Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF) has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2022

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Children and Families Act 2014 has failed to improve lives of children and young people, peers find – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 7th, 2022 in children, families, inquiries, news, reports, special educational needs by sally

‘A lack of focus on implementing and monitoring the impact of the Children and Families Act 2014, despite it being envisaged as a “landmark piece of legislation”, has led to the Act being “a largely missed opportunity”, a House of Lords committee has concluded in a report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th December 2022

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Wait time for county court trials reaches new all-time high – Legal Futures

Posted December 6th, 2022 in coronavirus, county courts, delay, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘The time between issue and trial for fast- and multi-track claims has now exceeded 75 weeks, the longest this century, according to the latest government figures.’

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Legal Futures, 6th December 2022

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Prof Brice Dickson: The UK’s Engagement With International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 6th, 2022 in human rights, news, reports, standards, United Nations by sally

‘On 10 November 2022 the UN Human Rights Council conducted its fourth Universal Periodic Review of the UK’s compliance with international human rights standards. The Council’s report was adopted just six days later and contained no fewer than 302 recommendations from other States on how the UK could improve its human rights record. That figure is up from 227 in 2017. For early accounts of the review meeting see the pieces by Marcial Boo and Robert Booth.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th December 2022

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‘Deeply unjust’ postcode lottery putting lives of domestic abuse victims at risk – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2022 in bills, domestic violence, news, reports, statistics, victims by sally

‘The Domestic Abuse Commissioner has warned a “deeply unjust” postcode lottery is putting the lives of victims at risk in a report that maps services nationally for the first time ever.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2022

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Nine in ten councils report backlog in planning enforcement cases amid 43% drop in spending on planning as a whole – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 29th, 2022 in delay, enforcement, local government, news, planning, reports, statistics by sally

‘A £364m reduction in yearly local authority spending on planning has led to “major challenges in resourcing, skills and performance” for planning authorities, new research has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th November 2022

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Mental health may be biggest factor in UK homicides, study finds – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2022 in gangs, homicide, mental health, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘Mental health problems may more often be a factor in homicides than gang membership, with most killings potentially preventable, a study suggests.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2022

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MPs warn court system is failing to support public understanding of justice system – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 10th, 2022 in civil justice, criminal justice, judgments, news, reports by sally

‘The Justice Committee has called for a “renewed focus” in the court system to remove barriers to the media and members of the public coming to court proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th November 2022

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Commission urges reform of ‘ineffective’ confiscation regime – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Codification of legal decisions reached in more than 500 cases brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is among the proposals of a call for reform of an “ineffective” confiscation regime published today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th November 2022

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Police vetting failures have allowed ‘predatory’ officers to join up, watchdog finds – The Guardian

‘Defective vetting and failures by police leaders have allowed a “prevalent” culture of potentially thousands of officers who are “predatory” towards women to join and stay in the ranks, a damning official report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2022

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