Government needs to act on key Chilcot inquiry finding, committee warns – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2018 in constitutional history, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘MPs have called for tougher safeguards to be introduced to prevent a prime minister taking the country to war without adequate cabinet consultation.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2018

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Oxford student wrongly accused of rape endured two years of hell because police were too busy with Jimmy Savile cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 18th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, delay, evidence, news, police, prosecutions, rape, reports by tracey

‘An Oxford University student spent two years on bail accused of rape because police claimed they were too busy dealing with other reports in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, a damning report has revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2018

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Failure to act against ‘dangerous’ midwives resulted in deaths – report – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2018 in inquiries, midwives, news, reports, standards by sally

‘Babies and mothers died after a health regulator failed to act against midwives suspected of providing dangerously poor care, despite the police raising concerns about their conduct, a damning report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2018

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UK agency warns Brexit could lead to rise in organised crime – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 15th, 2018 in brexit, crime, EC law, money laundering, news, reports, treaties by sally

‘The UK body charged with fighting serious and organised crime has warned that the country’s impending withdrawal from the EU could lead to a rise in money laundering, bribery and other corporate offences.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th May 2018

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UK police use of facial recognition technology a failure, says report – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2018 in computer programs, facial mapping, news, police, reports by sally

‘Police attempts to use cameras linked to databases to recognise people from their face are failing, with the wrong person picked out nine times out 10, a report claims.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2018

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Lynette White: Police trial collapse report cost £900k – BBC News

Posted May 11th, 2018 in budgets, news, perverting the course of justice, police, reports by sally

‘An independent review into the collapse of a case against eight former police officers who investigated the 1988 murder of Lynette White cost more than £900,000, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2018

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Undercover police inquiry: Report to take at least eight years – BBC News

Posted May 11th, 2018 in inquiries, news, police, reports, spying by sally

‘Campaigners have been left “dismayed” after it was revealed the public inquiry into undercover policing will not deliver its final report until at least 2023.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2018

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New report shows that becoming a barrister remains highly competitive – Bar Standard Board

Posted May 10th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, news, reports, universities by sally

‘The BSB has today published the fourth annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th May 2018

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Call to investigate barriers to ABSs moving into other professional services – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) should investigate whether there are regulatory barriers to law firms that become alternative business structures (ABSs) providing other professional services such as accountancy and surveying, rather than vice versa, a report it commissioned has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2018

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Kent and Medway NHS Trust rapped over mental health care – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2018 in hospitals, mental health, news, reports, suicide by tracey

‘A health trust which apologised for its treatment of a suicidal woman has been ordered to take action to protect patients it says are still at risk.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2018

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Men wrongfully imprisoned for 24 years seek compensation – The Guardian

‘The fairness of the criminal courts process goes on trial this week when two men who spent a total of 24 years wrongfully imprisoned seek compensation for their ordeals.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2018

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Brook House: Use of force against immigration detainees more than doubles in a year, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in detention, immigration, news, reports, self-harm by tracey

‘Use of force against people in one of the UK’s largest immigration detention centres has soared by more than 160 per cent in two years, a watchdog report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2018

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Mentally ill subject to ‘physical violence and verbal threats’ while held under Mental Health Act, finds report – The Independent

Posted May 1st, 2018 in care homes, human rights, mental health, news, reports by tracey

‘Mentally ill people are being subjected to “distressing experiences” including physical violence and verbal threats while detained under the Mental Health Act, a government-commissioned review has found.’

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The Independent, 1st May 2018

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Child abuse inquiry: Institutions need change of culture – interim report – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2018 in child abuse, inquiries, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘A “change in culture” is needed within institutions and government if children are to be properly safeguarded, an interim report by the independent child sexual abuse inquiry has said.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2018

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Divorce blame game leads to futile court battles, new study finds – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2018 in divorce, families, news, reports by sally

‘The lack of no-fault divorce in England and Wales is forcing separating couples into unnecessary and unsuccessful courtroom battles to establish who caused the breakdown, according to a report by the Nuffield Foundation.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2018

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Ellie Butler report warns of further deaths unless failures put right – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, reports, social services by sally

‘Deaths like that of six-year-old Ellie Butler, who was murdered by her father, could keep happening unless failures in child protection are quickly corrected, a report obtained by the Guardian has warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2018

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Security services ‘to get more power to stop attacks’ – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2018 in intelligence services, news, police, reports, terrorism by sally

‘Police and security services are to get more powers and resources to stop terror attacks at an earlier stage, according to the Sunday Times.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2018

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Council publishes independent review – Sentencing Council

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in reports, sentencing, statutory duty by tracey

‘In 2017 the Sentencing Council commissioned an independent academic to carry out an internal review to support the Council in considering how best it could exercise its statutory functions and to make recommendations on areas of work it might want to consider taking forward in the future. The work was undertaken by Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and his colleague, Dr Jo Parsons. The Council welcomes this Review, which we are publishing today alongside a summary of the work we are taking forward as a result.’

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Sentencing Council, 18th April 2018

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Can we build AI that doesn’t turn on us? Is it already too late? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 19th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘A report from the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has made a number of recommendations for the UK’s approach to the rise of algorithms. The report ‘AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?’ suggests the creation of a cross-sector AI Code to help mitigate the risks of AI outstripping human intelligence.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th April 2018

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Rotherham council told to apologise to abuse whistleblower – The Guardian

‘Rotherham council has been ordered to apologise to a whistleblower who helped to expose the town’s grooming scandal after council officials raided her charity without proper explanation – years after she risked imprisonment by revealing how the council, police and social services turned a blind eye to the abuse of at least 1,400 children.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2018

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