Conor Casey: House of Lords Constitution Committee Rejects Significant Reform to UK Law Officers – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Attorney General and Solicitor General are the UK government’s principal legal advisors. Known collectively as the Law Officers, the origins of these ancient constitutional officers date back to the 13th Century. Historically, the Law Officers were leading barristers who acted as the Crown’s personal lawyers, fiercely representing their interests in legal proceedings. As political power passed from the Crown to the Prime Minister and their Cabinet, the Law Officers eventually became salaried ministers. Appointed and removed by the Crown on the advice of the Prime Minister, Law Officers today are typically qualified lawyers with experience in practice who are also political figures; as members of one of the Houses of Parliament, a member of government, and senior member of the governing political party.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 31st January 2023

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Conor Casey: House of Lords Constitution Committee Rejects Significant Reform to UK Law Officers – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Attorney General and Solicitor General are the UK government’s principal legal advisors. Known collectively as the Law Officers, the origins of these ancient constitutional officers date back to the 13th Century. Historically, the Law Officers were leading barristers who acted as the Crown’s personal lawyers, fiercely representing their interests in legal proceedings. As political power passed from the Crown to the Prime Minister and their Cabinet, the Law Officers eventually became salaried ministers. Appointed and removed by the Crown on the advice of the Prime Minister, Law Officers today are typically qualified lawyers with experience in practice who are also political figures; as members of one of the Houses of Parliament, a member of government, and senior member of the governing political party.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 31st January 2023

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Bill of Rights: Call to scrap plans to rewrite human rights law – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2023 in bills, human rights, news, select committees by sally

‘Plans to rewrite UK human rights law would “damage people’s ability to enforce their rights” inside and outside court, MPs and peers say.’

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BBC News, 25th 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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What Is Sentencing And How Does It Work? – Each Other

Posted January 17th, 2023 in appeals, joint enterprise, news, select committees, sentencing by sally

‘The House of Commons Justice Committee has launched an inquiry into the public’s opinion and understanding of sentencing. The Justice Committee will examine their understanding of the current approach to sentencing in England and Wales. It has made us ask the question: what does sentencing mean for our rights?’

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Each Other, 13th January 2023

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The Government Accepts Recommendations To Protect Human Rights In Care Settings – Each Other

Posted January 11th, 2023 in care homes, government departments, human rights, news, select committees by sally

‘The government has accepted recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on protecting human rights in health and social care settings. A formal response has been published following concerns about the protection of human rights in care settings which include the right to life (Article 2) and the right to be free from torture and degrading treatment (Article 3).’

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Each Other, 10th January 2023

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What Is The Mental Health Bill? – Each Other

Posted December 6th, 2022 in bills, detention, mental health, minorities, news, select committees by sally

‘The government is publishing a draft Mental Health Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny, to modernise the Mental Health Act (MHA) for the 21st century. While the draft Bill has been welcomed by many, there must be more detail and direction on how the new legislation will be implemented at ground level.’

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Each Other, 6th December 2022

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MPs back tougher economic crime fines and oversight for lawyers – Legal Futures

‘MPs have backed giving the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) unlimited fining powers in cases of economic crime.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2022

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Government legacy bill risks breaches of human rights law, committee finds – The Independent

‘Proposed Government legislation to deal with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s Troubles risks widespread breaches of human rights law, a Westminster committee has found.’

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The Independent, 26th October 2022

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UK justice system ‘ill-equipped’ for rise in fraud, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2022 in criminal justice, fraud, news, select committees by sally

‘The UK’s justice system is “ill-equipped” to tackle a spiralling fraud epidemic and needs a rapid overhaul, a cross-party committee of MPs has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2022

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UK can take lead in averting mass atrocity crimes, MPs’ report says – The Guardian

‘The UK can take a lead in trying to forecast and avert mass atrocity crimes, MPs suggest in a report published on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2022

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The Victims Bill Is Flawed In Protecting Children And Survivors – Each Other

Posted October 6th, 2022 in bills, children, codes of practice, crime, news, select committees, victims by sally

‘The Justice Committee has pointed out flaws of the Victims Bill in a pre-legislative report that raises significant concerns for victims of crimes and abuse across the UK. The cross-party committee noted problems in the way “victims” are defined, a lack of enforcement powers and the need for additional funding and resources for the Bill to be effective. The report was published shortly after Dame Vera Baird KC recently announced her intention to stand down as Victims’ Commissioner, following the Bill’s intention to diminish the role.’

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Each Other, 5th October 2022

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Legislate on filtered images and some cosmetic procedures, say MPs – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in cosmetic surgery, news, photography, select committees, standards by tracey

‘More must be done to help prevent body image dissatisfaction, including putting logos on some filtered images and new training standards for people who provide certain cosmetic procedures, MPs have said.’

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The Independent, 2nd August 2022

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Women offenders still being jailed despite pledge to cut prisoner numbers, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2022 in imprisonment, news, reports, select committees, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Ministers have made little progress developing alternatives to custodial sentences for women, MPs have concluded, amid official predictions that the female prison population may rise by a third in the next three years.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2022

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Human rights of people in care at risk due to slow progress on visiting – report – The Independent

‘The human rights of people in care are at risk of being breached by slow progress on enabling visits and the inappropriate use of resuscitation notices, a report has warned.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2022

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UK’s ‘quick-fix’ asylum policies criticised in damning MPs’ report – The Guardian

‘Headline grabbing policies such as sending asylum seekers to Rwanda to have their claims processed are failing to halt Channel crossings, which could double by the end of this year, according to a parliamentary report. The home affairs select committee has published a damning and wide ranging report into the failures of Home Office asylum policies, including stopping refugees from crossing the Channel in small boats.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2022

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Forced adoptions: Call for government apology to mothers – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2022 in adoption, children, families, human rights, inquiries, news, select committees, women by tracey

‘Hundreds of thousands of unmarried women who were forced to give up their babies for adoption should receive a government apology, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2022

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Legislation aims to shield UK internet users from state-backed disinformation – The Guardian

‘Tech firms will be required to shield internet users from state-sponsored disinformation posing a threat to UK society and democracy, under changes to a landmark online safety bill.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2022

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MPs lament “missed opportunities” of court reform programme – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have “missed opportunities to swiftly deliver an ambitious court reform programme”, MPs on the justice select committee say today.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2022

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One in eight private rented homes poses ‘serious threat’ to occupants’ health, damning report finds – The Independent

‘More than one in eight privately rented homes in England pose a “serious threat” to the health and safety of their occupants, a damning report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2022

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