Councils call for online judicial approval of access to communications data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils should be able to apply for and be granted magistrates’ approval electronically for access to communications data, the Local Government Association and trading standards organisations have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th January 2016

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Care Quality Commission not yet an effective regulator, say MPs – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2015 in health, news, quality assurance, reports, select committees by tracey

‘The Care Quality Commission, the health watchdog in England, is “not yet an effective regulator”, MPs say.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2015

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Criminal courts charge ‘should be axed’ – justice committee – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2015 in criminal courts charge, news, select committees by tracey

‘The criminal courts charge should be scrapped by ministers, a parliamentary committee has said, as it raised “grave misgivings” about the fee’s benefits.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2015

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Tom Watson to issue written apology to Leon Brittan’s widow – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2015 in news, parliamentary privilege, select committees, sexual offences by tracey

‘Tom Watson has said he will write to the widow of Leon Brittan to apologise directly after he was criticised by MPs for repeating a claim that he was “as close to evil as any human could get” in connection with sex abuse allegations against the Conservative peer.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2015

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Gove poised to back call for less overbearing regulatory regime for ABSs – Legal Futures

‘Lord Chancellor Michael Gove indicated yesterday that he would support legislative changes to make it easier to approve and regulate alternative business structures (ABSs) while the scope of the wider review of the Legal Services Act 2007 is worked out.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2015

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MoJ to publish impact of reforms on civil legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 12th, 2015 in civil justice, legal aid, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Government research on the impact of its reforms on civil legal aid are expected to be published by the end of the year, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2015

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Criminal courts charge denied compensation to rape victim, MPs told – The Independent

‘A rape victim did not get compensation from her attacker because of the Government’s controversial new court charge, MPs have been told.’

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The Independent, 27th October 2015

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Proposed blanket ban on legal highs criticised by MPs – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2015 in bills, drug offences, health & safety, inquiries, news, select committees by sally

‘A proposed blanket ban on legal highs is too broad and fails to adequately define what a psychoactive substance actually is, an influential committee of MPs has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2015

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Ban media from naming sex abuse suspects before charge, says top lawyer – The Guardian

‘A former top prosecutor has said parliament should pass a law banning the media from naming suspects in sex abuse cases until they are charged.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2015

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Tom Watson letter did not lead to Leon Brittan being interviewed, says CPS – The Guardian

‘Tom Watson’s controversial letter to Britain’s top prosecutor did not lead to Leon Brittan being interviewed by police over sex abuse allegations, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2015

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Law enforcement need to give more priority to asset recovery in criminal cases, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 9th, 2015 in assets recovery, confiscation, enforcement, news, select committees by tracey

‘New figures showing that criminals have still to re-pay a total of £774 million in ill-gotten gains highlights the need for law enforcement agencies to give greater priority to asset recovery in their criminal investigations, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th October 2015

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Criminal courts charge introducing plea-bargaining ‘through back door’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government’s criminal court charge could be introducing plea-bargaining through the back door, a leading thinktank has warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st October 2015

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Punitive court fines ‘undermine respect for the law’ – The Guardian

‘The imposition of mandatory, punitive fines in English and Welsh criminal courts has undermined respect for the law and introduced US-style plea bargaining that results in false convictions, an influential legal thinktank has warned.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2015

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CPS under pressure but not near collapse, says attorney general – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Crown Prosecution Service is under pressure but not on the “brink of collapse”, the attorney general told a House of Commons committee last night.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2015

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Pressure grows to scrap controversial new financial penalties for anyone convicted of a crime -The Independent

‘The outcry over the new financial penalties for anyone convicted of a crime presents Michael Gove with a crucial test of his willingness to jettison flawed policies inherited from Chris Grayling, his predecessor as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2015

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Charities back tough fundraising rules to protect vulnerable donors – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2015 in budgets, charities, complaints, elderly, fines, harassment, news, select committees, statistics by sally

‘Britain’s top charities have pledged support for proposed tough new rules aimed at preventing the use of aggressive fundraising techniques to target vulnerable and elderly donors after a series of scandals over the summer.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2015

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Patrick O’Brien: Judges and Select Committees: A Developing Accountability Culture – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 7th, 2015 in evidence, inquiries, judges, news, select committees, statistics by sally

‘When is a judge not a judge? Lady Justice Hallett carried out a public inquiry into the ‘On the runs’ scheme in 2014. In its report on the same issue in March 2015 the Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee commented rather sternly that

“we chose not to summon Lady Justice Hallett to attend, but we consider it to be a regrettable discourtesy to Parliament that she declined our initial invitation to give evidence to the Committee, especially as she had not acted in a judicial capacity when carrying out her review. [at para. 11]”‘

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th September 2015

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Tony Blair loses challenge against Daily Mail story – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in complaints, evidence, media, news, select committees by sally

‘The Independent Press Standards Organisation has rejected a complaint from Tony Blair seeking a retraction of a Daily Mail article that accused him of trying to “wriggle out” of an investigation by a committee of MPs.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2015

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Lack of anti-extremist legislation hasn’t hampered watchdog, says Ofcom chief – The Guardian

‘Ofcom chief executive Sharon White has said the regulator has not been hampered by lack of legislation in cracking down on extremist broadcasts following David Cameron said it should be given beefed-up powers to tackle the issue.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2015

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Speech by Lord Justice Beatson: Closer Engagement with Parliament – Speech by Lord Justice Jack Beatson

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in judiciary, parliament, select committees, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Beatson: Closer Engagement with Parliament.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 2nd July 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk