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

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Surveillance and privacies – OUP Blog

‘In its recent report, Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework, the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee pondered on the scale of public concern about digital surveillance:

“It is worth noting that this debate does not seem to arise in the context of the Agencies intercepting letters, or listening to people’s home or office landline calls. So what is it about the internet that makes it different? For many, the free and open nature of the internet represents liberty and democracy, and they consider that these values should not be compromised for the sake of detecting a minority who wish to use it for harmful purposes.”’

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OUP Blog, 28th May 2015

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Are too few convictions overturned? – BBC News

‘There is room for argument over whether the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is too cautious in referring suspected miscarriages of justice to the Court of Appeal, as the Commons Justice Committee has said.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2015

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Save Legal Aid, Save Lives – Family Law Week

Posted March 26th, 2015 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Ruth Tweedale, a law lecturer at the University of Roehampton and former solicitor at Rights of Women, describes recent developments in the campaign to preserve family law legal aid for victims of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 24th March 2015

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Why do MPs keep suggesting anonymity for rape suspects? – The Independent

Posted March 24th, 2015 in anonymity, news, parliament, rape, select committees, sexual offences by sally

‘Should rape suspects have the right to anonymity, like their accusers? It’s a debate that keeps coming back, because MPs keep resurrecting it. Today it’s the Home Affairs Select Committee, which recommends anonymity for those suspected of a sex offence, unless and until they’re charged.’

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The Independent, 20th March 2015

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A Point of View: Do parliament’s select committees wield too much power? – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in news, parliament, select committees, statistics by sally

‘Parliamentary select committees have seen their profile grow over the past few years, but are they the right way of holding power to account, asks Tom Shakespeare.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2015

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Rotherham abuse: Ofsted ‘failed to detect abuse’ – BBC News

‘Government inspectors failed to detect child sexual exploitation in Rotherham because they trusted council staff, a report by MPs has said.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2015

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Bar Council response to Justice Committee report on Legal Aid – The Bar Council

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

‘Responding to today’s report from the Justice Committee, Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar said:
“We have reached a watershed moment in the administration of justice.’

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The Bar Council, 12th March 2015

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Third of domestic violence victims cannot provide evidence for legal aid – The Guardian

‘More than a third of victims of domestic violence cannot provide the evidence required to obtain legal aid, according to a parliamentary watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2015

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Legal aid cuts hurt those who need help must, claims High Court judge – The Independent

Posted March 12th, 2015 in judges, legal aid, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Deep cuts to the legal aid budget have backfired by failing to help the people who need it most, a parliamentary report has concluded.’

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The Independent, 12th March 2015

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Police tackle serious crimes with ‘slap on wrist’, MPs warn – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2015 in cautions, news, police, prosecutions, select committees, statistics by sally

‘Too many offenders in England and Wales are given “just a slap on the wrist” for serious crimes, MPs have argued.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2015

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Abuse inquiry should cover whole UK, Home Affairs Committee says – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2015 in child abuse, inquiries, news, select committees, sexual offences by sally

‘The government is being urged to extend the scope of the child sexual abuse inquiry to cover the whole of the UK – rather than just England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2015

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