Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2020 in child abuse, internet, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘More than half of online grooming offences recorded under a law that made it illegal to send sexual messages to children were committed on Facebook-owned apps, figures reveal.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Lewes sex abuser Jonathan Smith’s victim feels hope after his jailing – BBC News

‘A woman who was systematically abused as a child by a world-renowned music director has gone from “despair to hope” after seeing him finally jailed.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge names council after deciding knowledge of its social services failures in care case outweighed risk of jigsaw identification of children – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge has severely criticised the London Borough of Haringey’s child social services department, after deciding to name the council following an appeal by the Press Association over an earlier anonymity order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st May 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Rotherham child sex abuse inquiry ‘to continue for years’ – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2020 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A major inquiry into historic child sex abuse in Rotherham is set to continue for up to seven years with around 600 victims still to be spoken to.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

ABE 2016/19 has gone AWOL – Counsel

‘Shortcomings and legal anachronisms: how can we achieve best evidence if current guidance is dangerously out of date on the law on special measures? asks Laura Hoyano.’

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Counsel, May 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Inconsistent sentencing of Defendants in cases where sexual activity against children does not actually take place – Park Square Barristers

‘This comment focuses upon two recent Court of Appeal judgments:

R v Privett [2020] EWCA Crim 557 (“Privett”); and R v Manning [2020] EWCA Crim 592 (“Manning”).’

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Park Square Barristers, 12th May 2020

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

The Service Justice System under question regarding the continuation of the jurisdiction to investigate and conduct trials in serious sexual assault and rape cases – Thomas More Chambers

‘The Centre for Military Justice, acting on behalf of three female service personnel has sent a pre – action protocol letter to the Ministry of Defence with regard to three cases which the service justice system (SJS) has conducted and their assertion appears to be that these victims were discriminated against. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) response is due this week. We have not seen the letter nor do we expect to see the response. The Centre for Military Justice stating publicly that by the end of the month they will issue proceedings in the High Court for Judicial Review (JR) citing action for discrimination under both the Human Rights Act and Equality Act. We await sight of the claim and then the defence.’

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Thomas More Chambers, 14th May 2020

Source: www.thomasmore.co.uk

Sentencing Sexual Cases with a Fake Victim – Broadway House Chambers

‘There has been something of an explosion in the number of sexual offences cases coming to the Crown Court where there is no actual victim. Offenders are caught by so-called paedophile hunters or police officers going online and posing as children.’

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Broadway House Chambers, 11th May 2020

Source: broadwayhouse.co.uk

Courts should consider coronavirus emergency when sentencing, rules Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On 30 April 2019, giving the lead judgment in the Court of Appeal, the Lord Chief Justice considered that the impact of a custodial sentence is likely to be heavier during the coronavirus pandemic than it would otherwise be, and that this was a factor that judges and magistrates can and should keep in mind when sentencing.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th May 2020

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Is the law of vicarious liability still ‘on the move’? Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13 – 3PB

Posted May 12th, 2020 in assault, doctors, news, sexual offences, vicarious liability by sally

‘The 126 claimants in this case were all employees of Barclays Bank who, at the start of their employment between the late 1960s and early 1980s, were required to undergo a medical examination. Examinations were carried out by Dr Bates (now deceased), a general practitioner who was not an employee of the Bank but engaged as an independent contractor to provide this service, and did so at his home. The Claimants alleged that they were sexually assaulted by Dr Bates while undergoing this examination and brought a group action against the Bank for compensation. A preliminary issue was whether Barclays could be vicariously liable for his actions.’

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3PB, May 2020

Source: www.3pb.co.uk

Limitation in historic sex abuse claims: recent decisions on the exercise of section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980 – 12 King’s Bench Walk

Posted May 11th, 2020 in chambers articles, delay, limitations, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A series of judgments have already been handed down this year that deal with limitation in historic sex abuse cases. Each addresses whether it is equitable to allow the claim to proceed by disapplying the long-expired limitation period, by exercising the discretion under section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 1st May 2020

Source: www.12kbw.co.uk

Guy Delph: ‘Manipulative’ child rapist jailed for life – BBC News

‘A “manipulative” child rapist who shared his abuse images with his uncle has been given a life sentence.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2020

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R (Simon Halabi) v The Crown Court at Southwark and others – Blackstone Chambers

‘The Divisional Court has handed down judgment in an important case concerning whether the regime for the imposition of notification requirements on sexual offenders is compatible with rights under Article 8 ECHR.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 1st May 2020

Source: www.blackstonechambers.com

Comply with ADR duty or risk costs sanction – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The recent decision of DSN v Blackpool Football Club Limited [2020] EWHC 670 (QB) illustrates the need for litigating parties to consider and engage with alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures in trying to resolve their disputes.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th May 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Women launch legal action to stop military courts trying UK rape cases – The Guardian

‘Three women serving in the armed forces have begun legal action aimed at preventing the military courts from trying UK rape cases, complaining that the conviction rate is five to six times lower than in civilian courts.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

SRA paralegal banned after child offences conviction – Legal Futures

‘A paralegal who was working at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has been banned from the profession after being jailed for online sexual offences involving children.’

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Legal Futures, 1st May 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Domestic abuse prosecutions fell by 24% at end of 2019 – The Guardian

‘The number of domestic abuse prosecutions fell by almost a quarter in the last three months of 2019, compared to the previous year, according to quarterly figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service. Rape prosecutions also fell 23% in the last three months of 2019 compared to a year prior, maintaining a historic low.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2020

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Supply teacher jailed for sexually assaulting six girls at primary school – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2020 in child abuse, news, school children, sentencing, sexual offences, teachers by sally

‘A supply teacher has been jailed for eight and a half years for sexually assaulting six girls at a primary school in North Yorkshire, two years after similar allegations were dropped.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Coronavirus: Internet child abuse images ‘not being deleted’ – BBC News

‘Coronavirus has led to a “global slowdown” in the removal of internet child abuse images, say campaigners.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Vicarious Liability: whose liability is it anyway? – 4 New Square

‘On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13 (“Barclays”) and MW Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12 (“Morrison”) – the latest in the recent line of cases focussed on the nature, scope and development of the doctrine of vicarious liability.’

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4 New Square, 20th April 2020

Source: www.4newsquare.com