Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: A changing judiciary in a modern age – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘The Lord Chief Justice, The Right Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon, spoke about judicial appointments and diversity in the Treasurer’s Lecture 2019.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 18th February 2019

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‘Prison isn’t working’: David Gauke calls for end to short jail terms – The Guardian

Posted February 19th, 2019 in community service, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘The justice secretary has said he wants to end short prison sentences because they do not work and hopes that technology and more community sentences will provide better alternatives to jail.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2019

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Stephen Lawrence: How has his murder changed policing? – BBC News

‘Twenty years ago, an inquiry into the death of teenager Stephen Lawrence called for an overhaul of police procedures and attitudes towards race. But how much has changed?’

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BBC News, 19th February 2019

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Voter ID trials are dangerous. That’s why I’m taking the government to court – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2019 in elections, equality, identification, local government, news, pilot schemes, statistics by sally

‘In May, I will be asked to show ID to vote in local elections in Essex. This discriminatory plan risks undermining democracy.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2019

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Uncontested flight delay claims “not litigation”, CA rules – Litigation Futures

Posted February 13th, 2019 in airlines, appeals, compensation, costs, delay, news, statistics, Supreme Court by sally

‘The work done by pioneering law firm Bott & Co in bringing uncontested flight delay claims does not amount to litigation services and so it cannot claim an equitable lien over the damages for its costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th February 2019

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Digital Secretary to question dating apps amid concerns over underage users – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 11th, 2019 in child abuse, children, internet, news, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Jeremy Wright, the Digital Secretary, said he would write to Tinder and Grindr asking what measures they have in place to keep children safe, after an investigation claimed they are at risk of exploitation on such apps.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th February 2019

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Cyber sex crimes against children have trebled in three years, NSPCC warns – Daily Telegraph

‘Cases of paedophiles using the internet to commit sex crimes against children have trebled in three years, figures show, prompting renewed demands for tougher regulation of social media companies.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2019

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Knife offenders to wear GPS tags in London pilot scheme – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2019 in electronic monitoring, London, murder, news, pilot schemes, police, recidivists, statistics, weapons by tracey

‘Knife crime offenders in London will be tagged with tracking devices upon their release from prison in an attempt to reduce violence in the capital, the mayor has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2019

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Online child abuse cases reported to Metropolitan Police more than double in year – The Independent

‘Online child sex abuse cases reported to London’s Metropolitan Police have more than doubled in a year, amid warnings that paedophiles are grooming children to send them images.
Scotland Yard’s online child sexual abuse and exploitation team received 2,514 referrals in 2018, up from 1,050 the year before – a 139 per cent increase. The vast majority were alerts from technology companies, as calls have been mounting for web giants to prevent indecent images being uploaded or shared on their platforms.’

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The Independent, 6th February 2019

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Antisemitic incidents in UK at record high for third year in a row – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2019 in Judaism, news, religious discrimination, statistics by sally

‘Jewish community leaders and politicians have condemned a third successive year with a record number of antisemitic incidents.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2019

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Surge in parents forced to fight child custody battles with no legal representation – The Independent

Posted February 5th, 2019 in budgets, children, custody, families, legal aid, litigants in person, news, statistics by tracey

‘The number of parents forced to represent themselves in child custody battles at family courts has more than doubled in six years in the wake of legal aid cuts. Campaigners have warned “huge injustices” are taking place and children’s best interests are being “obscured”. Government data revealed 23,881 parents who applied to open private law cases for child arrangements in 2017 had no legal representation – up 134 per cent since 2011.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2019

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Innocent people caught up in serious police investigations due to data-handling errors, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2019 in mistake, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct, standards, statistics by tracey

‘Innocent people were wrongly caught up in serious police investigations such as child pornography and paedophile grooming because of data-handling errors, a watchdog found.’

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The Independent, 31st January 2019

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More than half of young people in jail are of BME background – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2019 in imprisonment, minorities, news, sentencing, statistics, young offenders by sally

‘More than half of the inmates held in prisons for young people in England and Wales are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, the highest proportion on record, the prisons watchdog has said, prompting warnings that youth jails have hit “American” levels of disproportionality.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2019

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Half of magistrates courts in England and Wales closed since 2010 – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2019 in budgets, computer programs, courts, magistrates, news, statistics by sally

‘More than half of all magistrates courts in England and Wales have closed since 2010, forcing defendants, witnesses, police, lawyers and justices of the peace to travel sometimes more than 50 miles to access local justice.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2019

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BSB reviews pupillage recruitment practice at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

‘New research published today presents the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB’s) review of the way in which pupillages were advertised in 2018 and in the selection criteria used by barristers’ chambers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 21st January 2019

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Hundreds of deaths under review at London NHS hospital where whistleblower was mailed dead animal – The Independent

‘The deaths of up to 250 patients after heart surgery at an NHS hospital wracked with internal staff disputes and quality issues are under review by regulators. An independent panel has been set up to examine the treatment of every cardiac surgery patient who died between April 2013 and September 2018 at St George’s University Hospital Foundation Trust in London.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

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Courts IT chaos prompts call for compensation and more funding – The Guardian

‘The computer network collapse that disrupted courts across England and Wales for days has prompted calls for compensation and improved funding for the beleaguered criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2019

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Sex offenders put up in hotels as no space in bail hostels, says report – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2019 in bail, hotels, news, ombudsmen, prisons, probation, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Sex offenders are being put up in high-street budget hotels without the knowledge of the proprietors or guests because spaces in closely monitored bail hostels are unavailable, inspectors have discovered.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2019

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‘This is not love’: victim of coercive control says she saw red flags from start –

‘Natalie Curtis decided to leave her husband when he marched her to a pawn shop to sell her wedding and engagement ring.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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Mini-pupillages could “indirectly discriminate”, BSB review finds – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2019 in barristers, equality, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘Unpaid mini-pupillages could “indirectly discriminate” against would-be barristers from poorer backgrounds, a review by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk