Civil Justice Council proposes rule changes to ensure consideration of vulnerability of people in civil proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Civil Justice Council has proposed rule changes that would further ensure that all civil judges, parties and advocates consider vulnerability of people involved in civil proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th February 2020

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Katrina O’Hara murder: Coroner recommends phone access changes – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2020 in domestic violence, murder, news, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘A coroner has called for domestic abuse victims to have access to mobile phones after police seized a woman’s device days before her murder.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2020

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Family courts not safe for domestic violence victims, lawyers say – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2020 in domestic violence, family courts, judiciary, news, rape, victims by sally

‘The family courts are not a safe place for victims of domestic violence because some judges there hold “outdated views” on sexual violence and issues of consent, according to a letter signed by 130 lawyers and professionals.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2020

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Seven men convicted of grooming teenage girls in Huddersfield – The Guardian

Posted February 19th, 2020 in child abuse, children, news, rape, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Seven men convicted of sexually exploiting young girls in Huddersfield “robbed their victims of their childhood and abused them in truly appalling ways”, police have said.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2020

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Impact on rape victims of police phone seizures to be reviewed – The Guardian

‘The impact on rape victims of police seizures of their mobile phones is to be examined as the Metropolitan police begin piloting a data inspection system designed to limit invasion of privacy.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2020

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Man jailed 50 years after raping girl in Prescot – BBC News

‘A man who raped a six-year-old girl when he was a teenager has been jailed almost 50 years after the offence.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2020

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British woman repeatedly trafficked for sex after Home Office failures – The Guardian

‘A young and highly vulnerable British sex trafficking victim was re-trafficked by county lines drug gangs on multiple occasions after the Home Office repeatedly refused to fulfil its legal obligation to provide her with safe accommodation.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2020

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Oxford grooming trial: Three men jailed for sexually abusing girl – BBC News

‘Three men have been jailed for sexually abusing a schoolgirl in Oxford following an investigation into child sexual exploitation.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2020

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7/7 survivor Thelma Stober to lead Grenfell memorial commission – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2020 in accidents, bereavement, fire, monuments, news, victims by sally

‘A survivor of the 7/7 terror attacks is to lead plans for a memorial commemorating the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Thelma Stober, a lawyer badly injured in the 2005 attack at Aldgate, will co-chair a commission to try to decide how to remember the 72 people killed by the fire at the west London tower block.’

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The Guardian, 14th February 2020

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Church of England may have to pay out millions over child sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2020 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, compensation, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘he Church of England could face a multimillion-pound bill after its ruling body voted in favour of compensating survivors of sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2020

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How Plans To Triple The Police Bail Time Limit Could Affect Your Rights – Each Other

‘The length of time suspects could be bailed without being charged with a crime could be trebled under government plans.’

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Each Other, 7th February 2020

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GP Manish Shah jailed for 90 sexual assaults on patients – BBC News

‘A GP has been given three life sentences for 90 sexual assaults on female patients.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2020

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NDAs ‘should not silence sexual harassment claims’ – BBC News

‘Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) should not be used to prevent someone from reporting sexual harassment in the workplace, according to new guidance.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2020

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Lessons to be learned after judge criticised for ‘obsolescent’ views – Family Law

‘A family case has recently been the subject of an unusual level of attention from the media, both legal and mainstream, much of it reflecting badly upon the family justice system. I thought I should look at the case, in particular, the lessons that can, or cannot, be learned from it.’

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Family Law, 7th February 2020

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Grenfell Tower inquiry backs protection for refurbishment firms giving evidence – BBC News

‘The chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has backed a request from firms that refurbished the building that evidence they give should not be used against them in criminal prosecutions.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2020

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Windrush victims given extra time to apply for compensation but concerns over lack of legal advice remain – The Independent

‘Windrush victims will have an additional two years to apply for compensation for their losses after the Home Office bowed to pressure to extend the deadline by two years.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2020

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Helen McCourt killer’s release confirmed as mother loses legal bid – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2020 in bereavement, bills, disclosure, families, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘The killer of Helen McCourt is due to be freed from prison next week despite never revealing where he hid her remains.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2020

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Vulnerable witness, domestic abuse and special measures- the importance of ensuring a fair trial – Becket Chambers

‘This article explores the approach a court should take in relation to vulnerable witnesses, in particular those that have experienced domestic abuse. The recent case of H v F [2020] EWHC 86 (Fam) demonstrates that a case will be successful on appeal if the correct procedures are not complied with.’

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Becket Chambers, 3rd February 2020

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Government launches public consultation on pre-charge bail – Home Office

‘New consultation aims to put the needs of victims first and ensure police are supported to investigate crimes.’

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Home Office, 5th February 2020

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Police sending a third fewer rape cases to prosecutors, figures show – The Guardian

‘Rape victims are finding it increasingly difficult to access justice as police refer fewer cases to the Crown Prosecution Service and fewer allegations of rape are being prosecuted and convicted, according to new figures.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2020

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