Carl Beech: Judge suggests he was ‘misled’ over VIP abuse search warrants – BBC News

‘A judge who granted search warrants in the Met’s discredited VIP paedophile inquiry has agreed with a report that concluded he was “misled” by police.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2019

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Warrants of possession – fresh grounds and Equality Act defences – Nearly Legal

Posted September 26th, 2019 in landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession, warrants by tracey

‘Where a landlord already has a possession order for rent arrears, but then seeks a warrant also on the basis of anti-social behaviour, the usual route has been for the landlord to ask the court to consider whether the warrant should be stayed in light of the allegations of ASB, even if the court would be minded to stay the warrant on the arrears. This was the approach in Sheffield City Council v Hopkins (2001) EWCA Civ 1023, which suggested a summary approach to fact finding in such cases.’

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Nearly Legal, 22nd September 2019

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Police may have broken law during Carl Beech investigation – ex-judge – The Guardian

‘A retired high court judge, whose review found a catalogue of failings in Scotland Yard’s £2.5m inquiry into false claims about a VIP paedophile ring made by a former nurse, says the police may have broken the law during their investigation.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2019

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MI5 engaged in ‘extraordinary and persistent illegality’ whilst handling personal data, High Court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘MI5 has been unlawfully holding people’s data collected through surveillance or hacking programmes, the high court has been told.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2019

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UK government security decisions can be challenged in court, judges rule – The Guardian

‘Government security decisions will in future be open to challenge in the courts after judges ruled that a secretive intelligence tribunal could not be exempt from legal action.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

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New Judgment: R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal & Ors [2019] UKSC 22 – UKSC Blog

‘Inter alia, The Supreme Court held, by a majority, that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, s 67(8) did not “oust” the supervisory jurisdiction of the High Court to quash a decision of the IPT for error of law. Following authority, it was clear that the drafter of s 67(8) would have had no doubt that a determination vitiated by any error of law, jurisdictional or not, was to be treated as no determination at all, and so could not be ousted. The plain words of the subsection must yield to the principle that such a clause will not protect a decision that is legally invalid, as there is a common law presumption against ousting the High Court’s jurisdiction.’

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UKSC Blog, 15th May 2019

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‘MI6 conman’ Mark Acklom extradited to UK after years on the run – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2019 in extradition, fraud, national crime agency, news, warrants by tracey

‘One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been extradited from Switzerland to the UK.’

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Daily Telegraph , 22nd February 2019

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Kathleen Griffin death: Torture killer ‘could have been stopped’ – BBC News

‘A woman was tortured and killed by a man who authorities should have stopped from living with her, a report said.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2019

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What does the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement mean for the European Arrest Warrant? Read the small print… – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in brexit, EC law, extradition, news, warrants by sally

‘Whether you consider it is the duty of our fellow citizens to read the 599 pages of the Withdrawal Agreement before expressing an opinion on Brexit, it is certainly the duty of any lawyer entering the fray.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 27th November 2018

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Latvian human trafficking gang jailed for East Midlands plot – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Nine members of an organised crime group based in the East Midlands and Latvia have been jailed for human trafficking offences against 28 victims.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 7th November 2018

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No-deal Brexit will make it harder to bring foreign criminals to justice, police leader warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 19th, 2018 in brexit, criminal justice, criminal records, EC law, news, police, warrants by sally

‘A no-deal Brexitwill make it harder to bring the two Russian agents responsible for the Novichok attack to justice, one of the country’s most senior police officers has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th September 2018

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Ministers accused of issuing ‘torture warrants’ to spies – The Guardian

‘Ministers are routinely providing legal cover for the intelligence services where there is a possibility of information being extracted through torture abroad, under a so-called “James Bond clause”, a human rights group has alleged.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2018

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Equality Act and Evictions – Nearly Legal

Posted August 6th, 2018 in disability discrimination, equality, news, repossession, warrants by sally

‘An appeal on the issue of whether disability discrimination should be considered afresh on an application for stay of warrant following breach of a suspended possession order.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th August 2018

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Arrest for lawful acts – UK Police Law Blog

Posted July 17th, 2018 in news, police, warrants by tracey

‘The recent decision of Holmes v CC Merseyside Police [2018] EWHC 1026 (QB) confirms the power of the police to arrest individuals who are not acting unlawfully. It relies on the earlier case of CPS v McCann [2015] EWHC 2461; [2016] 1 Cr. App. R. 6, which held that an arresting officer was acting in the execution of their duty when making an arrest notwithstanding that their suspicion that that offences were being committed being mistaken.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 15th July 2018

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Proposals to modernise search warrants in England published – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 8th, 2018 in news, police, stop and search, warrants by sally

‘More investigatory bodies could be given the right to apply for a search warrant independently of the police under plans to modernise the regime published by the Law Commission.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th June 2018

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Public should be given more search warrant protections – Law Commission

‘The laws around search warrants should be modernised with more protections put in place to protect individuals’ rights, say the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 5th June 2018

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Police Can Download All Your Smartphone’s Data Without A Warrant – RightsInfo

Posted April 6th, 2018 in consent, news, police, privacy, telecommunications, warrants by sally

‘Police officers can download the contents of your mobile phone without a warrant – even if you have not been charged with any crime.’

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RightsInfo, 3rd April 2018

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Judge refuses to withdraw Julian Assange arrest warrant – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2018 in bail, embassies, news, public interest, sexual offences, warrants by michael

“Handing down her judgment at Westminster magistrates court, the senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said she was not persuaded by the argument from Assange’s legal team that it was not in the public interest to pursue him for skipping bail.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2018

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Julian Assange saga: judge to rule on arrest warrant – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2018 in bail, Crown Prosecution Service, news, proportionality, warrants by sally

‘It is nearly six years since Julian Assange disguised himself as a motorcycle courier and entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London to seek political asylum. His subsequent legal battle, so vast and protracted a CPS lawyer once deemed it “like an industry in itself”, comes to a pivotal moment on Tuesday, when a judge will rule on whether the warrant for his arrest has become disproportionate.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2018

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Sweden tried to drop Assange extradition in 2013, CPS emails show – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, extradition, foreign jurisdictions, news, warrants by tracey

‘Swedish prosecutors attempted to drop extradition proceedings against Julian Assange as early as 2013, according to a confidential exchange of emails with the Crown Prosecution Service seen by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2018

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