Stealing from the elderly or a school ‘should mean jail’ – The Times

Posted March 11th, 2008 in news, sentencing, theft by sally

“Thieves who target the elderly should be jailed for at least 18 weeks and longer if they take items worth more than £2,000 or with high sentimental value, a sentencing watchdog said yesterday.”

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The Times, 11th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Straw warns judges not to overreact to coverage of big trials – The Guardian

Posted March 11th, 2008 in media, news, sentencing by sally

“Judges, magistrates and MPs were warned yesterday not to overreact to the overwhelming media coverage of recent horrific murder trials and drive the record prison population to even higher levels.”

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The Guardian, 11th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More than 2,000 serious criminal cases thrown out after prosecutors were not ready – The Times

Posted March 11th, 2008 in Crown Prosecution Service, delay, news by sally

“More than 2,000 cases that should have gone to trial in the Crown Court were thrown out last year because they were not ready, a watchdog says today.”

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The Times, 11th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Couple who want deaf child angry at IVF ban – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 11th, 2008 in assisted reproduction, embryology, news by sally

“A deaf father who wishes to have a deaf child has spoken of his anger that a clause in new fertility legislation will make it illegal to use embryos with a genetic abnormality in IVF treatment, when ones without the same defect are available.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Labour retreat over attorney general’s role – The Guardian

Posted March 11th, 2008 in attorney general, constitutional law, news, prosecutions by sally

“The government is poised to let the attorney general retain the power to stop prosecutions such as the corruption case against BAE Systems on national security grounds, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 11th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Has Sally Clark’s case changed attitudes to infant death? – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 11th, 2008 in child abuse, miscarriage of justice, murder, special report by sally

“In 2003 Sally Clark was released from jail after being falsely accused of murdering her two sons. She never recovered from the trauma and died a year ago, effectively of a broken heart. Cassandra Jardine looks at how such a gross miscarriage of justice could occur and asks whether lessons have been learnt.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lighter sentences proposed for thieves – The Times

Posted March 11th, 2008 in news, sentencing, theft by sally

“Stealing from vulnerable victims should not automatically lead to a jail term, sentencing advisory body says.”

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The Times, 10th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

Posted March 10th, 2008 in legislation by sally

The Land Registration (Network Access) Rules 2008

The Sex Discrimination (Amendment of Legislation) Regulations 2008

The Partnerships (Accounts) Regulations 2008

The Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Amendment) (England) Order 2008

The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008

The Insurance Accounts Directive (Miscellaneous Insurance Undertakings) Regulations 2008

The Bank Accounts Directive (Miscellaneous Banks) Regulations 2008

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) and (Travel Expenses and Remission of Charges) Amendment Regulations 2008

The Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Information Sharing and Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations 2008

The Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2008

The Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008

The Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (Wales) Regulations 2008

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Law Society backs in-house lawyers in landmark privilege case – The Times

Posted March 10th, 2008 in Law Society, news, privilege, solicitors by sally

“The Law Society of England and Wales has formally applied for permission to intervene in a closely-watched European case that has threatened the ability of in-house lawyers to claim professional privilege.”

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The Times, 10th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Rowling revives privacy case over photo of son – Reuters

Posted March 10th, 2008 in children, media, news, privacy by sally

“Author J.K. Rowling has revived her bid to ban the further publication of a long-lens photograph of her young son after the initial privacy claim was thrown out by a London court last year.”

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Reuters, 10th March 2008

Source: www.reuters.com

Civil Service blogger sparks online crackdown – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 10th, 2008 in government departments, internet, news by sally

“The emergence of Civil Service blogger who used the internet to lampoon her employers and cabinet ministers has forced the Government to set out new guidance for its staff covering blogging and online social networks.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prisons, probation and the press under examination – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 10th, 2008 in media, prisons, probation, speeches by sally

“Jack Straw has given a speech to the Guardian Criminal Justice Summit on prisons, probation and the press.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

‘Home alone’ mother is sentenced – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2008 in child neglect, children, news, sentencing by sally

“A mother who left her 14-year-old daughter home alone for six weeks has been given a 13-week suspended jail sentence.”

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BBC News, 10th March 2008

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Heroin photo used in BNP leaflet – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2008 in advertising, news, political parties, privacy by sally

“Parents of a heroin addict are to take legal action against the British National Party (BNP) for using a picture of their dead daughter.”

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BBC News, 10th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Revenue & Customs bankrupts man over 88p debt – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2008 in HM Revenue & Customs, income tax, news by sally

“A man who owed 88p in taxes was made bankrupt after a blunder by HM Revenue & Customs, it was claimed today.”

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The Guardian, 10th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Why murderers deserve a good lawyer – The Times

Posted March 10th, 2008 in legal representation, murder, special report by sally

“In a civilised society everyone has the right to a fair trial, no matter how horrible the offence or how fantastic the defence may be.”

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The Times, 7th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Best Law Firms to Work For – The Times

Posted March 10th, 2008 in law firms, news by sally

The Sunday Times has published its annual survey of Britain’s 100 Best Companies to work for, ranking employers on such criteria as leadership, pay and benefits, social contribution and career prospects. There were 11 law firms on this year’s list.”

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The Times, 10th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Appeal over baby death conviction – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2008 in appeals, child abuse, homicide, news by sally

“An appeal has been lodged by lawyers for a child carer convicted of violently shaking a baby to death.”

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BBC News, 10th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Honorary Queen’s Counsel 2008 – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 10th, 2008 in press releases, queen's counsel by sally

“Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of five Queen’s Counsel honoris causa.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th March 2008

Source: www.gnn.gov.uk

Specialist courts planned to tackle domestic violence – The Times

Posted March 10th, 2008 in courts, domestic violence, news by sally

“A network of up to 100 specialist courts to tackle domestic violence should be set up to increase prosecutions for wife battering and domestic assaults, the Attorney-General said yesterday.”

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The Times, 8th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk