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  • Parole Board Chief Executive's blog - August 2021
    on 05/08/2021

    CEO Martin Jones discusses the Parole Board's Business Plan 2021-2022 and outlines its priorities for the next 12 months.

  • Nineteen men in Bradford arrested in child sexual exploitation case
    on 04/08/2021

    Men held on suspicion of offences dating between 2000 and 2005 against single alleged victimNineteen men have been arrested in an investigation into the child sexual exploitation of a woman in Bradford, dating back 20 years.The men, aged between 36 and 55, were held on suspicion of offences dating between 2000 and 2005 against a single alleged victim. Continue reading...

  • Guidance: HMCTS reform programme: monthly bulletin
    on 04/08/2021

    HM Courts and Tribunals Service issue monthly bulletins updating progress on our reform programme.

  • Crown court clogged by low value fraud cases
    on 04/08/2021

    Total value of alleged fraud reaching UK courts fell by 70% year-on-year, despite rise in the volume of cases.

  • 17-year-old convicted of rape after attacking three teenagers
    on 04/08/2021

    A 17-year-old boy has been convicted of raping three teenagers.

  • A decade after the riots, so little has been learned
    on 03/08/2021

    Keith Flett on enduring anger at a system that delivers for the few, Prof Joe Sim on punitive retribution, and Andy Stelman on lessons unlearnedOn 4 August it will be 10 years since police shot dead Mark Duggan in Tottenham Hale (Conditions that led to 2011 riots still exist today, experts warn, 30 July). It is true that things have changed since the shooting and the events that followed it. Tottenham became a centre for craft beer and London’s only urban cheesemaker. New multi-storey flats surround my central Tottenham abode, very few affordable for existing inhabitants.But none of that, as David Lammy argues (A decade after Tottenham burned, social alienation means riots could happen again, 30 July), is of much use to those – far too many – who have to rely on food banks to get by and whose future job opportunities look difficult at best. Continue reading...

  • Guidance: Before Plea Protocol for a Pre-Sentence Report
    on 03/08/2021

    Before Plea Protocol for a Pre-Sentence Report and request form.

  • UEFA take disciplinary action against FA over Euro 2020 final issues - The Athletic
    on 03/08/2021

    UEFA take disciplinary action against FA over Euro 2020 final issues  The AthleticEuro 2020: UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against FA for fan behaviour at Wembley final  Sky SportsUefa start disciplinary proceedings against FA after England yobs stormed Wembley ahead of Euro 2020 final...  The SunUEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against England over Euro 2020 final disturbances  Goal.comUEFA opens proceedings against the FA over fan behaviour at Euro 2020 final  The IndependentView Full Coverage on Google News

  • 12170-2021 - Rupinder Kainth
    on 03/08/2021
  • Timeline of the Hillsborough disaster and cover-up as it unfolded (1989-2021) - WSWS
    on 03/08/2021

    Timeline of the Hillsborough disaster and cover-up as it unfolded (1989-2021)  WSWS

  • Drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales reach record high
    on 03/08/2021

    Charities warn of a public health emergency after data shows 4,561 deaths in 2020 – up 3.8% on previous yearDeaths from drug poisoning in England and Wales have reached a record high, with a growing number of people dying after using cocaine and opiates, data shows.Charities said the figures showed there was a public health emergency, with the pandemic negatively affecting those with addiction problems. In 2020, 4,561 people died from drug poisoning – the equivalent of 79.5 deaths per million people. This is 3.8% higher than figures for 2019 and the highest number since records began in 1993. Continue reading...

  • Black barrister to lead independent police oversight board
    on 03/08/2021

    Scrutiny board headed by Abimbola Johnson among initiatives that show police accept they need to changePolice chiefs hoping to pull themselves out of a race crisis have appointed a new tsar who has previously said black people fear calling on officers for help.Barrister Abimbola Johnson will chair a new independent scrutiny and oversight board as part of a promised suite of changes to policing meant to boost confidence among minority ethnic groups. Continue reading...

  • Vaccine passports ‘a possibility’ for judges
    on 03/08/2021

    HMCTS rules out vaccine status checks on jurors and non-professional court users.

  • Cost of rural crime drops, but fly-tipping up
    on 03/08/2021

    Covid-19 restrictions, better farm security and policing are credited with the fall in incidents.

  • Gangs on e-scooters targeting GPS farm equipment
    on 03/08/2021

    Total theft claims fall after the pandemic but technology stays a draw for criminals, says insurer.

  • SDT warns solicitors about their personal lives
    on 03/08/2021

    Tribunal panels must act ‘fearlessly’ to protect the public, says president Edward Nally.

  • Police chief who led inquiry into Ted Heath faces misconduct charges
    on 02/08/2021

    Mike Veale resigned as chief constable of Cleveland police in 2019 following ‘serious allegations’The police chief who led the sexual abuse investigation into the late former prime minister Sir Edward Heath is to face gross misconduct proceedings.Mike Veale resigned as chief constable of Cleveland police in February 2019 after “serious allegations” about his behaviour. Continue reading...

  • Daughter of 13-year-old mother raped in 1970s wins justice at last
    on 02/08/2021

    Daisy, 45, overcame years of police inaction after persuading her mother to testify against Carvel BennettMan found guilty of rape after woman conceived in attack pursues chargesIt started with Jimmy Savile and it ended nine years later in an airless courtroom in Birmingham.Daisy, now 45, was taken into care days after her birth and was adopted when she was seven months old. She had known since she read her social services files aged 18 that her birth mother was 13 years old when she was born and her birth father was Carvel Bennett, then 28. The files dating back to 1975 state: “The matter was investigated by police but never brought to court.” Continue reading...

  • Police officer convicted of assaulting black man and 15-year-old boy
    on 02/08/2021

    Judge says footage of PC Declan Jones of West Midlands force does not show police in a good lightA police officer has been convicted of assaulting two black males within two days, including kicking a 15-year-old boy when he was on the ground.PC Declan Jones of West Midlands police denied the assaults but was convicted in a judgment delivered at Birmingham magistrates court on Monday. Continue reading...

  • Inside the mind of a murderer: the power and limits of forensic psychiatry – podcast
    on 02/08/2021

    When I was called in to assess Seb, I needed to understand why he had committed such a horrendous crime. But first I had to get him to talk. By Taj Nathan Continue reading...

  • Organised Crime in Healthcare Systems
    on 02/08/2021

    Crime within healthcare systems takes many forms, from front line corruption through to large scale misuse or misappropriation of funds

  • Evaluation of flexible court hours stresses need to get lawyers onboard
    on 01/08/2021

    Flexible operating hours can make it easier for people to access civil and family justice, but there needs to a lot more work to bring solicitors and barristers on board, research has said. The post Evaluation of flexible court hours stresses need to get lawyers onboard appeared first on Legal Futures.

  • June's coronavirus review findings
    on 30/07/2021

    The findings of the CPS review for completed prosecutions in June under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations - and a running total for all cases since March 2020 - are detailed in the table below.

  • The Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) (Amendment) (England) Order 2021
    on 30/07/2021

    By section 1 of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (c. 52) (“the Act”), the Secretary of State may designate as a sports ground requiring a safety certificate under that Act any sports ground which, in the Secretary of State’s opinion, has accommodation for more than the specified number of spectators.

  • PM's attack endangers lawyers and clients, Society warns
    on 30/07/2021

    Boris Johnson suggested 'left wing criminal justice lawyers' act against the public interest.

  • Police spent millions to support HMCTS during Covid-19
    on 30/07/2021

    Government has no plans to reimburse costs for operating video remand hearings from custody suites.

  • Man jailed for nine years for the 1976 manslaughter of his 14-day old daughter in Plymouth
    on 30/07/2021

    Terrence McArthur, 67, has been sentenced to nine years' imprisonment at Exeter Crown Court for the manslaughter of his 14-day-old daughter in 1976.

  • Parole Board Members Blog - July 2021
    on 30/07/2021

    Panel member Sian Flynn - who joined the Board 15 years ago - discusses some of the common misconceptions around parole and explains the reality of being a Parole Board member.

  • 'Brighton cat killer' Steven Bouquet jailed for stabbing 16 pets
    on 30/07/2021

    Steven Bouquet has been jailed for more than five years after he killed nine cats in night attacks.

  • SDT chief defends role in policing solicitors’ personal conduct
    on 30/07/2021

    It is “impossible for solicitors to leave their practising certificates at home completely” when it comes to behaviour in their personal lives, the president of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has said. The post SDT chief defends role in policing solicitors’ personal conduct appeared first on Legal Futures.

  • Mayor announces new package of funding to boost youth work in London
    on 30/07/2021
  • ‘Discriminatory’ crime crackdown will divide communities, says Liberty
    on 30/07/2021

    The government’s ‘discriminatory’ crackdown on crime will ‘compound discrimination and divide communities’, the human rights campaign group Liberty has said. The plans, which, according to Liberty, could ‘funnel young people into the criminal justice system’, include the permanent expansion of controversial stop-and-search powers – proven to have a disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities – and

  • Pedestrians get priority as UK unveils changes to Highway Code
    on 30/07/2021

    Plans to create ‘road user hierarchy’ are part of £338m package to boost cycling and walking across BritainChanges to the Highway Code, including putting pedestrians at the top of a new “road user hierarchy”, have been announced by the UK transport secretary.The proposed changes, which are due to receive parliamentary approval in the autumn, will also give pedestrians priority at junctions as well as raising further awareness about the dangers of speeding. Continue reading...

  • Nineteen deaths in or following police custody over last 12 months
    on 30/07/2021

    There were 19 deaths in or following police custody last year with 12 of that number of fatalities having been restrained, according to the latest figures from the police watchdog. The Independent Office for Police Conduct also recorded that there have been 92 other deaths following contact with the police, however deaths are only included

  • New Presiding Judges Appointed
    on 30/07/2021

    The Lord Chief Justice, in concurrence with the Lord Chancellor, has announced the appointment of four Presiding Judges. Mrs Justice Tipples has been appointed to the Midland Circuit where she will succeed Mr Justice Jeremy Baker. Mr Justice Goose has been appointed to the Northern Circuit where he will succeed Mr Justice Dove. Mr Justice

  • Legal aid needs urgent reform to secure fairness of the justice system: Commons Justice Committee
    on 29/07/2021
  • Solicitor rebuked for losing unencrypted USB stick
    on 29/07/2021

    Device was found by a member of the public and could be accessed without a password.

  • Hard drives at Autonomy offices were destroyed the same month CEO Lynch quit, extradition trial was told - The Register
    on 29/07/2021

    Hard drives at Autonomy offices were destroyed the same month CEO Lynch quit, extradition trial was told  The Register

  • Crime always pays for the Tories – that’s why they turn to it again and again | Martin Kettle
    on 29/07/2021

    The government’s law and order crackdown displays the performative cruelty that Priti Patel has made her own It is not difficult to see why Boris Johnson’s first post-isolation photo op was to appear alongside the home secretary, Priti Patel, and talk tough about crime. Ministers are keen to wrench the political argument towards a post-Covid domestic agenda. Yet there are fierce internal arguments in government about public spending, taxes, health and social care. What better way, meanwhile, to signal a return to supposed political normality than to reprise that old Conservative favourite, a dose of law and order?There is also an immediate reason for that choice. July’s opinion polls have not been as good for the Tories as those of the spring. The lead over Labour, which was often double-digit in June, is mostly in single figures now, and was down from 13 points to four in YouGov’s survey last weekend. The decline of the earlier vaccine bounce seems to coincide with the messy ending of England’s Covid restrictions. A crime crackdown is a way of reassuring the voters that, whatever the appearance otherwise, the government really is in control. Continue reading...

  • The Misuse of Drugs and Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (Amendment) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2021
    on 28/07/2021

    These Regulations amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/3998) (“the Regulations”) and the Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (England, Wales and Scotland) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/704) (“the Order”).

  • Postmasters impacted by Horizon who may have been wrongly made bankrupt
    on 23/07/2021

    The Insolvency Service is seeking information from postmasters who believe they may have been wrongly made bankrupt due to the Horizon IT system.

  • ‘The law is cold. It doesn’t reflect the life lost’: mothers of murdered women tell their stories
    on 23/07/2021

    Grieving parents of two young women killed by their ex-boyfriends launch a new film to step up their campaign for justiceA new campaign film keeps the pressure on the Ministry of Justice to change the minimum sentence for domestic murder. The Changes That We Can Make features Carole Gould and Julie Devey, two mothers who have been campaigning since February 2020 on behalf of their daughters, Ellie and Poppy.Sixth-form student Ellie Gould, 17, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Thomas Griffiths, on 3 May 2019. Quantitative trading analyst Poppy Devey Waterhouse, 24, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Joe Atkinson, on 14 December 2018. Though these were frenzied attacks involving multiple injuries, and the killers tried to hide their crimes, the guidelines for murder sentencing meant that both received less than 20 years in prison. Atkinson got 16 years; Griffiths got 12 and a half years. Continue reading...

  • The scale of violence against women demands a better response than Priti Patel’s | Andrea Simon
    on 23/07/2021

    This is a pivotal moment, and it will take much more than the Home Office’s proposals to bring about lasting changeAfter the shocking murders of Sarah Everard, Bibaa Henry, Nicole Smallman and many other women in the past year, the government has finally published its latest strategy to prevent violence against women and girls. We’ve had similar strategies in place in England since 2009, but the latest one has been delayed by over a year. It comes at a pivotal moment, in which the shared experiences of being a woman or girl – of being followed, harassed, assaulted and having freedoms curtailed because of the threat of men’s violence – has led to outpourings of anger and protests on the street.The Home Office’s public call for evidence to inform its new strategy drew more than 180,000 responses, the vast majority after it reopened following Everard’s murder. It comes after last month’s government rape review, which carried an apology for the shamefully low rates of prosecutions, and the release of an Ofsted review that found that sexual harassment has become normalised in schools and colleges. Continue reading...

  • Judges owed a duty of care, government concedes
    on 23/07/2021

    Admission comes amid growing complaints of bullying among the judiciary.

  • Bail Conditions in the Criminal Justice Systems in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania
    on 23/07/2021

    This rapid literature review finds evidence of varied bail conditions in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzani

  • Wales boss Ryan Giggs denies assaulting ex-girlfriend
    on 23/07/2021

    He allegedly used controlling behaviour, including kicking his ex-girlfriend out of his hotel room naked.

  • Lawyers' tweets anger mother involved in contentious proceedings
    on 23/07/2021

    Major report on remote hearings in the family court reveals widespread concern and challenges.

  • Youth violence likely to explode over summer, UK experts fear
    on 23/07/2021

    Long-term issues overlain with stress and isolation of Covid have set scene for ‘eruption’, charities sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts and charities have raised the alarm about rising youth violence in the UK and say it could erupt over the summer, aggravated by Covid lockdowns, mental health problems and months out of education. Overstretched youth services lack the funding and resources needed to tackle the problem and are bracing themselves for a surge in violence similar to that seen when lockdown was lifted last year, according to Kayleigh Wainwright, the director of collective action at the national charity UK Youth. Continue reading...

  • Civil/crime news: launch of web chat pilot for providers
    on 23/07/2021

    We will be evaluating a live web chat service on our training website from Monday 26 July to Friday 22 October.

  • High Court criticises Magistrates Court for failure to state a case in closure order dispute – Local Government Lawyer
    on 23/07/2021

    ‘Leeds District Magistrates Court erred by deeming an application frivolous and refusing to state a case for the opinion of the High Court, a judge has ruled.’ Full StoryLocal Government Lawyer, 22nd July 2021Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

  • Supreme Court dismisses solitary confinement appeal – UK Human Rights Blog
    on 23/07/2021

    ‘The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal which considered whether treatment throughout a 55 day period in solitary confinement of a then 15-year-old appellant in Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution constituted a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.’ Full StoryUK Human Rights Blog, 22nd July 2021Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

  • Press Gazette's submission to Government consultation on Official Secrets Act reforms
    on 23/07/2021

    Press Gazette has written to the Government consultation on new legislation to counter state threats, expressing its concern that journalists would be treated like spies and so punished for sensitive stories. Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) has asked for views on the Government’s proposed reforms to the Official Secrets Act, responding to recommendations put forward … Continue reading "Press Gazette's submission to Government consultation on Official Secrets Act reforms" The post Press Gazette's submission to Government consultation on Official Secrets Act reforms appeared first on Press Gazette.

  • Information Commissioner says Matt Hancock CCTV leak investigation 'not about Sun or its journalists'
    on 23/07/2021

    An inquiry into the leak of CCTV footage that led to Matt Hancock’s demise as health secretary is not about investigating The Sun or journalists, the Information Commissioner has said. Hancock resigned from the Cabinet after footage published by the newspaper showed him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his departmental office, in breach of Covid-19 … Continue reading "Information Commissioner says Matt Hancock CCTV leak investigation 'not about Sun or its journalists'" The post Information Commissioner says Matt Hancock CCTV leak investigation 'not about Sun or its journalists' appeared first on Press Gazette.

  • How The Pegasus Project Affects Everyone’s Digital Privacy – Each Other
    on 23/07/2021

    ‘The Pegasus Project is an international collaborative reporting project led by the French nonprofit organisations Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, in conjunction with 16 media outlets worldwide, including The Guardian. Journalists worked to uncover the extent to which governments infringed upon the privacy rights of individuals by surveilling their digital devices for years.’ Full StoryEach

  • Mayor brings together London leaders in effort to drive down violence
    on 23/07/2021
  • 120 hours unpaid work and community order for banned director
    on 23/07/2021

    Isaac Jacobson, 51, from Salford, was serving a 7-year disqualification undertaking but ran a phoenixed company.

  • Red light for migrant smugglers speeding at up to 250 km/h
    on 23/07/2021

    An investigation by the Bulgarian General Directorate for Combating Organised Crime (Главна дирекция Борба с организираната престъпност), the Hellenic Police (Ελληνική Αστυνομία) and the Hungarian National Police (Magyar Rendőrség), supported by Europol and Eurojust, led to the dismantling of an organised crime group involved in migrant smuggling. The leaders of the gang were arrested during the recent action day.   Results from 21 July 2021:

  • Joint enterprise campaigners threaten legal action over courts’ blocking of appeals
    on 23/07/2021

    Miscarriage of justice campaigners are threatening the Lord Chancellor with legal action for refusing to intervene in the courts blocking of joint enterprise appeals. In a letter before action shared with the Justice Gap, Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association (JENGBA) are challenging the ‘continuing failure’ of Robert Buckland to respond to recommendations from the

  • The Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of Duration of Non-jury Trial Provisions) Order 2021
    on 23/07/2021

    Sections 1 to 8 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (c. 6) (the “2007 Act”) provide for trial on indictment without a jury (“the non-jury trial provisions”). Section 9(1) of the 2007 Act provides that the non-jury trial provisions expire at the end of the period of two years beginning with the day on which section 1 of the 2007 Act comes into force (“the effective period”). Section 1 came into force on 1st August 2007. Section 9(2) enables the Secretary of State to extend the effective period by order. Section 9(3)(b) provides that the effect of such an order is to extend the effective period for two years beginning with the time when the effective period would end but for the order.

  • We need more judges with CILEX backgrounds, says Buckland
    on 22/07/2021

    The Lord Chancellor yesterday described CILEX lawyers as some of the most impressive lawyers he has seen and said the country needed more judges from their ranks. The post We need more judges with CILEX backgrounds, says Buckland appeared first on Legal Futures.

  • Mike Lynch: UK extradition treaty doesn't rely on any facts - BBC News
    on 22/07/2021

    Mike Lynch: UK extradition treaty doesn't rely on any facts  BBC NewsTech Tycoon Lynch Loses U.K. Extradition Fight Over HP Deal  BloombergMike Lynch can be extradited to US, rules UK court  Financial TimesUK court rules Autonomy's Lynch can be extradited to face US charges  Reuters UKBritish businessman Mike Lynch faces extradition to US  The GuardianView Full Coverage on Google News

  • Gun owners' fears after firearms dealer data breach
    on 22/07/2021

    Thousands of records from the popular shotgun and rifle sales site Guntrader were posted to the dark web.

  • The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021
    on 22/07/2021

    These Regulations, which apply to England only, amend the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (“the 2014 Regulations”) for the purposes of preventing, detecting and controlling the spread of infections, specifically in response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • CPS accused of betraying rape victims as prosecutions hit record low
    on 22/07/2021

    Victims’ commissioner for England and Wales criticises CPS’s ‘woeful’ performance as prosecutions drop 26% in a yearThe Crown Prosecution Service must be held to account for its continued “betrayal” of rape victims, the victims’ commissioner of England and Wales has said, as new figures revealed rape prosecutions had fallen to another record low.Dame Vera Baird said the CPS’s “woeful” performance was at “the root of the problem”, after the organisation’s annual figures showed that the number of cases that reach court dropped by more than a quarter in 2020-21. There were 1,557 prosecutions in England and Wales in 2020-21, down 25.9% from 2,102 prosecutions in 2019-20. Continue reading...

  • Durham men jailed for longer for violent assault
    on 22/07/2021

    Three men who violently attacked a man on New Years Day have had their prison terms increased

  • North Wales man sentenced for multiple rapes
    on 22/07/2021

    A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment at Caernarfon Crown Court for multiple sexual offences including three offences of rape of a child.

  • More than 220 groups criticise UK review of Human Rights Act
    on 22/07/2021

    Charities, trade unions and belief groups among coalition, which is also attacking judicial review billAn “unprecedented” coalition of more than 220 organisations has attacked proposed changes to the Human Rights Act and judicial review as a threat to freedom and justice.The judicial review and courts bill, published on Wednesday, introduces restrictions on challenges to government decision-making in the courts, while a review of the Human Rights Act has yet to be published, but there are fears it will lay the path for its dilution. Continue reading...

  • Post Office scandal: Postmasters to get up to £100,000
    on 22/07/2021

    Subpostmasters wrongly convicted of offences during an IT scandal are to receive interim compensation.

  • Cyberflashing should be new criminal offence, review suggests – The Guardian
    on 22/07/2021

    ‘Unsolicited sending of obscene images should be made illegal through the creation of a new offence of cyberflashing, a UK government-commissioned review recommended.’

  • The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2021
    on 22/07/2021

    This Order brings certain drugs under the control of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (c. 38). Article 2(2) of this Order brings three benzodiazepines, being the compounds known as flualprazolam, flunitrazolam and norfludiazepam, under control as Class C drugs under that Act.

  • 'Complex and messy': HMCTS urged to share more data
    on 22/07/2021

    Study identifies need for 'clear, public policies' around how people can access justice data.

  • CPS response to HMCPSI report into CPS and SFO Proceeds of Crime Divisions
    on 22/07/2021

    Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today 22 July issued a report following their Inspection of the operation of CPS and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Proceeds of Crime Divisions.

  • Colin Pitchfork: MoJ sorry for sex offenders register error
    on 22/07/2021

    The government admits it was wrong to say the double killer would not be on the sex offenders register.

  • Solicitor struck off for “reckless” prison legal aid claims
    on 22/07/2021

    The joint head of a law firm’s prison law department has agreed to be struck off after making legal aid claims for prison visits which never took place. The post Solicitor struck off for “reckless” prison legal aid claims appeared first on Legal Futures.

  • Police must be tougher in vetting new officers, says force watchdog
    on 21/07/2021

    Report comes after year of crises including the rape and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Met officerPolice must be tougher in vetting new officers to stop another Wayne Couzens joining the service, the chief police watchdog has said.Sir Tom Winsor, the chief inspector of constabulary, spoke after a year in which policing suffered a string of crises, the worst of which saw Couzens, then a serving Metropolitan police officer, rape and murder Sarah Everard, 33, after kidnapping her in a London street. Continue reading...

  • Justice system failing victims, says commissioner for England and Wales
    on 21/07/2021

    Dame Vera Baird says radical action needed, as lack of support leaves victims without confidence they will see justiceChronic underfunding of the criminal justice system has left victims facing a “bleak” picture, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales has warned.Dame Vera Baird said radical action was needed to improve the justice system, with a lack of support for victims of crime and long delays leaving many victims – particularly rape victims – lacking the confidence that they would receive justice. Continue reading...

  • Lord Chancellor’s keynote speech on Judicial Review
    on 21/07/2021

    Lord Chancellor, the Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, gave a keynote speech at Policy Exchange about the government’s approach to reform of Judicial Review.

  • Attorney General warning over social media posts about Premier League footballer arrested for sex offences – Daily Telegraph
    on 21/07/2021

    ‘Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become littered with memes purporting to identify the player, who has not been charged.’ Full StoryDaily Telegraph, 20th July 2021Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

  • Winchester man jailed for longer for attempted murder
    on 21/07/2021

    A man has had his sentence increased following an intervention by the Solicitor General

  • Convicted murderer jailed for child sex offences
    on 21/07/2021

    A 55-year-old convicted murderer was today sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment for sexual offences against two children in Manchester in the 2000s.

  • Euros 2020: Pair charged with helping fans break into Wembley
    on 21/07/2021

    Two 18-year-olds are accused of stealing items which would allow people into the Euros final.

  • Consultation outcome: Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Call for Evidence
    on 21/07/2021

    This call for evidence was reopened at 6pm on 12 March to further collect views from those with lived experience of, or views on, crimes considered as violence against women and girls. It is open to all genders. It previously ran for 10 weeks from 12:15am on 10 December 2020 to 11:45pm on 19 February 2021.

  • Policy paper: Tackling violence against women and girls strategy
    on 21/07/2021

    The document is the new strategy covering the government’s plan to tackle violence against women and girls for 2021 to 2024.

  • Guidance: Preventing and controlling outbreaks of COVID-19 in prisons and places of detention
    on 21/07/2021

    Information for prisons and other prescribed places of detention on coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Guidance: Statutory Instruments: Criminal Procedure Rules
    on 21/07/2021

    Statutory Instruments that relate to the Criminal Procedure Rules.

  • Tory MPs suspended for trying to influence judge in Elphicke case
    on 21/07/2021

    One-day suspension ordered for MPs who wrote to senior judges before hearing in sexual assault caseSeveral Conservative MPs will be temporarily suspended from the Commons and told to apologise after being found to have tried to influence a judge presiding over the trial of a former colleague for sexual assault.The one-day ban from parliament was handed down by the standards committee to backbenchers Sir Roger Gale, Theresa Villiers and Natalie Elphicke – the then partner of Charlie Elphicke, who was given two years in prison after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault. Continue reading...

  • Radical reforms could help sex crime victims, says justice secretary
    on 21/07/2021

    Justice Secretary Keith Brown says low Scottish conviction rates suggest more needs to be done to help victims.

  • Violence against women: Top police role to be announced
    on 20/07/2021

    A new strategy for England and Wales comes amid concern about rape convictions and abuse in schools.

  • Covid: Officers told not to check green and amber arrivals, union says
    on 20/07/2021

    Passenger locator forms and mandatory tests will not be routinely reviewed in England, a union confirms.

  • CPS North East: Hate Crime Sentence uplifts - June 2021
    on 20/07/2021

    Under hate crime legislation the courts must pass increased sentences where prosecutors evidence that offences either demonstrate or have been motivated by hostility towards a person’s race, religion, disability, transgender identity or sexuality. Below are examples of hate crime cases recently prosecuted by CPS North East, each of which resulted in a conviction and an uplifted sentence.

  • CPS North East - Domestic Abuse Prosecutions - June 2021
    on 20/07/2021

    Below are some examples of Domestic Abuse cases successfully prosecuted by CPS North East in June 2021, notwithstanding the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.

  • Covid: Self-isolation 'crippling' Cleveland Police
    on 20/07/2021

    Cleveland Police is close to minimum levels of staff, the area's police federation chairman says.

  • Premier League footballer arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse offences
    on 20/07/2021

    Greater Manchester Police arrested the player last FridayHe is on police bail pending further inquiriesA Premier League footballer has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse offences. The player was arrested last Friday and interviewed by police before he was released on bail.In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “Officers arrested a man on Friday 16 July 2021 on suspicion of child sex offences. He is on police bail pending further inquiries.” Continue reading...

  • Ep147: Vicarious Trauma in the Legal Profession – Law Pod UK
    on 20/07/2021

    ‘In Episode 147 Emma-Louise Fenelon speaks to Rachel Francis and Joanna Fleck about their book Vicarious Trauma in the Legal Profession.’ Full StoryLaw Pod UK, 19th July 2021Source: audioboom.com

  • The Post Office Horizon scandal: the law says computers are reliable
    on 20/07/2021

    The Post Office Horizon scandal will probably have come to the attention of most lawyers over the last 12 months. There are a number of significant issues other than legal that surround the scandal, and Paul Marshall of Cornerstone Barristers, Gray’s Inn, succinctly summarises them in a lecture he gave at the University of Law The post The Post Office Horizon scandal: the law says computers are reliable appeared first on Internet Newsletter for Lawyers.

  • Fugitive guilty of working illegally in Cardiff homeless shelter
    on 20/07/2021

    A security guard who worked illegally at a Cardiff shelter housing vulnerable women has been convicted after failing to attend court for a second time.

  • Policy paper: Deaths in police custody: progress update
    on 20/07/2021

    A progress update on implementation of the government response to Dame Elish Angiolini's independent review of deaths and serious incidents in police custody.

  • UK journalists could be jailed like spies under proposed Official Secrets Act changes
    on 20/07/2021

    Journalists could be treated like spies for reporting on matters of public interest under planned reforms to the UK’s  Official Secrets Act. The move has caused alarm at a time when press freedom is seen as being under attack in the UK following the raid by the Information Commissioner to find The Sun’s Matt Hancock-scoop … Continue reading "UK journalists could be jailed like spies under proposed Official Secrets Act changes" The post UK journalists could be jailed like spies under proposed Official Secrets Act changes appeared first on Press Gazette.

  • Stronger rules on ongoing competence move step closer
    on 19/07/2021

    The current regulatory approach to lawyers’ ongoing competence needs to change, the Legal Services Board has concluded, with assessments such as spot checks likely to be part of the reform. The post Stronger rules on ongoing competence move step closer appeared first on Legal Futures.

  • Fully vaccinated critical workers to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances
    on 19/07/2021

    Fully vaccinated critical workers to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances under new plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services.

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