Archive for July 4th, 2007

Ministry of Justice ministerial responsibilities – Ministry of Justice

“Following his appointment as Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon Jack Straw MP today gave details of ministers’ responsibilities.”

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Ministry of Justice Press release, 4th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Changes at body that selects judges – Ministry of Justice

“Lady Justice (Heather) Hallett, one of three senior judicial commissioners, has become vice-chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).”

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Ministry of Justice Press release, 4th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Judge refuses to stand down over bias fears – Times

“High-profile judge Mr Justice Peter Smith was severely criticised today over his refusal to stand down in a case where he had ‘undoubted animosity’ towards one of the parties. ”

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Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Damilola killers lose appeal – Daily Telegraph

“Two teenage brothers convicted of the manslaughter of schoolboy Damilola Taylor have lost appeals against their sentences of eight years’ detention.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man guilty of using internet to promote jihad – Daily Telegraph

“A third man with close links to al-Qa’eda in Iraq has admitted using the internet to urge Muslims to wage a violent holy war against all non-believers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prisoners’ action over conditions – BBC News

“Two prisoners have launched a High Court action arguing they have been kept in conditions so bad that their human rights have been violated.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Law Explored: ethnic minorities and the judiciary

Professor Gary Slapper explains the complexities of English law in plain language

Full story

Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Only 5% of new judges black or Asian – Times

“The proportion of black and Asian judges recommended for appointment last year under a new system was just five per cent, it was revealed today.”

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Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

£5.6 million to improve services for victims of crime – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Minister David Hanson has announced an extra £5.6 million to develop and roll out improved services for victims of crime.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice Press release, 4th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Angelika contempt case to proceed – BBC News

“Contempt of court action will be taken later this year against a Sunday newspaper over a story it ran shortly before the Angelika Kluk murder trial.”

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BBC News, 4th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Damilola killers in bid to appeal – BBC News

“Two brothers jailed for killing schoolboy Damilola Taylor are to seek permission from the High Court to appeal against their conviction.”

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BBC News, 4th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

The Crime Prevention (Designated Areas) Order 2007

The Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (Commencement No. 9 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007

The Crime and Disorder Strategies (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) (Amendment) Order 2007

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Responsible Authorities) (No. 2) Order 2007

The Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2007

The Time Off for Public Duties (Parent Councils) Order 2007

The Gambling Act 2005 (Club Gaming and Club Machine Permits) Regulations 2007

The Gambling Act 2005 (Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007

The Gaming Machines in Alcohol Licensed Premises (Notification Fee) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007

The Crime and Disorder (Prescribed Information) Regulations 2007

The Crime and Disorder (Formulation and Implementation of Strategy) Regulations 2007

The Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment Regulations 2007

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2007

The Plant Health (Plant Passport Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2007

The Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2007

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2007

The Income Tax Act 2007 (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2007

The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2007

The National Health Service (Functions of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts and Administration Arrangements) (England) (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2007

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 (Commencement No. 5 and Saving Provisions) Order 2007

The Childcare Providers (Information, Advice and Training) Regulations 2007

www.opsi.gov.uk

Musicians ‘silenced by petty laws’ – The Times

“Red tape introduced in the 2003 Licensing Act is stifling small-scale gigs and performances, a report commissioned by ministers has found.”

Full story

The Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Regina v Campbell (Kenneth) – Times Law Reports

Propensity and credibility distinction unrealistic

Regina v. Campbell (Kenneth) 

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Once a defendant’s previous convictions had been admitted in evidence, the jury could attach significance to them in any respect in which they were relevant.”

The Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Attorney may not decide over ‘cash for peerages’ – The Times

“The Attorney-General may have to step aside from the key decision on whether there will be a prosecution over ‘cash for peerages’ under the constitutional reforms outlined yesterday.”

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The Times, 4th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

AF Noonan (Architectural Practice) Ltd. v. Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic Community Football Club Ltd. and another – WLR Daily

AF Noonan (Architectural Practice) Ltd. v. Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic Community Football Club Ltd. and another

“The publication of information concerning proceedings before a court sitting in private did not constitute contempt of court unless that information came within a category specified in s12(1) of the Administration of Justice Act 1960 as amended or the court expressly prohibited that publication.”

WLR Daily, 2nd July 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Ewing v. Davis – WLR Daily

Ewing v. Davis

Public interest in a private prosecution was established by the nature of the alleged offence as defined in statute not by the circumstances leading up to its alleged commission.

WLR Daily, 2nd July 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Alternative to control orders may top new agenda – The Guardian

“Detailed proposals of new anti-terror measures are to be published within the next three weeks and could include an alternative to the controversial control orders used to restrict the movements of terrrorist suspects.”

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The Guardian, 4th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Behrens “pulls no punches” in independent review – Bar Council

“The Complaints Commissioner, Rob Behrens, has published his independent review of the Bar’s Complaints system. The report, which has been welcomed by the Chairman of the Bar, makes 52 recommendations for improvements to the system. The report concludes that the Bar’s system for handling complaints is good, but also finds that it is far from being ‘state of the art’ and needs significant changes to modernise its practices.”

Full story

Bar Council press release, 3rd July 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The Governance of Britain – Ministry of Justice

“The proposals published in this green paper, ‘The Governance of Britain’, seek to address two fundamental questions:  how should we hold power accountable, and how should we uphold and enhance the rights and responsibilities of the citizen?”

The Governance of Britain Cm 7170 (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 3rd July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

MPs urge emissions law – The Guardian

“Setting a legally binding cut in carbon dioxide will strengthen the Government’s resolve to achieve the target and provide much-needed investor confidence, an all-party group of MPs said.

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The Guardian, 4th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Review calls for overhaul of bar complaints system – The Lawyer

“A wide-ranging review of the bar’s complaints-handling process has called for the implementation of 52 recommendations in a bid to address significant weaknesses in the current system.”

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The Lawyer, 3rd July 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

New ASA boss targets bogus web sites – OUT-LAW.com

“The new boss of the advertising watchdog has said bogus web adverts and websites need better regulation and conceded that current rules are not far-reaching enough.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd July 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Girl killer’s earlier rape charge – BBC News

“A man jailed for life for the rape and murder of his two-year-old niece was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl four years ago, it has emerged.”

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BBC News,  3rd July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Public ‘should decide spending on prisons’ – Daily Telegraph

“England’s most senior judge called for a review of sentencing last night, saying society should decide how much it was prepared to spend on sending offenders to prison.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Brown’s constitutional reforms aim to restore public trust in politics – The Independent

“Sweeping reforms to the way Britain is governed have been outlined by Gordon Brown in an attempt to clean up politics and restore trust after the Blair era.”

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The Independent, 4th July 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The battle over government that has raged since Magna Carta – The Independent

“Yesterday Mr Brown referred to the British Constitution as ‘unwritten’. That is misleading. A more accurate description would be “un-codified”. In common with the citizens of other countries, subjects of the British Crown enjoy certain legally prescribed rights and freedoms. And like the governments of other nations, British administrations are bound by the chains of law and convention.”

Full story

The Independent, 4th July 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Barlow Clowes accomplice escapes £10m debt – The Times

“A key player in the Barlow Clowes affair – one of Britain’s most notorious frauds – will be able to keep nearly £10 million after the High Court ruled that creditors could not pursue him in Mauritius, where he is now based.”

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The Times, 3rd July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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