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Attorney general warns newspapers over contempt – BBC News

“The media could be prevented from naming people arrested by the police but not yet charged, the attorney general has told the BBC.”

Full story

BBC News, 15th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Full judgment: Attorney general v Associated Newspapers and News Group Newspapers – The Guardian

“Read the judgment from the high court finding the Mail Online and Sun Online guilty of contempt after publishing online image of accused man with pistol during murder trial.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney general: UK would be in breach of law if it defied European court rulings – The Guardian

“Britain would be acting ‘tyranically’ and in breach of the rule of law if it defied rulings from the European court of human rights, the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has said.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney-general happy to mix politics and law – The Lawyer

“With responsibility for advising the Government on its legal issues, the attorney-general can be called on to advise on some of the most contentious issues before Parliament.”

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The Lawyer, 6th December 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Attorney General orders review of private school charity rules – Daily Telegraph

“Controversial rules forcing private schools to offer free places to poor pupils could be scrapped after doubts were raised by the Government’s top law officer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lord Goldsmith questions the MoD’s practices in Iraq – BBC News

“The former Labour government’s top legal adviser during the Iraq war has questioned whether the British military justice system is fit for purpose.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Attorney General: World Bribery & Corruption Compliance forum – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General addresses the World Bribery & Corruption Compliance Forum in London, 14th September 2010.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 14th Setember 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Sentences of ‘happy-slap’ killers ‘not unduly lenient’ – BBC News

“The sentences of two members of a ‘happy-slapping’ gang who killed a grandfather in south London were not unduly lenient, the attorney general has ruled.”

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BBC News, 20th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Attorney General will step in to end speculation over David Kelly death – Daily Telegraph

“The Attorney General has signalled that he is prepared to intervene in the controversy over the death of Dr David Kelly, admitting that those who doubted his suicide ‘may have a valid point’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teenagers’ ‘happy slapping’ sentences to be reviewed – The Independent

“The Attorney General will review the sentences of two teenage members of a ‘happy slapping’ gang who killed a grandfather in a bid to determine whether they were too lenient, it was announced today.”

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The Independent, 29th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Attorney General reports on Unduly Lenient Sentences examined in 2009 – Attorney General’s Office

“Figures released today by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) show that in 2009, 71% of the 108 sentences referred by the Law Officers and considered by the Court of Appeal were deemed unduly lenient and 66% of offenders – 71 – had their sentences increased.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 27th July 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Ian Tomlinson death: attorney general backs CPS inaction – The Guardian

“The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, today supported the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision against charging the police officer caught on video during last year’s G20 protests striking Ian Tomlinson, who later died.”

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The Guardian, 26th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitor General: speech to the ALBA summer conference – Attorney General’s Office

“New Solicitor General Edward Garnier QC MP addresses the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association about the role of the Law Officers.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 17th July 2010

Soruce: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Top law officers to be stripped of policy making roles, says Dominic Grieve – The Guardian

“The attorney general has delivered a stinging attack on the former government, saying it ‘lured’ law officers into a policy-making role.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chilcot inquiry: Iraq papers show Lord Goldsmith’s warning to Tony Blair – The Guardian

“Tony Blair was warned by his government’s chief law officer that an invasion of Iraq would be illegal the day before he privately assured President George Bush he would support US-led military action, documents released today by the Chilcot inquiry reveal.”

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The Guardian, 30th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq inquiry publishes legal advice to Blair on war – BBC News

“The Iraq inquiry has released details of the legal advice given to Tony Blair prior to the invasion of Iraq after the documents were de-classified.”

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BBC News, 30th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Queen’s speech: reforming the role of the attorney general? – The Guardian

“While the coalition appointed excellent legal advisers, reform of the attorney general’s role is overdue and could learn from the setup in Northern Ireland.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cooper v Attorney General – WLR Daily

Cooper v Attorney General  [2010] EWCA Civ 464; [2010] WLR (D) 122

“The obligation of a member states to make good damage caused to individuals by infringements of Community law for which they were responsible also applied where the alleged infringement stemmed from a decision of a court adjudicating at last instance where the rule of Community law infringed was intended to confer rights on individuals, the breach was sufficiently serious and there was a direct causal link between that breach and the loss or damage sustained by the injured parties. In assessing whether there had been a sufficiently serious breach, domestic case law in particular carried weight where it purported to interpret and apply the relevant Community law.”

WLR Daily, 13th May 2010

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

Attorney General Welcomes Pro Bono Progress – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC, has outlined and celebrated significant recent progress in the support and coordination of Pro Bono work by the UK Domestic and International Pro Bono Committees.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 31st March 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Goldsmith’s advice on treatment of Iraqi prisoners is censored – The Independent

“The Government has blocked the release of the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith’s advice about whether human rights law applied to British troops in Iraq when handling prisoners.”

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The Independent, 2nd April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Public to have bigger say in criminal sentencing – Daily Telegraph

“Members of the public are to be given a much bigger say in the process which sees criminals having their sentences increased if they are ruled to be too lenient.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Attorney General urges new thinking on domestic violence – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC, is urging all men to stand up against domestic violence ‘for the women in our lives.’ ”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Attorney General welcomes sentence increase for ‘clinical’ murderer – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC today welcomed the Court of Appeal’s decision that a minimum term of 20 years, handed to John McFarlane when he was sentenced to life last November, was unduly lenient, and increased the minimum term to 30 years.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 11th March 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Sentence for domestic violence attack doubled after appeal by Attorney General – Attorney General’s Office

“At the Court of Appeal today the Attorney General, Baroness Patricia Scotland QC, successfully appealed the sentence of a man who picked up a iron which he had heated and repeatedly held to his wife’s face, leaving it on her skin for two to three seconds. He then further attacked her.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 24th February 2010

Soure: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Wife attacker has sentenced doubled after intervention from Attorney General – Daily Telegraph

“A man who ‘branded’ his wife’s face with an iron has had his sentenced doubled after the Attorney General personally intervened.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Attorney general upholds Edlington torture case sentences – The Guardian

“Lady Scotland rules sentences for brothers who submitted two boys to ordeal of violence and sexual abuse were appropriate.”

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The Guardian, 15th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenage killer’s custody doubled over Gloucester attack – BBC News

“A teenager who killed a man with one punch has had his sentence more than doubled to three-and-a-half years.”

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BBC News, 10th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Attorney General’s Reference (No 79 of 2009) – WLR Daily

Attorney General’s Reference (No 79 of 2009) [2010] WLR (D) 25

“In considering whether a sentence was unduly lenient the question for the Court of Appeal was whether the sentencing judge had, on the material presented to the Crown Court, erred in principle.”

WLR Daily, 5th February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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

Attorney General: Keynote Speech – CPS National Schools Project Launch – Attorney General’s Office

“Attorney General: Keynote Speech – CPS National Schools Project Launch.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 4th February 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Attorney General: Delivering an Excellent Public Prosecution Service – Attorney General’s Office

“Attorney General’s speech to CPS National Schools Project Launch – 4th February 2010.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Lord Goldsmith told two different truths, says legal expert – The Observer

“Fresh questions have been raised about how Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, came to back the use of military force in Iraq after one of the UK’s leading legal experts highlighted apparent contradictions in his testimonies before two official inquiries.”

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The Observer, 7th February 2010

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Attorney general to review Edlington torture case sentences – The Guardian

“The attorney general is to reconsider the sentences given to two brothers last week for beating and torturing another pair of boys, her office said today.”

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The Guardian, 26th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney General: The role of the Attorney General in the 21st Century – Attorney General’s Office

“The Administrative Law Bar Association, Inner Temple Hall, London, ‘The role of the Attorney General in the 21st Century’  – speech by The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland QC, Attorney General.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 19th January 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Iraq war inquiry told attorney general changed mind over legality of invasion – The Guardian

“The attorney general materially changed his advice on the legality of military action against Iraq a few days before the invasion, the inquiry into the war was told today.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Outcry over plan to give attorney general veto on war crimes warrants – The Guardian

“The attorney general will be asked to approve warrants before suspected war criminals can be arrested in future under a plan being negotiated by the Foreign Office in response to the row over attempts to arrest Israel’s former foreign minister.”

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The Guardian, 16th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Baroness Scotland ‘to be investigated by legal watchdog over cleaner’ – Daily Telegraph

“Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, is to be investigated by a legal watchdog over her employment of an illegal immigrant, it has been claimed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Attorney General Baroness Scotland fined £5,000 over illegal immigrant housekeeper – Daily Telegraph

“Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, has been fined £5,000 for employing an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Attorney General ‘likely to be fined for employing illegal immigrant’ – Daily Telegraph

“Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, is likely to be fined for employing an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper, it has been claimed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judicial Response to the publication of the Attorney General’s unduly lenient referral statistics – Judiciary of England and Wales

“The Deputy Head of Criminal Justice, Lord Justice Thomas, has responded to the release of statistics today by the Attorney General’s office. The figures report the number of cases where the Attorney General asked the Court of Appeal to decide whether a sentence imposed by the Crown Court was unduly lenient.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 4th August 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Attorney General spells out her relationship with prosecutors at end of thorough review of the role – Attorney General’s Office

“Attorney General spells out her relationship with prosecutors at end of thorough review of the role.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 21st July 2009

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Attorney general survives shake-up unscathed – The Guardian

“Plans to make the role of attorney general independent of government have been ditched by ministers, despite a two-year battle by constitutional reformers. They had wanted the role to be depoliticised, a move aimed at preventing criticism over a number of highly sensitive cases, including the advice given to government over the war in Iraq, and the decision to abandon the inquiry into BAE Systems.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Michael Wills urges cabinet not to backtrack on attorney general – The Guardian

“Britain’s constitutional affairs minister, Michael Wills, is urging his fellow ministers not to backtrack over ending the dual role of the attorney general as politician and legal adviser to the government. It is vital to separate the roles in order to maintain public confidence in the way critical decisions are reached, he says.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney General decision on Binyam – Attorney General’s Office

“Attorney General decision on Binyam Mohamed investigation.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office. 26th March 2009

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

New admission over legal advice on Iraq invasion – The Guardian

“Government fails to provide proof that the former attorney general was not pressured to change his initial opinion that 2003 invasion could be illegal.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney urged to hand over torture evidence – The Guardian

“The attorney general, Lady Scotland, must hand over to the director of public prosecutions detailed allegations of criminal wrongdoing by MI5 and the CIA concerning the treatment of a British resident held at Guantánamo Bay, his lawyer said yesterday. The demand comes in a 26-page letter, seen by the Guardian, sent to the attorney by Clive Stafford Smith, director of the legal charity Reprieve and the lawyer representing Binyam Mohamed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th December 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Freed from his judicial shackles, Lord Bingham delivers his judgment on the Iraq war – The Times

“Never underestimate the determination of a quiet man — or the power of a recently retired senior law lord.”

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The Times, 19th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Iraq war legal advice flawed, says ex-law lord – The

“Legal advice given to Tony Blair prior to the invasion of Iraq was fundamentally ‘flawed’, a former senior law lord said today.”

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The Independent, 18th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Challenge to attorney’s powers by family of student killed in Germany – The Guardian

“The power of the attorney general to make decisions free from the scrutiny of courts came under renewed attack last week, in a challenge by the family of Jeremiah Duggan, a British student whose death in Germany five years ago has been described by lawyers as ‘disturbing and bizarre’.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Call to divide AG’s dual role – Law Society’s Gazette

“Parliamentary support for the government’s decision not to split the Attorney General’s legal and political functions has attracted scathing criticism from experts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th August 2008

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ministers accused of retreat on role of attorney general – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown’s plans for constitutional reforms to make the government more accountable to parliament and the public have been turned into a ‘ragbag of retreats’ by the justice secretary, Jack Straw, according to a dissenting report by a minority on a cross-party group of MPs and peers.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No government should award itself unreviewable powers – The Times

“Last week’s report by the House of Commons Justice Committee on the draft Constitutional Renewal Bill draws attention to an issue of fundamental importance: whether judicial review should be excluded if and when the Attorney-General stops a criminal investigation or prosecution on national security grounds. The committee rightly objected to such an unconstitutional immunity.”

Full story

The Times, 3rd July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Constitution bill will give attorney general even more power without transparency, MPs warn – The Guardian

“The attorney general must no longer combine the roles of politician and legal adviser to the government to maintain public confidence, a committee of MPs says today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government Response to Report on Attorney General’s Role – Attorney General’s Office

Government Response to Report on Attorney General’s Office.”

Full response

Attorney General’s Office, 30th April 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Goldsmith urges appeal against BAE ruling – The Guardian

“Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, yesterday increased pressure on the Serious Fraud Office to appeal against last week’s high court ruling that the government acted unlawfully in blocking a criminal investigation of secret payments made by the arms company BAE Systems to Saudi Arabia.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Saudi case raises fears about law chief’s role – The Independent

“Gordon Brown faces a growing backlash over moves to give the attorney general sweeping powers to veto criminal investigations following devastating criticism of the Government’s decision to halt the inquiry into arms sales to Saudi Arabia.”

Full story

The Independent, 12th April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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