Archive for the 'criminal justice' Category

£5m scheme to divert mentally ill offenders from prison – The Guardian

“The first stage in setting up a national service to divert mentally ill people from prison is due to be announced by the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, and the justice secretary, Ken Clarke.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Crime victims’ advocate network to be established – BBC News

“Victims of crime – and witnesses to it – in England and Wales are to be given a ‘louder voice’ thanks to a £1m government initiative.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ken Clarke warned over ‘catastrophic’ community punishment cuts – The Guardian

“Imminent budget cuts are set to create a funding ‘black hole’ in the criminal justice system with catastrophic consequences for innovative community sentences, experts have warned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Classifying offenders could lead to criminal justice revolution – The Guardian

“Imagine being able to predict which offenders will go on to commit serious crimes. Juliet Rix on a new system that could have a drastic impact on the justice system.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Serious concerns’ over UK Supreme Court change – BBC News

“The Scottish government is to outline its ‘serious concerns’ about plans which it says could threaten the historic independence of Scots law.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

International Criminal Practice Seminar, 9th March – The Bar Council

“This event is aimed at criminal practitioners, clerks and practice managers who are interested in learning about how to expand their criminal practices internationally. The seminar will be Chaired by Peter Lodder QC, Chairman of the Bar Council and will feature a panel of speakers who will talk briefly on areas of international criminal work, regional opportunities and practical strategies for involvement.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 25th February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Justice system delays endemic, research shows – Law Society’s Gazette

“Law Society research submitted to the government last week has identified a ‘lack of communication’ pervading the justice system that is causing delays throughout the process.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Justice ‘heading for meltdown’ – The Independent

“The Government is playing Russian roulette with public safety and the criminal justice system is heading for meltdown, the Prison Officers’ Association warned.”

Full story

The Independent, 20th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Criminal justice reform at a time of austerity: what needs to be done? – The Guardian

“A criminologist reflects on lessons to learn from the way in which governments, New Labour in particular, have approached crime.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Reduce youth crime through early intervention – Ministry of Justice

“Minister Crispin Blunt said spotting and acting on signs of criminality in a child’s early years is crucial to bringing down youth offending.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 8th February 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Joint Advocacy Group analysis of QAA consultation response – Bar Standards Board

“Analysis of responses to the Joint Advocacy Group consultation paper on proposals for a quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates, is now available to view and download.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 4th February 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Crispin Blunt outlines justice reforms – Ministry of Justice

“Crispin Blunt said criminal justice reforms such as payment by results for offender management, are vital to breaking the destructive cycle of crime and better protecting the public.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 25th January. 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

How the self-employed criminal bar intends to compete with solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

“There are probably about 5,000 self-employed barristers and 1,000 higher court advocates active in criminal defence work. While the number of firms has dwindled substantially in the last few years, the number of barristers has increased, notwithstanding the fact that the work has diminished, mainly through the Crown Prosecution Service taking 25% of it in-house.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Most child offenders should not face court, says report – BBC News

“The government is being urged to end Crown Court trials for children in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Review of the Legal Year 2009 – 2010 – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Review of the Legal Year 2009 – 2010.”

Full press release

Judiciary of England and Wales, 16th December 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Court reform: delivering better justice – Ministry of Justice

“Reform of the court estate will help deliver a modern, efficient justice system with victims and witnesses at its centre, Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 14th December 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Time to break the cycle of crime and reoffending – Ministry of Justice

“A radical reform of the criminal justice system to punish criminals more effectively and reduce reoffending was announced today by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 7th December 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Should justice be televised? – Legal Week

“The head of Sky News has argued in a new Guardian article that justice must be televised as allowing TV cameras in court would help restore public faith in criminal proceedings.”

Full story

Legal Week, 6th December 2010

Source: www.legalweek.com

The Roscoe lecture: Criminal justice in the 21st Century – Speech by Lord Justice Leveson

The Roscoe lecture: Criminal justice in the 21st Century (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Leveson

L.J.M.U. Roscoe Foundation for Citizenship, 29th November 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Why women who report rape fall foul of a harsh criminal justice system – The Guardian

“The idea that we are faced with the mutually exclusive objectives of protecting victims of rape and the innocent is false.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: I accused my husband of rape. I was locked up – and he was set free

Vulnerable young people trapped in justice system – The Guardian

“Young people with mental illness and learning difficulties are being let down by youth justice system, a new report reveals.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Kenneth Clarke reaffirms commitment to rights and freedoms – Mnistry of Justice

“Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to rights and freedoms in the UK and to the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 18th November 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Expert Evidence in Criminal Courts – the Problem – Speech by Lord Leveson

“Expert Evidence in Criminal Courts – the Problem – Speech by Lord Justice Leveson – Forensic Science Society, 18th November 2010.”

Full speech

Judiciary of England and Wales, 18th November 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Making criminal justice statistics more transparent – Ministry of Justice

“Making criminal justice statistics more transparent and user friendly is the aim of a consultation launched today (17 November).”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Legal aid cuts are a brutal shrinkage of justice – The Guardian

“The scope of Kenneth Clarke’s mooted reforms is breathtaking, and the legal aid cuts introduced as part of this process are brutal. A raft of reforms, from criminal justice right the way through to the funding of clinical negligence claims, are now up in the air.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal help for vulnerable ‘at risk’ – BBC News

“The support people with autism get from the police and criminal justice system could be hit by Home Office cuts, a senior legal figure has warned.”

Full story

BBC News, 15th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses publishes new report – Ministry of Justice

“Louise Casey, the independent Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, has today published a new report on improving support for victims in the criminal justice system.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Red tape swamping the criminal justice system, warns watchdog – Daily Telegraph

“Red tape swamping police and prosecutors is at ‘unacceptable’ levels, a watchdog warned today as it revealed officers and officials have to go through 1,000 different steps just to deal with a simple burglary.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Black people six times more likely to face drug arrest – The Guardian

“Black people are six times more likely to be arrested than white people for drug offences and 11 times more likely to be imprisoned, according to new research claiming to show the racial bias of the criminal justice system.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Civil sanctions are no soft option – The Guardian

“The Law Commission’s proposals on regulation are welcome – but no easy alternative to a busybody state.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Simplifying the Criminal Law – Law Commission

“We have published a consultation paper proposing changes to the law relating to the offences of public nuisance and outraging public decency.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 31st March 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.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.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

What I’m really thinking: The defence barrister – The Guardian

“‘How can you defend someone if you know they’re guilty? The answer is, you never know.'”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Brown defends silence over jailing of Venables – The Independent

“The Prime Minister has defended the Government’s refusal to explain why one of the murderers of James Bulger has been returned to prison, as new claims emerged that the killer had a recent history of violence and drug abuse.”

Full story

 The Independent, 5th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

LCJ warns of ‘undoubted danger’ to administration of justice – Law Society’s Gazette

“The lord chief justice has warned that budgetary pressures on the prosecution and the courts are having a ‘very real impact’ on the administration of justice and said there is ‘an undoubted danger’ that the situation could worsen.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 11th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council launches Judicial Review of Government’s Consultations on Criminal Legal Aid – The Bar Council

“In accordance with the Pre-Action Protocol for Judicial Review Claims, solicitors acting for the Bar Council have today written to the Legal Aid Minister, Lord Bach and to the Chairman of the Legal Services Commission, Sir Bill Callaghan in order to advance proceedings for judicial review of the Government’s consultations on criminal legal aid.  ”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 10th February 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council to launch legal action against MoJ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association are set to take the government to court for the first time in 20 years over what they claim are ‘inadequate and unfair’ consultations on new fees for criminal legal aid work.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 8th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Junior Criminal Bar under threat from botched Legal Aid Reforms warns Commons Committee – The Bar Council

“The influential House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has today (2 February) published a damning report on the Legal Services Commission’s handling of legal aid reform.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 2nd February 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Lord Chief Justice Publishes Administration of Justice Review – Judiciary of England & Wales

“The Lord Chief Justice’s ‘Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts’ was published today. His report covers matters of importance to the judiciary relating to the administration of justice in England and Wales during the 2008-2009 Legal Year (1 October 2008 – 30 September 2009).”

Full story

Judiciary of England & Wales, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Criminal justice measures in force – Ministry of Justice

“Changes to the law over evidence and bail are among some of the new measures that will, from today, further rebalance the criminal justice system in favour of victims and the law-abiding majority.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 1st February 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

MPs warn of criminal justice ‘crisis’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“A committee of MPs has warned that the criminal justice system is ‘facing a crisis of sustainability’ as government spending on prisons takes resources away from other aspects of criminal justice.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The Big Question: Do juryless trials risk obscuring the transparency of justice? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

This week Britain’s first crown court criminal trial to take place without a jury in more than 400 years started at the Royal Courts of Justice. The case, involving four men accused of a £1.75m armed robbery, is being heard by a judge, sitting alone, who will decide upon the men’s guilt or otherwise.”

Full story

The Independent, 14th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Young black people and the criminal justice system: second annual report – Ministry of Justice

“Second annual report to the Home Affairs Select Committee on progress made in taking forward the recommendations of its inquiry.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 10th December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Court of Appeal (Criminal) Review of the Legal Year 2008/2009 – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Court of Appeal (Criminal) Review of the Legal Year 2008/2009.”

Full review

Judiciary of England and Wales, 11th December 2009

Source: www.judiciary.org.uk

Anger over ‘cost-cutting’ plans for serious criminal cases – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitors and barristers have reacted with anger to last-minute ‘cost-cutting’ proposals on pay for the most serious criminal cases, which they say ‘drive a coach and horses through two years of patient and careful negotiation’.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette. 10th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Criminal law: youth justice and sentencing – Law Society’s Gazette

“Major changes are being made to the way that courts may sentence young offenders. On 27 April, provisions were brought into force to increase the use of ­referral orders. These are manda­tory if the offence is imprisonable and a first-time offender admits the offence and all connected offences, and the court does not deal with the matter by way of an absolute ­discharge, hospital order or custodial sentence.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Youth Rehabilitation Order and youth justice provisions – Ministry of Justice

“This circular contains information on the Youth Rehabilitation Order as well as other youth justice related changes.”

Full circular

Ministry of Justice, 30th November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Courts – Prison Reform Trust

” ‘Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Courts’ reviews the provision of support in the court system for adults with learning disabilities or learning difficulties. The second half of the report examines the situation for children.”

Full report

Prison Reform Trust, 1st December 2009

Source: www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk

Procurement of criminal legal aid in England and Wales – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice and Legal Services Commission have today responded to the National Audit Office’s report into procurement of criminal legal aid in England and Wales.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 27th November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Reducing reoffending: supporting families, creating better futures – Ministry of Justice

“The framework, developed with the Department for Children, Schools and Families, sets out key tasks for criminal justice agencies and local services to support the children and families of offenders at each stage of the criminal justice system and beyond.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 3rd November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Issues in Criminal Justice Lecture – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw has given the ‘Issues in Criminal Justice Lecture’ at the University of Birmingham.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 29th October 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Top judge ‘to restore confidence’ – BBC News

“The Lord Chief Justice has said public confidence in the justice system will be ‘undermined’ if prosecutions are abandoned because they cost too much.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Chaos over statistics means another delay – Daily Telegraph

“A ‘total shambles’ over official figures means the Government cannot say how many offenders are escaping with soft penalties and cautions.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Jack Straw signals rowing back on out of court fines – Daily Telegraph

“A planned extension of on the spot fines has been scrapped in a Government about turn amid concerns that criminals are escaping with financial penalties instead of being dealth with by the courts.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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