Archive for the 'Ministry of Justice' Category

MoJ could face judicial review challenge over civil cost reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“Charitable group the Public Law Project (PLP) has threatened to launch a legal challenge to the Ministry of Justice’s civil costs and funding reforms.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 28th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Justice Secretary warning over ECHR judgments – The Independent

“The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has been ‘rather too ready to substitute its own judgment for that of national courts’, the Justice Secretary said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 26th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Update from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council – The Bar Council

“None of us, at the self-employed or employed Bar, has escaped the consequences of the coalition Government’s measures to reduce the national deficit. But the publicly funded Bar is bearing the brunt of cuts in public expenditure. This follows the cuts in legal aid announced by the last Government and the proposals for radical change in the publicly funded legal services market, the subject of recent consultation by the Ministry of Justice. We wanted to give you a short update on developments which affect so many practitioners and indeed the future of the Bar as a whole.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 29th March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Adult and juvenile reoffending statistics 2009 – Ministry of Justice

“Adult and juvenile reoffending statistics for 2009 were published by the Ministry of Justice today, showing a fall in re-offending by adults and juveniles.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 17th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Libel law reform announced – Ministry of Justice

“New measures to support free speech, enable people to protect their reputation and help stop the use of unreasonable threats of being sued for libel were announced today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 15th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

News release: New support centre for victims of rape – Ministry of Justice

“Victims of rape and sexual violence will receive the specialist help they need following Ministry of Justice funding for four new support centres in Hereford, Trafford, Dorset and Devon said Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 9th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Could you defend yourself in court? – BBC News

“Legal aid changes in England and Wales could mean hundreds of thousands more people representing themselves in court, judges have warned. So how exactly do you become an amateur lawyer?”

Full story

BBC News, 28th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government relaxes Bribery Act – Daily Telegraph

“The Government has bowed to pressure from business and relaxed key elements of the Bribery Act.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lawyers put forward alternatives to legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society has warned the government against hitting the most vulnerable by making legal aid bear the brunt of the Ministry of Justice cuts.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 19th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ministry of Justice announces reform of public bodies – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice has today announced that a number of its public bodies will be substantially reformed as part of the government’s commitment to radically increasing their transparency, accountability and efficiency.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 14th October 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Justice Minister supports ‘one stop shops’ for legal services – Ministry of Justice

“Speaking at an event hosted by the Law Society, Jonathan Djanogly stressed the importance of alternative business structures (ABS).”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Unified judiciary plan – Law Society’s Gazette

“Justice secretary Ken Clarke has outlined plans to create a unified judiciary under the leadership of the lord chief justice. The proposal would see the statutory powers of the senior president of the tribunals transferred to the LCJ and the creation of a new head of tribunals justice.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Call for Evidence – Family Justice Review – Ministry of Justice

“The Call for Evidence for the Family Justice Review closes on 30 September – so just a few days left for people to provide feedback about the way the system can be improved.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 22nd September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Kenneth Clarke announces plans for unified judiciary – Ministry of Justice

“The Lord Chancellor Kenneth Clarke has outlined plans to create a unified judiciary in England and Wales under the overall leadership of the Lord Chief Justice. Work is already well under way to create a new single unified organisation bringing together Her Majesty’s Court Service and the Tribunals Service, after the plan was announced in March.”

Full press release

Minsitry of Justice, 16th September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

MoJ to review media reporting in family courts – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Ministry of Justice has told the Gazette that it will not commence legislation that would extend the media’s right to report family cases without ‘looking closely’ at the changes, amid pressure from family lawyers.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Jail Sentences: The truth behind the headlines – Ministry of Justice

“Media reports last weekend claimed that not a single burglar gets the maximum jail sentence. But statements like this give the wrong impression of the criminal justice system and do not properly explain how it works. Have you ever wondered how punishments for criminals are decided? If so, read on.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 16th September 2010

Source; www.justice.gov.uk

Bribery Act consultation launched – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice is set to consult with UK companies about the new UK Bribery Act, which will come into force in April 2011”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Plans to extend freedom of information – Ministry of Justice

“The Government wants to extend the scope of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to increase transparency.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 7th September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

European Contract Law: chance to have your say – Ministry of Justice

“The Government has today launched a Call for Evidence seeking views on the European Commission’s Green Paper on potential changes to contract law.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 18th August 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Criminal justice reform speech – Ministry of Justice

“The Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary has given a speech outlining his plans for criminal justice reform at the Lord Mayor’s Annual Judges’ Dinner.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 13th August 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Ken Clarke’s enthusiasm for cuts in the justice system comes at a high price – The Guardian

“The lord chancellor should be sticking up for his department. Our courts lie at the very heart of our democracy.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2010 published – Ministry of Justice

“Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules will come in to force on 4 October 2010.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 11th August 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Prisoners paid £1m in late-release compensation – The Independent

“Prisoners were given more than £1 million in compensation after being released late from jail over the last three years, figures showed today.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal rights for some, if some people say so – The Guardian

“Recent rulings that equivocally defend our democratic rights contrast with the government’s shallow pledges on legal aid.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government to target no win, no fee legal deals – The Guardian

“High costs of conditional fee arrangements have become a ‘serious concern’ particularly in NHS clinical negligence cases.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government announces consultation on Jackson’s CFA reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“No-win no-fee agreements will be the focus of a government consultation on Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals for reforming civil litigation costs, the government announced today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Responses to Ministry of Justice consultation – Upper age limit for jury service – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Responses to Ministry of Justice consultation.”

Full responses

Judiciary of England of Wales, 21st July 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Implementation of Bribery Act delayed – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has postponed the implementation of a groundbreaking new anti-bribery law to allow for further consultation on how companies can prepare for its demands. Anti-corruption campaigners have condemned the move.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 21st July 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

New rules on universal jurisdiction – Ministry of Justice

“The Government is proposing new rules about how courts in England and Wales deal with people accused of serious human rights violations.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Fears mount over ‘£500m’ legal aid cut – Law Society’s Gazette

“Speculation mounted over the future of legal aid this week amid reports that the Ministry of Justice plans to slash the £2.1bn legal aid budget by half a billion pounds.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Innovative rehabilitation pilot – Ministry of Justice

“A young offenders institute in Reading is piloting a scheme that aims to reduce reoffending and anti-social behaviour among young offenders.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 21st July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bribery Act implementation – Ministry of Justice

“The UK will reinforce its reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, when the Bribery Act comes into force in April 2011.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 20th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Judges hear Clarke’s plans for justice – Ministry of Justice

“A sensible review of sentencing policy is long overdue, Kenneth Clarke has told an audience of senior judges.”

Full speech

Ministry of Justice, 14th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Prime Minister to launch Ministry of Justice reform priorities – Ministry of Justice

“The Prime Minister joined Kenneth Clarke in asking the public to hold the Ministry of Justice to account through a list of departmental priorities launched today. The Structural Reform Plan (SRP) sets out clear priorities and transparent milestones for every department across Government, allowing the public to check whether commitments are met.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 13th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Plans to reform defamation law announced – Ministry of Justice

“Plans to review the law on defamation to protect free speech and freedom of expression were outlined today by Justice Minister Lord McNally.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 9th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Government rules out appealing defence costs cap judgment – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society has welcomed the government’s decision not to appeal against Chancery Lane’s recent court victory in defeating the previous administration’s plans to make acquitted defendants pay most of the costs of their own defence.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 7th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Data protection laws: chance to have your say – Ministry of Justice

“Plans were outlined today to seek views on the European Data Protection Directive and the Data Protection Act to ensure that current laws continue to safeguard people’s personal data in the 21st Century.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 6th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Courts owed £1.3bn in unpaid fines, audit reveals – BBC News

“Courts in England and Wales are owed £1.3bn in unpaid fines, confiscation and compensation orders.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Your Freedom website launched – Ministry of Justice

“Nominate laws and regulations you would like to see abolished.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Cuts on the agenda of family justice review – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice has launched a ‘comprehensive review’ of the family justice system, appointing a panel of experts to hear evidence on how the system can improve. However, the panel chair has admitted a principal catalyst for the review is the government’s desire to make spending cuts.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Family justice – your views on its future – Ministry of Justice

“Views on how the family justice system can do its best to protect children and help families to work through their disagreements are being sought by a panel of experts.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 30th June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

More may have to pay own legal costs – Daily Telegraph

“High earners could be barred from legal aid and left to take out legal cover, Ken Clarke signalled yesterday.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Tell us which laws to scrap, urges Clegg – The Independent

“Inviting the public to nominate unnecessary laws they would like to see repealed is a move away from ‘the old way of doing things’, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Government’s vision for criminal justice reform – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has given a speech on criminal justice reform at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 30th June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council backs Clarke over Prison Reform – The Bar Council

“Nicholas Green QC, the Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has said the Bar Council is willing to lend its support to the Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke QC MP, as he makes tough and potentially unpopular decisions regarding the prison system, though they must lead to a better and more efficient administration of justice.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 30th June 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Criminal justice reform promised – Ministry of Justice

“The policing and criminal justice minister has laid out government plans for creating a system shaped by the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 24th June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Fundamental look at legal aid system begins – Ministry of Justice

“The government today announced a fundamental look at the legal aid system, designed to create a stable and sustainable system providing access to justice for those who need it most.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Consultations on local courts published – Ministry of Justice

“Ministers announced today proposals to modernise and improve the use of courts in England and Wales.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Fresh legal aid cuts not ruled out by MoJ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The new legal aid minister refused to rule out more legal aid cuts in his first press interview last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The cost of sentencing – BBC Law in Action

“As the Lord Chancellor considers ways of cutting the number of people in prison, Joshua Rozenberg asks if the judges should save money by changing the way they sentence offenders.”

Podcast

BBC Law in Action, 15th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MoJ admits drafting error in fee-capping regulations – Law Society’s Gazette

“Acquitted defendants can claim the full cost of private legal fees, after the Ministry of Justice admitted there is a drafting error in the regulations intended to implement its controversial policy to cap awards.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Justice ministers’ responsibilities announced – Ministry of Justice

“Roles and responsibilities for new ministers at the Ministry of Justice have today been confirmed.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 20th May 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Death by a thousand cuts for legal aid – The Guardian

“As justice secretary Ken Clarke sharpens his axe, the future looks bleak for a founding pillar of the welfare state.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ken Clarke is a good fit for the Ministry of Justice – The Guardian

“Conservative stalwart has quality of reliability that suggests he is not prepared to be pushed around by officials or lawyers.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Compensation for man accused of training September 11 attackers – The Independent

“A man who was wrongly accused of training the September 11 attackers will be given compensation, the Ministry of Justice confirmed today.”

Full story

The Independent, 23rd April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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