Archive for the 'press releases' Category

Domestic homicide reviews take effect – Home Office

“From today, local areas should undertake new action to tackle domestic homicide following any case where someone has been killed by their current or former partner, Home Secretary Theresa May announced.”

Full press release

Home Office, 13th April 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

We welcome report on vulnerable witness handling – Bar Standards Board

“We have welcomed a report by the Advocacy Training Council entitled ‘Raising the Bar: Handling of vulnerable witnesses, victims and defendants in court’.”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 14th April 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

CPS decides no prosecution of BT and Phorm for alleged interception of browsing data – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to consent to a request from an individual to begin a prosecution of BT Group Plc and Phorm Inc in relation to alleged unlawful interception of internet browsing data.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 8th April 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bribery Act: CPS/SFO Prosecution Guidance Published – Crown Prosecution Service

“Today, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Richard Alderman, issued joint guidance for prosecutors on the Bribery Act 2010.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 30th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Essex man jailed for £2.5 million drug smuggling attempt – UK Border Agency

“A 64-year-old man from Corringham, Essex has been sentenced to prison for 9 years and 4 months after pleading guilty to trying to import heroin and cocaine into the UK.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 31st March 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Uxbridge legal adviser is jailed over immigration fraud – UK Border Agency

“”An immigration advisor has been jailed for 6 years for helping submit fraudulent visa applications, following an investigation by the UK Border Agency’s West London immigration crime team.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 31st March 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Bar Council Establishes CLAF Group in Response to Proposed Jackson Reforms – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today established a working group to explore the viability of a Contingency Legal Aid Fund (CLAF) in the wake of the Government’s response to its consultation on civil litigation costs.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 1st April 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Chairman: We Will Continue to Make Case on Effect of Cuts – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has pledged to continue to make the case on the effect of legal aid cuts, as the Justice Select Committee announced its response to Government proposals.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 31st March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Clarke announces major overhaul of civil justice – Ministry of Justice

“The first major overhaul of the civil justice system in 15 years and reform of controversial ‘no win no fee’ deals were announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 29th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Clarke stamping out compensation culture fears – Ministry of Justice

“Fears that a damaging compensation culture and an unwieldy justice system is costing businesses millions of pounds and deterring deserving individuals from using the justice system are to be tackled under plans announced today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 29th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

UK clamps down on corruption with new Bribery Act – Ministry of Justice

“The UK will reinforce its reputation as a leader in the global fight against corruption when the Bribery Act comes into force on July 1, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 30th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Children deserve better from family justice system – Ministry of Justice

“The family justice system needs significant reform to tackle delays and ensure that children and families get the service they deserve, says an independent panel set up to review how the system works.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 31st March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Greater protection for children – Home Office

“Sex offender disclosure scheme will operate in all forces in England and Wales by April.”

Full press release

Home Office, 28th March 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.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

Sheffield wedding party sentenced – UK Border Agency

“A wedding party arrested in Sheffield city centre last September as part of a nationwide crackdown have been jailed.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 22nd April 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

New timetable for the introduction of the Aptitude Test – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board, the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has issued a new timetable for the introduction of an Aptitude Test for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 18th March 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

CPS stops prosecution for 1987 killing of Daniel Morgan – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that the prosecution of three men for the killing of private detective Daniel Morgan in 1987 cannot continue.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 11th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

CPS statement following the conviction of Terence Brown – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following the conviction of Terence Brown, Moira Macmillan, CPS Counter Terrorism Division lawyer said: ‘Terence Brown made money from producing and selling CD-Roms which contained details of step-by-step instructions that could be used by anyone planning or committing a terrorist attack.’ ”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 9th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New Push for LGB and T equality will allow civil partnerships in religious buildings – Home Office

“As part of its commitment to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people, the government will today announce that religious buildings will be allowed to host civil partnership registrations.”

Full press release

Home Office, 17th February 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Regulation of healthcare professionals – Law Commission

“The Law Commission has accepted a referral from the Department of Health to review the regulation of health and social care professionals.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 16th February 2011

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Statement on sex offenders’ register – Home Office

“The sex offenders’ register has existed since 1997. Since that time it has helped the police to protect the public from these most horrific of crimes. Requiring serious sexual offenders to sign the register for life – as they do now – has broad support from across this House. However, the Supreme Court ruled last April that not granting sex offenders the opportunity to seek a review is a breach of their human rights – in particular, the right to a private or family life.  These are rights, of course, that these offenders have taken away from their victims in the cruellest and most degrading manner possible. The government is disappointed and appalled by this ruling – it places the rights of sex offenders above the right of the public to be protected from the risk of re-offending – but there is no possibility of further appeal.”

Full statement

Home Office, 16th February 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Criminal checks on people working with children scaled back – Home Office

“More than nine million people working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults will no longer need to register and be monitored by the state.”

Full press release

Home Office, 11th February 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Freedom Bill signals common sense approach to public protection – Home Office

“Millions of people will be protected from unwarranted state intrusion in their private lives, the Home Secretary has outlined in today’s Protection of Freedoms Bill.”

Full press release

Home Office, 11th February 2011

www.homeoffice.gov.uk

CPS Statement on Howard Martin – Crown Prosecution Service

“Durham Crown Prosecution Service has advised Durham Police there is not enough new evidence under the double jeopardy provisions for the Director of Public Prosecutions to authorise an investigation into former GP Howard Martin, acquitted of the murder of three of his patients six years ago.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 9th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Retracting rape and domestic violence allegations: CPS launches public consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

“Individuals who retract truthful allegations of rape or domestic violence out of fear are less likely to be prosecuted under proposed new guidance for prosecutors on the offence of perverting the course of justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today. But individuals who make malicious false allegations should know they risk prosecution, he said.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bar Council updates Prepare for Change guidance – The Bar Council

“Bar Council updates Prepare for Change guidance.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.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

Changes to counter terrorism powers recommended – Home Office

“New measures to restore civil liberties while continuing to protect the public from terrorism have today been outlined by Theresa May.”

Full press release

Home Office, 26th January 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Proposals for reform of civil litigation funding and costs in England and Wales: Lord Justice Jackson response – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Lord Justice Jackson has sent the Lord Chancellor his response to the Ministry of Justice consultation paper on civil litigation funding and costs. The consultation closes on 14 February 2011.”

Full response

Judiciary of England & Wales, 20th January 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

New Code of Conduct for the Bar now out to consultation – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published its final consultation paper on the proposed new Code of Conduct for the Bar.”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 20th January 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Six jailed for smuggling cocaine on cruise ship – UK Border Agency

“Six Bulgarian and Lithuanian nationals have been jailed for a total of 87 years for attempting to smuggle approximately 35kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £1.4 million, into the UK aboard a cruise ship.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 11th January 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Clampdown on claims marketing – Ministry of Justice

“Firms that offer cash incentives to attract people to make compensation claims through them – including for personal injuries – will be stopped under new proposals.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 6th January 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

CPS publishes guidance on Non-Accidental Head Injury cases involving children – Crown Prosecution Service

“Updated guidance for prosecutors on dealing with Non-Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) cases involving children, formerly known as ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ cases, has been published today by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 6th January 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Interim practice guidance: The use of live text-based forms of communication (including Twitter) from court for the purposes of fair and accurate reporting – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Interim practice guidance: The use of live text-based forms of communication (including Twitter) from court for the purposes of fair and accurate reporting – Guidance from the Lord Chief Justice.”

Full guidance

Judiciary of England and Wales, 20th December 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Croydon man jailed for heroin smuggling – UK Border Agency

“A Bulgarian man living in Croydon has been sentenced to 7 years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to heroin smuggling.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 17th December 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Insurance Contract Law – Law Commission

“The Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission are conducting a joint review of insurance contract law.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 16th December 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.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

Powers to stop gang violence – Home Office

“Gang injunctions’ can be used by police and local authorities from next month, minister James Brokenshire announced today.”

Full press release

Home Office, 16th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

DPP announces measures to strengthen rape prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

” ‘Rape victims deserve justice and I am determined that we will deliver it,’ Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said today. Mr Starmer was announcing a series of changes within the CPS intended to instil greater quality and consistency into the processes by which crimes of rape are prosecuted.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 16th December 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New compassionate approach to family returns – UK Border Agency

“Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre will close to children with immediate effect today, following a review of the detention of children and family returns by the government working with key partners.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 16th December 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.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

Phone hacking allegations – Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

“Phone hacking allegations – Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th December 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Man sentenced to 12 years in first believed prosecution for supplying “legal high” GBL – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following the sentencing at Reading Crown Court, Andrew Penhale, Unit Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Organised Crime Division in the North said: ‘The significance of this prosecution is that it involves a defendant running an apparently legitimate, internet-based chemical business, which actually facilitated the wholesale trafficking of Class A drugs and the sale of other illegitimate chemicals.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th December 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Family Law Bar Association Warns of Consequences of Civil Legal Aid Cuts – The Bar Council

“Ahead of Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke QC MP’s appearance before the Justice Select Committee tomorrow, the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), which represents family barristers in England and Wales, has warned of the potentially dangerous consequences of the planned cuts to civil legal aid.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 14th December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Home Office will not appeal 7/7 evidence decision – Home Office

“Court decision against closed hearings for parts of the London bombings inquest will not be challenged.”

Full press release

Home Office, 10th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Solicitor jailed over bogus college scam – Home Office

“Three people have been sentenced to a total of eighteen and a half years for setting up bogus colleges to help illegal immigrants remain in the UK.”

Full press release

Home Office, 13th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Government sets out proposals for major reform of the student visa system – UK Border Agency

“Tougher entrance criteria, limits on work and an end to students staying in the UK to look for a job are just some of the changes proposed by Immigration Minister Damian Green today as part of a shake-up of the student visa system.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency,7th December 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Colombians jailed for Tilbury cocaine smuggling – UK Border Agency

“Two Colombian men who stowed away on a ship for 12 days in an attempt to smuggle 50 kg of cocaine across the Atlantic Ocean were jailed for 14 years on 24 November.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 25th November 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.org.uk

Fundamental Change in requirement for barristers to notify directly clients of their right to make a complaint – The Bar Council

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has recently issued guidance on dealing with complaints made to chambers and sole practitioners.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 25th November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Men convicted in shocking sex abuse case – Crown Prosecution Service

“Five men have been convicted of a string of sexual offences against young, vulnerable teenage girls and women in a case described as one of ‘shocking and persistent abuse’ by Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Samantha Shallow. Three other men were found guilty of related offences.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 24th November 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.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

Scrutiny of vetting and barring scheme gets underway – Home Office

“The system of checks that people working with children and vulnerable adults are required to undergo will be considered afresh in a radical examination of the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS). The Government today outlined the terms of a thorough review of the VBS which will re-examine whether the scheme is the most appropriate mechanism to protect children and vulnerable people and, if so, how many roles should be covered by it.”

Full press release

Home Office, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Tracy Dawber’s conviction brings shocking paedophile case to a close – Crown Prosecution Service

“The retrial of Tracy Dawber brings to an end the prosecution of one of the most shocking child abuse rings in the country, said Ann Reddrop, the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer who dealt with all the cases.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 18th October 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Newhaven people smugglers jailed – UK Border Agency

“A couple who tried to smuggle 2 illegal immigrants into Britain in the boot of their hire car have been jailed.”

Full story

UK Border Agency, 21st October 2010

SOurce: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

One year for ammunition smuggler – UK Border Agency

“A Cambridgeshire man has been sentenced to a year in prison for attempting to smuggle ammunition into the UK.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 21st October 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk


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