Archive for the 'special report' Category

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

Is the 2007 court fee remission system working? – Ministry of Justice

“Research on the 2007 court fee remission system and examination of court users’ views and experiences.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 10th Dcember 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

Improving and clarifying the law on conspiracy and attempts to commit crimes – Law Commission

“On 10 December 2009 we published our report on Conspiracy and Attempts.  This report makes recommendations to reform the law governing the criminal liability of those who agree, or attempt, to commit offences.”

Full report

Law Commission, 10th December 2009

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Autumn performance report 2009 – Ministry of Justice

“An assessment of our performance against departmental strategic objectives, public service agreements and value for money targets.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 8th December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Delivering offender management services – Ministry of Justice

“A document setting out the high-level strategic priorities that the Ministry of Justice requires the NOMS Agency to deliver in 2010-11.”

Full document

Ministry of Justice, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Information Commissioner’s Office demystifies data protection – Information Commissioner’s Office

“The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a new plain English Guide to Data Protection to provide businesses and organisations with practical advice about the Data Protection Act and dispel myths. The guide will help organisations safeguard personal data and comply with the law. The guide takes a straight-forward look at the principles of the Data Protection Act and uses practical, business-based examples.”

Full guide

Information Commissioner’s Office, 26th November 2009

Source: www.ico.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

“A Judiciary of the 21st Century” – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Report of the Judicial Diversity Conference ‘A Judiciary of the 21st Century, ‘ held on 11March 2009.”

Full report

Judiciary of England and Wales, 27th November 2009

Source: www.judiciary.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

Consumer Remedies for Faulty Goods – Law Commission

“On 4 November 2009, the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission published a final report with recommendations on simplifying the law on consumer remedies for faulty goods.”

Full report

Law Commission , 4th November 2009

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

 

Report to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on fraudulent or misleading applications for admission to schools – Office of the Schools Adjudicator

“Report to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on fraudulent or misleading applications for admission to schools.”

Full report

Office of the Schools Adjudicator, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk

Keir Starmer: public need to see justice done – The Times

“Television cameras in the courts, no reform needed on assisted suicide and strong backing for the Human Rights Act 1998 — the new Director of Public Prosecutions has given a first taste of his views two months into the job.”

Full story 

The Times, 15th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Why being a judge is not so appealing – The Times

“It carries a knighthood, prestige and authority. But it is seen as lonely, fusty and male-dominated, with a culture of ‘male self-confidence and intellectual posturing’.”

Full story

The Times, 13th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

A bar on equal opportunity – The Guardian

“No wonder aspiring women and non-white lawyers show no appetite for the practice of literally eating your way to the top.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comment is Free: Taking liberties with the law – The Guardian

“Hold the front page. The Lord High Chancellor doesn’t like our Human Rights Act and feels ‘frustrated’ by those pesky lawyers and judges who sometimes stand in his way. The Right Honourable Former Foreign Secretary of the War on Terror would like to send foreigners to places of torture. After all if it was good enough for his chums in the outgoing Bush administration.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th December 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Supreme Court inferior to Lords, some judges say – Daily Telegraph

“In an unprecedented joint interview, two senior judges who will be joining the UK Supreme Court next year reveal that one or two of their fellow justices think we would be better off without it. Might it be something to do with the post code?”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

An ugly business: The Briscoe-Mitchell case – The Independent

“Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell turned white with rage at her portrayal as a vicious sadist in her daughter’s best-selling misery memoir. The proud matriarch lost her libel case but tells Robert Verkaik she is unrepentant after sueing.”

Full story

The Independent, 6th December 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Costs, targets, paperwork: why the system fails children at risk – The Times

“Ed Balls moved swiftly to remove Sharon Shoesmith from her post, and states that every local council must learn the lessons of Baby P’s death. But in many ways, Shoesmith was the perfect children’s director for the new-look Department for Children, Schools and Families.”

Full story 

The Times, 4th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Should judges respond to criticism? – The Times

“In 1900, the editor of the Birmingham Daily Argos was fined £100 by the Lord Chief Justice for describing Mr Justice Darling as an ‘impudent little man in horsehair’. The editor avoided a prison sentence for ‘personal scurrilous abuse of a judge’ only because of his abject apology. Today, we rightly take a more tolerant approach to criticism of the judiciary. But the critical comments by Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail, about the judgments of Mr Justice Eady in privacy cases raise important questions about how judges should respond.”

Full story

The Times, 27th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

There is evidence of a new judicial openness — and not before time – The Times

“Judges traditionally have not spoken to news organisations. But there are real signs of a change in the relationship between judges and the media in recent weeks, with judges themselves taking a new approach.”

Full story

The Times, 27th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Can the law ever control discrimination? – The Times

“When new laws to combat ageism came into force two years ago, employers predicted a wave of litigation and a bundle of new red tape. But as ministers prepare to bring in further changes to discrimination laws in the shape of a single Equality Bill expected in the Queen’s Speech next week, were those fears justified? How well are the new laws working?”

Full story

The Times, 27th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

High price of fraud is not worth paying – The Times

“For a business executive, it is the stuff of nightmares. A seemingly routine payment to a local fixer by a remote subsidiary results, years later, in an investigation by authorities in the company’s home country. The company is forced to spend millions on legal fees, its reputation is tarnished and its share price plummets. Senior managers may even find themselves in court facing criminal charges.”

Full story

The Times, 25th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

No more sniggering, sleazy tales about the sex lives of celebrities – The Times

“‘Hypocrite!’ cry the lawyers and privacy claimants. Well they might. The outrageous claim by Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail, that Mr Justice Eady is condoning ‘depraved’ practices by applying the law is rich, coming from him.”

Full story

The Times, 20th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sex & the citizens: New prostitution laws explained – The Independent

“New laws for the oldest profession are designed to ‘punish the punter’ and protect the prostitute. Ben Russell explains Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s proposals.”

Full story

The Independent, 20th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Privacy judge ‘only doing his duty’, says peer – Daily Telegraph

“Lord Pannick believes the judiciary should defend itself against unjustified criticism which may, unless answered, damage its reputation.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Profile: Mr Justice Eady, defender of the nation’s privacy – Daily Telegraph

“When Mr Justice Eady retreats to the anonymity of his isolated cottage in Kent this weekend, he will no doubt breathe a large sigh of relief at being able to escape the burning heat of a media spotlight which has shone on him like never before.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Free, gratis and for nothing: why pro bono has finally come of age – The Times

“Afghanistan is a long way, in every sense, from the elegant rooms of barristers within the ancient Inns of Court and London’s legal square mile.

But for the past five years, barristers from a number of chambers have travelled out of their comfort zone for regular trips there for Access to Justice in Afghanistan, a Bar human rights committee project.”

Full story

The Times, 11th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Are high costs failing those looking for justice? – The Times

“The fundamental review of costs of litigation in the civil courts set up under Lord Justice Jackson was described as the biggest thing since the Woolf report, at the Civil Justice Council’s (CJC) costs forum last month — which is appropriate, given that high costs are a particular failure of the former Lord Chief Justice’s reforms.”

Full story

The Times, 13th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Why David must still be able to take on The Daily Goliath – The Times

“Lawyers are not popular and never less so than when they demand their fees. But to be really despised, we must fight and win a “no win, no fee” case and then have the temerity to request payment of our fees with 100 per cent uplift.”

Full story

The Times, 6th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Jonathan Ross-Russell Brand affair stripped bare – The Times

“With David Cameron surfing in on the wake of the Ross-Brand affair to raise questions about the BBC’s size, regulation and commercial activities, it is no wonder that the top ranks of the BBC are running scared about what the row means for the long-term future of the corporation.”

Full story

The Times,6th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

How healthy is the Bar? – The Times

“Lawyers including The Times Law Panel give their views on the state of the profession ahead of this year’s Bar conference.”

Full story

The Times,31st October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Lawyer Mark Saunders did not have to die’ sister says – The Times

“Ms Saunders, 26, still cannot comprehend why her brother, a brilliant barrister and seemingly stable, barricaded himself inside his £2.2 million Chelsea flat five months ago; still less why he started firing a shotgun out of a window to set off a sequence of events that ended with his death. ”

Full story

The Times, 31st October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sir Ken Macdonald: the QC who came to the prosecutors’ defence – The Times

“He has been an outspoken and robust holder of the post. So Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, was unlikely to end with a whimper. True to form, his final speech just days ago was a forceful attack on ministers’ plans for a new super database and the dangers of expanding state surveillance and growth of the security State.”

Full story

The Times, 30th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

How small law firms can survive the storm – The Times

“The public may believe that lawyers thrive in bad as well as good times. But it is becoming clear that some smaller firms will not survive the turmoil of the downturn.”

Full story

The Times, 30th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Is the Bar becoming a two-tier profession? – The Times

“Barristers meet this Saturday for their annual conference facing an uncertain future. Or do they? With the courts’ cash crisis and squeeze on public funds, criminal and family barristers have never felt as vulnerable. Meanwhile, their ‘fatter’ commercial colleagues thrive. So is the Bar becoming a two-branch profession?”

Full story

The Times, 30th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Analysis: Debbie Purdy a dignified example of why suicide law must evolve – The Times

“Many people who heard Debbie Purdy’s dignified plea for clarity on whether her husband would be prosecuted if he assisted her suicide have been moved by the reasonableness of her request. Lord Justice Scott Baker said the court could not leave the case without expressing ‘great sympathy’.”

Full story

The Times, 29th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Media must be allowed into family courts, says Sir Mark Potter – The Times

“Britain’s most senior family judge has said that family courts should be opened to the media to dispel the ‘myths and inaccuracies’ surrounding the system.”

Full story 

The Times, 20th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

When is a demo not a demo? – BBC News Magazine

“When is a demonstration not a demonstration? That effectively is the intriguing question that the most senior judges in the country will have to decide next week, writes the BBC’s Clive Coleman.”

Full story

BBC News Magazine, 13th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

London becomes defamation capital for world’s celebrities – The Independent

“There was once a golden age of celebrity when those lucky enough to earn a living as actors, singers or models were grateful for all the publicity they could get. Not any more. The number of stars of stage and screen resorting to legal action has doubled since 2005, helping to make London the defamation capital of the world.”

Full story

The Independent, 13th October 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comment is Free: No one wants this terror bill – The Guardian

“Today sees the return to the House of Lords of the contentious issue of extending to 42 days the time someone can be held by the police without being charged. I would have wanted to take part in the debate, though unavoidably I will be absent overseas. My view is that this pernicious provision should be removed from this bill now.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Class actions: will we adopt the American way? – The Times

“The UK’s approach to class actions is set to change — but we are unlikely to see here the excesses of the US system.”

Full story

The Times, 8th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

More snakes than ladders as terror legislation unravelled – The Times

“The case of Dhiren Barot, the most senior al-Qaeda figure to be detained in Britain, convinced police that they needed more time to hold terrorist suspects.”

Full story

The Times, 6th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Time for a rethink on Titan jails? – The Guardian

“Incarcerating more and more offenders is supposedly not the point of new supersize prisons. Anna Bawden inspects plans to make them centres of learning.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

What the law says on assisted suicide – The Guardian

“Assisted suicide is outlawed in the UK, with the 1961 Suicide Act making it illegal to ‘aid, abet, counsel or procure the suicide of another’. Helping somebody to die carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Did Magna Carta die in vain? – The Times

“Are the principles of the legislation still honoured today? asks the Master of the Rolls.”

Full story

The Times, 2nd October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Is English law related to Muslim law? – BBC News Magazine

“In London’s historic Inns of Court, barristers practise law in the shadow of the distinctive medieval Temple Church. But does English law really owe a debt to Muslim law?”

Full story

BBC News Magazine, 23rd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Shipyard workers must be compensated for asbestos exposure – The Times

“The Justice Committee has the opportunity to reverse a decision to deny those with pleural plaques the right to compensation”

Full story

The Times, 21st September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘I do not remove a child unless it is the right thing to do’ – The Times

“Judges, and the system, feel beleaguered. The Times has accused family courts of operating in a ‘conspiracy of silence’ — particularly in care cases. While injustices may occur, judges feel that the picture is distorted. So The Times had been granted rare access to sit on the bench and witness family justice from a judge’s-eye view. ”

Full story

The Times, 18th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Paul Shrubsall, the arch-fixer of barristers’ clerks, finally takes a bow – The Times

“As the arch-fixer/manager/negotiator for one of the most successful commercial sets of chambers in the business, it is no surprise that Paul Shrubsall organised his own exit strategy.”

Full story

The Times, 3rd September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Self-financing legal cases are too high a price for society – The Times

“Justice, the much-quoted saying goes, is open to all – like the Ritz Hotel. Access to the courts can often depend on the depth of a person’s pocket, with some of the best lawyers coming at a prohibitively high price. But lawyers’ fees aside, should the courts be a free public service, like the health service? Or should litigants who use them pay the cost?”

Full story

The Times, 4th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Is sex on the beach legal? – BBC News Magazine

“Two Britons have appeared in court in Dubai after allegedly having sex on a beach in the Muslim emirate. What would happen if a couple got frisky on a beach in the UK?”

Full story

BBC News Magazine, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Is Helen Mirren right about date rape? – The Independent

“The actress stepped into a political and social minefield when she claimed date rape should not be a matter for the courts. Paul Vallely examines an issue which raises divisive issues of women’s rights and personal responsibility.”

Full story

The Independent, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Serving time: how much is it worth? – The Times

“How much compensation should be paid to someone whose life is blighted after being wrongly accused or even convicted and jailed for murder?”

Full story

The Times, 28th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Will crime maps work? – BBC News Magazine

“Last month the Home Office announced that everyone in England and Wales will have access to crime maps of their local area by the end of this year. But will they help cut crime, or could they have unforeseen consequences?”

Full story

BBC News Magazine, 26th August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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