It has been reported here that sex offenders will be offered lie detector tests to help police assess the risk they pose to the public when released. Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire Shaun Wright has decided to introduce the technology despite questions over its accuracy. He will spend £35,000 training two officers to […]
Sex offenders will be offered lie detector tests to help police assess the risk they pose to the public when released.
FACT calls on Home Secretary and Minister of Justice to learn lessons from the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi
The murder of Bijan Ebrahimi, an entirely innocent man murdered because he was wrongly assumed to be a peadophile and the subsequent trial of his murderer and accomplice has rightly attracted a lot of Media attention. How can it be that in 2012 an innocent man is killed in such a brutal way and that his murderer […]
Significant reforms to the Incentive and Earned Privileges (IEP) policy across prisons in England and Wales have been brought into force today. When taking up the role of Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling made it clear that the current policy needed a thorough and detailed review to ensure that it properly addresses reoffending as well as […]
The Government have announced proposals for making historical police records public were announced today by the Home Office following a recommendation by the Hillsborough Independent Panel. Policing Minister Damian Green said a working group will now be set up to consider how records can be made more accessible and transparent. One option would be to […]
The Government have announced via a Ministerial statement that changes have been made to Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (‘PACE’) which brings into operation amended versions of six of the PACE codes. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Revision of Codes A, B, C, E, F and H) Order 2013 will bring these revisions […]
Review concludes that criminal injuries compensation must continue and that CICA was the appropriate body to deliver this.
Ministry of Justice’s Triennial Review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has been completed and the MoJ has today published the full report on www.gov.uk/moj.The review concluded that it was clear that criminal injuries compensation must continue and that CICA was the appropriate body to deliver this.As a result of the review, the status of […]
Crime victims allowed to challenge prosecutors – The Guardian “Victims are to be given new rights to challenge the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to charge a suspect or to drop a prosecution.” Victims are to be given new rights to challenge the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to charge a suspect or to drop […]
This article fist appeared in the Guardian (here) on the 4th June 2013. Dominic Grieve said the naming of arrested suspects where the wrong person was being named on social networks or in the media was a ‘balancing exercise’. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has intervened in the debate over so-called secret […]
This article has been extracted from the Guardian Website here Legal watchdog warns budget cuts will damage justice Ministry’s proposals to reduce criminal legal aid budget by £220m is ‘unfair in principle’ and ‘risks undermining quality’ Depriving defendants of the ability to choose their own solicitor will undermine confidence in the criminal justice system, an […]
The Law Society Gazettee reports that The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that projected savings of £150m in fee cuts will not, as was expected, count towards required cuts of £220m a year – taking cuts in criminal legal aid to £370m. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that projected savings of £150m in fee cuts […]
This item has been extracted from the Inside Government GOV UK website here published 1st May 2013 Major law changes are turning the tide on the growing compensation culture, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said today. Major law changes are turning the tide on the growing compensation culture which has forced up insurance premiums and left schools, […]
This article by Lucy Corin appears on the Halsebury Law Exchange website here Imagine you are a middle-aged man with a young family looking to change career to work as a primary school teacher. When you were 12 you took a chocolate bar from a shop. You learnt a salutary lesson and never repeated this […]
Message from David Wood QC – Legal Aid and the Death of Justice ========================= This message appears on the Miscarriages of JusticeUK (MOJUK) News Service ========================= Save UK Justice I need your help. Not your money, or more of your time than you can give, just your help. This is a link to a petition […]
The following Press release was been issued by the Ministry of Justice on the 1st May 2013. Major law changes are turning the tide on the growing compensation culture, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said today. Major law changes are turning the tide on the growing compensation culture which has forced up insurance premiums and left […]
This item first appeared on the BBC website on the 18th May Home Secretary Theresa May has said she wants to know if the case of a Norfolk police officer suing a garage owner was “symptomatic” of a claims culture among officers. Mrs May told the Home Affairs Select Committee it was important to find […]
The Ministry of Justice have issued a consultation paper on proposed changes to the legal aid system. Transforming Legal Aid: Delivering a more credible and efficient system. Executive Summary This consultation sets out the Government’s proposals for further reform of the legal aid system in England and Wales. As set out in the Introduction, against […]
The Guardian have reported (here) that the government intend to introduce new legislation to make it easier for employer to get rid of staff A raft of changes to the way your employer can treat you will be introduced this summer in a bill that, critics say, will make it quicker and cheaper to sack staff. […]
The Independent Police Complaints Commission to be given more staff to deal with complains against the Police.
The Home Office have issued a Press release stating that the Independent Police Complaints Commission is to be expanded to deal with all serious complaints against the police, the Home Secretary announced today. The move was revealed as part of series of measures designed to ensure the highest standards of integrity in policing. In addition to the expansion […]
Update from the Ministry of Justice I am writing to inform you that stage one of the triennial review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is now complete. The Call for Evidence, which concluded on 14 December 2012, provided 65 responses, which have now been collated and analysed. The evidence has supported the continuation […]
We all all want kids to be safe, but according to Frank Furedi the plan to create a new database of children who visit A&E units will have the opposite effect. In his latest article which appears on on Spiked Online titled How ‘child protection’ policies harm children he argues that the plan to create a new database of children […]
Ministry of Justice seeks views on a package of measures to stem the growth in applications for judicial reviews.
The Ministry of Justice is seeking views on a package of measures to stem the growth in applications for judicial reviews. These measures aim to tackle the burden that this growth has placed on stretched public services whilst protecting access to justice and the rule of law. The engagement exercise seeks views on proposals in three […]
The Ministry of Justice is to review the effectiveness of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. In a recently issued press statement they state: Purpose of the Review As custodians of the public purse, whether paid by the professions or directly from public funds, it is important that we deliver an efficient and effective service to […]
The Ministry of Justice has announced its intention to reform the judicial review process in an attempt to reduce the number of “weak or ill-conceived cases which the Government says are clogging up courts, with the news greeted with a sceptical response from the legal profession. In today’s announcement, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Judicial Review […]
More victims of crime will be able to access improved restorative justice schemes across England and Wales with the launch of a new action plan Restorative Justice Action Plan for the Criminal Justice System (PDF) Full story Source: www.justice.gov.uk