Is mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse always in the child’s best interests?

In an article in Spiked here Frank Ferudi poses the question of whether the NSPCC is acting in the child’s best interests and suggest that making the reporting of child abuse mandatory will not help children. Furedi not only questions why the NSPCC have suddenly changed their views over mandatory reporting , the NSPCC said it was opposed […]

Home Secretary orders review of the way alleged historic child abuse was handled

In an oral statement presented to the House of Commons on the 7th July the Home Secretary confirmed that she had appointed Peter Wanless – the chief executive of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – to lead a review  of how the police and prosecutors and others handled  information concerning alleged child […]

The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 receives Royal Assent

The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 which makes provision about the release, and supervision after release, of offenders, to make provision about the extension period for extended sentence prisoners, to make provision about community orders and suspended sentence orders, and for connected purposes has received Royal Assent Under the new Act rehabilitation periods for community orders […]

FACT receives a reply to its open letter to the Home Secretary and the Minister of Justice calling on them to learn lessons from the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi

FACT has received the following reply to its open letter to the Home Secretary and Minister of Justice calling on them to learn lessons from the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi Direct Communications Unit 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF Tel: 020 7035 4848 Fax: 020 7035 4745 www.homeoffice.gov.uk [The Chairman] National Committee of FACT PO Box […]

Claire’s Law

There is a useful blog on Claire’s law on the pink tape website. It describes what Claire’s law is, what it sets out to achieve and some of its shortcomings. You can read it for yourself here

Sex offenders will be offered lie detector tests to help police assess the risk they pose to the public when released.

 Sex offenders are to 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 carry out the tests, sending […]

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 […]

Major shake up to prisoner incentives

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 […]

Government announces proposals for making historical police records public after 30 years

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 […]

Government announce new changes to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (‘PACE’)

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 publish findings its Triennial Review of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) The review concluded that it was clear that criminal injuries compensation must continue and that CICA was the appropriate body to deliver this. Source and link to full report here

Crime victims allowed to challenge prosecutors.

Crime victims allowed to challenge prosecutors. “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.” Any victim of crime, including bereaved family members, will in future be able to ask the CPS to look again at a case following a […]

Attorney General joins calls for police to confirm names in ‘secret arrests’

The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has intervened in the debate over so-called secret arrests and said police should confirm the name of a suspect if they have been correctly identified by the media. Grieve, who is the government’s principal legal adviser, said police would be “providing public reassurance” if they confirmed the identity of arrested suspects whose names […]

Legal watchdog warns budget cuts will damage justice

The Legal Services Consumer Panel has branded Ministry of Justice proposals to slice at least £220m from the criminal legal aid budget as unfair and likely to damage the quality of representation in courts and police stations. The strongly worded rejection of one of the key elements of the MoJ’s plans comes amid a swelling chorus of complaints from […]

Cuts in legal aid in Criminal courts expected to reach £370m

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. For a critique of the Governments policy on Legal aid cuts see an article by Anna Morris which appears […]

Turning the tide on compensation culture

Justice Minister Chris Grayling says major law changes are turning the tide on the growing compensation culture. Major law changes are turning the tide on the growing compensation culture which has forced up insurance premiums and left schools, groups and authorities fearful of staging events and activities, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said today. From today, […]

Proposed reforms to Rehabilitation of Offenders Act criticised – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

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 isolated error of judgment. Is it right that your prospective employer should be […]

Government to introduce new rules to limit unfair dismissal claims

The government intend to introduce new legislation to make it easier for employer to get rid of staff The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill has been put forward by business secretary Vince Cable as a measure to help Britain’s struggling businesses and to make Britain more “enterprise-friendly”. When announcing the proposals, he said: “We want to make sure […]

The Independent Police Complaints Commission to be given more staff to deal with complains against the Police.

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 of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the Home Secretary also announced: the […]

CCRC Triennial Review: Update from Ministry of Justice

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 of the functions of the CCRC, and for it to continue in its […]

We all all want kids to be safe but …

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 […]

Ministry of Justice announce plans for reform of judicial reviews

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 […]

Ministry of Justice to give more victims of crime access to restorative justice.

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

ISA vetting scheme halted

The vetting scheme for nine million people working with children and vulnerable adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has been halted. Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that registration, due to begin next month, has been put on hold. There will be a review of the entire vetting and barring scheme, with a scaling […]