JusticeWatch: Death by a thousand cuts

Posted by - 15th November 2019

Perverse incentives Conviction targets may be behind the decline in rape prosecutions which are at their lowest since 2008 – as revealed by freelance journalist Melanie Newman in an investigation for the Law Society Gazette. The CPS code of practice states that offenders must be charged if a conviction is in the public interest and is

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JusticeWatch: Two-tier justice

Posted by - 8th November 2019

Two-tier justice Maya Goodfellow wrote about the ‘dizzying maze’ that is the UK immigration system in a Guardian long read. ‘Support for immigration and asylum cases is almost non-existent unless you have the money to pay for it,’ she concluded. ‘When you are not allowed to work – as is the case for people seeking

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JusticeWatch: Courts ‘strained to breaking’

Posted by - 1st November 2019

Courts ‘strained to breaking’ MPs called for a ‘pause for breath’ on the government’s £1.2bn court modernisation programme as well as an ‘immediate moratorium’ on court closures (as reported on the Justice Gap). In a damning report that described the justice system as in ‘administrative chaos’, the House of Commons’ justice committee warned that the

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JusticeWatch: People in Wales ‘let down’ by justice system

Posted by - 25th October 2019

Commission on Justice for Wales Wales should have full control of its justice system with powers to run policing, prisons and appoint its own judges, says an independent commission (as reported by BBC News). People in Wales are ‘let down by the system in its current state’, concluded the Commission on Justice for Wales. ‘As

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JusticeWatch: Equal to everything

Posted by - 11th October 2019

Free SRA training There are a few places left on this FREE SRA Standards and Regulations Reforms course in Birmingham on Monday run by DG Legal. Get your tickets here: lnkd.in/deGRwaj Equal to everything Team Brenda on a fantastic night @UKSupremeCourt. Thank you so much to all our guests for making it such a warm

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JusticeWatch: Inequality of arms

Posted by - 4th October 2019

Priti scary ‘We are coming after you,’ threatened Priti Patel last week at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. The ‘you’ being criminals, of course (as opposed to voters in marginal seats). The home secretary, who described herself as a ‘daughter of immigrants’ who needed ‘no lectures from the north London metropolitan liberal elite’, promised

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JusticeWatch: Breaking point

Posted by - 27th September 2019

Breaking point The latest criminal court statistics ‘sparked alarm among lawyers’  over ‘appalling’ crime detection rates and a growing backlog of cases, reported Jemma Slingo for the Law Society’s Gazette (here). According to the MoJ stats, the number of Crown court receipts and disposals ‘have fallen steadily over the past three years. While receipts rose

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JusticeWatch: ‘Justice for the people – not the privileged few’

Posted by - 20th September 2019

Justice for the people – ‘not just the privileged few’ A Corbyn government would deliver ‘hundreds of new social welfare lawyers’, as well as set up ‘dozens more law centres in areas that have most suffered from Conservative cuts’. The new law centres would be occupied by 200 lawyers specialising in areas such as benefits,

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