Posted on 03 October 2011.
One of the commitments in the Coalition Agreement was the repeal of unnecessary or outdated legislation. The government is now consulting on a bill to implement this commitment.
The Ministry of Justice is collating suggestions for repeal based on the following criteria: Read the full story
Posted in Law Updates
Posted on 29 July 2010.
One of the more surprising pledges in the Coalition programme for government was to extend anonymity in rape cases to defendants. Such a move would turn the clock back to 1976, when the Sexual Offences Act introduced anonymity for those accused of rape. That provision was repealed in 1988. Shortly after Read the full story
Posted in Case Law, Criminal Justice, Law Updates
Posted on 28 June 2010.
The Government has wasted no time in pursuing its aim to review the legal aid system as promised in the Coalition programme for government published in May.
In a written ministerial statement to Parliament on 23 June, Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke set out the background of the Government’s immediate priority to reduce Read the full story
Posted in Criminal Justice, Law Updates, Legal Aid
Posted on 24 May 2010.
Blog “Civil liberties and the coalition government“, posted last Monday, dealt with the initial Tory and Liberal coalition agreement. It was to be followed in due course by a final and fully comprehensive agreement, and now, surprisingly early, comes that agreement. It is a schedule of over 400 objectives Read the full story
Posted in Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Law Updates
Posted on 17 May 2010.
Party manifestos are really little more than wish lists. But the unprecedented Tory and Liberal coalition agreement, produced at breakneck speed, and to be followed in due course by a final and fully comprehensive agreement, is something else. It is little short of a Queen’s speech for a whole parliament. Section 10 of the agreement is about civil liberties. The preamble states: Read the full story
Posted in Civil Liberties, Law Updates