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Legal aid: indefensible cuts


This was the heading of the third leader of the ‘Observer’ on Sunday, and much of what follows comes from that leader.

In 2012, 15 year old Alex Kelly hanged himself. He was serving a 10-month sentence in a young offender institution, for burglary and theft from a vehicle. In a terrifyingly short and brutish life, at age six he had been taken into care having been repeatedly raped by a relative (not his father), leaving him profoundly emotionally damaged. The serious case review into his death found failings by a number of professionals. Read the full story

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Death in custody


333 people died in or immediately after police custody in the years 1999 to 2009,  according to statistics from the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The MoJ report that last year 58 prisoners committed suicide. Now, for the first time, police forces, prisons, youth detention centres and the UK Border Agency could face prosecution for corporate homicide if an individual dies in their custody.

Section 2(1)(d) of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 prescribes a duty of care to a person who, by reason of being a person within subsection (2), is someone for whose safety the organisation is responsible. Subsection (2) states that a person is within this subsection if – Read the full story

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Abolition of the office of the Chief Coroner


Last year this column had cause to comment several times on the bill that became the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 as it made its progress through Parliament. The Act received Royal Assent on 12 November 2009 after receiving, importantly in view of current events, cross-party support in both Houses of Parliament. Read the full story

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