Posted on 19 August 2011.
Margaret Thatcher’s priorities for the police were always clear. They were cosseted. Numbers, pay, overtime, the sky seemed to be the limit. Cynics would say that it was insurance for her contentious domestic policies, whether taking on the miners or introducing the poll tax.
David Cameron has been very different. It is almost as if he is determined to be confrontational, with swingeing cuts in budgets and numbers and a pay freeze. There have been critical speeches about police performance, culminating in the unseemly and very public spat about the initial reaction to the recent urban riots. Not to mention the blame game of the phone tapping scandal. Read the full story
Posted in Civil Law, Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice
Posted on 23 June 2009.
â€œExamples of poor or unnecessary use of section 44 [Terrorism Act 2000] abound. I have evidence of cases where the person stopped is so obviously far from any known terrorism profile that, realistically, there is not the slightest possibility of him/her being a terrorist… Read the full story
Posted in Civil Liberties
Posted on 27 October 2008.
The trouble with discussing the relationship between alcohol and driving is that the basic principles are so technical. Once you start talking about milligrams of alcohol per millilitres of blood most people are lost. Read the full story
Posted in Criminal Justice
Posted on 10 July 2008.
The Legal Services Commission has issued a press release to all Crime Contract holders regarding the recording of travel time in Police Station and Magistrates Court cases.
- From 1st July 2008, providers do not need to record travel time in police station cases unless those cases are classed as exceptional.
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Posted in Legal Aid