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The resurgence of the privacy injunction?

According to official statistics published by the Ministry of Justice, there were, between July and December 2017, eight new applications for interim privacy injunctions, all of which were granted (available here). This was the highest number of successful new applications in a six-month period since 2012.  Is the privacy injunction making a return? This higher…

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Decline in the number of prosecutions as reports of white-collar crime rise

Figures provided by the Ministry of Justice, pursuant to a freedom of information request, display a decline in the number of white-collar crimes prosecuted in England and Wales in 2016.  There was, however, in the same year, a spike in the number of white-collar crimes reported, sparking questions over whether police forces and the Serious…

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Leigh Day's Iraq conduct in the firing line.

Three human rights lawyers from firm Leigh Day have appeared before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) accused of knowingly bringing false claims that British troops ‘mutilated, tortured and killed’ Iraqi civilians. Opening submissions from the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) provide some very interesting insights. The al-Sweady inquiry, named after a 19-year-old Iraqi killed by British…

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Pilot scheme to allow cameras into Crown Courts for the first time

A three-month pilot scheme allowing filming in Crown Courts has been proposed by the Ministry of Justice in a bid for more “openness and transparency” in the legal system.  Pending approval from the House of Commons cameras would be allowed to film the sentencing remarks of judges at the pilot courts of the Old Bailey, Southwark,…

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Increased court fees denying access to justice claims Master of the Rolls

Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson, the country’s most senior civil judge, has expressed his concern over the effect of large year’s increase in court fees.  In March 2015 fees for claims valued at £10,000 or above began attracting a court fee of 5%.  This resulted in some fees increasing by nearly 600%. The ‘enhanced fees’ that were introduced…

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Government abandons plans for corporate liability for failure to prevent economic crime

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the government no longer intends to introduce legislation which would make corporations criminally liable for “failing to prevent economic crime”. The proposed offence was announced by Attorney-General Jeremy Wright in September 2014 and featured in the Conservatives’ election manifesto.  The legislation would have put a great onus on…

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High Court rules criminal legal aid reform illegal

In London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v The Lord Chancellor [2014] EWHC 3020 (Admin) Mr Justice Burnett held that the Lord Chancellor’s failure to disclose the findings of two key reports on plans to introduce new dual criminal legal aid contracts was ‘so unfair as to result in illegality’.  The…

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Justice secretary says cautions to be scrapped for serious offences

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has said that the government will ban the police from issuing unconditional cautions to suspects who admit ‘indictable-only’ offences.  These are offences that can only be tried in the Crown Court such as manslaughter, robbery and rape.  It is also proposed that unconditional cautions will be scrapped for other serious offences, specifically…

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MoJ announces new 'super-prison' while also confirming closures

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed its plans to build a super-prison at an estimated cost of £250 million while simultaneously announcing the closure of four existing prisons. HMP Reading, HMP Blundeston, HMP Dorchester and HMP Northallerton will close within six months (by March 2014).   The closures will mean that around 700 jobs are at…

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Government seeks to curb judicial review

The Ministry of Justice has announced that it plans to reform the judicial review process in order to reduce “weak or ill-conceived cases” and ease the burden on the courts. Judicial review is the process by which individuals can apply to the Administrative Court to review the decision of a public body on the grounds of…

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