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Legal News
8 Jul 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords [official website] on Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment [press release] that would have barred the prosecution of those who go abroad to help others commit assisted suicide. The proposed provision of the Coroners and Justice Bill [materials], which covered "acts not capable of encouraging … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Justice (MOJ) [official website] on Wednesday began the second stage of a consultation [text, PDF; press release] on giving certain prisoners the right to vote based on the length of their prison terms, seeking public input on what the maximum allowable term should be. The … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The UK justice minister told the House of Lords [official website] Tuesday that he has given authority to prison governors to "release on licence for offenders who are coming to the end of their sentence" [statement text] as a way to relieve overcrowding of prisons [BBC backgrounder; Guardian Q&A] … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile], the first Secretary of State of the new Ministry of Justice (MOJ) [official website], sought to resolve differences between the judiciary and the government over the recent split [JURIST report] of the MOJ from the Home Office [official website] Wednesday, speaking twice … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales told a British parliamentary committee [prepared statement] Tuesday that top judges were very concerned with the establishment of the new Ministry of Justice (MOJ) [official website] after they and the government failed to reach any agreement on resolution of constitutional problems … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] A crisis meeting of top British judges Tuesday called for constitutional protections in the face of the British government's creation of a new Ministry of Justice [official website]. Members of the Judge's Council [official website] and judges on the UK executive judicial board agreed to press their case with … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The new UK Ministry of Justice [official website] began operations Wednesday, as a controversial split of the traditional Home Office [official website] that is setting the British government against the judiciary went into effect. Lord Falconer of Thoroton [official profile], serving as the first Secretary of State for Justice, … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The English Lord Chancellor told a House of Lords committee Tuesday that the scheduled creation of a new Ministry of Justice split off from the traditional Home Office [official website] would go ahead later this month without any parliamentary bill and, if need be, over the objections of senior … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Lord Woolf [Wikipedia profile], former Lord Chief Justice of English and Wales, told BBC Radio in an interview [recorded audio] broadcast Tuesday that shifting the traditional position of Lord Chancellor [BBC backgrounder] into a new Ministry of Justice split off from the current Home Office [official website] represented a … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Britain's most senior judge assailed recent government sentencing guidelines in a speech [PDF] Thursday, warning that minimums set in 2003 threatened to eventually fill up the country's prisons with "geriatric lifers" and would have negative consequences for years to come. Speaking at Birmingham University, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile] on Wednesday backed a proposal to allow police officers to question terror suspects after they have been formally charged. Following a speech [text] defending the UK Human Rights Act [text; backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Falconer implied in response to questions that the … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid, Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer and Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profiles] wrote to British judges [HO press release] on Wednesday urging them to limit imposition of prison sentences to only the most dangerous criminals in order to help the government deal with prison overcrowding … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2007
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile], the country's most senior justice official, has drawn up plans to split Britain's Home Office [official website] into two departments covering justice and security matters respectively, according to a reports published Sunday in British papers. The change would be the most drastic … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Legal services in the UK are set to be revolutionized after the British government Friday published [press release] a much-anticipated bill [DCA materials] that would remove the right of the legal profession to regulate itself and would allow other businesses - such as banks and even, in theory, supermarkets … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website] has said that Britain's Human Rights Act [text; backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has "been used as a convenient scapegoat for unrelated administrative failings within government," in a new report [PDF text] released Tuesday. Several members of the British government, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Certain portions of British courtroom proceedings could be televised in the near future, according to the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) [official website], which is preparing to outline a proposal in a consultation paper to be released in the next few weeks. Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile], the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] UK Chancellor Gordon Brown [official profile] called for broader race hate laws after a British jury Friday acquitted [JURIST report] two British National Party [official party website] (BNP) members Friday of inciting racial hatred. The charges stemmed from 2004 speeches in West Yorkshire, taped by the BBC, in which … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] has advocated a range of criminal sentencing reforms for UK courts in a consultation paper [text, PDF] released Thursday that accords judges greater discretion to increase sentences for dangerous criminals and advises judges to explicitly state the minimum and maximum sentences for … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] called on the US Saturday to close down Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] at an International Bar Association event [event information] in Chicago. While acknowledging that the September 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] required a response to terrorism, he stressed that key … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday blasted the US for denying Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees adequate access to the judicial system. In a speech [text] delivered in Sydney, Australia, on "The Role of Judges in a Modern Democracy," Falconer, who also … [read more]

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