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Monday, 08 July 2019 10:06

Tougher sentences

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Courts are expected to get tougher on people who vandalise listed buildings, start a fire at a school or cause criminal damage at a train station under guidelines unveiled today. 
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The number of legal aid cases concluded in crown courts has dropped significantly in the last three years, despite a rise in serious crime.
Thursday, 04 July 2019 11:53

Secure school

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The UK’s first secure school – an education-focused alternative to youth jails – is to be run by an academy trust that specialises in schools in deprived areas. Oasis Charitable Trust, which runs 52 academies across England, will manage the secure school on the site of the Medway secure training centre in Kent.
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 10:41

Cut out and keep

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A man has been convicted of making a 3D printed gun – apparently, it’s the first time someone has been convicted of such an offence.
Tuesday, 02 July 2019 10:57

Pre sentence reports

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Charities are calling on the government to strengthen the law so that anyone being considered for a prison sentence must have a pre-sentence report before a court can imprison them. 
Monday, 01 July 2019 12:36

Stop faffing about calls the judge

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Scenes* here at Swansea Crown,’ tweeted Dan Evans – aka @EvansTheCrime, crime correspondent the of South Wales Evening Post. 
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Families of victims killed in the London Bridge attack have been told it is not in the public interest for them to receive state funding for legal representation.
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 10:45

Justice report

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A new report by the law reform group JUSTICE made the controversial proposal that paedophiles found watching child sex abuse images should escape prosecution and instead be sent on ‘a life skills’ course. ‘Thousands of first-time offenders would attend courses, similar to drinkdriving programmes designed to change behaviour,’ said The Times.
Monday, 24 June 2019 09:11

Bail reform fails

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A change in the bail regime to prevent suspects being left indefinitely under suspicion seems to have backfired (as was widely predicted by defence lawyers). 
Thursday, 20 June 2019 10:32

Forensic volunteers.....

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Forensic mess. More evidence (as if more was needed) about the lamentable state of the market in forensics. 
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 12:38

Impact of austerity

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The physical decay of public buildings was the most obvious manifestation of the impact of austerity, wrote Steven Littlewood, the national officer at the FDA union (which covers the CPS) for The Justice Gap.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 10:27

On the brink of collapse (again)

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There is never any shortage of alarming reports about the woeful state of our criminal system these days and this week was no exception. Chancery Lane this morning warned that the system was on ‘the brink of collapse’ with ‘every part of the process floundering’.In a new report, the Law Society reckons that legal aid means test is now set at such a rock bottom level that people earning as little as £12,475 could be ineligible for legal aid in the magistrates’ court.
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Jails should stop releasing prisoners on Fridays because it increases reoffending and drug abuse, Government’s advisers have warned.
Friday, 14 June 2019 09:47

CPS facing judicial review

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The Crown Prosecution Service is to face a judicial review challenge over allegedly covert policy changes that are blamed for a dramatic collapse in the number of rape cases going to court.
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