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Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:29

Crumbling courts

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Hundreds of crumbling courts and tribunals have outstanding repair jobs, new figures have revealed, as officials deal with thousands of new requests every month.
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 15:30

Tougher sentences

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Tougher sentences and more police officers will not combat ‘decades of underfunding and mounting backlogs’, lawyers have said in response to the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 12:13

Court strike

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Staff at two Crown courts have voted to strike over Covid-19 safety concerns, according to an announcement by one of the UK’s largest trade unions.
Tuesday, 09 March 2021 10:45

Judges retirement

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Judges, magistrates and coroners will be allowed to work up until the age of 75, the government announced today.
Monday, 08 March 2021 14:42

International women's day

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Happy international women's day. 
Friday, 05 March 2021 10:24

Remote hearings

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A report by three major justice bodies published today has raised major concerns about the impact of remote legal assistance on suspects in police custody.
Friday, 05 March 2021 10:19

Stop and search

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Black people are nine times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched, according to a report published today by the inspectorate of constabulary, which says police forces still cannot fully explain why the controversial power is being used disproportionately.
Friday, 05 March 2021 09:40

Budget

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Lawyers' leaders have criticised Rishi Sunak for ‘turning a blind eye’ to the justice system with today’s Budget. Derek Sweeting QC said he was disappointed not to see the chancellor of the exchequer announce any extra funding to tackle the court backlog.
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 14:10

Youth court

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The youth courts have the same issues as the magistrates’ courts, but magnified,’ says criminal defence barrister Kirsty Day. ‘We’re not talking Wild West, but Wild Wild West.’
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 12:16

Legal aid review

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Legal aid lawyers cannot wait until a new government gets in to power pledging to save their sector, the shadow justice secretary said last week while urging the lord chancellor to deliver reform now.
Friday, 26 February 2021 11:44

Video remand hearings

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Several police stations have agreed to resume video remand hearings from their custody suites after the Ministry of Justice and Home Office agreed a joint funding arrangement, it has emerged.
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:09

18 year old in court

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A member of the commons justice select committee and former magistrate is proposing a bill that would ensure young defendants are treated as children by the justice system, even if they turn 18 before their first court appearance.
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:05

Cell inspections

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Public Health England has carried out onsite inspections of the cell areas at only two Crown courts, the Gazette can reveal, prompting calls for greater transparency over Covid safety measures.
Thursday, 18 February 2021 11:26

Age of criminal responsibility

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The director of public prosecutions has called into question the age of criminal responsibility amid fears too many children are facing adult justice.
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