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Environmental campaigners have defeated a ‘draconian’ injunction against anti-fracking protests. The injunction had been granted to the energy giant Ineos and, according to Friends of the Earth who intervened in the appeal, there are now court orders granted to five fossil fuel companies presently in force at sites spread across ten counties. The Court of Appeal […]
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A woman who was sued by her ex-husband over comments made on Facebook that he ‘tried to strangle’ her has won her appeal, in a unanimous judgment handed down by the Supreme Court this morning. Nicola Coates (formerly Stocker) had made the remarks against Reginald Stocker during a Facebook exchange in 2012. Mr Stocker brought […]
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MPs have called on the government to consider scrapping sentences of up to a year in a report published this morning on the ‘enduring’ crisis in our prisons. Over the past 25 years the prison population had grown exponentially from 44,246 in 1993 to 82,384. ‘We are now in the depths of an enduring crisis […]
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There has been 16-fold rise in the use of ‘section 60’ stop and search powers by the Metropolitan Police in the last three years. The powers under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act allow officers to stop anyone in a area without reasonable grounds for suspicion . Yesterday the prime minister hosted a ‘knife […]
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Hackney Community Law Centre faces closure after the council this week voted through a 45% cut to its funding. According to the Hackney Citizen, the law centre saw a cut of £60,000 to its debt advice service last year, and has already seen a drop in its council funding of 56% since October 2017. ‘We know […]
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Sunday is Mother’s Day and March has been women’s history month. Natalie Smith writes about a mother whose grief and anger fuelled her fight for justice which has not stopped. Doreen Lawrence took on the criminal justice system and changed it. In 1993, nearly 26 years ago, Doreen Lawrence’s eldest son was murdered. Stephen was 18 […]
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More than half of deportations from the UK are called off and, of that number, one third are cancelled because of new legal arguments. According to figures revealed through a freedom of information request made by the Independent, of 24,674 removal directions issued last year, 15,200 were cancelled. More than two-thirds were called off within […]
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Chris Grayling’s part-privatisation of probation was ‘irredeemably flawed’ and caused professional ethics to ‘buckle’ under commercial pressures, according to the probation watchdog. In her annual repot published today, Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey offered a scathing assessment of the 2013 reforms under which the bulk of probation work was contracted out to the […]
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Ebbw Vale is an hour by train from Cardiff, a journey through the Welsh valleys that offers reminders of its industrial past: the redundant pithead at Cwm, the last deep mine in the area, to Ebbw Vale Parkway station on the site of the world-famous steelworks that once employed 13,000 but closed in 2002. “You […]
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A new study of women serving indeterminate sentences has called on the government to convert imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentences to fixed terms sentences, and to reverse the burden of proof on parole boards so they have to demonstrate prisoners pose a risk. The research for the Griffin Society by solicitor Sarah Smart provides the […]
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