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    1. David Allen Green

      July 13, 2015

      Michael Gove and the MoJ's change of tone

      If there is an epitome of just how bad the tenure was of the previous Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for...

    2. July 9, 2015

      Ministers delay ‘English votes’ plan

      Ministers have delayed plans to give additional voting rights to MPs from England and Wales on bills affecting their...

    1. July 3, 2015

      Cameron’s dangerous plan on English votes

      When Scotland voted to reject independence last year many assumed that the United Kingdom had been saved and the issue...

    2. July 2, 2015

      BBC’s ‘impartiality’ over Isis upsets UK ministers

      The BBC faced government criticism on Thursday after the broadcaster insisted it had to be impartial when reporting on...

    3. July 2, 2015

      SNP mocks Evel plans for Commons bills

      The Scottish National party has mocked the government over its proposals to give English MPs a veto over laws affecting...

    4. Off Message

      July 2, 2015

      The consequences of 'English Votes for English Laws'

      In a devolution debate in 1977, Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP for West Lothian asked: For how long will English...

    5. June 26, 2015

      Gove can rebalance British justice

      As Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling made himself so unpopular with lawyers that hundreds of them protested with an...

    6. June 23, 2015

      Gove softens tone in push for wider ‘gold standard’ in provision

      Michael Gove told wealthy law firms on Tuesday they had to contribute more to improve access to justice, as he...

    7. June 4, 2015

      Tories call for rethink on MPs’ pay rise

      Ministers have urged the Commons’ pay watchdog to abandon plans to increase MP salaries by £6,700 as the government...

    8. May 10, 2015

      Tory big guns return to pressing in-trays and unfinished jobs

      George Osborne George Osborne returns to the Treasury to continue trying to complete the job of balancing Britain’s...

    9. May 10, 2015

      David Cameron promises renewal — with familiar faces

      David Cameron will on Monday put the finishing touches to his cabinet and address his 330 newly elected Conservative...

    10. March 19, 2015

      UK justice secretary delays choice of prison chief inspector

      The appointment of the next chief inspector of prisons has been delayed until beyond the general election after the...

    11. February 18, 2015

      Super-prison project carries dangers, says watchdog

      The prisons watchdog has cast doubt on government plans to build super-prisons in the UK, warning that early...

    12. David Allen Green

      January 20, 2015

      The Ministry of Justice's commercial proposal to Saudi Arabia

      The Ministry of Justice for England and Wales (MoJ) wants to make money out of the punishment system of Saudi Arabia....

    13. FT Alphaville

      December 11, 2014

      Quindell in parliament

      Hat tip to the FT’s Henry Mance, who point us to a parliamentary question asked on December 1. From Hansard: Question...

    14. December 8, 2014

      Tougher US-style probation clamp called for in UK

      Criminals who break the terms of their probation while serving community orders could be sent to jail for up to a week...

    15. December 5, 2014

      Judge overturns ban on books being sent to UK jails

      A serial arsonist with a doctorate in English literature and a taste for the writings of the Roman emperor Marcus...

    16. November 14, 2014

      Fewer staff frustrate Clarke’s work ethic

      Staff shortages across prisons in England and Wales this year have been blamed for an increase in unrest, assaults and...

    17. October 29, 2014

      UK announces winners of privatised probation services contracts

      Two big UK outsourcing companies have won more than half the contracts to run probation services in England and Wales,...

    18. October 28, 2014

      House of Lords votes to amend criminal justice and courts bill

      The Ministry of Justice suffered a serious setback on Monday night when the House of Lords voted to amend part of its...

    19. October 3, 2014

      Tory resentment of Strasbourg comes to head

      The Tories have long resented the rulings of European human rights judges. On Friday they struck back. Announcing plans...

    20. October 2, 2014

      A human rights distortion that has harmed UK sovereignty

      The edifice of human rights law now in force in Britain traces its origins to our forebears’ efforts to reconstruct...

    21. October 2, 2014

      UK Conservative party set to defy Europe on human rights

      Britain will quit the European Court of Human Rights unless other countries agree to let the UK disregard its rulings,...

    22. September 19, 2014

      UK ministers acted illegally over cut in criminal legal aid

      The High Court has dealt a blow to plans to cut criminal legal aid by ruling that the government acted illegally over a...

    23. August 22, 2014

      Prisons at breaking point, say justice campaigners

      When inspectors made a surprise visit to an east London prison this year, they found inmates under the grip of an...

    24. August 19, 2014

      Justice secretary Chris Grayling denies crisis in UK prisons

      Chris Grayling, justice secretary, has acknowledged that prisons in England and Wales are facing pressure from...

    25. August 17, 2014

      Human rights reform unlikely ‘without leaving EU’

      Senior Conservatives’ desire to claw back human rights powers from Europe could prove unworkable unless the UK leaves...

    26. July 31, 2014

      Rise in UK jail deaths blamed on budget cuts

      The number of prisoners who die in custody has jumped by almost a quarter to reach its highest level for nearly a...

    27. July 3, 2014

      Parliament to probe role of lord chancellor

      The 900-year-old role of Britain’s lord chancellor, who officially ensures the independence of the courts, will come...

    28. June 29, 2014

      Bids for £800m privatisation of probation service due on Monday

      Private companies are finalising bids for £800m a year in contracts to run UK probation services, one of the...

    29. June 13, 2014

      Overcrowded prisons ordered to take more inmates

      Prisons in England and Wales that are nearing full capacity have been ordered to take additional inmates because the...

    30. David Allen Green

      June 5, 2014

      Does a lord chancellor really need to be a lawyer?

      Last weekend the Sunday Mirror reported, almost in passing, that Chris Grayling may be sacked from the UK cabinet: So...

    31. May 23, 2014

      Richard III relatives lose battle for consultation over burial

      The final resting place of the last medieval king of England looks set to be in Leicester after the High Court on...

    32. May 16, 2014

      Conservative right wing backs down from Cameron revolt

      David Cameron’s critics on the Conservative right have abandoned plans for a full-scale revolt against his leadership...

    33. May 6, 2014

      Tougher penalties for drivers who cause death

      The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will toughen sentences for drivers who cause death when already banned from driving as...

    34. May 2, 2014

      Legal aid cannot be compromised

      For almost 70 years the provision of state-funded legal aid to some defendants has been an essential feature of the...

    35. March 25, 2014

      MPs back review of penalties for non-payment of TV licence fee

      MPs have backed plans to review the penalties for failure to pay the TV licence fee, paving the way for the possible...

    36. March 9, 2014

      BBC ‘should consider scrapping UK licence fee’

      The BBC could offer to scrap the licence fee from 2020 if upcoming funding negotiations with the government turn sour,...

    37. March 7, 2014

      Grim verdict delivered over deep cuts to legal aid

      The steps of Old Palace Yard opposite the House of Commons resembled an impromptu robing room on Friday as 1,000...

    38. February 27, 2014

      Government to press ahead with legal aid cuts

      The UK government confirmed on Thursday it will continue with its planned cuts to the £1bn criminal legal aid budget,...

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