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  1. 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...

  2. 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, a...

  1. 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 barristers...

  2. 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, in a...

  3. February 18, 2014

    Court overrules human rights objection on whole-life sentences

    The Court of Appeal says judges can continue to impose whole-life sentences on criminals, setting up a potential showdown...

  4. February 9, 2014

    UK MPs to vote over ban on smoking in cars carrying children

    Smokers in England will soon be banned from smoking in cars with children inside, if MPs vote in favour of a ban as expected...

  5. February 7, 2014

    High Court rejects union plea on employment tribunal fees

    The High Court has rejected a trade union plea to halt the government’s imposition of fees on workers who bring employment...

  6. January 22, 2014

    Probation outsourcing plan sparks concern among MPs

    The UK justice secretary’s plans to outsource up to 70 per cent of probation services have prompted “major concerns” about...

  7. December 12, 2013

    Bids to run prison services worth £100m

    Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, is to go ahead with outsourcing maintenance of more than a hundred public sector...

  8. November 22, 2013

    Serco misses out as Chris Grayling shelves Yorkshire prisons deal

    Government plans to contract out three South Yorkshire prisons to Serco have been shelved following a fraud investigation...

  9. October 23, 2013

    Chris Grayling seeks to cut cost of car insurance

    Plans to make whiplash victims sit through examinations by independent medical panels will form the centrepiece of a package...

  10. September 19, 2013

    MoJ invites tenders for contracts to rehabilitate offenders

    Security and justice contractors are being invited to bid for £450m of work supervising the rehabilitation of offenders, as...

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    September 16, 2013

    Why judicial review matters, and why Grayling's attack on it is wrong-headed

    Chris Grayling, the justice secretary and lord chancellor, is attacking judicial review. He has derided it in the Daily...

  12. September 6, 2013

    Planning court mooted to speed developments

    Ministers want to set up a specialist court to fast-track judicial reviews on planning applications, in an attempt to ease...

  13. September 5, 2013

    UK ditches plan to award legal aid contracts to lowest bidder

    The UK government has abandoned contentious plans to award legal aid contracts to the lowest bidder, although it will press...

  14. August 28, 2013

    Police to investigate Serco over prisoner escorts

    Serco, the support services group, is to be investigated by police after the Ministry of Justice said it had uncovered...

  15. August 20, 2013

    Grayling calls for G4S and Serco revamps

    Security companies G4S and Serco will have to go through a process of “corporate renewal” if they are to be considered for...

  16. August 6, 2013

    G4S pulls out of bid for tagging contract amid charging review

    Security provider G4S has withdrawn its bid for a multimillion pound contract to monitor criminals electronically, after an...

  17. July 25, 2013

    Government considers hiving off courts to independent corporation

    The government is considering setting up an independent public interest corporation to take control of courts and tribunals...

  18. July 12, 2013

    G4S and Serco tagging dispute puts outsourcing policy in spotlight

    A dispute over whether two of the country’s biggest outsourcing companies have overcharged taxpayers has turned a spotlight...

  19. July 12, 2013

    A telling failure at G4S

    There is a revealing line on slide six of an investor presentation put together in 2012 by G4S: “Government represents more...

  20. July 11, 2013

    Yet again G4S steps forward into line of MPs’ fire

    There is something delicious about MPs demanding an investigation into over-billing the state. The inmates of Wormwood...

  21. July 11, 2013

    G4S faces fraud probe over tagging contracts

    The reputation of security company G4S hit a new low after ministers urged the Serious Fraud Office to investigate...

  22. June 26, 2013

    Spending review: Holdouts get best deal

    If George Osborne ever conducts another spending review, his cabinet colleagues have learnt one thing from Wednesday's...

  23. June 6, 2013

    Chris Grayling opposes EU data plans as harmful to business

    Consumers could end up with higher insurance premiums and small businesses burdened with red tape, the justice secretary...

  24. May 31, 2013

    English law should not be sold to the lowest bidder

    Sally Clark spent more than three years in prison before she was cleared of murdering her children. Legal aid meant she...

  25. May 29, 2013

    Osborne threatens overspending ministers with ‘star chamber’

    Defiant ministers will be hauled in front of a “star chamber” of senior colleagues to thrash out their spending plans if...

  26. May 28, 2013

    Plans for wholesale privatisation of courts service denied

    Justice ministers have denied they are planning a “wholesale privatisation” of the courts service but admitted to seeking...

  27. May 20, 2013

    An inquisitor for our times

    How executives in Britain must dread the letter saying: “You have been invited to give evidence to the Commons public...

  28. May 20, 2013

    Ministers delay prison outsourcing amid tagging probe

    Justice ministers have delayed the outsourcing of five prisons to the private sector, following last week’s discovery of...

  29. May 9, 2013

    Chris Grayling to outsource £500m worth of probation contracts

    Security companies and charities working with offenders will be able to bid for new probation contracts worth £500m a year,...

  30. May 9, 2013

    Chris Grayling to outsource £500m worth of probation contracts

    Security companies and charities working with offenders will be able to bid for new probation contracts worth £500m a year,...

  31. April 30, 2013

    Prisoners to face tougher jail regime

    UK prisoners are to work longer hours and have restricted access to television and violent or sexually explicit films, under...

  32. April 29, 2013

    Drive for NHS to share pain of savings

    Cabinet ministers will on Tuesday mount a collective attack on the “ringfence” protecting the NHS from budget cuts, as the...

  33. April 23, 2013

    Restrictions applied to judicial reviews

    Applicants seeking a judicial review are to be subject to new charges and shortened deadlines in order to cut down on what...

  34. April 9, 2013

    Grayling: Criminals ‘should pay cost of running courts’

    The British justice secretary said on Tuesday that criminals should pay for the cost of running the courts out of their...

  35. March 5, 2013

    Offenders in UK face paying legal bills

    Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, has said he will claw back money from criminals if the taxpayer has to pick up their...

  36. March 5, 2013

    MPs criticise prison closures

    The government should reconsider plans to close prisons as staff cuts and overcrowding have already endangered wardens and...

  37. February 22, 2013

    Regulation of will writing on the cards

    Greater protection for those making a will could be introduced later this year. Following a two-year investigation, the...

  38. February 14, 2013

    G4S wins two-year centre extension

    G4S has won a two-year extension to its contract to run a children’s centre in Kent – the first deal awarded by the British...

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