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    1. 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 enormous...

    2. 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 backtracked...

    1. 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 hardens...

    2. 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 budget,...

    3. 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 MPs,...

    4. 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 justice...

    5. 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 difficulties in...

    6. 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. It has...

    7. 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 Asked...

    8. 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 under...

    9. 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 Aurelius...

    10. 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...

    11. 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, the...

    12. 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...

    13. 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 to...

    14. 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 society...

    15. 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, under...

    16. 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...

    17. 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 “emergency...

    18. 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 increased...

    19. 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 the...

    20. 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 decade,...

    21. 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 under...

    22. 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 government’s...

    23. 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 public...

    24. 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...

    25. 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 Friday...

    26. 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 if the...

    27. 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 part of...

    28. 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 British...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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