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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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,...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. David Allen Green

      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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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