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    1. February 2, 2016

      Tories back away from human rights pledge

      The government has backed away from an election promise to scrap European human rights legislation, with Michael Gove...

    2. January 29, 2016

      Justice ministry lost £1m on cancelled commercial venture

      The Ministry of Justice lost more than a million pounds on a commercial venture that sold consultancy and training to...

    1. January 19, 2016

      Cameron to stay at No 10 if voters back Brexit, Grayling says

      David Cameron will stay on as prime minister to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU if he loses his European...

    2. January 14, 2016

      Cameron tells Eurosceptics to remain civil

      David Cameron is to manage Tory tensions over Europe by telling Eurosceptic ministers they will not damage their...

    3. January 13, 2016

      Grayling launches attack on ‘disastrous’ EU membership

      Chris Grayling has become the first cabinet minister to openly question Britain’s membership of the EU, just days after...

    4. January 13, 2016

      UK parliament passes first English-only law

      Constitutional history was made in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening when the Housing and Planning bill was...

    5. January 11, 2016

      Cameron restricts Eurosceptic ministers’ ability to speak out

      David Cameron put his Eurosceptic ministers back on a leash as they prepare to speak out against British membership of...

    6. January 5, 2016

      Cameron gives Eurosceptics in cabinet free vote in EU poll

      David Cameron has confirmed he will let Eurosceptic ministers campaign for Britain to leave the EU in this year’s...

    7. January 5, 2016

      Cameron will allow ministers to campaign for Brexit

      David Cameron has said he will allow Eurosceptic cabinet ministers to campaign for Britain to leave the EU in this...

    8. December 3, 2015

      Michael Gove throws out mandatory court charge

      Michael Gove, the justice secretary, has scrapped a mandatory court charge barely nine months after it was introduced....

    9. November 18, 2015

      Campaigners fear watering down of Freedom of Information Act

      It was the policy that made Tony Blair call himself a “naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop” in his memoir. As...

    10. November 1, 2015

      Ministers prepare retreat over court fees after lawyers object

      Ministers are preparing the ground for a retreat over controversial court fees introduced earlier this year which can...

    11. October 27, 2015

      Commons leader warns of changes to Lords after tax credits defeat

      The Conservative leader of the House of Commons has warned “there will have to be change” in the House of Lords after...

    12. October 26, 2015

      Audit office to probe scheme to sell civil servants’ expertise

      The National Audit Office has launched an investigation into a Ministry of Justice scheme to sell civil servants’...

    13. September 1, 2015

      Brexit campaign targets 8 cabinet ministers

      Eight cabinet ministers have been approached by the start-up No campaign about possibly joining the push for Brexit,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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....

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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,...

    33. 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...

    34. October 3, 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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