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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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