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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...

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    1. Guide to Schools

      A look at UK education in 2014, from the politics of public versus private schooling t...
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    1. January 28, 2016

      Gove scraps planned changes to legal aid

      Michael Gove is to drop planned changes to legal aid, in the fifth shift away from the more authoritarian stance of the...

    2. 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...

    3. January 4, 2016

      Cameron puts off plans for Saudi visit after executions

      After coming under pressure to review Britain’s links with Riyadh, David Cameron has put off plans to visit Saudi...

    4. December 18, 2015

      Gove apologises for divorce form error

      An error in an online form used to calculate the financial assets of thousands of couples seeking divorce is to be...

    5. 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....

    6. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: developers keep watch on Holloway prison site

      Holloway prison in Islington, north London, is to close in less than a year and the site sold for redevelopment as a...

    7. November 17, 2015

      Lord chief justice calls for review of court fees

      A controversial criminal courts charge defendants have had to pay since April has “not gone correctly”, according to...

    8. November 9, 2015

      UK to build 9 prisons and sell outdated ones for housing

      Sites around Britain where some of the country’s most notorious prisoners have been held are set to attract more...

    9. November 6, 2015

      Osborne to turn screws on cabinet colleagues resisting cuts

      George Osborne will turn the screws on those senior cabinet colleagues who are resisting cuts next week as the Treasury...

    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 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’...

    12. October 19, 2015

      Ministers feel pinch as Osborne deadline spurs tough cuts talks

      George Osborne’s spending review is reaching what football managers would call “the business end”. Between now and...

    13. October 17, 2015

      Why grammar schools are not the real issue

      This week, the government approved the first new grammar school for 50 years. Or so the headlines would have you...

    14. October 16, 2015

      Michael Gove’s valiant stand over Saudi human rights

      Western governments face tricky ethical questions when dealing with authoritarian states. In Britain’s case, few...

    15. October 16, 2015

      Tories urged to show caution on European human rights

      The UK has been urged by Europe’s top human rights watchdog not to endanger freedoms in Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere...

    16. October 13, 2015

      UK withdraws bid for contract with Saudi justice system

      The British government has pulled out of a controversial £5.9m prisons training contract with Saudi Arabia after signs...

    17. September 15, 2015

      Moves to oust G4S and Serco as tagging suppliers fail

      Attempts to replace G4S and Serco as suppliers of electronic monitoring tags after they were caught overcharging the...

    18. David Allen Green

      September 11, 2015

      Gove's Saudi problem and how he should solve it

      The UK’s Ministry of Justice made a welcome announcement this week: “Just Solutions International” is to cease to...

    19. August 16, 2015

      Gove calls for BBC licence fee reform

      The UK justice secretary has urged colleagues to consider decriminalising non-payment of the BBC licence fee, citing...

    20. August 6, 2015

      Kids Company founder hits back at government

      The founder of the children’s charity formerly favoured by David Cameron has accused the media and civil servants of...

    21. July 24, 2015

      PM plots British Bill of Rights ahead of EU referendum

      David Cameron is planning to push through his British Bill of Rights next year ahead of an in-out referendum on UK...

    22. July 17, 2015

      Michael Gove considers early release for studious inmates

      Prisoners could be offered early release if they can prove they have undertaken “serious educational activity” while in...

    23. July 14, 2015

      English jails in worst state for a decade, inspector says

      Jails in England and Wales are in their worst state for a decade as governors battle surges in serious violence, staff...

    24. 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...

    25. July 12, 2015

      Michael Gove overturns ban on receiving books in prison

      Prisoners will be able to receive books as gifts direct from relatives and friends rather than being restricted to...

    26. Off Message

      June 29, 2015

      Can companies be shamed into paying higher wages?

      Iain Duncan Smith has said he wants employers to pay higher wages to employees who receive tax credits. Like other...

    27. 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...

    28. June 24, 2015

      Court reforms may take guilty pleas online

      Defendants in certain criminal cases could be able to plead guilty online as part of the sweeping overhaul of the...

    29. 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...

    30. June 23, 2015

      Britain’s justice system is in serious need of repair

      Michael Gove, Britain’s justice secretary, is not one to shy away from a fight. When he was in charge of education he...

    31. June 22, 2015

      Michael Gove urges overhaul of criminal courts

      The UK court system is in need of urgent reforms such as using technology to streamline inefficient bureaucracies,...

    32. June 21, 2015

      Gove plans freedom of information crackdown

      Ministers are planning a crackdown on Britain’s freedom of information laws in a move critics say undermines David...

    33. June 14, 2015

      Michael Gove shakes up board at Ministry of Justice

      New justice secretary Michael Gove has appointed a Tory party donor as non-executive director in a shake-up of the...

    34. May 11, 2015

      Conservative party sets sights on scrapping human rights act

      When the Conservatives return to parliament next week unshackled from coalition government, they will immediately fire...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. May 1, 2015

      Sturgeon shrugs off Labour opposition to post-election deal

      Nicola Sturgeon has shrugged off Ed Miliband’s opposition to a post-election deal between Labour and her Scottish...

    38. April 16, 2015

      Historian Tristram Hunt puts skills at centre of education’s future

      Tristram Hunt, television historian, son of a Labour peer, expensively educated, alumnus of the Cambridge Footlights,...

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