Our first roundup of the Hilary Term catches up on recent legal news and commentary, including a statue toppled, a child catcher caught, a half baked case, and the snapshot of a bygone scandal.

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Crime

Two recent cases on opposite sides of the Atlantic have raised questions about the role of the jury in criminal trials. Over here in the UK, more specifically England and Wales, a jury in Bristol which acquitted four defendants, Milo Ponsford, Sage Willoughby, Rhian Graham and Jake Skuse, who had…

In this last roundup of the Michaelmas Term, we look at human rights, secret justice, policing and some recent case law.

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Human Rights

The government has issued a consultation on its proposals to revise the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights, which they say is intended to “restore a proper balance between the rights of individuals, personal responsibility and the wider public interest”.

This consultation is aimed at…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes judicial diversity, family transparency, housing cases, crime and human rights, plus some recent case law.

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Judiciary

The Ministry of Justice last week published an Ad-Hoc Analysis of Judicial Diversity Statistics summarising the analysis of data from judicial selection exercises,

“in order to understand the differences in the progression of target groups in both legal and non-legal recruitment exercises, by controlling for the effect of selected factors…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes privacy and the press, crime and punishment, human rights, public order and recent case law.

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Media law

Private correspondence, sent by the Duchess of Sussex to her father, should not have been published in the Mail on Sunday. The Court of Appeal in HRH Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1810; [2021] WLR(D) 610, upheld the decision of Warby J [2021] EWHC 273…

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment includes the refugee crisis, new (but not new) pet theft and homicide laws, domestic abuse guidance, intellectual property star wars, omicronic covid regs, plus recent case law.

Immigration

The failure of the government’s post-Brexit border control and its policy in respect of immigration and asylum became horribly apparent in a week in which a boat full of refugees capsized in the English channel with the loss of most of those attempting to make the dangerous crossing in it…

This week’s roundup focuses on this year’s Bar Conference, plus other legal news and commentary including a new inquiry into the Novichok affair, a curb on juvenile nuptials, and some recent cases.

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Legal professions

This year’s conference took place remotely on 17 to 19 November, and in person (with live streaming) at…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes climate justice and diplomacy, public inquiries, judicial discipline, courts and recent case commentary.

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Environment

The COP 26 global summit on climate change in Glasgow ended with some notable achievements and some notable disappointments. Among the latter category the downgrading of the commitment…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes a pong from Parliament, too much hot air in Glasgow, a scandal in the post office, a green new prison, and international human rights; plus recent cases and commentary.

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Politics

The original Great Stink occurred in 1858 when the stench of sewage and effluent in the River Thames grew so insufferable that sittings in the expensive newly-built Houses of Parliament had to be suspended. According to one report at the time, “With ‘speeches shortened, threatened opposition withdrawn, bills discharged,’ the…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes legislation on assisted dying and the environment, judicial review under review, legal aid and support, and some recent case law. Meanwhile, back at HQ, we’re tremulously excited about the forthcoming launch of ICLR.4 in less than a week’s time.

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Legislation

The House of Lords has been debating the Assisted Dying Bill at its second reading. The bill has been introduced by Baroness Meacher, a cross-bench peer, and would apply only to the jurisdiction of England and Wales. According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) “assisted dying” was defined by proponents…

The ICLR

The ICLR publishes The Law Reports, The Weekly Law Reports and other specialist titles. Set up by members of the judiciary and legal profession in 1865.

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