Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR, 10 May 2021


“Police will also be given new powers including Domestic Abuse Protection Notices providing victims with immediate protection from abusers, while courts will be able to hand out new Domestic Abuse Protection Orders to help prevent offending by forcing perpetrators to take steps to change their behaviour, including seeking mental health support or drug and alcohol rehabilitation.”

The most dangerous offenders — such as those found guilty of preparing or carrying out acts of terrorism where lives were lost or at risk — now face a minimum of 14 years in prison and up to 25 years on licence, with stricter supervision.

The Act builds on emergency legislation passed in February 2020, following the terrorist atrocities at Fishmongers’ Hall and in Streatham, which retrospectively ended automatic early release for terrorists serving standard determinate sentences. This forced them to spend a minimum two-thirds of their term behind bars before being considered for release by the Parole Board.

The new laws go further and allow courts to consider whether a much wider range of offences have a terror connection — for example an offence involving the supply or possession of firearms with a proven link to terrorist activity — and hand down tougher punishments. This also ends the prospect of terror offenders being released automatically before the end of their sentence.

“protects the public from potential risks, and bolsters the UK’s status as an attractive place to invest by providing more efficient clearance processes for relevant acquisitions and more certainty and transparency for investors and businesses.”


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