Parole Reform

Image credit: “Prison cell with bed” by Tim Pearce, Los Gatos is marked with CC BY 2.0. The Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, has announced a reform package for the parole system. A “Root and Branch” review focussed on the following areas: An evaluation of the parole reforms to date – looking at overall performance, the

Criminal charges and protests

Image credit: “File:Edward Colston – empty pedestal.jpg” by Caitlin Hobbs is marked with CC BY 3.0. The Attorney General has referred questions of law to the Court Appeal, acting in her role as the Guardian of the Public Interest. The questions concern the proper scope of defences to criminal charges that arise from protests and

Crackdown on waste crime

Image credit: “The great waste water streams of Phoenix” by kevin dooley is marked with CC BY 2.0. The Environment Agency Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan, has made a speech on waste crime at an event with Let’s Recycle and the Environmental Services Association.  The Executive said that he called waste crime the “new narcotics”

Prison places

[Image credit: “In prison, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all. Eldridge Cleaver” by katerha is marked with CC BY 2.0.    ] A government press release has the heading “thousands of new prison places to rehabilitate offenders and cut crime.” It seems odd when most

Pre-charge Privacy

[Image credit: “Privacy” by g4ll4is is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0  ] In a recent case, the Supreme Court considered the issue of privacy. The Court held that, in general, a person under criminal investigation has, prior to being charged, a reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of information relating to that investigation. BackgroundZXC (as

Use of a mobile phone or hand-held device

[Image:  “mobile phone mast” by osde8info is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 ] New regulations come into force on 25th March 2022, called the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2022. These regulations amend the definition of hand-held devices; these are the definitions that will be used to govern the use of mobile

Automated vehicles

[Image:  “Google Self-Driving Car” by *rboed* is licensed under CC BY 2.0  ] A joint report from the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission has been published. The topic is automated vehicles and makes recommendations for the safe and responsible introduction of self-driving vehicles. The Law Commission is the statutory

School absence

[Image:  “nostalgic school corridor” by Nao Iizuka is licensed under CC BY 2.0 ] The government has announced new proposals to address the way schools deal with avoidable absences. They refer to the current system as a postcode lottery with different approaches to sanctions across the country. Some local authorities did not issue any fines

Cyber laws

[Image: © Adrian Pingstone  ] The government has introduced a “new world-leading law” to ensure consumers are better protected from hackers on their phones, smart TVs, fitness trackers, tablets and other devices that connect to the internet. Why?Research has shown that as many as four in five manufacturers in the UK do not put in