In an announcement on 5 June 2013, Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond introduced changes that will give the police the power to issue fixed penalty notices for careless driving and similar offences.
The recent news that the Ministry of Justice wants to introduce price-competitive tendering (PCT) for criminal legal aid, has led to a flurry of petitions being set up.
John Terry’s acquittal was a cold slap in the face to those unfamiliar with the UK court system.
Whether to prosecute or not is a decision that should be left, unsurprisingly, to the Prosecution. The fortitude of the indignant complainant, the aggrieved or the victim, is not the measure to which the State should decide whether or not a criminal sanction should be sought against a suspect.
What is a baffled Bench do, barking advocates spouting unfathomable legalese on one side of the courtroom, an inarticulate member of the criminal underclass slurring his words in the other?
We have a law that says that it is an offence to take part in behaviour that might be motivated by hatred of a religious group.
It is a fundamental principle that the law must be clearly defined. Never is this notion more apparent than when the status of person’s liberty is at stake.
Adam Clarke, a solicitor at Mary Monson Solicitors, argues that punishing some prisoners by denying them full UK voting rights is unconstitutional.