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“Our system of justice has become unaffordable to most” says UK’s most senior judge,

Speak up for Justice, together with other justice campaigners, have argued that the government’s cuts and reforms to the system have had a detrimental impact on access to justice. The Lord Chief Justice, in his latest report has stated that: Our

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Unrepresented defendants negatively affect court proceedings, finds survey of magistrates

A survey by the Magistrates’ Association (MA) together with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism earlier this year revealed the shocking impact of cuts to legal aid and the rise in defendants representing themselves (called ‘litigants-in-person’ (LIPs), with magistrates warning of

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Justice Committee calls on government to scrap criminal courts charge, in new report

court gavel. Photo by Jo Gratz

The House of Commons Justice Committee has today released a report which calls for the repeal of the criminal courts charge, introduced in April 2015, just prior to the general election. The report considers the effects of the introduction of

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Government’s new police funding formula flawed

The Home Office’s new funding formula for policing has been described as “fundamentally flawed” by Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy. The formula was supposed to address the ‘complex and opaque’ way in which central government funding is allocated to different

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Selling off police services in an age of austerity

On 4 November three police forces, Leicester, Nottinghamshire and Northants, announced they are considering outsourcing their control room and have asked multinational G4S to carry out a feasibility study to see what they can offer – this will include dealing with 999

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Highest prison injury and death figures for a decade reveal system out of control

Main gate to HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs, London. Photo by  Petr Brož

New statistics released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reveal that 267 people have died in prisons in England and Wales in the 12 months up to the end of September 2015, an increase of 33 compared to the 12

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Government makes embarrassing u-turn over plans to privatise court fines enforcement

The government has made a u-turn over its plans to privatise court fine enforcement. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has notified its employees that the National Compliance and Enforcement Service will remain within Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS),

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Court fees put justice beyond reach of majority, says Lord Chief Justice

The government has made much of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, while cutting, reforming and marketising justice services – at the expense of access to justice for all. In a highly critical speech, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of

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Volunteer ‘home guard’ to stand in for police, as more cuts planned

A PCSO (lef) and a Police Constable (right) on foot patrol. Photo by West Midlands Police

The Home Office has announced a consultation on ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers‘, aiming to give Chief Constables much greater flexibility in designating powers on police staff and volunteers. Crucially, the government propose enabling volunteers to be

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New figures reveal victims face a ‘postcode lottery’ in the justice system

Source: BBC, http://bbc.in/1ir5am5

The BBC has obtained figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) revealing that victims face a ‘postcode’ lottery in the justice system. The figures show that magistrates in England and Wales, whose courts process about 90 per cent of all

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Justice is under attack

The government is fragmenting the justice system, privatising policing, probation and prison services, closing courts, slashing the legal aid budget and making drastic cuts to funding. This will undermine the system, reduce access to justice and put public safety at risk.

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