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Probation companies tell staff not to report sentence breaches, finds watchdog

A new report by the probation watchdog (HMI Probation) has found that the new private Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) are telling staff not to take action against offenders who breach sentence terms, due to the risk of being fined. The

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Prison reform will fail unless safety and staff retention addressed, says Justice Committee

An action plan is “urgently needed to reverse…[the]…rapid deterioration” in prison safety, concludes a new report by the House of Commons Justice Committee. Published just prior to the government’s Queen’s Speech announcement of a major overhaul of prison services, the

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Napo Press release: Probation union gives qualified welcome to prison reform plans

Please see below for Napo’s response to the Prison and Courts Reform Bill announced in today’s Queen’s Speech: Napo the trade union for probation and family court workers has welcomed the general direction of the prison reforms that featured in

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Napo press release: National Audit Office – Transforming Rehabilitation

The following is a press release from Napo regarding the publication of a recent National Audit Office (NAO) report on the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms to probation services. We have explored the NAO report findings and new independent research commissioned

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Unaccountable providers, service chaos, workforce pushed to the limit: Probation after the ‘reforms’

A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) does not know how well the companies responsible for running probation services are performing, due to “limitations around data quality and availability.” The

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Harsh legal aid evidence tests for domestic violence are unlawful, rules Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has today ruled that the harsh evidence tests faced by victims of domestic violence when applying for legal aid are unlawful. The legal challenge was brought to the Court of Appeal by the Public Law Project

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MoJ reveals 15 closed courts remain unsold and empty, costing £40,000 a month

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has revealed that it has yet to dispose of 15 closed courts from a previous round of court closures, as it is poised to embark on the closure of a further 91 courts and tribunals

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Whistleblowing judge sues Ministry of Justice over courtroom dangers in an under-resourced system

District judge Claire Gilham is suing the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), having said that budget cuts and slashed legal aid have put pressure on the legal system and even exposed the judiciary to violence. In an interview with The Guardian,

Posted in Courts, News

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

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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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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