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Closing the door on justice

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February 12, 2016 6 comments

legal aid

I have made no secret of my views on the government’s scandalous near abolition of legal aid. When the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, commonly known as LASPO, came into force on the highly appropriate April Fool’s Day 2013, it closed the door on public funding for most family cases. Some –…

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1.9 million domestic abuse victims last year

February 12, 2016 2 comments

family law

Around 1.9 people were victims of domestic abuse in the last year the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. These latest figures include 1.3 million women and 600,000 men across England and Wales were affected by emotional and financial abuse, as well as sexual abuse and violence. These numbers represent 8.2 per cent of…

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Ofsted plans children’s services re-inspection changes

February 12, 2016 0 comments

family law, children in care

Re-inspections of children’s services departments by Ofsted will in future be limited to areas of concern. Currently, when Ofsted returns to a local authority children’s department following an earlier ‘inadequate’ rating, the organisation conducts a complete second inspection, diverting time and resources away from the protection of vulnerable children. Re-inspections usually take place 18-24 months…

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Government announces 86 court closures

February 11, 2016 0 comments

Conservatives, family law

The government has announced its plan to close 86 county, family and tribunal courts around the country. In a written statement to Parliament earlier today Justice Minister Shailesh Vara said the decision was made following a consultation launched in July. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had sought input on plans to close 91 local courts….

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