It’s “not the right time” for a review of marriage law

October 27, 2017 2 comments

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Now is not the time to review marital law, the Justice Minister has insisted in a new letter to the Law Commission. In a belated response to a ‘scoping’ paper published by the Commission in December 2015, Dominic Raab acknowledges the Commission’s proposal to “review the law of marriage ceremonies in England and Wales”. Their…

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Care system linked to crime

October 23, 2017 5 comments

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Children who are exposed to the care system at a young age are more likely to become involved in crime as teenagers, government research has found. A new analysis by the Ministry of Justice cross-references youngsters who were the subject of welfare interventions by social workers while young with those whose names later ended up…

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More than a third of cases now unrepresented

October 1, 2017 2 comments

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No less than 36 per cent of all family court cases now feature unrepresented litigants on both sides, new figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal. A total of 13,029 new private law cases – i.e. disputes between individuals – were launched between April and June, three per cent more than in the same period…

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Maintenance variation, adultery and more

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August 18, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The proper approach to applications to vary maintenance orders is to be considered by the Supreme Court, in the case Mills v Mills. The facts of the case are that the parties were divorced in 2002. Their financial claims were settled by a consent order which, amongst other things, provided…

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Visits from family reduce reoffending

August 15, 2017 2 comments

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Prisoners who regularly receive visits from family members are much less likely to reoffend according to new research. Reoffending rates fall by as much as 39 per cent when family members remain involved, according to the Ministry of Justice report. The finding is based on an analysis conducted by Tory peer Lord Farmer and the…

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Transparency, cross-examination and more

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May 26, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A Norwich man has demanded that Judges publish details of his long-running dispute over contact with his daughter. He claims to have run up costs of half a million pounds, and says that dozens of hearings have taken place before numerous judges, but every hearing has been held in private…

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Ministry of Justice drags feet on domestic violence data

May 24, 2017 2 comments

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner for failing to respond to a request for domestic violence data in a timely manner. An unnamed complainant had sent the Ministry a very detailed Freedom of Information request for data from the third quarter of the year relating to the various legal…

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Probate fees to rise 9,000%

March 7, 2017 0 comments

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The administration fees for dealing with probate cases could go up by a staggering 9,000 per cent later this month. In May, estates valued at over £2 million will be charged £20,000 by the Probate Registry. This is the government service which deals with the paperwork to determine who will control a person’s finances and…

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