Brexit - The European Parliament has published a study on the consequences of Brexit on acquired rights of EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in the EU-27. This is a very important aspect of Brexit and it will have to be adequately addressed during negotiations with the EU. It will be recalled that a considerable number of British citizens living in other EU member states were not permitted to vote in the 2016 referendum - see post of 24th May 2016.
Study: The impact and consequences of Brexit on acquired rights of EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in the EU-27
Hillsborough - the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has issued this update dated 12th May 2017. For the Inquest see post of 26th April 2016.
See also The Guardian 13th May - Scores of convictions in doubt amid forensic test manipulation claims
Serious prison problems - one dreadful statistic is that there were 119 suicides in prisons during 2016 - The Guardian 5th May - Government response to UK's soaring prison suicide rate has been pitiful. According to the article the prison population is in the region of 85,000 and this is being managed by much reduced levels of staff. On 2nd May, the Joint Committee on Human Rights issued an interim report - Mental Health and Deaths in Prison. This is NOT the first report on prison suicides. The Harris Review examined suicides among 18 to 24 year olds in the period 1st April 2007 to 31st December 2013.
The bar and pro bono work - Criminal Barrister has commented about barristers and pro bono work - I'm (Not) Free! See also Bar Pro Bono Hub.
Election Expenses in 2015 - Secret Barrister has examined the allegations relating to election expenses during the 2015 general election campaign - Myth-busting the "Tory election fraud" - a 10 point guide. The post begins - "The Crown Prosecution Service today announced that, following a police investigation into allegations relating to Conservative Party candidates’ expenditure during the 2015 General Election campaign, no charges will be brought. Fourteen police forces submitted files of evidence for the CPS to consider, said to show that candidates and their agents had submitted inaccurate expenditure returns and, in the case of all but one (a decision on which is pending), the CPS have concluded that no criminal charges should be authorised."
Ivy Williams - It is perhaps not well known that Ivy Williams (1877-1966) was the first female to be called to the bar of England and Wales. It was "the dream of her life" and the story may be read here.
Speeches - Three recent speeches by Justices of the Supreme Court may be read via the court's website:
- Lord Sumption gives the Harris Society
Annual Lecture, Keble College, Oxford
A Question of Taste: The Supreme Court and the Interpretation of Contracts
8 May 2017
- Lord Wilson gives Patron's lecture at the
University of Bristol Law Club
Changes over the centuries in the financial consequences of divorce
20 March 2017
- Lord Neuberger at a fundraising breakfast
for the Personal Support Unit
Reflections on significant moments in the role of the Judiciary
16 March 2017
Criminal justice - 29 individuals face various charges relating to allegations of sexual exploitation of children - Metro 12th May 2017. Sitting in the Crown Court at Leeds, His Honour Judge Collier QC has ruled that they will be tried in three groups. It is not clear from the report how the groups were decided. The third group will not be tried until September 2018 at the earliest.