October 2014

CPS announces assisted suicide prosecution

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Health, Suicide

Guardian News and Media Ltd & Ors v Incedal (2014) EWCA Crim 1861

Guardian News and Media Ltd & Ors v Incedal (2014) EWCA Crim 1861

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales ruled that a terrorism trial must be partly heard in secret.  The judgment, delivered on 24th September, follows a previous challenge in the same case, which successfully overturned the CPS’s attempt to hold the entire trial in secret and forced the CPS to reveal the identities of previously anonymous defendants. 

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Criminal Law

Legal Aid for victims of domestic violence

Also on the 19th September the High Court granted permission for a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of legal aid changes affecting victims of domestic violence.

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Children's Rights, Family Law, Legal Aid

Local Welfare Advice Schemes

R(Christian Jump) v (1) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (2) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government CO/1838/2014

The UK government has agreed to reconsider its decision to cease funding for Local Welfare Advice Schemes, which were established in 2012 to provide emergency support for vulnerable and poor English citizens in crisis.

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Legal Aid, Social Security

The Queen on the application of CLSA and LCCSA v The Lord Chancellor (2014) EWHC 3020 (Admin)

The Queen on the application of CLSA and LCCSA v The Lord Chancellor (2014) EWHC 3020 (Admin)

On 19th September the High Court ruled that the Ministry of Justice’s consultation process to reform criminal legal aid was unfair. 

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Criminal Law, Legal Aid

Supreme Court rules in favour of trafficking victims’ rights to compensation irrespective of immigration status

Hounga v Allen (2014) UKSC 47

Human trafficking campaigners have welcomed a Supreme Court ruling that victims are entitled to be compensated for mistreatment even if their entry into the UK was illegal.

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Immigration & Asylum

NI Court dismisses appeal by polish authorities in extradition case

On 8th September the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by Polish authorities against a Judge’s decision that it would not be proportionate to extradite a polish man (‘A’) on the grounds that it would disproportionately interfere with his son’s rights under Article 8 ECHR. 

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Immigration & Asylum

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