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Uncertainty remains as unpaid fines can still result in imprisonment

In many criminal cases, before the Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Courts, a judge can punish those guilty of committing offences through the imposition of fines. Should those fines not be paid within a certain period of time, a person can be ordered to serve time in prison instead of paying the fine.

Local Developments

Lord Neuberger attacks further curbs to judicial review

The President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, has criticised proposals to introduce further limits on the availability of judicial review.

Legal Profession

European Court of Human Rights speaks out about coverage in the UK media

Various organisations have raised concerns on many occasions over how cases involving human rights, whether decided upon by UK courts or Strasbourg, are reported on by the UK media.

Legal Profession

Investigation into death of Jane Antoniou was compliant with Article 2 of the Convention

Jane Antoniou was a campaigner for the rights of those with mental health difficulties. Mrs Antoniou herself was schizophrenic and spent a number of periods in mental health facilities, as a voluntary patient and as a person detained under the Mental Health Act. She was detained in a hospital when she took her own life, on the 23rd October 2010. The claimant in this case was the deceased’s widower.


Employment Tribunal holds that EU law trumps diplomatic immunity

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) considered 2 appeals. The appellants both worked as staff in foreign diplomatic missions. Before 2 separate tribunals, their claims were dismissed as state immunity under the State Immunity Act (SIA) was applicable.

The EAT were asked to consider the European Convention of Human Rights. However the Convention and the Human Rights Act could not be applied. In order for the courts to read the SIA as convention compliant, would require the courts to amend the legislation, essentially going further than the courts were able to.

Immigration & Asylum