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Law Society urges end to enforced medical treatment of vulnerable people

Post date: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 00:01

Treatment without consent for up to six months of people sectioned under Mental Health Act may breach human rightsVulnerable people sectioned under the Mental Health Act are being subjected to medical treatment without consent and are not protected by effective legal safeguards, the Law Society...

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Met officer faces no charges over death of Rashan Charles

Post date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 23:38

Crown Prosecution Service confirms it will not be taking further action A police officer will not face charges over the death of Rashan Charles, a young black man who died after a police pursuit in London, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.A common assault charge had been considered...

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Seven UK police forces report zero charges under anti-slavery law

Post date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 16:16

Experts concerned that despite rising number of reports under Modern Slavery Act 2015 few cases lead to chargesAt least seven police forces in England have not charged a single person under modern slavery legislation introduced over two years ago, the Guardian has learned.The...

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UK courts service spending sees tenfold rise since 2010

Post date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 14:29

Outsourcing and temporary staff costs rocketed over period when MoJ suffered deep cutsThe courts service spent £50m last year on agency and contract staff, a more than tenfold rise since 2010 when it spent less than £4m, while courts have been closing at an unprecedented rate. The annual cost of...

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This is how democracies die | Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Post date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 07:00

Defending our constitution requires more than outrageBlatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die,...

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Transgender woman sues over ordeal in male prison

Post date: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 11:54

Tara Hudson ‘horrified’ by Ministry of Justice’s ‘transphobic’ response to her damages claim over 2015 spell in HMP BristolOne of Britain’s most prominent transgender activists is embroiled in an extraordinary legal battle with the Ministry of Justice, in a landmark discrimination case.Tara...

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Judge: collapse of sex crime trials could lead to rapists going free

Post date: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 01:05

Series of blunders by police and CPS may see juries doubting evidence, says Lord Judge The notable collapse of a series of rape trials could endanger future convictions of genuine rapists because of reduced public trust in the justice system, the former head of the judiciary has warned. Lord...

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People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover

Post date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 18:00

Exclusive: Insurance firms deny discrimination, with 7/7 victim among those turned down

'I didn't know why I'd been declined, so I asked for my medical notes'

Post date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 18:00

Two people with a mental health history describe difficulties of seeking insurance cover

‘I began my career as a single mum’: female QCs changing the face of law

Post date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 15:00

Just 32 women are among this year’s 119 new QCs, but they hope their success will inspire othersA barrister who forged a career in law while raising her son as a single mother has said she hopes her appointment as Queen’s Counsel will be “an encouraging message to non-traditional applicants” to...

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