Law and government: Councils appeal for increased powers to limit high street bookmakers and lower maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals

Law and government: Councils appeal for increased powers to limit high street bookmakers and lower maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals

The Local Government Association has appealed to the government for more powers to curb the number of bookmakers on the high street and lower the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals. In a move fronted by the Local Government Association (LGA), local councils are calling for the government for more powers to restrict the volume of high street bookmakers and lower the £100 maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The LGA argues…

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Legal Aid: New report shows rise in DIY defence since legal aid cuts

Legal Aid: New report shows rise in DIY defence since legal aid cuts

According to a report published by the national charity, Transform Justice, cuts in the legal aid budget have led to a steep increase in people appearing before the courts without a legal representative. The charity, Transform Justice, has published a new report, which found that legal aid cuts have seen a growing number of people representing themselves in court. The report, entitled Justice Denied, attributes the rise in people appearing in court without legal representation…

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International: Virginia governor overturns law to allow convicted criminals to vote

International: Virginia governor overturns law to allow convicted criminals to vote

Democrat governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has reversed a 150-year old law, which prevents convicted criminals participating in the voting process. The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has reversed a law that has been in place since the Civil War, which prohibits convicted criminals in the state from voting. Last week, the governor used his executive power to overturn the law – bypassing the Republican-controlled state legislature. The new law means that in excess of…

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Guest Blog: Cohabiting couples, their rights and the common law marriage myth

Guest Blog: Cohabiting couples, their rights and the common law marriage myth

There is a misconception surrounding family law regarding the belief that those couples that cohabit have the same rights as those couples that are married. The results of a survey carried out in 2013 shows that 40% of those involved believed that by living together outside of marriage, they were entitled to the same rights as those who are married. Currently the law states that those couples do not have the same right as those…

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Health and Safety: Alton Towers owner pleads guilty to health and safety breaches over ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster ride

Health and Safety: Alton Towers owner pleads guilty to health and safety breaches over ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster ride

Alton Towers theme park owner, Merlin Entertainments, has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in connection with the ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster collision, which left five passengers seriously injured. After previously admitting responsibility for the ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster accident, Merlin Entertainments, which owns the Alton Towers theme park, has formally pleaded guilty to criminal breaches of health and safety laws. It is believed to be the first case in which the owners of a major UK theme…

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Criminal law: Ex-footballer Ched Evans faces retrial following successful appeal against rape conviction

Criminal law: Ex-footballer Ched Evans faces retrial following successful appeal against rape conviction

Former third division football player, Ched Evans, has won an appeal against his rape conviction and now faces a retrial. Ex-Sheffield United footballer, Ched Evans, has successfully appealed his rape conviction and will now stand trial again. The 27-year old former striker spent two and a half years in prison following his 2012 conviction at Caernarfon Crown Court for raping a woman in a hotel in north Wales. On 26 July 2011, Mr. Evans –…

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Criminal law: Over half of British Muslims believe homosexuality should be illegal

Criminal law: Over half of British Muslims believe homosexuality should be illegal

An ICM poll has found that more than half of British Muslims think that homosexuality should be illegal. According to a poll conducted by market research firm, ICM, more than half of British Muslims believe that homosexuality should be against the law. The survey was carried out to find out what British Muslims – rather than their representatives – think about living as a Muslim in Britain. Between 25 April and 31 May last year,…

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European law: Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik wins part of human rights case

European law: Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik wins part of human rights case

After suing the Norwegian government for allegedly committing human rights abuses against him, convicted mass murderer, Anders Breivik, has won part of his case relating to ‘inhuman’ prison treatment. Convicted mass murderer, Anders Breivik, has partially prevailed in a case in which he claimed to be the victim of human rights abuses in prison. Lawyers for Mr. Breivik, 37, a right-wing extremist serving 21 years in prison for the 2011 murder of 77 people, had…

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Legal aid: Supreme Court rejects government plans to introduce ‘residence test’ for legal aid

Legal aid: Supreme Court rejects government plans to introduce ‘residence test’ for legal aid

The Supreme Court has overturned government plans to restrict legal aid access to people who have not lived in the UK for a continuous period of at least 12 months. The Supreme Court has ruled against government plans to curb legal aid access to people who are not born in the UK and those who are not continuously resident there for at least a year. In 2012, the then Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, used secondary…

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Media law: Court of Appeal rules that celebrity sex story super injunction ‘can be lifted’

Media law: Court of Appeal rules that celebrity sex story super injunction ‘can be lifted’

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a super injunction preventing the media in England and Wales from revealing the identity of a married celebrity who allegedly participated in a threesome can be lifted. Court of Appeal judges have said that a super injunction prohibiting the reporting of the identity of a celebrity who allegedly took part in “extramarital activities” – namely a threesome – can be lifted. The male celebrity – known only as…

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