Reform: Theresa May calls for improved handling of domestic violence cases

Reform: Theresa May calls for improved handling of domestic violence cases

Home Secretary Theresa May holds that the police must improve their handling of domestic violence cases, reports the BBC. Noting the current discrepancies in the handling of domestic violence cases by the police, the Home Secretary has called for a number of improvements to be made to protect vulnerable individuals. Approaching Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Theresa May has begun to discuss a new approach and improved training strategies for officers responding to domestic abuse…

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Criminal law: Retrial of Bin Laden’s doctor ordered by Pakistan officials

Criminal law: Retrial of Bin Laden’s doctor ordered by Pakistan officials

Pakistan officials have called for the retrial of Bin Laden’s doctor, overturning his original sentence, reports the BBC. Doctor to the late Osama Bin Laden, Shakil Afridi was recruited by the CIA to provide information regarding the terrorist and his whereabouts in the build up to Bin Laden’s assassination. Convicted under local tribal law for treason, Mr Afridi was sentenced in May 2012 to 33 years in jail. He has been serving his time at…

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Human Rights: Mental health patient wins case against hospital smoking ban

Human Rights: Mental health patient wins case against hospital smoking ban

Following a legal challenge to his hospital’s enforced no-smoking policy, a mental health patient won his case in court, reported the BBC. The State Hospital at Carstairs in Scotland enforced a smoking ban on its patients, prohibiting anyone from smoking either in the building itself or anywhere in its grounds. This ban prevented patients from smoking at all given that they remained in the hospital grounds 24 hours a day. When the ban came into…

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International law: Will UK military intervention in Syria be deemed legal?

International law: Will UK military intervention in Syria be deemed legal?

As Government put forward their plans to intervene in Syria to the United Nations Security Council, questions over the legality of such actions are beginning to arise, reports the BBC. Given the difficulty in determining the legality of military intervention with regard to international law, it is generally agreed that countries seeking such action must refer to the UN Security Council to ultimately authorise it. Despite the lack of an international court to determine outright…

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Privacy breach: Facebook forced to pay out over unauthorised use of user data

Privacy breach: Facebook forced to pay out over unauthorised use of user data

A US court has ruled in favour of Facebook users once again in another privacy breach by the site, reports The Independent. The case, first brought to action in 2011, related to the ‘sponsored stories’ element of the Facebook site. It occurred that users who ‘liked’ a particular brand could potentially then have their data used by the company in advertisements on the social networking platform. Data used by companies appear to have been users’…

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Power to refer: Attorney General appeals for increased sentence for sex offender

Power to refer: Attorney General appeals for increased sentence for sex offender

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has approached the Court of Appeal to review the seemingly lenient sentence of a convicted sex offender, reports the BBC. Sentenced to just twelve months imprisonment, 41-year-old sex offender Neil Wilson has seemingly been given a lenient sentence, in the view of the Attorney General’s office. Dominic Grieve has therefore used his powers to refer the case to the Court of Appeal. It is the wish of Dominic Grieve that the…

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Fraud: Conwoman steals from client to fund lavish lifestyle

Fraud: Conwoman steals from client to fund lavish lifestyle

A 41-year-old woman pilfered £17,500 from a client’s account in order to live the lifestyle she had always dreamed of, reports the Daily Mail. Working as an accountant for 16 hours a week, the defendant, Sarah Coles, abused her position to transfer money from a client into her personal account. The fraudster had been earning a salary of £10,400 a year, which disappointed her. Dreaming of living a millionaire’s lifestyle, Mrs Coles sought instant gratification…

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Criminal: Number of pregnant women applying to raise their babies in prison is on the rise

Criminal: Number of pregnant women applying to raise their babies in prison is on the rise

The number of women applying to have their babies in prison whilst they are serving their sentences is beyond current capacity, reports the Daily Mail. Given the significant increase in the number of female prisoners over the years, many more pregnant women are applying to the courts to bring up their children behind bars. Each year around 260 women apply. Since 2010, The Ministry of Justice has reported more than 710 applications from convicted expectant…

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Criminal law: More than one in ten court cases are due to TV licence evasion

Criminal law: More than one in ten court cases are due to TV licence evasion

An outstanding number of cases brought before court are individuals who have failed to pay their TV licence fee, reports the Daily Mail. Official figures have shown a dramatic increase in the number of TV licence fee evasion cases coming before court. In the last year, the number of individuals prosecuted has increased by almost 30,000. There were around 3,700 prosecutions each week for the offence. This seems disproportionately high when measured against the total…

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Compensation: Banks and credit cards forced to contribute to CPP compensation bill

Compensation: Banks and credit cards forced to contribute to CPP compensation bill

Banks, credit card providers and CPP insurance services have been ordered to pay compensation to victims of mis-sold CPP products, reports the BBC. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has determined that insurance products from CPP were mis-sold to millions of customers. The relevant products sold related to card protection and identity theft policies. Victims received information on CPP’s products through a number of high-street banks and credit-card providers and CPP’s direct number was even printed…

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