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Call for vulnerable victims to give video evidence amid courts backlog

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Up to 10,000 vulnerable victims facing long delays for trials should be allowed to give evidence by video in an attempt to stop them falling out of the system, according to the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales. Dame Vera Baird warned of a collapse in confidence in the criminal justice system and an exodus of complainants if unprecedented trial delays were not urgently addressed. She accused the government of not being sufficiently ambitious in its efforts to tackle a backlog of more than 50,000 criminal cases at crown courts in England and Wales. The government has promised to open […]

Campaigners welcome extra protections in domestic abuse bill

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Campaigners have welcomed news that ministers will make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence punishable by five years’ imprisonment. The government confirmed on Monday that it would introduce the legislation as an amendment to the domestic abuse bill being debated in parliament. Legislation will also be strengthened against controlling or coercive behaviour, making it no longer a requirement for abusers and victims to cohabit. Laws to target revenge porn will also be expanded to include threats to disclose intimate images. Nogah Ofer, a lawyer at the Centre for Women’s Justice, which has campaigned for tougher laws on non-fatal strangulation, said […]

Can employees' personal devices be searched as part of litigation disclosure?

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The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Phones 4U v EE Limited could have profound implications for companies whose employees use personal devices for professional purposes.   The Court of Appeal recently upheld a decision of the High Court that a party, as part of its disclosure obligations, should request that employees and former employees hand over their personal devices to be searched by independent IT consultants for documents relevant to the issues in dispute.  In Phones 4U Limited v EE Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 116, the High Court determined that it had jurisdiction to make such an order where the […]

Miscarriage of justice body’s workload doubled despite severe cuts – report

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The miscarriage of justice watchdog has suffered the “biggest cut” of any part of the criminal justice system since 2010 and its caseload has more than doubled over the same period, according to a parliamentary investigation. Two years ago the all-party parliamentary group on miscarriages of justice commissioned an inquiry into the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) after the number of cases of people claiming to be wrongly convicted sent to the court of appeal crashed – from an average of 33 referrals a year to just a dozen in 2017 or less than 1% of the people who applied […]

Divorce rates during Covid in Europe (press release)

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Over the last years, more people have been getting a divorce in Europe. The 2020 pandemic seemed to have accentuated this trend as many couples were forced into lockdown together and were forced to face old relationship wounds or problems in isolation. Eurostat points out that Ireland is one of the EU states to have recorded the lowest divorce rates in recent years, however, the situation is not the same across all Member States. Pandemic divorces Italy is one of the EU countries that have reported an increase in divorces and at the same time a decrease in marriages. Official […]

Divorce Happens: Planning Steps You Need to Know

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There’s a lot of things people plan for in marriage. Buying a new home, joint finances, having kids and plenty of other minor plans you stick on your fridge. Divorce is never one of them. With divorce rates now hovering around the 50% rate, I’d hate to ignore the unhappily married couples, as there are certainly unique planning circumstances they must address. Lifelong Commitments in the COVID-19 Pandemonium During the COVID-19 pandemic, the “in sickness and health” part of the vows has been subject to severe neglect never seen before. The statistics are terrifying for a nation that had a […]

Make This Mother's Day Marvellous With These Lockdown-London Ideas

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Brigit’s Bakery’s Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea On the one hand, Mother’s Day: clearly a made-up-by-marketing-execs celebration. On the other hand… any excuse to celebrate sounds good about now — and there are still plenty of ways you can spoil somebody from afar on Sunday 14 March, with help from some excellent London-based businesses. From afternoon tea delivered to her door to a virtual night at the theatre, you’re bound to find something she’ll love in one of the round-ups below. Basically, if you want to show just how much you care/make up for last year’s disappointing bunch of daffs/cement your […]

Adele and Simon Konecki ‘FINALISE their divorce two years after split’

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Adele and Simon Konecki have reportedly finalised their divorce nearly two years after their split.  The Someone Like You hitmaker, 32, and charity CEO, 46, are now said to be ‘officially divorced’ after a judge signed off on the settlement on Thursday, according to US Weekly.     It comes following reports that Adele was forced to use mediators to split up her £140million ($190million) fortune during proceedings.  The US publication claims the singer and charity CEO submitted a ‘judgement package’ last month in which the former couple ‘opted to determine rights to community property and debts through mediation’. ‘Finalised’: Adele and Simon Konecki have reportedly […]

Divorcees whose children live abroad forced to pay hundreds of pounds to comply with court visitatio…

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© Provided by The Telegraph COVID-19 testing site at Heathrow Airport Divorcees whose children live abroad are being forced to pay hundreds of pounds to comply with court visitation orders, lawyers have warned. In accordance with current government guidelines, travellers must purchase a £210 testing kit, and take their test on day two and day eight of isolation. Those who fail to do so may face penalties of up to £2,000. The Government has an approved list of people who qualify for exemption from the payment – including the likes of aerospace engineers, BBC journalists, defence personnel, offshore oil and gas […]

Adele and Simon Konecki 'finalise their divorce two years after splitting'

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Adele and Simon Konecki have reportedly finalised their divorce, nearly two years are they separated. The 32-year-old singer and the charity CEO, 46, are now “officially divorced” according to US Weekly who have reported that a judge signed off the settlement on Thursday. It has reported that mediators were forced to split the £140 million fortune that the couple had amassed. The US media site claims that Adele and Simon submitted a “judgement package” in February which stated that they “opted to determine rights to community property and debts through mediation”. © Daily Star Adele While Adele and Simon are […]