Archive for August 6th, 2009

Justice claims ‘damaging’ victims

BBC: Government claims that victims of crime are at the heart of the criminal justice system have raised “damaging” expectations, says a report by MPs.

The House of Commons justice committee said victims who thought prosecutors in England and Wales were their champions would “inevitably be disappointed”.

The MPs also called for measures to help victims and witnesses with mental health problems to give evidence.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had clarified the prosecutor’s role.


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Police ‘must change the way they control protests’

Independent: Police must make immediate changes to the way they control public protests, a watchdog said today. Senior officers must review public order training, warn participants of their plans and allow vulnerable people to leave, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

The call was made as the watchdog released its findings from an inquiry launched after a woman claimed she was assaulted during G20 demonstrations.

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New hope that the UK is pulling out of recession

Guardian: Gordon Brown was given fresh cause for optimism today as a slew of new figures gave the clearest indication yet that the British economy is beginning to pull out of recession.

The data showed unexpectedly strong signs of recovery in the housing, manufacturing and all-important services sectors, bucking almost two years of constant bad news on the economy which has badly damaged Labour’s hopes of securing a fourth general election victory.

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‘Ruthless’ loan shark forced victim to flee home

Independent: A loan shark who became a millionaire by charging up to 2,437 per cent interest and using an army of enforcers to collect debts owed by poor families was yesterday jailed for five years.

Judge Adrian Smith said John Kiely, 36, was a “ruthless individual” after Kiely was found guilty of offences including blackmail and illegal money lending. One of his victims, Donna Ockerby, 45, claimed she was left fearing for her life and was forced to move to a secret location to escape him.

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Ministerial claims ‘mislead’ crime victims

Independent: Government claims that crime victims are at the centre of the criminal justice system are a “damaging misrepresentation of reality”, a committee of MPs claims today.

Victims are likely to be disappointed by ministers who tell them that the system is being “re-balanced” in their favour, the House of Commons Justice Committee states.

Its report on the role of the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales dismisses attempts to portray prosecutors as “victims’ champions”. Instead, the service should be an “independent arbiter” representing the public interest.

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Corby ‘toxic soup’ case: why it’s a long way from being over
The satisfaction of the Corby families last week about the High Court ruling over the link between the reclamation work of a former British Steel plant between 1985 and 1999 and the disabilities suffered by their children might have suggested that the compensation cheques had already being written.

But, as the battle moves away from the general to the particular, City lawyers were warning that individual families may face a long struggle to prove causality with their particular child….

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Lawyer of the Week: Ronald Thwaites
Times: Ronald Thwaites, QC, of Ely Place Chambers, successfully defended a libel action by Richard Desmond, the press baron, against Tom Bower, the journalist and author, backed by publisher HarperCollins. The case was said to have hinged on successfully gaining the right to play the tape of a telephone conversation between Desmond and another person — generally, no case is won on a single piece of evidence….

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