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  • Assessment Notices under the Data Protection Act 1998 - Extension of the Information Commissioner’s Powers

    This consultation paper sets out our proposal to extend the powers of the Information Commissioner to carry out compulsory assessments of NHS bodies’ compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and its data protection principles. It seeks views from NHS data controllers across the United... More
    Closed 17 May 2013
  • Environmental offences guideline

    The aim of the guideline is to address the need for improved guidance in this area and remove inconsistencies in sentencing, including the levels of fines being given. The Council is seeking views on: the principal factors that make an environmental offence more... More
    Closed 6 June 2013
  • Standards for expert witnesses in the family courts in England and Wales

    This is a consultation on minimum standards for expert witnesses providing evidence in the family courts in proceedings relating to children in England and Wales. The consultation is aimed at experts, the professional and regulatory bodies for the professions from which experts are drawn, and... More
    Closed 18 July 2013
  • Crime and Courts Act 2013: Consultation on the application of the equal merit provision

    The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is interested in views on potential approaches to the application of the provisions in Part 2 of Schedule 13 to the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (CCA) relating to diversity considerations where candidates for judicial office are of equal merit. The... More
    Closed 5 August 2013
  • Balance of Competences Review: Call for Evidence on Civil Judicial Cooperation (including family matters)

    The Balance of Competences Review, launched by the Government last summer, is an opportunity for people to have their say on what the EU does and how it affects the UK. This piece of work will deepen our understanding of EU membership, and help shape the UK’s policies in relation to the EU. ... More
    Closed 5 August 2013
  • Proposal on the future of North Liverpool Community Justice Centre

    This is a consultation proposal to close the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre and transfer the work of the Centre, and the principles of its problem solving approach, of the court to Sefton Magistrates' Court. North Liverpool Community Justice Centre has operated from its Boundary... More
    Closed 27 August 2013
  • Consultation on draft rules in relation to non-contentious probate business in England and Wales

    This is a consultation produced by the President of the Family Division’s Working Group detailing the proposed amendments to the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987. The consultation is aimed at those interested in the administration of estates, members of the public and probate practitioners... More
    Closed 29 August 2013
  • Review of Legal Services Regulation

    To obtain more information about the challenges legal service providers face the Ministry of Justice is conducting a review of the legal services statutory framework. The review, part of the Government's red tape challenge, will consider what could be done to simplify the regulatory... More
    Closed 2 September 2013
  • Reforming mesothelioma claims

    This is a consultation on a package of reforms to the procedures governing mesothelioma claims in England and Wales. Mesothelioma is an aggressive and, sadly, terminal occupational disease. Approximately 2,200 people currently die in England and Wales each year from this terrible condition,... More
    Closed 2 October 2013
  • Fraud, bribery and money laundering offences draft guideline

    The Sentencing Council is updating guidance for courts so that all fraud offences are covered by a consistent set of guidelines that will also deal with corporate offenders. The Council is seeking the views of as many people as possible interested in the sentencing of fraud, bribery and money... More
    Closed 4 October 2013
  • Comisiwn y Gyfraith: 12th Raglen Diwygio'r Gyfraith

    Mae Comisiwn y Gyfraith yn ymgymryd â phrosiectau diwygio'r gyfraith gyda'r bwriad o wneud y gyfraith yn deg, syml, clir a chost-effeithiol. Ar hyn o bryd rydym yn ymgynghori ar ba feysydd newydd ddylai cael eu trin yn ein rhaglen nesaf o ddiwygio'r gyfraith. I wneud hyn, rydym yn gofyn: yn... More
    Closed 31 October 2013
  • Law Commission: 12th Programme of Law Reform

    The Law Commission carries out law reform projects with the aim of making the law fair, simple, clear and cost-effective. We are currently consulting on what new areas of law should be addressed in our next programme of law reform. To do this, we are asking: where is the law failing to work... More
    Closed 31 October 2013
  • Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 - Shared Buildings Regulations

    The Consultation seeks views on draft Regulations which provide arrangements for the registration of shared religious buildings to solemnize marriages of same sex couples. More
    Closed 1 November 2013
  • Judicial Review: proposals for further reform

    Introduction The Government is inviting views on potential measures for the further reform of judicial review. The measures aim to tackle the burden that the growth in unmeritorious judicial reviews has placed on stretched public services whilst protecting access to justice and the rule of... More
    Closed 1 November 2013
  • Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps

    Nearly 16,000 responses were received following the Transforming Legal Aid consultation published in April . In addition to these, the Ministry of Justice held 14 stakeholder events throughout the consultation period. The responses are summarised at Annex B . All views expressed have been... More
    Closed 1 November 2013
  • Proposal on the future of Neath Magistrates' Court

    This is a consultation proposal to close Neath Magistrates' Court and transfer the work to Swansea Magistrates' Court and merge the Neath and Port Talbot Bench and Swansea Bench. This site is in an area of significant redevelopment by Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council following... More
    Closed 7 November 2013
  • Cynnig ar ddyfodol Llys Ynadon Castell Nedd

    Mae’r ymgynghoriad hwn yn cynnig cau Llys Ynadon Castell Nedd a throsglwyddo’r gwaith i Lys Ynadon Abertawe, yn ogystal ag uno Mainc Castell Nedd a Phort Talbot gyda Mainc Abertawe. Mae’r safle mewn ardal sy’n cael... More
    Closed 7 November 2013
  • Costs protection in defamation and privacy claims: the Government’s proposals

    Costs protection protects parties from the costs that they might have to pay to the other side in civil litigation. Our proposals are designed to help people and organisations of modest means to be able to bring and defend defamation and privacy claims without the fear of having to pay... More
    Closed 8 November 2013
  • Supporting the introduction of the single Family Court – Proposed changes to Family legal aid remuneration schemes

    This consultation sets out the Government’s proposals for amendments to the current family legal aid remuneration schemes in England and Wales, which are required as a result of the planned introduction of the new single Family Court (FC). We anticipate that the proposals set out in this... More
    Closed 25 November 2013
  • Transforming the services of the Office of the Public Guardian - enabling digital by default

    Our consultation paper ‘Transforming the Services of the Office of the Public Guardian’, published on 27 July 2012, invited comments on a range of issues related to the Office of the Public Guardian’s (OPG) aspiration to deliver its services digitally by default. In our response, published... More
    Closed 26 November 2013
  • Regulation fees paid by claims management companies

    This consultation invites views on the fees for applications for authorisation and annual fees for the regulation year 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 for claims management companies. More
    Closed 13 December 2013
  • Transforming management of young adults in custody

    We are proposing a new approach to managing young adults that takes into account the challenges of this age group as well as ensuring they benefit from wider reforms. Transforming Management of Young Adults in Custody Trawsnewid y Gwaith o Reoli Oedolion Ifanc yn y Ddalfa Many young... More
    Closed 19 December 2013
  • Proposed changes to listing arrangements for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Magistrates’ Courts

    HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the Justices’ Issues Groups for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are committed to delivering speedy summary justice by running an efficient, effective and accessible courts system which delivers timely justice in accessible buildings with suitable facilities... More
    Closed 20 December 2013
  • Proposals to amend the Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules: The Financial Services Perspective

    The Claims Management Regulator proposes to make changes to the Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules that authorised claims management companies need to follow when submitting claims on behalf of consumers. The changes aim to address issues identifed by stakeholders that have reported poor... More
    Closed 9 January 2014
  • Consultation on out of court disposals

    We are consulting in order to give the public and practitioners an opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences of out of court disposals (OOCDs) and their use, and consider how they might be reformed. We want to pull together the knowledge, expertise, experience and opinions of... More
    Closed 9 January 2014
  • Parole Board for England and Wales Triennial Review 2013

    Triennial review programme The public bodies sector is being reformed to stop the repetition of work and stop activities that aren’t needed. It is important that we run public services efficiently and effectively. The reform programme will mean Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs)... More
    Closed 10 January 2014
  • Balance of Competences Fundamental Rights Review

    The Balance of Competences Review was announced by the Foreign Secretary William Hague in July 2012 to examine the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union. The Review is an audit of what the EU does, and how it affects government and the general public in the UK. This... More
    Closed 13 January 2014
  • Court fees: proposals for reform

    The courts play a vital role in our democracy. They provide access to justice for those who need it, help to maintain social order and support the proper functioning of the economy. They: deal with those accused of committing crimes, acquitting the innocent and convicting and... More
    Closed 21 January 2014
  • Proposed merger of the North-East Suffolk, South-East Suffolk and West Suffolk Local Justice Areas

    A consultation proposing a merger of the three current Local Justice Areas of North-East Suffolk, South-East Suffolk and West Suffolk and to merge the three Benches. It is aimed at court uers, partners, magistrates, judiciary, staff and other parties with an interest in the... More
    Closed 30 March 2014
  • Court bundles: proposed changes to the legal aid Family Advocacy Scheme

    The Government needs to revise the current legal aid Family Advocacy Scheme as a result of proposed changes to Practice Direction 27A (PD 27A). Currently there is no particular limit on the size of a court bundle. Under the legal aid Family Advocacy Scheme, different payments are made to... More
    Closed 10 April 2014
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