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  • Expedited immigration and asylum appeals for detained appellants

    The government is consulting on proposals for an expedited appeals process for detained immigration and asylum appellants. Any new process needs to balance speed and efficiency with accessibility and fairness. The key proposals in this consultation are: that there... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Transforming our justice system: assisted digital strategy, online conviction and statutory fixed fines

    This consultation forms part of the ‘Transforming our justice system’ consultation, launched on 15 September. We are accepting responses on the assisted digital and online conviction and statutory fixed fine elements of the consultation until Thursday 10 November. You may also wish to... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Consultation on Fee-Paid Judicial Pension Scheme Draft Regulations

    This is a consultation on the draft regulations which are required to establish the Fee Paid Judicial Pension Scheme to comply with court and tribunal rulings in the case of O’Brien and related litigation. The purpose of the regulations once the draft is finalised and subject to the approval... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Proposal on the future of Camberwell Green and Hammersmith Magistrates’ Courts

    This consultation sets out the proposal for the future of Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court and Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being absorbed by existing courts in London. The closures will also contribute to the consolidation of the... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Transforming our justice system: consultation

    This consultation has been superseded by two separate consultations: Transforming Our Justice System: Assisted Digital Strategy, Online Conviction and Statutory Fixed Fines (closed 10 November) Transforming Our Justice System: Panel Composition in Tribunals (closing date 24 November) ... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Reform of judicial review: request for further views on the provision of financial information to other parties

    The government is setting out how it intends financial information to be provided and used in connection with judicial reviews, and seeking further views on one aspect. Following the consultation, and discussions with senior stakeholders, the government has decided to invite further views on... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Magistrates’ court sentencing guidelines

    The Sentencing Council is consulting on draft guidelines for a group of summary offences covered by the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines (MCSG) and is seeking the views of people interested in criminal sentencing. Following consultation, when the revised guidelines are produced, they... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Legal services: removing barriers to competition

    On 30 November 2015 the government published, ‘A Better Deal: boosting competition to bring down bills for families and firms,’ which set out the government’s approach to encouraging open and competitive markets, for the benefit of the UK economy and UK consumers. As part of this, the... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Sentencing youths: Overarching principles and offence specific guidelines on sexual offences and robbery

    The Sentencing Council is seeking views on the draft guideline ‘Sentencing Youths – Overarching Principle and Offence-Specific Guidelines for Sexual Offences and Robbery’. The predecessor body to the Sentencing Council, the Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC) published a definitive... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Lammy Review of BAME representation in the Criminal Justice System: call for evidence

    In January 2016 the Prime Minister invited David Lammy MP to find out why official figures show that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups appear to be over-represented at most stages of the criminal justice system, and what can be done about it. This is an independent review. It aims... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Appeals to the Court of Appeal: proposed amendments to Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Direction

    This consultation seeks your views on proposals to amend the Civil Procedure Rules in respect of appeals to the Court of Appeal. The proposals are suggested as part of a package of reforms to alleviate pressure on the Court of Appeal. The proposals in this consultation amend the Civil... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Consultation on proposals for the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) fees

    This consultation sets out the government’s proposals for charging fees in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) at full cost recovery levels. To achieve this we are proposing increasing the fees currently charged in the... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Reduction in sentence for a guilty plea guideline consultation

    The Sentencing Council is consulting on a draft reduction in sentence for a guilty plea guideline and is seeking the views of people interested in criminal sentencing. The Council is required by law (Coroners and Justice Act 2009 s.120(3)(a)) to produce a guideline on reductions for guilty... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Claims Management Regulation consultation: cutting the costs for consumers – financial claims

    This consultation paper sets out proposals to place restrictions on the level of fees that regulated Claims Management Companies (CMCs) can charge consumers in the financial products and services claims sector. The consultation seeks views and further evidence in relation to the proposals and... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Fee proposals for grants of probate

    This consultation sets out the government’s proposals for reforming the fee payable for an application for a grant of probate. The proposed fee regime will move from a flat to a banded fee approach, proportionate to, and rising with, the value of the estate, and at the same time will increase... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Consultation on cremation following infant cremation inquiries

    This consultation seeks views on proposals for a number of changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008, and for improving other aspects of cremation practice. The consultation follows the Government’s consideration of the recommendations of two inquiries into infant... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Imposition consultation

    The Sentencing Council is proposing to issue a new definitive guideline for imposition of community and custodial sentences. The Sentencing Council is therefore seeking feedback from sentencers, justices’ clerks, legal advisers, prosecutors, defence representatives and other interested... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Consultation on Moving Wisbech Work to Cambridgeshire

    In 2011, following a consultation, HM Courts’ Service merged the Local Justice Areas of Peterborough and Fenland and closed the courthouse in Wisbech. As a result of responses to the consultation, it was directed that criminal cases from Wisbech and six surrounding parishes should be heard... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Post-implementation review of the coroner reforms in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009

    When the coroner reforms in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (“the 2009 Act”) came into effect in July 2013, the last Government made a commitment to review their impact after they had been in place for 18 months. The aims of the 2009 Act were to put the needs of bereaved people at the... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Costs protection in environmental claims

    The consultation is aimed at those who may be involved in or affected by environmental legal challenges in England and Wales falling within the scope of the amendments made by the Public Participation Directive (2003/35/EC) (the relevant amendments have now been incorporated into recast versions... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Judicial Appointments Commission Welsh Language Scheme (English version)

    This paper sets out for consultation the JAC's proposed Welsh Language Scheme. The consultation is aimed at those with an interest in judicial appointments, including the judiciary, potential candidates, legal professional bodies and groups with Welsh interests. This voluntary, specialised... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg (fersiwn Cymraeg) y Comisiwn Penodiadau Barnwrol

    Mae’r papur hwn yn datgan ar gyfer yr ymgynghoriad Gynllun Iaith Gymraeg y Comisiwn Penodiadau Barnwrol. Bwriedir yr ymgynghoriad ar gyfer y rheini sydd â diddordeb mewn penodiadau barnwrol, gan gynnwys y farnwriaeth, ymgeiswyr posibl, cyrff proffesiynol cyfreithiol a grwpiau â buddiannau... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy

    The Government has issued a consultation paper (Preserving and Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy) setting out a package of measures to ensure the quality of criminal defence advocacy, reducing the influence of financial incentives on choice of advocate and support clients’ rights to... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Independent Commission on Freedom of Information Call for Evidence

    The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information is an independent body established by the Government and sponsored by the Cabinet Office, to review the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to consider whether there is an appropriate public interest balance between transparency, accountability... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales

    This is a national consultation on the provision of the court and tribunal estate in England and Wales. HM Courts & Tribunals Service manages the operation of courts and tribunals through seven regions in England and Wales and the consultation includes annexes covering London, the Midlands,... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Amendments to Family Procedure Rules – Vulnerable Witnesses and Children

    In June 2014 the President of the Family Division established the Vulnerable Witnesses & Children Working Group to look at how a child can participate in family proceedings and the provision for the identification of vulnerable witnesses. The Working Group published its report in March 2015 after... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Enhanced fees for divorce, possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings and consultation on further fees proposal

    This sets out the government response to the consultation on enhanced fees for possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings, and we are also seeking responses to further proposals for consultation. As the Lord Chancellor set out recently, we are seeking to modernise... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Reform of Judicial Review: Proposals for the provision and use of financial information

    Judicial review is a process by which individuals, businesses and other affected parties can challenge the lawfulness of decisions or actions of public bodies, including those of Ministers, local authorities and those exercising public functions. It is a largely judge-developed process and can... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • A consultation on the merger of the Sussex (Northern) and Sussex (Western) Local Justice Areas

    The aim of this consultation is find views on proposals to merge the Local Justice Areas of Sussex (Northern) and Sussex (Western) into one new West Sussex Local Justice Area. This will give greater flexibility in managing the caseload across West Sussex whilst increasing the opportunities for... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • Consultation on the merger of the Local Justice Areas in Greater Manchester

    This consultation sets out a proposal on the future arrangements for Local Justice Areas (LJA’s) in Greater Manchester. There are 3 key reasons for considering a merger of the current 8 LJA’s: to improve the effectiveness of the delivery of justice by improving flexibility in... More
    Closed 3 years ago
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