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  • Changes to remuneration for legal aid services

    On 13 March 2014, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ASBCPA) received Royal Assent. The Act introduces a number of new Injunctions and orders, including a series of orders to prevent sexual harm, criminal behaviour orders and injuctions under Part 1 all of which require legal... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences guidelines

    The Council is consulting on the draft guidelines for sentencing health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety offences. The Council is not consulting on the legislation that establishes these offences, which is a matter for Parliament. Equally, issues that are the responsibility... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Regulation fees paid by claims management companies

    This paper sets out the levels at which claims management regulation fees (the fees collectable for applications for authorisation and the costs incurred by the Regulator through direct regulation of authorised CMCs) will be set for the 2015-16 regulatory year and proposes the methods of... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Information Commissioner’s Office Triennial Review 2014: call for evidence

    As part of the UK government’s requirement to reform public bodies, all government departments must review their non departmental public bodies (NDPBs) at least once every 3 years. As with all triennial reviews, the review of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will examine... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Proposals for further reforms to court fees

    In Part 1 of the Government response to the consultation ' Court fees: proposals for reform ', we set out our decision to consider alternatives to the proposed fee increase for divorce. However, whilst we have decided not to proceed with the divorce proposal, this has not changed the financial... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Dangerous dog offences guideline

    The Sentencing Council issued a dangerous dog offences guideline in August 2012. [1] In May 2014 amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 were enacted through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, [2] which made such substantial changes to the offence and the maximum... More
    Opened 4 years ago
  • Proposed amendments to the Allocation guideline

    The Sentencing Council is seeking feedback from sentencers, justices’ clerks, legal advisers, prosecutors, defence representatives and other court users on proposals to update the definitive Allocation guideline. The consultation runs for six weeks. This is a shorter period than is... More
    Opened 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
    Opened 3 years ago
  • MedCo Framework Review: Call for Evidence

    This paper sets out a Call for Evidence relating to the operation of the MedCo Portal. The purpose of the paper is to set out the issues on which the Government is seeking evidence from stakeholders. Guide questions are provided to assist stakeholders in identifying evidence... More
    Opened 3 years ago
  • Revising the Victims’ Code

    The statutory Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (“the Code”) places obligations on core criminal justice agencies to provide victims of crime with support and information. We revised the Code in December 2013 to include some additional entitlements, make it clearer and more readable,... More
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 3 years ago
  • DNA Testing in private family law (children) cases

    This consultation relates to proposed changes to the Blood Tests (Evidence of Paternity) Regulations 1971 (“the 1971 Regulations”) [1] . The consultation relates to possible changes to the definition of “sampler”, and what a sampler must do. The consultation is required to inform possible... More
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 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
    Opened 3 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
    Opened 3 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
    Opened 3 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
    Opened 3 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
    Opened 3 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
    Opened 3 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
    Opened 3 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
    Opened 3 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
    Opened 3 years ago
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