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  • Amending the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

    This consultation brings forward proposals for allocating an additional £15 million of spending to the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS). The AGFS is the fee scheme through which criminal defence advocates are paid for carrying out publicly funded work in the Crown Court. More
    Closed 2 weeks ago
  • Law Commission Consultation on Employment Law Hearing Structures

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The project addresses the problem of shared and exclusive jurisdiction in the fields of discrimination and employment law. This has generated boundary issues between the courts and the Employment... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Strengthening probation, building confidence

    The Ministry of Justice is responsible for providing probation services in England and Wales. These are delivered via the public-sector National Probation Service and through contracts with Community Rehabilitation Companies. This consultation seeks feedback on proposed changes to the... More
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Law Commission leaseholder survey

    This leaseholder survey (link below) accompanies the main response form for the leasehold enfranchisement consultation that is being conducted by the Law Commission for England and Wales. That response form can be accessed at: ... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Law Commission consultation on leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. What is this consultation about? Leasehold enfranchisement law concerns those who own property on a long lease. The enfranchisement legislation gives these leaseholders several... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Reform of the legal requirements for divorce

    The breakdown of a marriage is a difficult time for families. The decision to divorce is often a very painful one. Where children are involved, the effects in particular where there is ongoing conflict, can be profound. Under current law in England and Wales, couples must either live apart... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • General sentencing guideline for use where there is no offence specific guideline

    What is this consultation about? The Sentencing Council is consulting on a draft General sentencing guideline for use where there is no offence specific guideline. A link to the draft guideline can be found here . What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the... More
    Closed 1 month ago
  • Establishing an Independent Public Advocate

    The government is committed to introducing an Independent Public Advocate who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster and support them at inquests and inquiries. This consultation sets out our proposals for the role of the Independent Public Advocate, exploring how they... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Review of legal aid for inquests

    An inquest is a distinct judicial process. It is a public hearing held to determine who the deceased was, and how, when and where they died. It can be a traumatic ordeal for the bereaved, both in hearing how their loved ones died and through the frustration in the search for answers. ... More
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Part 39 Civil Procedure Rules: proposed changes

    The proposed changes in this consultation are from the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) but the consultation is being undertaken by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). More
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Law Commission consultation on the electronic execution of documents

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The law relating to signatures and other formal documentary requirements has a history spanning centuries. As far back as 1677, the Statute of Frauds required certain documents to be in writing and signed. It... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Public Order Offences

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. Part of the Council’s remit [1] is to conduct public consultations on guidelines for the sentencing of offenders.... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Reconsideration of Parole Board decisions: Creating a new and open system

    In January 2018, the Secretary of State launched a Review into the law, policy and procedure relating to parole decisions, focussing on the following four work strands: the law, policy, guidance and practice relating to challenges to Parole Board decision making the transparency of... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Transforming the response to domestic abuse (Sign Language version)

    This consultation seeks to address domestic abuse at every stage from prevention through to rehabilitation. It references the connections and provisions of cross-sector agencies and departments and reinforces the Government’s aim to make domestic abuse everyone’s business. More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Arson and Criminal Damage Offences Guidelines

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. The Council’s remit extends to allow consultation on the sentencing of offenders following conviction. Why... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Transforming the response to domestic abuse

    Joint Home Secretary and Justice Secretary foreword All forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable but it is particularly shocking when it is carried out by those who are supposedly closest to the victims, and by those who profess to love the very people that they subject to terrible... More
    Closed 5 months ago
  • Transforming the response to domestic abuse (short version)

    Joint Home Secretary and Justice Secretary foreword All forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable but it is particularly shocking when it is carried out by those who are supposedly closest to the victims, and by those who profess to love the very people that they subject to terrible... More
    Closed 5 months ago
  • Cambridge Magistrates’ Court: proposal on its future

    This paper sets out for consultation the proposal on the future of Cambridge Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the building and the work being relocated to existing courts. The closure would also contribute to the consolidation of the Cambridgeshire court estate and, through... More
    Closed 7 months ago
  • Banbury Magistrates’ and County Court and Maidenhead Magistrates’ Court: proposal on their future

    This paper sets out for consultation proposals on the future of Banbury Magistrates’ and County Court and Maidenhead Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being relocated to other existing courts. The closures would also contribute to the consolidation of the... More
    Closed 7 months ago
  • Northallerton Magistrates’ Court: proposal on its future

    This paper sets out for consultation the proposal on the future of Northallerton Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being absorbed by existing courts. The closures would also contribute to the consolidation of the North Yorkshire criminal court estate and,... More
    Closed 7 months ago
  • Chorley Magistrates’ Court and Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court: proposal on their future

    This paper sets out for consultation proposals on the future of Chorley Magistrates’ Court and Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being absorbed by other existing courts. The closures would also contribute to the consolidation of the Lancashire... More
    Closed 7 months ago
  • Wandsworth County Court and Blackfriars Crown Court: proposal on their future

    This paper sets out for consultation proposals on the future of Wandsworth County Court and Blackfriars Crown Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being relocated to other existing courts. The closures would also contribute to the consolidation of the London court estate... More
    Closed 7 months ago
  • Fit for the future: transforming the court and tribunal estate

    This consultation sets out the proposed future strategy for HM Courts & Tribunals Service in its approach to court and tribunal estate reform. The proposals detailed in the consultation document below have been identified following careful consideration of the ways in which we can improve the... More
    Closed 7 months ago
  • Default County Court Judgments: A consultation on ensuring the process works fairly, for both creditors and debtors

    We are interested in your views as to the effectiveness and appropriateness of the current processes for money claims issued in the County Court. Of particular interest, will be views from respondents on limiting the circumstances in which an individual may have a judgment made in default... More
    Closed 8 months ago
  • Tailored review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission: Call for evidence

    As part of the UK government’s requirement to reform public bodies, all government departments must conduct a Tailored Review of their arm’s length bodies at least once in the lifetime of a parliament, every 5 years. As with all Tailored Reviews, the review of the Criminal Cases Review... More
    Closed 9 months ago
  • Terrorism Guideline Consultation

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. The Council’s remit extends to allow consultation on the sentencing of offenders following conviction. Why... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • Manslaughter Guideline Consultation

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. The Council’s remit extends to allow consultation on the sentencing of offenders following conviction. Why... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • Child Cruelty Consultation

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. Part of the Council’s remit (ss.118-136 Coroners and Justice Act 2009) is to conduct public consultations on... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • Intimidatory Offences and Domestic abuse guidelines consultation

    Which offences are covered by the consultation? Harassment (including the racially or religiously aggravated form of this offence) Stalking (including the racially or religiously aggravated form of this offence) Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • The personal injury discount rate: how it should be set in future

    This consultation forms part of the review of the framework under which the personal injury discount rate is set. The paper considers possibilities for how, when and by whom the discount rate should be set, but does not make specific proposals. The core issues examined in the consultation... More
    Closed 1 year ago
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