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  • 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 important rights: the right to extend their lease; the right to acquire the freehold of their house; and the right to acquire (collectively) the freehold of... More
    Closed 7 January 2019
  • 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: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/law-commission/leasehold-homeownership The purpose of this survey is to collect information on the range of different leases held by current and former leaseholders in England and Wales, and on leaseholders’ experiences of... More
    Closed 7 January 2019
  • 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 for a substantial period of time before they may divorce, or else they must make allegations about their spouse’s conduct. This is sometimes perceived as showing that the other spouse is “at... More
    Closed 10 December 2018
  • 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 might best support bereaved families, and potentially others, to enable them to fully understand and engage in the investigation following a disaster. It seeks views on when the support of the... More
    Closed 3 December 2018
  • 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 is still in force today. But the documents executed in today’s world are no longer the same as those used over 400 years ago. Individuals, consumers and businesses demand modern, convenient methods... More
    Closed 23 November 2018
  • 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 12 October 2018
  • 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 structure and content of these services. There will be a range of engagement activity planned throughout the consultation period: details can be found on GOV.UK. More
    Closed 21 September 2018
  • 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 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... More
    Closed 11 September 2018
  • 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. However, that search to find out what happened is important in helping the bereaved to understand and make sense of their loss as well as ensuring that there is proper accountability. As such,... More
    Closed 31 August 2018
  • 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 23 August 2018
  • 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. Why Public Order offences? Public order offences are high volume offences both in the magistrates’ courts and Crown Court. In 2016 there were 22,500 adult offenders sentenced for these... More
    Closed 8 August 2018
  • 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 Parole Board decision making victim involvement in Parole Board hearings arrangements for communicating with victims As a result, we have concluded that, in certain circumstances,... More
    Closed 28 July 2018
  • 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 12 July 2018
  • 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 arson and criminal damage offences? Currently the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines (MCSG) contains limited guidance for the sentencing of arson, criminal damage and racially or religiously... More
    Closed 28 June 2018
  • 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 psychological, emotional and physical abuse. Domestic abuse impacts on victims’ everyday lives, can feel inescapable and have devastating inter-generational consequences on children. Both women and... More
    Closed 31 May 2018
  • 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 psychological, emotional and physical abuse. Domestic abuse impacts on victims’ everyday lives, can feel inescapable and have devastating inter-generational consequences on children. Both women and... More
    Closed 31 May 2018
  • 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 justice system. The document sets these proposals within the wider context of the modernisation work underway in HMCTS and discusses our proposals for evaluating how our estate should change as a... More
    Closed 29 March 2018
  • 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 and, through disposal, provide funding for the ongoing process of reforming court and tribunal services in England and Wales. The consultation seeks the views of everyone with an interest in the work at... More
    Closed 29 March 2018
  • 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 criminal and family court estate and, through disposal, provide funding for the ongoing process of reforming court and tribunal services in England and Wales. The consultation seeks the views of... More
    Closed 29 March 2018
  • 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, through disposal, provide funding for the ongoing process of reforming court and tribunal services in England and Wales. The consultation seeks the views of everyone with an interest in the work at... More
    Closed 29 March 2018
  • 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 Thames Valley court estate and, through disposal, provide funding for the ongoing process of reforming court and tribunal services in England and Wales. The consultation seeks the views of everyone... More
    Closed 29 March 2018
  • 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 disposal, provide funding for the ongoing process of reforming court and tribunal services in England & Wales. The consultation seeks the views of everyone with an interest in the work at this court. This... More
    Closed 29 March 2018
  • 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 against them without their knowledge. In the light of responses to this consultation, the Government will consider whether any changes are needed to the current arrangements and ask the Civil... More
    Closed 21 February 2018
  • 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 Commission (CCRC) will examine whether there is a continuing need for the function and form of the organisation. If it is agreed that the organisation should be retained, the review will assess the... More
    Closed 14 January 2018
  • 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 terrorism? In 2016, in the absence of sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences, the Court of Appeal gave guidance for sentences imposed under section 5 Terrorism Act 2006 (preparation of terrorist... More
    Closed 22 November 2017
  • 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 manslaughter? In May 2014 the Sentencing Council was asked by the then Lord Chancellor to develop a guideline for so called ‘one punch’ manslaughter following public concern about the sentences in... More
    Closed 10 October 2017
  • 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 guidelines for the sentencing of offenders. What is the consultation about? The Council is consulting on a Child Cruelty guideline that will include guidelines for three offenes: Cruelty... More
    Closed 13 September 2017
  • 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 relationship Disclosing private sexual images Threats to kill The first section of the consultation contains revised guidance on the sentencing of offences committed within a... More
    Closed 30 June 2017
  • Legal aid financial eligibility and universal credit

    The changes to the benefits system currently being implemented under the Welfare Reform Act 2012 mean that a number of benefits that have historically been used as an administrative marker to “passport” applicants through parts of the criminal and civil legal aid means tests to free (ie, non-contributory) legal aid will progressively be replaced by Universal Credit. To accommodate the introduction of Universal Credit, which was initially restricted to particular areas and types of... More
    Closed 11 May 2017
  • 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 paper are: What principles should guide how the rate is set? How often should the rate be set? Who should set the discount rate? The paper also considers whether... More
    Closed 11 May 2017
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