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  • 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 27 November 2015
  • 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 20 November 2015
  • 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 8 October 2015
  • 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 25 September 2015
  • 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 15 September 2015
  • 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 15 September 2015
  • 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 14 September 2015
  • 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 14 September 2015
  • 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
    Closed 4 September 2015
  • 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
    Closed 21 August 2015
  • 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
    Closed 16 August 2015
  • 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
    Closed 31 July 2015
  • 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
    Closed 9 June 2015
  • 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
    Closed 27 February 2015
  • 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
    Closed 18 February 2015
  • Robbery Guideline

    Why robbery? The Sentencing Council recently issued a definitive fraud, bribery and money laundering guideline and held a consultation on guidelines for theft offences. When drawing up the work programme it was considered logical to develop guidelines for acquisitive offences at a similar... More
    Closed 23 January 2015
  • 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
    Closed 16 January 2015
  • Cynllun iaith Gymraeg 2014

    Mae’r Weinyddiaeth Cyfiawnder yn gwahodd y cyhoedd i gymryd rhan mewn ymgynghoriad ar ei Chynllun Iaith Gymraeg diwygiedig. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at glywed beth sydd gan bobl i’w ddweud a gwneud yn siŵr bod y cynllun diwygiedig yn parhau i adlewyrchu anghenion pawb y mae’n well... More
    Closed 7 January 2015
  • Welsh Language Scheme 2014

    The Ministry of Justice invites the public to take part in a consultation on its revised Welsh Language Scheme. We look forward to hearing what people have to say and making sure that the revised scheme continues to reflect the needs of all people whose preferred language is Welsh. After... More
    Closed 7 January 2015
  • Proposed merger of the local justice areas in North Yorkshire

    Overview A consultation proposing a merger of the four Local Justice Areas (LJAs) in North Yorkshire into a single area to be known as the North Yorkshire LJA. The work of the Magistrates’ Courts in North Yorkshire is currently split between 4 LJAs (or benches): York and Selby ... More
    Closed 31 December 2014
  • 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
    Closed 18 December 2014
  • Fee-paid Judicial Pension Scheme

    This consultation seeks views on the proposed design of the Fee-paid Judicial Pension Scheme (FPJPS). You can submit your views online or by post. The postal address is: Alex Scott Judicial Policy, Pay and Pensions Ministry of Justice 2.53 102 Petty France London SW1H 9A More
    Closed 12 December 2014
  • Proposed changes to listing arrangements for Cambridgeshire

    A consultation on the proposals for listing in the new Cambridgeshire Bench from 1 April 2015 following the decision to merge the three existing benches of Huntingdonshire, North Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire into one Local Justice Area. This consultation is aimed at magistrates,... More
    Closed 5 December 2014
  • Proposed merger of the local justice areas in Northumbria

    This consultation is issued on behalf of the Northumbria Judicial Business Group (JBG), which comprises members of the judiciary and HM Courts and Tribunal Service managers. The JBG has responsibility for managing the judicial business of magistrates' courts within Northumbria. There are... More
    Closed 1 December 2014
  • 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
    Closed 1 December 2014
  • Plans for Secure College rules

    Background In February 2013 the Government published a consultation paper, Transforming Youth Custody: Putting education at the heart of detention . This set out the Government’s vision to transform youth custody to tackle high reoffending rates and high cost, and to place quality... More
    Closed 27 November 2014
  • Claims Management Regulation: proposals for amendments to the complaints handling rules

    The Claims Management Regulator (CMR) is consulting on proposals to make technical changes the Complaints Handling Rules 2006. This paper sets out for consultation proposals to amend the Complaints Handling Rules 2006 that authorised claims management companies (CMCs) need to follow when... More
    Closed 24 November 2014
  • Guardianship of the property and affairs of missing persons

    When a person goes missing, there is currently no legal mechanism for another person to manage his or her affairs during his or her absence. This can lead to the dissipation of the missing person’s assets (for example, through uncancellable Direct Debits) and the deterioration or loss of assets... More
    Closed 18 November 2014
  • Transforming Legal Aid: Crime duty contracts

    Earlier this year the Ministry of Justice, following detailed engagement with the Law Society, published proposals to help create a more sustainable legal aid market in criminal litigation. As previously announced, we have allowed an unlimited number of own client contracts for providers who... More
    Closed 15 October 2014
  • Judicial pension reform: New Judicial Pension Scheme 2015 consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the reforms to judicial pension arrangements, in the form of the proposed New Judicial Pension Scheme 2015 and on the draft regulations that will give effect to the proposed scheme. UPDATE 11 September 2014: Partnership Pension Account The department is now... More
    Closed 29 September 2014
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