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Undocumented children let down by lack of support in ‘labyrinthine’ immigration system

Posted by - 29th March 2017

Vulnerable children and teenagers in the UK whose citizenship is called into question are not adequately protected by the current system, according to a report by a team of children’s rights lawyers working in conjunction with Islington Law Centre. When facing challenges to their immigration status, argues the Precarious Citizenship Report, children and young people

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‘When you know you’re in the right, it’s easy to get people to support you’

Posted by - 29th March 2017

The growing phenomenon that is crowdfunding has been used to raise money for ventures from artistic enterprise to personal causes and entrepreneurial endeavour. A plethora of web sites host the various good causes – IndiGoGo, Kickstarter and Crowdfunder – to name but a few. A campaign by the Metropolitan Police Federation to raise £250,000 for the family

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JusticeWatch: the real Daniel Blakes

Posted by - 24th March 2017

My first shed case ‘I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction – they are the real Daniel Blakes,’ began LV contributor Sue James in the Guardian. ‘From the care leaver paying £650 a month to live in a shed to the tenant with one light bulb, I never get used to the stories

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'Cutting, not transforming': Labour's Richard Burgon offers qualified support for Prisons Bill

Labour offers qualified support for online court plans

Posted by - 22nd March 2017

The Lord Chancellor promised ‘a new era for our courts’ as she introduced the second reading of the Prisons and Courts Bill in the House of Commons earlier in the week. Liz Truss told MPs that that the legislation would modernise ‘a process that remains fundamentally unchanged from the Victoria era’. Labour broadly supported the proposals

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Plans for ‘trial by Skype’ will increase unrepresented defendants and discriminate against vulnerable

Posted by - 15th March 2017

Plans for online courts and ‘virtual justice’ will increase the number of unrepresented defendants, discriminate against the vulnerable and to make justice less open, a legal charity has said. A briefing published today by Transform Justice has attacked the lack of consultation and ‘weak evidence base’ for proposals under the Prisons and Court Bill to

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‘No incentive’ to practice criminal law, say junior lawyers

Posted by - 14th March 2017

A group representing solicitors up to five years’ qualified has accused the government’s plans for reforming advocate fees of favouring the senior Bar at the expense of the rest of the profession. The Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has more than 70,000 members, including students and trainees, and responded to the Ministry of Justice’s

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‘We are inundated with calls from migrants worried about their status in the UK’

Posted by - 9th March 2017

Maria Fridye explains the thinking behind Citizens Advice Waltham Forest new fee-paying immigration service As a nationally renowned service, the Citizens Advice network provides the advice people need for the problems they face, and improves the policies and practices that affect their lives. Adhering to the aims and principles of its network, Citizens Advice Waltham

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The evidence is clear: LASPO isn’t working

Posted by - 8th March 2017

As we await the government’s formal review of the 2012 act, everyone from the TUC to the NAO to Liberty agrees it has had a devastating impact, says Richard Miller The government recently announced the long-promised post-implementation review of LASPO. There has been a lot of confusion about the process the government will follow. As

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