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Criminal Bar Association Message to Members

News Barrister Profession 22 June 2022

You may have seen reports that the Lord Chief Justice has issued guidance to Judges concerning their approach to barristers of the Criminal Bar who participate in days of action over the coming weeks.

An inspection of the Metropolitan Police Service’s counter-corruption arrangements and other matters related to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel

News Inspection Report Policing 22 March 2022

The Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to undertake a thematic inspection of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) following the independent panel review of the MPS’s handling of the investigation into Daniel Morgan’s murder.

Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid

News 16 December 2021

The Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid has looked at ensuring the long-term sustainability of the criminal legal aid system. The review is chaired by Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, who has put forward his conclusions and proposals to the Lord Chancellor in 2021.

Vulnerability-related risks

News Policing 18 November 2021

A College of Policing publication provides a framework to ensure vulnerable people receive appropriate help during interactions with the police.

User guide to: Individuals referred to and supported through the Prevent Programme, England and Wales

News Guidance Note 18 November 2021

A Home Office publication provides explanatory notes on the data issues and classifications that are key to the production and presentation of the Home Office’s annual statistical releases, “Individuals referred to and supported through the Prevent Programme”.

Transparency in the Family Justice System

News Family justice system 8 November 2021

Community Care reports that the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary of England and Wales has proposed a number of changes to the family justice system to improve transparency and enhance public confidence whilst maintaining the privacy of those involved in cases.

Gloucestershire Constabulary to recruit hundreds of officers and staff

News Inspection Report 8 November 2021

A police force is to recruit hundreds of officers and staff to help address the issues which led to it being criticised in an inspection.

Oakhill Secure Training Centre Monitoring Report Released

News Monitoring Report 11 October 2021

This monitoring visit was unannounced. Inspectors found widespread failings that are having a significant impact on the care and well-being of children in the areas that were the focus of this visit.

Judicial Review Reform Proposals

News Consultation 22 July 2021

This is the government’s response to the consultation on Judicial Review Reform, which ran from 18 March to 29 April 2021.

Report of Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice

News APPG Report 7 March 2021

The inquiry, known as the Westminster Commission, heard concerns that the CCRC’s independence had been undermined by “unlawful interference” on the part of the government.