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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.

HMYOI Wetherby and Keppel – safer and improved care, but concerns over education

News Inspection Report 2 March 2021

HMYOI Wetherby was found by inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Prisons in January 2021 to have made improvements in safety and the care of children since the previous inspection in the early months of the pandemic.

Lord Chancellor: It’s time for action on mental health in prisons

News Lord Chancellor's Speech 13 January 2021

The Lord Chancellor sets out how the government plans to support people with neurodivergent conditions such as autism and dyslexia, as well as those with acute mental health problems, within the criminal justice system.