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Limiting Judicial Reviews

December 3rd, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

Over recent years, the number of Judicial Reviews has risen steeply and the Prime Minister has announced an intention to try to limit the number of cases by reducing the time limit by which an application has to be lodged and by charging more for the ... continue reading...


Changes to the Victim Surcharge

July 4th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) Order 2012 (SI No. 2012/1696) comes into force on 1 October 2012 to change the amount of victim surcharge paid by a Defendant upon conviction. From 1 October 2012 the following provisions will apply: Offend ... continue reading...


Abolition of Committal Proceedings

June 18th, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

As of today (18 June 2012), committal proceedings have been abolished in the following local justice areas: Bath and Wansdyke Berkshire Bristol Liverpool and Knowsley North Avon North Hampshire North Somerset Ormskirk Sefton St Helens Wi ... continue reading...


Certifying Time in Criminal Proceedings

May 3rd, 2012 by Louise Humphreys

A recent appeal decision has clarified the position with regard to the certification of time in criminal proceedings and also highlighted the need for all prosecutors to take great care when certifying a date under statutory provisions which have the ... continue reading...


Judicial Review - Costs Update

October 7th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

The general rule in legal proceedings is that the losing party pays the winning parties' legal costs. However, a different rule has been applied in judicial review proceedings in cases where a public body concedes the claim shortly after legal proce ... continue reading...


Benefit fraud & failure to disclose change of circumstances

July 8th, 2011 by Louise Humphreys

In the recent case of Coventry City Council v Vassell [2011] EWHC 1542 (Admin), the High Court gave consideration to the test to be applied when deciding whether a criminal offence has been committed under section 112(1A) of the Social Security Admin ... continue reading...