The Criminal Courts Charge: a “tax on the poor” or making criminals “pay their way”?


by Lyndon Harris Much has been written about the criminal courts charge – a new mandatory financial charge incurred by convicted defendants (after a trial or entering a guilty plea) and unsuccessful appellants. I wrote a short “explainer” piece setting out the key provisions for UK Criminal Law Blog here. In essence, the charge accounts for […]

Child sexual exploitation disruption orders: preventing is better than reacting

Child sexual grooming

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for new orders to curb sexual predators, stating that  the next government should introduce a new type of banning order to stop those suspected of grooming children for sexual exploitation.The LGA is calling for the introduction of “disruption orders”, which would be backed by the courts and give […]

Tackling trafficking: beyond criminalisation

Modern Slavery

by Melissa Conway The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has rightly drawn attention to the issue of trafficking, its role in the modern world and its prevalence in the United Kingdom. It ties together previously piecemeal legislation and creates specific criminal offences of slavery and human trafficking. Yet, to make a practical difference the legislation must go […]

Untangling the spider’s web: Evans at the Supreme Court

Prince Charles

by Dr Ashley Savage On Friday, 27th March, the Supreme Court handed down a decision which will be as much of interest to public lawyers as information rights practitioners alike. Evans, a journalist for the Guardian newspaper utilised the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 to seek the disclosure […]