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[ 16 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
DRIP: 5 unjust government arguments

By David Cook
It is suggested that the USA PATRIOT Act, legislation swiftly enacted by US Congress in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist act was a “backronym” designed to play on the national pride around at the time. Clever political manoeuvring? Potentially so.
One therefore wonders what considerations were given to the naming of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers bill, given that the acronym is DRIP. That is what this legislation represents though – the further dripping away of our digital rights.
The Government rely on five arguments to …

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[ 15 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Impact of legal aid cuts on the Citizens Advice Bureau

By Pat Feast and James Hand
The cuts in legal aid for professional advice wrought by Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) may be seen to have increased the opportunities – and workload – for volunteers and charities. Indeed, there are reports that the government intends to fill the gap regarding divorce by setting up law centres run by students (see here and here). However, the cuts, often portrayed as affecting “fat cat” lawyers, can harm charitable and volunteer services as can be seen through the example …

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[ 14 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Revenge porn – are we in need of stronger laws?

What has led to the calls for a criminal sanction to be introduced for revenge porn?
Calls have been prompted largely by the rise of revenge porn itself, which in turn is attributable to the omnipresence of smartphones that allow photographs to be taken and uploaded to the internet within seconds. No specialist knowledge is required and many “apps” allow pictures to be uploaded at the click of a button. Once an image is on the internet in digital form it can be reproduced time and time again. The call for …

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[ 10 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Rolf Harris’ sentence was both lenient and excessive

By Lyndon Harris
Last week, Rolf Harris was sentenced to five years nine months’ imprisonment for 12 indecent assaults committed against four female victims – including one aged just seven or eight. The sentencing remarks can be viewed here, and a summary of the case here. There are a number of other complainants who made allegations which were not, or have not (yet), been proceeded with.
Felicity Gerry wrote for HLE earlier in the week about the indecent image counts (not proceeded with) and the use of the Internet by paedophiles.
The sentencing …

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[ 9 Jul 2014 | 8 Comments ]
Serious procedural faults in the appointment of judges: an urgent matter of public interest

By Elahe Mohtasham
As part of the current debate on identifying the best values of British culture and society, the proper workings of the British legal system, would surely have to occupy a prominent place. After all, it is the judiciary that would enhance the sense of wellbeing of its citizen every time that justice is felt to have been established.
In the same manner, if significant procedural irregularities in the justice system are identified, but none of the organs of the society would be prepared to address or even acknowledge its …