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[ 3 Jun 2013 | Comments Off ]
Criminal law updates – May round-up

By Lyndon Harris
Legal Aid demo
Chris Grayling and his Ministry of Justice colleagues are plotting to decimate legal aid and generally destroy the criminal justice system. Unsurprisingly, the legal profession are not taking this lying down.
Here are some blogs exploring the issues, and (should you need convincing) explaining why you should care about the justice system in the UK. After all, it could be you who is wrongly accused of a crime, perhaps you accidently hit a pedestrian in your car, or maybe you act in self-defence but the police decide …

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[ 20 Feb 2013 | Comments Off ]
Wikipedia coverage of the UK constitution: courting controversy

By Roger Smith
Professor Andrew Le Sueur is a mild-mannered, rather thoughtful public law academic at Queen Mary, University of London. But he is a professor with a mission.
He is outraged by the Wikipedia coverage of the UK constitution. Making his pitch in the UK Constitutional Law Blog, he lamented that the Wikipedia article on the UK constitution, first port of call for many a lay person (and law student in a hurry), “would not pass a peer review process for an academic journal and nor would it receive a good …

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[ 18 Dec 2012 | Comments Off ]
Leveson report: law on libel and the Press Complaints Commission

By Elaine Freer
It was perhaps timely, following so soon as it did in the wake of the Leveson Report, that an Australian radio station telephoned the private hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness, and pretended to be the Queen. Whilst it was amusing that the presenters, who themselves confessed that they thought their accents would give them away, actually managed to obtain any information, it also raises once again the ugly spectre of press control, and what information should be freely available to …

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[ 13 Dec 2012 | Comments Off ]
Press regulations and prank calls: Rumpole and the Regulator

By Felicity Gerry
This week headlines have been dominated by the recommendations from the Leveson Inquiry; and the two Australian DJs, whose prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge led to the nurse who took the call taking her own life. Yet again, we are asking questions about press freedom and whether we should be drafting new regulations.
In my view, whilst the situation is appallingly tragic, the jurisprudence is quite simple: freedom includes the freedom to misbehave. If that misbehaviour is not a crime (as defined and debated …

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[ 27 May 2011 | Comments Off ]
e-G8: the battle lines are forming

By Simon Hetherington
Internet regulation has been on the front-burner at the e-G8 summit this week – a technology-meets-government curtain-raiser to the full G8 meeting; and it’s clear the predictable and obvious battle lines are forming.
First: the pro-regulators. Governments, for example, most of whom would adopt to some degree President Sarkozy’s view that the internet is not a parallel universe where existing legal and moral rules are inapplicable. In this camp also (probably) are those like Lord Digby Jones who believe that the benefit of the internet is to be found …