The Nanny State – legislating on health and morality

Nanny State

By Merry Neal “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant… Over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.” The above principle laid […]

Keir Starmer’s call for a “Victims’ Law” – all heart and no substance

Keir Starmer Victims' Law

By Felicity Gerry “From a victim’s point of view, our justice system is hardly fit for purpose.. “What is needed is a fundamental rethink, leading to a specific and legally enforceable Victims’ Law, alongside a real and radical shift in attitude and approach.” So wrote former DPP Sir Kier Starmer QC in an article for […]

Sentencing sexual offenders – a lost opportunity?

sexual offences sentencing guidelines

By Felicity Gerry, Catarina Sjölin and Lyndon Harris The Sentencing Council has issued a new Guideline in relation to sexual offences this month. The aim: “to help ensure appropriate and consistent sentences for sex offenders”, says the accompanying press release. The Guideline covers more than 50 sexual offences and is “the largest and most complex” that […]

Universal Children’s Day – child protection law in the spotlight

Child protection

By Declan O’Dempsey Today sees Universal Children’s Day celebrated. The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide and works towards improving children’s welfare. The difficulty of protecting children proportionately from abuse, neglect and other forms […]