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    England and Wales: News Broadcasters Permitted to Film Crown Court Sentencing Remarks for First Time July 28, 2022, marked a moment of legal history in England and Wales when, for the first time, sentencing remarks from a judge in the Crown Court were broadcast on news channels. The case involved a 25-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his grandfather. The law prohibiting filming and recording audio in court … Continue reading “England and Wales: News Broadcasters...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2022-11-01
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    England and Wales: Sentence Increased for Defendant Convicted of Importing Prohibited Weapons On July 27, 2022, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales increased the sentence of an individual convicted of attempting to import a gun into the United Kingdom (U.K.). The sentence for Haroon Iqbal, who was originally sentenced to two years and three months in prison for attempting to possess a prohibited weapon, was … Continue reading “England and Wales: Sentence Increased for...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2022-10-17
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    England and Wales: Government Proposes Reforms to the Civil Courts The government of England and Wales recently issued a public consultation seeking opinions on reforms to the civil justice system. In an effort to promote settling disputes outside of court, the government proposes to automatically divert all small claims in the civil courts (considered to be claims under 10,000 pounds (£) (about US$12,000)) to receive … Continue reading “England and Wales: Government Proposes Reforms...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2022-09-21
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    England: Children's Transgender Consent Judgment Overturned on Appeal On September 17, 2021, the Court of Appeal in England overturned a controversial decision from the High Court in the case of Bell v. Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust et al. In the case that was the subject of the appeal, the High Court originally ruled that patients under the age of 16 years … Continue reading “England: Children’s Transgender Consent Judgment Overturned...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-11-03
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    England: Bill Seeks to Provide New Offense of Verbally and Physically Abusing Public-Facing Workers On September 15, 2021, Member of Parliament (MP) Olivia Blake introduced a private member’s bill titled the Abuse of Public-facing Workers (Offences) Bill, which aims to counter rising complaints from public-facing workers of “unprecedented … levels of aggression and anger” that have “soar[ed] during the pandemic” in England. The bill has yet to be published, … Continue reading “England: Bill Seeks to Provide New...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-10-27
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    England: Legislation Introduced Prohibiting 'Essay Mills' in Higher Education On October 5, 2021, a new chapter was added to the United Kingdom (U.K.) Parliament’s Skills and Post Education Bill. If enacted, the bill would make it a criminal offense to provide for or arrange, for financial gain, services to any students studying at an institution in England providing education to students older than 16 … Continue reading “England: Legislation Introduced Prohibiting ‘Essay Mills’...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-10-24
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    England: Government Relaxing Regulations to Permit Growing of Gene-Edited Crops On September 29, 2021, the government of the United Kingdom (U.K.) announced that it will introduce new regulations by the end of the year to relax the laws governing the development of gene-edited crops across England. Gene editing differs from genetic modification in that it does not introduce DNA from other species but instead uses … Continue reading “England: Government Relaxing Regulations to Permit...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-10-19
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    England: Annual Pension Increase Altered The Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill 2021, which aims to increase the state pension by 2.5% or the rate of inflation, whichever is the highest, is being fast-tracked through the British Parliament. Introduced by the government in the House of Commons on September 8, 2021, the bill progressed through all the stages there and … Continue reading “England: Annual Pension Increase Altered”
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-10-13
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    England: Law Commission Recommends Reform of Communications Offenses On July 20, 2021, the Law Commission for England and Wales issued a final report on its review of the criminal law governing “harmful, threatening, and false communications” and encouragement of and assistance with “serious self-harm … and cyberflashing.” The report was commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and forms part … Continue reading “England: Law Commission Recommends Reform of...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-09-06
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    England: Amendment to Health and Care Bill Would Create Offense of Testing for Virginity On July 16, 2021, members of the United Kingdom’s (U.K.’s) Parliament proposed an amendment to the current Health and Care Bill, which aims to reduce bureaucracy within the National Health Service, increase accountability, and help integrate health services across England. The amendment adds a clause to the bill to create a new offense of testing … Continue reading “England: Amendment to Health and Care...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-09-01
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    England and Wales: Home Office Policy Regarding Family Reunification and Unaccompanied Children Ruled Unlawful On July 5, 2021, the High Court of England and Wales ruled in R (on the Application of Safe Passage International) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Decision) that two parts of the Home Office’s policy relating to European law on the reunification of asylum seekers with their families under the Dublin III … Continue reading “England and Wales: Home Office Policy...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-08-30
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    England and Wales: High Court Rules on Lawfulness of Policies Regarding Allocation of Transgender Prisoners to Women's Prisons On July 2, 2021, the High Court of England and Wales handed down its judgment in R (on the Application of FDJ) v. Secretary of State for Justice (Decision), which ruled on the lawfulness of the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ’s) policy of allocating transgender women who have been convicted of sexual or violent offenses against … Continue reading “England and Wales: High Court Rules...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-08-24
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    England and Wales: High Court Rules Asylum Seeker Removed from UK Must Be Brought Back On July 6, 2021, the High Court of England and Wales ruled in AA (Sudan) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (decision) that a Sudanese asylum seeker who had been removed from the U.K. to France must be brought back pending the outcome of litigation over the asylum claim.Background to the CaseThe plaintiff, … Continue reading “England and Wales: High Court Rules...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-08-23
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    England and Wales: Law Commission Recommends Update to 19th-Century Consumer Protection Laws On April 23, 2021, the Law Commission for England and Wales published a draft bill to update rules contained in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 regarding the “transfer of ownership under contracts for the sale of goods between a trader and a consumer.” The proposals build upon a previous report from 2016 by the Law … Continue reading “England and Wales: Law Commission Recommends...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-08-18
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    England and Wales: Court of Appeal Finds It Reasonable for UK-Born 11-Year Old to Be Removed to Bangladesh On June 24, 2021, the England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled in NA (Bangladesh) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Decision) that it was reasonable for a U.K.-born and raised child to be removed to Bangladesh, the home nation of the child’s parents, despite his never having left the U.K.In this case, … Continue reading “England and Wales: Court of Appeal...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-08-05
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    England and Wales: All-Party Parliamentary Group Finds Police Breached "Fundamental Rights" at Vigil and Protests On July 1, 2021, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)—an informal group of cross-party politicians that discusses and investigates issues of concern—published their findings of an inquiry they conducted into police conduct at a vigil held in London and a protest held in Bristol in March 2021 (Inquiry). The APPG also made recommendations in light of … Continue reading “England and Wales: All-Party Parliamentary Group...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-08-03
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    England and Wales: Employment Tribunal Rules Gender-Critical Beliefs Protected by Equality Act In a decision handed down on June 10, 2021, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in England and Wales held that a worker’s gender-critical beliefs toward transgender people are protected as a philosophical belief under section 10 of the Equality Act 2010. Consequently, firing an employee for having gender-critical beliefs could be discriminatory against the worker.The … Continue reading “England and Wales: Employment Tribunal Rules...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-07-19
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    England and Wales: High Court Rules Asylum-Seeker Housing Unlawful On June 3, 2021, the High Court of England and Wales found that housing provided to asylum seekers in Napier Barracks in southeast England by the Home Office was unlawful due to poor living conditions and the adverse impact of those conditions on the physical and mental health of the asylum seekers. (R, on the … Continue reading “England and Wales: High Court Rules...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-07-18
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    England and Wales: Supreme Court Clarifies Relationship Between Criminal Law and European Convention Rights to Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly On June 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom handed down its judgment in Director of Public Prosecutions v. Ziegler et al. (Ziegler), regarding the relationship between the criminal law and the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly guaranteed by articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights … Continue reading “England and Wales: Supreme Court Clarifies...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-07-14
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    England: "Nightingale Courts" Aim to Relieve Pandemic Backlog of Court Cases (Mar. 29, 2021) England’s court administration agency, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), has introduced additional venues to be used as temporary courts to ease pressure on the courts and clear a backlog of cases. The backlog was caused in part by the closure of half the courts across England in March 2020 in […]
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-03-29
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    England: Permission to Appeal Granted in Case Requiring Court Order for Puberty-Blocking Treatment for Transgender Teenagers (Mar. 19, 2021) On January 18, 2021, the High Court in England granted the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust permission to appeal a High Court ruling that children under 16 cannot give informed consent to receive puberty-blocking treatments, which effectively stopped both treatment and referrals for children under the age of 16 to the trust’s […]
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-03-19
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    England: Government Introduces Law to Allow More Flexible Proxy Voting in Local Elections Due to COVID-19 (Mar. 18, 2021) In England on February 23, 2021, the Representation of the People (Proxy Vote Applications) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 were laid before Parliament. If enacted, the regulations will enable individuals who are self-quarantining or “shielding” due to COVID-19 to vote in local elections, scheduled for May 6, 2021, via a last minute proxy vote […]
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-03-18
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    England: Restrictions on Privacy in Parole Hearings Loosened (Mar. 15, 2021) On February 8, 2021, England’s government announced its intention to amend rule 15 of the Parole Board Rules 2019, which provide that, with limited exceptions, all parole hearings should be held in private, to provide transparency and confidence in the parole system. Changes to the rules will end what is effectively a […]
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-03-15
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    England: Government Proposes Ban on Housing Children Under 16 in Unregulated Accommodations (Mar. 11, 2021) In response to a consultation (survey) launched on February 12, 2021, on the provision of unregulated accommodations for children in care, England’s government recently announced its intention to amend regulations to prohibit children under 16 years old from being placed in independent or semi-independent accommodations. This type of accommodation is not required […]
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-03-11
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    England: New Measures Introduced to Protect Free Speech in Higher Education (Mar. 10, 2021) On February 16, 2021, the government announced its intention to introduce a bill to strengthen and protect free speech and academic freedom at colleges across England. The measures were proposed after the government stated that a number of individuals had been expelled, fired, or demoted for speaking out on certain topics, reported […]
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2021-03-10