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Disqualified drivers who cause death while banned to face 10 years in jail

Tough new proposals to jail disqualified drivers have been mooted. An independent report commissioned by the Justice secretary Chris Grayling concludes that those who choose to defy a driving ban imposed by a court and go on to cause death more »

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Crown court barristers ballot in favour of government deal

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA), the representative body of criminal barristers in England and Wales last week, conducted a crucial ballot of its membership, arguably one the most significant decisions in its history. The CBA ballot on collective action by more »

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Worcester Taxi Association taxi licence policy appeal

Worcester City Council has performed a U-turn on controversial plans to oblige taxi drivers to buy new cabs after their vehicles have been deemed “too old”. The Worcester Taxi Drivers Association had commenced legal proceedings challenging the proposed council policy more »

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Criminal Barrister weekly legal news update date-07-04-2014

Unlawful activities of undercover Police officers Concerns continue over the apparent “free rein” given to undercover police undercover officer in carrying out unlawful covert operations. In another civil action against the police for damages against the Metropolitan Police the latest more »

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The insurance cost of a drink driving offence

A drink driving conviction can result in refusal of car insurance by many insurance providers and an increase in insurance premiums of up to 149%. Its one of the many issues that a motorist convicted of drink driving offence faces. Research more »

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Could new research on drink-driving lead to changes in the law based on age?

According to new research from the United States those over 55 should not drink and drive…at all. Prof Sarah Jane Nixon from the University of Florida Department of psychiatry and psychology, conducted a major research study published in the Journal more »

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Criminal barristers day of action and the no returns policy

From Friday, 7 March 2014, criminal barristers undertaking legal aid work will be following a policy of “no returns” in the ongoing protests to cut a further £220 million to legal aid resulting in a 30% cut to VHCC and more »

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Environmental offences sentencing guidelines

In an effort to bring about greater consistency in sentencing for environmental offences, the Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC) has issued new sentencing guidelines for such offences, which come into effect on the 1st July 2014. A significant distinction is made more »

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The judge, the lawyer, and police officer guilty of drink-driving

In both the pre and post Christmas drink driving period, there have been a number of high-profile drink-driving convictions, both here and abroad. What makes three cases particularly significant are that all are professionally involved in the criminal justice system more »

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Hackney carriage licence tariff appeal

Hackney Carriage holiday tariff reduction under review in Cumbria. A consultation by South Lakes District Council has given Hackney carriage taxi drivers until 27 February to respond to suggested proposals that taxi drivers reduce their maximum fare on public holidays more »

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