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Domestic abuse legislation tightened

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A new law targeting domestic abusers, brought into force in England and Wales, follows a Home Office consultation in which 85% of participants said the existing law did not provide sufficient protection. Citizens Advice said it has supported more than 5,400...

Mandatory payments imposed on convicted defendants should be abolished, say MPs

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MPs on the parliamentary justice select committee have raised concerns about the criminal courts charge, calling for its abolition 'as soon as possible'. Since April 2015, convicted criminals in England and Wales have had to pay a charge, which is...

Doctrine of Joint Enterprise comes under scrutiny

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The Supreme Court is hearing two appeals in cases where convictions were gained under the doctrine of Joint Enterprise, which allows several people to be charged with the same offence, even though they may have played very different roles. Ameen Jogee and...

The RSPCA could lose its power to prosecute

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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee is due to launch a parliamentary inquiry into whether the RSPCA should be allowed to both investigate and prosecute cases of animal cruelty. Founded in 1824, the RSPCA is thought to be the first...