Justice Minister To Call For Magistrates To Take Larger Role

In a speech to magistrates justice minister Damian Green will defend the view that more had to be done so that magistrates become as useful as they have to be.

He will try to assure them that whenever cases are heard in the appropriate courts they run easier and with fewer problems.Do you know that The Legal Stop now offers court representation service?

Mr. Green will also mention the fact that a magistrate could sentence four out of ten defendants sent to the crown court.

“Around 40% of defendants that are convicted in magistrates courts and then committed to the crown court for custodial sentences receive no more than six months’ imprisonment,” he will say. “These are cases which magistrates could have sentenced; no, these are cases which magistrates should have sentenced; they already have the skills, capability and powers to do so.”

Such a change would contribute to the plan of the government to make UK courts work more efficiently.

Other part of the reforms will be the introduction of dedicated traffic courts, the aim of which will be to attend low-level traffic offences.

He is at the opinion that three magistrates should not lose their time for people who even do not turn up at court in the end. The proposal of Mr. Green is that an office and only one magistrate are just enough in similar cases.

Before the speech he shared his view that nowadays magistrates dealt with cases with are below their standards and potentialities.

“They volunteer to give their skills, expertise and time for the good of others, for nothing. We are lucky to have them, and we should be proud of them.”

 

Failure of Press Regulation Talks

David Cameron promised that on Monday they would publish plans for tougher press regulator.

According to Campaign group Hacked Off the announcement of the prime minister “shows that he’s still protecting his friends in the press and betraying press abuse victims”.

On Monday, MPs will debate the proposals of Conservatives.

In the words of Mr. Cameron the easiest way for creating the “toughest” regulatory system in the world is the royal charter.

The report of Lord Justice Leveson from November called for a new independent press watchdog underpinned by legislation. Due to the report, the behaviour of nowadays press was “outrageous”.

On a recent conference, Mr. Cameron said that the talks on press reform did not achieve any success. No matter that Cameron has decided to pre-empt them and to pick a fight on his own terms  there is no way that he is not attacked for abandoning the victims. He announced he was fighting for press freedom against such people who want to shackle the press.

Probably the calculations of David Cameron pointed out that he would look like a leader after the Downing Street news conference despite the fact that his own party wondered whether he should move on working this job.

The examples he gave about stressing press treatment were the families of missing girl Madeleine McCann and murdered teenager Milly Dowler mentioning he wanted to prevent such other cases.

“It crosses the Rubicon in terms of endangering press freedoms,” he said.

In his statement, David Cameron said that plans he wanted to put forward were “workable” and most “deliverable”. The way he has chosen was the fastest possible in order to deliver the strong self-regulation body.

Mr. Cameron called other parties to support his proposal or come up with their own ones. On the other hand, he warned them that their plans would probably not work.

“If you establish a system that people don’t take part in you haven’t solved the problem.”

According to the Labour leader Mr. Miliband, Mr Cameron was “making an historic mistake” and this would not be a solution for the victims of press intrusion.

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PM to Crackdown on Legal Challenges Against Government Schemes

In his speech to the CBI (Confederation of British Industries) Prime Minister Cameron announced his intention to to cut the number of legal challenges against government policies, by assigning tighter time limits and higher charges. According to him this “bureaucratic nonsense” was preventing the UK from growth and prosperity. that`s why he declared he will put a stop to it.

The measures to be taken include rise in the cost and short time periods for judicial reviews to be submitted and in addition the number of appeals allowed against a decision will be halved from four to two.

Currently individuals or firms, believing the decision made by the authorities was wrong have the right to demand a judicial review. The Prime Minister sees there judicial reviews as ” an obstacle to economic growth “. A typical example of such a case is the Virgin’s recent legal challenge of First Group’s acquisition of the West Coast Mainline’s franchise.

Mr Cameron cited a Downing Street resource, according to which more than 11, 000 judicial review applications were made in 2011, compared to 160 in 1975.

We urgently need to get a grip on this,’ Cameron said

Together with slashing the ability to bring legal challenges against government policies, Cameron is determined to end the equality impact assessments, ensuring the polices do not discriminate anyone on a gender, race or religious ground.

In his speech he made a good analogy with the WW II. he compared the curent economic situation to the fight with the Nazis in the 40s;

“When this country was at war in the ’40s, Whitehall underwent a revolution,” said Cameron. “Normal rules were circumvented. Convention was thrown out. As one historian put it, everything was thrown at ‘the overriding purpose’ of beating Hitler.

“Well, this country is in the economic equivalent of war today – and we need the same spirit. We need to forget about crossing every ‘t’ and dotting every ‘i’ – and we need to throw everything we’ve got at winning in this global race.”

Although Cameron is very excited about his plans, not everybody shares the same mood about it.

Dan McLean, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, has hit back, saying: “The system is already stacked against local people trying to protect the areas they love. The only way for local people to oppose a bad development that has already been granted planning permission is through judicial review.”

“This is already very expensive and time-consuming. Putting this option further out of reach for many people will only make it even harder for local people to take a democratic role in planning decisions where they live.”

No More Different Insurance Rates on Gender Grounds

Almost quarter of the current female drivers might be affected by a new EU ruling, related to car insurances, which will ban companies to charge different insurance rates to men and women. the ruling is expected to come into force in December 2012.

Under the new ruling the UK car insurance market should comply with the EU Gender Directive. This directive aims in fighting discrimination on gender grounds. Women currently pay much less for insurance than men because statistics show them to be less risky drivers. However, under the new ruling, they will be entitled higher insurance premiums, which could mean that about 13 % of the female drivers may not be able to  cover their insurances and about 11% may be forced to sell their cars.

On the other side, the new ruling will have a positive effect on male drivers, who will be entitled to pay lower cost of their premiums.

According to a survey, carried out by a price comparison website, in order to continue driving about one third of the female drivers have to make serious changes. 17% of them say they will sell their current vehicle and exchange it for one, entitled to lower insurance premiums and 14% admitted they will need to drive less, in order to be able to afford a vehicle.

The website`s representative Michael Ossei said: “Statistically more likely to claim, men have grown used to paying hefty motor insurance premiums, but this is all set to change. From next month men will no longer be penalised for their ‘boy racer’ reputation and will be charged the same as women. For the first time ever, men and women will be driving on a level playing field.

“While millions of male drivers will be celebrating cheaper premiums, female drivers need to brace themselves for significant price rises. It’s more important than ever that they shop around to find the best deal at renewal time – with over 100 providers on the market, there is a big difference between the cheapest and the most expensive quote. A little bit of research will go a long way towards limiting the financial impact of this judgment and not being forced off the road due to cost.”

In addition, this EU Gender Directive is related not only to car insurance, but to all insurance products altogether. That`s why from December, using gender as a base for different pricing will be illegal in any insurance field, including life insurances and pension annuities as well.

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