MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions that applied to the victims of domestic violence

The time limits that prevented victims of domestic violence from obtaining legal aid will now be scrapped from January 2018. These restrictions came under heavy criticism as many victims of domestic abuse were forced to confront their abusive partners without legal representation. This will hopefully ensure that women and children who are vulnerable get the…

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Landmark case for cohabiting couples

A bereaved woman has won a landmark case in the courts for greater legal recognition for unmarried couples. Jakki Smith's partner died in 2011 after a routine operation led to infection which was undetected by medical staff. At the time she was not eligible for the bereavement damages that married couples would have recieved. Yet,…

Police face legal action over terror detention

Has Schedule 7 given the police and other security services too much power? The fact that the state can collect and retain people's DNA and biometric data without any explanation or justification is of particular concern. Ziad Najm, 56 and his son Tarek, 30 were detained by plainclothed officers at Luton airport whilst en route…

MEPs call for probe into rule of law in Malta

  EU lawmakers call on the Commission to investigate the country’s adherence after murder of investigative journalist. EU lawmakers on Wednesday called on the European Commission to investigate Malta’s adherence to the rule of law, following the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. In a resolution backed by two-thirds of MEPs, but which is not…