Archive for March 29th, 2011

March 29, 2011

Who runs the police?

The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, Nick Herbert, gave a major speech to the Institute for Public Policy Reform on the role of the future Police and Crime Commissioners.  They will be important new budget holders in future and so we need to understand how they will work and exactly what their role will be.  This is set out in detail in Nick’s speech below.  The goals of the changes are to address the ‘democratic deficit in policing’, to improve performance and accountability.  Judge for yourself whether you think the proposals will achieve this….

Who runs the police? · Media Centre · Nick Herbert.

March 29, 2011

Update on Legal Aid – more news likely today

From the iLegal (not illegal….) blog last night I read that there will be more news on legal aid today.  Fingers crossed for better news.  So where it says tomorrow, read it as today!

There will be a press briefing tomorrow at 1.30pm and the Government will then issue a public statement at 3.30pm
Earlier today, the signals were that this statement was most likely going to focus on three areas:

  • concessions from Ken Clarke QC on civil legal aid, most especially a softening of the MoJ position in Family by extending the definition of domestic violence or, dropping the offending reform proposal entirely
  • a possible rethink on the abolition of legal aid for medical negligence cases
  • a suggestion that Clarke was likely to offer something to MPs across the political spectrum who have been lobbying the MoJ over the closure of CABx, law centres and other advice agencies

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