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Seven more convictions of former subpostmasters linked to a flawed Post Office computer system have been overturned. Subpostmasters were victims of a scandal which saw the Post Office use its private prosecution powers over a 15-year period from 2000 onwards to prosecute and convict them of crimes.

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Justice secretary Dominic Raab has been attacked by the bar over claims he is ignoring the problems in the criminal courts, The Times reports. Mr Raab was accused of snubbing the Bar Council's annual conference over the weekend after he failed to make a speech in person. He sent a pre-recorded video

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Judges have been reminded that the press must be allowed to freely access public court hearings after reporters were refused entry on a number of occasions this year. Reporters from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) attended possession courts on 110 occasions over the summer. They reveal

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Financial penalties would be imposed on parents who bring vexatious claims to the family courts under plans being drawn up by the UK government. Justice secretary Dominic Raab wants mediation to be the default process in divorce cases to stop couples from burdening the courts, The Times reports.

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England risks losing out on economic growth and international influence because its crumbling legal system is not prepared for innovations such as cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence and green investing, new research warns. The Social Market Foundation said that delays in settling cases in ove

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The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has obtained an extra £2.2 billion to resolve the backlog of court cases. It had warned the Treasury that the backlog could rise to 72,000 cases – up from the pre-pandemic figure of 41,000 – unless is secured an extra £500 million to expand the N

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Plans to offer "automatic online convictions" to people charged with minor offences will lead to "trigger-happy justice", campaigners have said. The UK government's controversial Judicial Review and Courts Bill, which returns to the Commons floor today, will allow for people charged with minor offen

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The backlog of cases in the criminal courts in England and Wales is likely to be a pervasive issue for several years, severely affecting all court users, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). The pandemic significantly affected the work of the criminal justice system, requiring e

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Complainants in England and Wales are waiting more than 600 days for justice after reporting a crime – a rise of more than 50 per cent in the past year. Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that in the second quarter of this year, the time between a crime occurring and a case being resolv

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The number of sole practitioners in England and Wales has declined by nearly a half in the past decade, according to new analysis of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) data. There were 3,640 sole practitioners in July 2011, making up a third of all solicitors, but the figure has fallen by 47 per

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A growing number of offenders who avoid custodial sentences are instead being given informal community orders. Figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that nearly three quarters of out of court disposals consisted of community resolution orders last year, an increase of 56 per cent on 2015

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