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Ministry of Justice (MOJ)

  1. Announcement of preferred candidate for HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

    Charlie Taylor announced as candidate for next Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons.

  2. Wrexham magistrates’ court to undergo £5.4m transformation

    Wrexham Magistrates’ Court will undergo £5.4m worth of renovations to boost capacity, improve accessibility, and deliver more trials.

  3. 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’ unveiled

    The Lord Chancellor has today (19 July 2020) announced locations for 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’ which have been rapidly set up to tackle the impact of coronavirus on the justice system.

  4. Government launches independent panel to look at judicial review

    A panel of experts will examine if there is a need to reform the judicial review process after an independent review was launched by government today (31 July).

  5. Improvements to care for pregnant women and mothers in prison

    Individual care plans and increased staff training on supporting vulnerable mothers and pregnant women will significantly improve the way they are cared for in custody, under a new policy published today (Friday 31 July).

  6. Public safety boosted with 1,000 new probation officers

    Frontline probation services will be boosted by more than 1,000 new recruits as part of a major three-year plan to strengthen the supervision of offenders unveiled today.

  7. Lord Chancellor’s Mansion House speech to the judiciary

    Full text of the speech given by Robert Buckland QC to the judiciary about judicial independence, reform and future

  8. Video-witnessed wills to be made legal during coronavirus pandemic

    The Government is to legalise the remote witnessing of wills – making it easier for people to record their final wishes during the coronavirus pandemic.

  9. Two new appointments and one extension to the Legal Services Board

    The Lord Chancellor has announced the appointment of Flora Page and Stephen Gowland as new non-lay members of the Legal Services Board and an extension to Marina Gibbs’ tenure as lay member.

  10. GFSL staff member going above and bee-yond at HMP Warren Hill

    Alan Weale, a electrician at HMP Warren Hill has gone above and bee-yond by donating two colonies of bees from his own apiary in Suffolk.

  11. New online service to improve Lasting Power of Attorney

    People managing their loved ones’ affairs will find it easier to safeguard their finances and wellbeing after a new online service is launched today (17 July 2020).

  12. New compensation scheme for victims of terrorism

    Victims of terror atrocities at home and overseas are to benefit from a new dedicated compensation scheme under government plans to boost the support offered to people injured by violent crime.

  13. Appointment of 3 Commissioners and the reappointment of 5 Commissioners to the Judicial Appointments Commission

    Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, has appointed 3 Commissioners and reappointed 5 Commissioners to the Judicial Appointments Commission.

  14. Consultation launched on doubling maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker

    Anyone who assaults or attacks emergency workers could face longer jail terms, as a consultation on doubling the maximum penalty for the offence is launched today.

  15. Ministry of Justice statement in fee-paid judicial litigation: June 2020

    A further update on work MOJ is doing to respond to the CJEU judgment of November 2018 in O’Brien No.2 and the Supreme Court’s judgment in Miller of December 2019.

  16. Government plan new changes to criminal records disclosure regime

    Youth cautions and multiple conviction rule to be removed from automatic disclosure.

  17. Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary concludes five-year tenure

    Sir Richard Heaton will conclude his service at the Ministry of Justice later this summer when his five-year tenure comes to an end.

  18. More than 100,00 civil money claims issued online

    More than 100,000 civil money claims have been issued in just 18 months using HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s online service.

  19. Domestic Abuse Bill 2020: letter from Minister Chalk to Jess Phillips MP on the second tranche of amendments

    Letter from Minister Chalk to Jess Phillips MP on the second tranche of the government amendments tabled for Commons Report stage.

  20. Domestic Abuse Bill 2020: letter from ministers to Jess Phillips MP on the first tranche of amendments

    Letter from ministers to Jess Phillips MP on the first tranche of the government amendments tabled for Commons Report stage.