New Restrictions Halt School-Time Vacations (Sep. 23, 2013) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 came into force on September 1, 2013, coinciding almost perfectly with the start of a new term ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Government Considering Role of Monarchy in Consent to Legislation (Sep. 17, 2013) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The United Kingdom's government has recently announced an inquiry into the impact of the Queen's and the Prince's consent on the legislative process. (New ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Court of Protection Grants Vasectomy for Man with Learning Disabilities (Aug. 21, 2013) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

In an historic judgment, the Court of Protection for England and Wales has ruled that it is in the "best interests" of a 37-year old man ...

Topic: Civil rights and liberties; Family planning and birth control
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Owners of Dogs That Kill Could Face Life Imprisonment (Aug. 08, 2013) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

In the face of an increase in the number of dog bites that cause serious injuries or fatalities in England and Wales, the British government is ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Animal protection
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Queen's Speech for 2013 (May. 20, 2013) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland recently laid her annual speech before Parliament for 2013. The speech sets out the ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Bill to Modernize Electoral System Considered (Aug. 03, 2012) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012, sponsored by the United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is one of the coalition government's latest bills from ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Social Media and Naming Rape Victims (May. 16, 2012) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

It was reported on April 24, 2012, that 12 people across England and Wales have been arrested for allegedly both naming and harassing by means of ...

Topic: Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Use of Pirate Bay File-Sharing Website Illegal, ISPs Required to Block Access (May. 16, 2012) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

In February 2012, the High Court of England and Wales ruled that both the users and operators of The Pirate Bay, which is one ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Ruling Highlights (Mar. 27, 2012) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A woman who had been subject to a sustained period of domestic abuse by her husband was jailed for eight months after she "falsely" retracted claims ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Prisoners' (Jan. 11, 2012) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The High Court of England and Wales recently dismissed a case in which prisoners claimed that the practice of requiring them to urinate or defecate in ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Serious Organised Crime Agency Entitled to Civil Recovery of Money Laundering Proceeds (Jan. 11, 2012) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The High Court of England and Wales recently ruled that the civil recovery process used by the Serious Organised Crime Agency to take possession of property ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Ministry of Defence Investigations in Iraq Not Independent Enough to Meet Human Rights Requirements (Jan. 11, 2012) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Court of Appeal in England and Wales recently issued a judgment that the current mode of investigating allegations of abuse in Iraq by British forces ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Child Sex Offender Detained Indefinitely to Protect the Public (Jun. 16, 2011) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A British teacher, Nigel Leat, was recently convicted of numerous child sex offenses, including 36 sexual assaults and attempted rape. ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

400-Year-Old Expert Witness Immunity Abolished (Mar. 31, 2011) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Supreme Court, sitting as a panel of seven judges, has abolished a 400-year-old law that grants expert witnesses testifying in court immunity from charges of ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Nov. 09, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The United Kingdom's coalition government is following up on its election campaign pledge and has introduced a Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. If enacted, this ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Controversial Terrorism Pre-Charge Detention Powers Rarely Utilized (Nov. 01, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Government of the United Kingdom has published its quarterly statistical bulletin on the operation of a number of powers given to police under the UK's ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Child Sex Offender Registry Information Made Available to Parents (Oct. 06, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

An existing program, known as the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, that allows parents to check whether people in contact with their children have a record ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Commission Warns Government over Legality of Its Torture Policy (Oct. 06, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

In July 2010 the United Kingdom's coalition government released guidance that addresses the detention and interviewing of overseas detainees and gives instructions on how intelligence relating ...

Topic: War crimes
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Role of Magistrates' Court in Decline? (Sep. 22, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The magistrates' courts in England and Wales have witnessed a decline in the number of cases over the past ten years, with over 310,000 offenders fewer ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Leading Supermarket Chain Prosecuted for Using Too Much Packaging for Its Products (Sep. 22, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A leading British supermarket chain, Sainsbury's, is to be prosecuted for using too much packaging on one of its products, according to a news report of ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Civil Servants Prohibited from Cooperating with U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Investigation (Sep. 16, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie ...

Topic: Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Government to Introduce Legislation to Prevent "Legal Highs" (Aug. 24, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The British government announced on August 20, 2010, that it will introduce legislation to temporarily ban psychoactive substances that are currently legal, but used by people ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Drug trafficking
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Illegal Immigrant Jailed for 500,000 Tax Fraud (Aug. 16, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

Dmytro Shepel, an illegal immigrant originally from Ukraine but living in the United Kingdom under a false Lithuanian identity and passport, has recently been sentenced to ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Stock Broker Fined 2.8 Million for Market Abuse (May. 25, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Financial Services Authority (FSA), the independent body in charge of regulating financial services in the United Kingdom, has issued the largest fine to an individual ...

Topic: Securities
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

New Coalition Government Publishes Policy Plans (May. 25, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The United Kingdom's new coalition government, formed by the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrat Party after the May 2010 election resulted in a hung Parliament, ...

Topic: Legal systems
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

General Election Soon to Occur, with New Constituency Boundaries (May. 06, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Anti-Terrorism Detention Provisions Called Into Question (Jan. 26, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The United Kingdom's rocky road with its anti-terrorism legislation has continued with the High Court ruling that in the case of two individuals subject to "control ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

British National Party Member Arrested on Suspicion of Terrorism (Jan. 25, 2010) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A member of the British National Party, a far right political party, has been jailed for 11 years after pleading guilty to 22 offenses, including collecting ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Amnesty International Worker Wins Discrimination Case (Oct. 09, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

An employment tribunal upheld a claim by a worker for Amnesty International that she was discriminated against on the basis of race and ethnic origin. The ...

Topic: Discrimination
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

New Supreme Court Opens for Business (Oct. 09, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Ruling Requires British Offshore Accounts Be Revealed (Aug. 25, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A recent ruling by the Special Commissioners, the tax courts of the United Kingdom, requires over 300 UK and foreign banks to disclose the details of ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Anti-Terrorism Laws Successfully Challenged Again (Jun. 22, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The British government's anti-terrorism legislative regime has been challenged numerous times in the courts and has once again recently been dealt a near fatal blow by ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Blogger Loses Battle in Right to Privacy (Jun. 19, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

In one of the first cases in the United Kingdom to test Internet confidentiality rights, a police blogger, known under the moniker "NightJack," recently lost his ...

Topic: Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

MPs Expenses Scandal Prompting Constitutional Reforms (Jun. 02, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The disclosure of expenses of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom monetary allowances that Members may claim if an expense is incurred ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Indeterminate Sentences Not Unlawful (Jun. 01, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The House of Lords, the UK's final court of appeal, has recently ruled that indeterminate sentences for public protection (commonly known as IPPs) should remain in ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Operation of the Defence Advisory Notice (Apr. 16, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism division recently made a serious blunder when secret documents were inadvertently disclosed by him as he held a piece of ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Government Consultation on Possible Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (Apr. 13, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The British government has recently published a consultation paper on whether it should introduce a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities "to protect fundamental freedoms and foster ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Great Britain

Report Criticizes Implementation of Child Protection Laws (Mar. 25, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

In the wake of a tragic case in England in which a toddler, known only as "baby P," was killed by his mother, her live-in boyfriend, ...

Topic: Children
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Drop in Compensation for Helmetless Cyclist (Mar. 20, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A High Court ruling has caused concern that cyclists in England not wearing helmets while riding their bikes could face a reduction in compensation for accidents, ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Spring Bird Hunting Season Banned (Mar. 20, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

For the second year in a row, the Maltese government has banned spring bird hunting season. As in 2008, the new ban is the result of ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Malta

Alleged Corruption in House of Lords Brings Calls for Tougher Sanctions (Feb. 02, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

Amid recent reports that four Peers of the British House of Lords allegedly indicated they would be willing to use their influence to amend legislation in ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Pentagon Hacker Granted Judicial Review Against U.S. Extradition (Jan. 30, 2009) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A British computer systems administrator, Gary McKinnon, who hacked into 97 U.S. military computer systems in 2000 and 2001 has been granted judicial review of the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Large Part of UK DNA Database Must Be Destroyed (Dec. 17, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on December 4, 2008, that the British police must destroy fingerprints and DNA profiles of individuals arrested but not ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Parents Will Not Be Prosecuted for Son's Suicide (Dec. 17, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Director of Public Prosecutions in England and Wales has made the decision, issued on December 9, 2008, not to prosecute the parents of a 23-year-old ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Chagos Islanders Prohibited from Returning Home amid Diego Garcia Security Concerns (Oct. 24, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The House of Lords, the highest court in the United Kingdom, has overturned a ruling that permitted islanders removed from the Chagos Islands (now known as ...

Topic: National security
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Icelandic Banks'; UK Firms' Assets Frozen in Response to Bank Collapse (Oct. 17, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The collapse of several of Iceland's banks has led to a highly charged diplomatic dispute and intensive negotiations between Icelandic and British authorities. A delegation of ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Competition Laws Waived to Allow Bank Merger (Oct. 17, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Government of the United Kingdom is currently in the process of amending its competition laws to facilitate the proposed merger of two large banking establishments ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Government Accused of Concealing Tuna Exports (Sep. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

It was reported on August 17, 2008, that the Maltese government has been accused of concealing its true export figures of bluefin tuna, amounting to an ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Malta

Compensation for Rape Victims Reduced Due to Drinking as Contributing Factor (Sep. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, a body responsible for administering the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in England and Wales, recently reduced the amount of compensation awarded ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: England and Wales

Ruling Opens the Door for Families of Deceased Troops to Sue the Military (Aug. 26, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A High Court ruling of April 11, 2008, on the conduct of inquests into the deaths of soldiers serving overseas has paved the way for families ...

Topic: Armed forces and national security
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Commons Passes Pre-Charge Detention Bill (Jul. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

On June 11, 2008, a bill to extend the time period that terrorist suspects can be held without charge to gather evidence for criminal cases was ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Terrorist Loses US Extradition Appeal (Jul. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A controversial Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza, currently imprisoned in the United Kingdom for stirring up racial hatred, recently had his appeal against extradition to the United ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Enforcement of Female Circumcision Laws (Jul. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The British police are reportedly increasing checks on flights leaving for nations that are known to continue the practice of female circumcision. This practice was made ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Points-Based Immigration System Declared Unlawful (Jun. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The recently introduced points-based immigration system in the UK, under which migrants are awarded points for meeting various criteria to obtain entry into the UK, has ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Terrorism Laws Continue to Be Implemented (May. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The terrorism laws of the United Kingdom are continuing to be implemented in the courts, with individuals prosecuted frequently being jailed under these provisions. Most recently, ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Terrorist Freezing Orders Declared Unlawful (May. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

Orders made to implement United Nations Security Council regulations designed to prevent the financing of terrorism by freezing terrorist assets have been quashed by the High ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Immigration Rules Unlawful (Apr. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

What was described as one of the biggest overhauls of the United Kingdom's immigration laws has been declared unlawful by the High Court. The new immigration ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Bill to Extend Pre-Charge Detention of Terrorists Challenged (Apr. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

A counter-terrorism bill that would extend from 28 days to 42 the period that suspected terrorists can be detained without charge is currently before the Parliament ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

New Migrant Entry Tax for Public Services (Mar. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The public services in the United Kingdom have faced a strain in light of increasing numbers of migrants utilizing them. The government has recently announced a ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Extradition Order to U.S. Signed for Muslim Cleric (Mar. 02, 2008) by Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom has signed an extradition order to the United States for controversial Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, where he is ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom