Reforms to the Family Justice System

Reforms to the Family Justice System A single Family Court was created on 22 April 2014. On the same day, the majority of the family justice provisions in the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force. The new Family Court can deal with all family proceedings apart from a limited number of matters, which will be exclusively reserved […]

The Retention and Disclosure of Criminal Records

The Retention and Disclosure of Criminal Records   An individual who is convicted of a recordable offence will have a “nominal record” of that conviction placed on the Police National Computer. Nominal records will also be created for individuals who are cautioned, reprimanded, warned or arrested for such offences. An individual’s nominal record is retained […]

Should Sex Case Defendants Be Granted Anonymity?

Should Sex Case Defendants Be Granted Anonymity? Nigel Evans has called for a fresh look at whether defendants in sex offence cases should get anonymity on the same level as people who “sling mud” against them as he pledged to speak up for men who are wrongly accused. The former Tory deputy speaker, who was […]

Criminal Bar Association Votes Against Continued Legal Action

Criminal Bar Association Votes Against Continued Legal Action   The CBA membership were balloted on the following question:   “DO YOU WISH TO CONTINUE ‘NO RETURNS’ AND DAYS OF ACTION UNTIL ALL THE CUTS AND REDUCTIONS IN [SOLICITORS’] CONTRACTS ARE ABANDONED?”   The total number of votes cast were 1878   629 ‘Yes’ votes were cast being […]

Glansfields join Bhatia Best

Glansfields join Bhatia Best  Longstanding Mansfield family and criminal practice Glansfields joined Bhatia Best on 1 April 2014. Robert Glansfield has practised in Mansfield all his career and is a criminal and family law practitioner, being both a criminal duty solicitor and holding specialist children’s panel accreditation. Bhatia Best are delighted to welcome Robert and […]

Social Services meetings and Child Protection Conferences.

Social Services meetings and Child Protection Conferences. Social Workers may invite parents to Initial Child Protection Conferences (ICPCs) if, following their enquiries, they still have concerns about the children’s safety and welfare. The purpose of an ICPC is to collate information from everyone involved in the family’s life and the care of the children. Naturally […]

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