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Criminal justice system struggling to cope with new laws
‘Just stop passing laws’

By Alex Stevenson The government’s addiction to lawmaking is driving the legal world “mad”, the new head of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has told politics.co.uk. Paul Mendelle QC claimed lawyers have been overwhelmed by the volume of legislation passed by the New Labour government. Accusing ministers of “legislative hyperactivity”, he said: “We have been… Read more »

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Curriculum Bill passes stage one in Senedd

A Bill that will make religious education in Wales fully inclusive of humanism has passed the first stage before becoming law. Wales Humanists – which has long campaigned for this change – has strongly welcomed the news, saying the Bill will make Wales ‘a world-leader in inclusive education’. Following a debate, Senedd members today voted… Read more »

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Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks after… Read more »

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Antisocial drinkers can get a "booze ASBO" under new laws which come into force today.
Govt introduces ‘booze ASBOs’

By Liz Stephens Antisocial drinkers can get a “booze ASBO” under new laws which come into force today. New Drinking Banning Orders (DBO) can be imposed by magistrates and can contain “any condition they think is necessary” according to the Home Office, in a move which is bound to worry civil liberties campaigners. The orders… Read more »