How do you define #Corruption? Grand, Petty, Political. @anticorruption @MoJ @UKHomeOffice

17 03 23 VU TITransparency International: a fabulous organisation with an excellent definition of corruption and an admirable antidote:

We each have to find out how we suffer from corruption, before we learn how to stand up to it, it seems.

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Have Your Say: Consultation on the Protection of Official Data [Official Secrets Acts], Freedom of Expression and Public Interest @MoJGovUK

17-02-24-law-com-official-dataThanks to my experiences as McKenzie Friend in my life as a computer scientist, I have become a member of the Committee of the Law Group of the British Computer Society which specialises in IT and The Law.

The Committee Members I have met so far are marvellous colleagues, with a barrister as Chair, expert witnesses with experience in paedophilia and an expert in online reputation!

We are now working on a series of events starting with our response to the public consultation that the Law Commission published:

The meeting on Wednesday March 8th in Southampton Street off the Strand:

  • free and open to non-members as well;
  • starts at 6 for 6.30, ends at 8 with drinks and nibbles
  • requires registration via this link.

If you can’t make it to Covent Garden, remote participation is planned via webstreaming.  Continue reading

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Become Digital Defenders of Children! Ashton Kutcher leads the Way in the US Senate @aplusk

THORN is the company that he co-founded to develop the right digital tools.

In our age of #fakenews and #satanic Hollywood this digital initiative is a sad necessity.

Find out for yourself and make up your own mind!

There is always another eye opener, there are always more dots to join and there may just be another stage of ‘shock therapy’ required for all of us…

 

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1984 in Full Swing: Let’s Imprison #PublicInterest #Whistleblowers @UKHomeOffice @MoJGovUK

The Government’s legal advisers have revealed plans to lock up people who expose things like human rights abuses. They could face prison sentences of up to 14 years. Under these terrifying new laws, even journalists could face charges just because they were sent certain information. [1] [Please note Stephen Glover’s article about “judicial activism” in the Daily Mail!]

People who reveal things that some would rather the public didn’t know are called whistleblowers. Often they share things that we need to know, because there are serious consequences if the information is hidden. For example, Nurse Helene Donnelly, who helped expose the situation in Mid Staffs NHS trust. [2]

But draft plans to imprison some whistleblowers for up to 14 years were floated by government advisers late last night. It looks like they’re testing the idea to see whether or not the public would let these scary plans go ahead. And that’s where we come in. A huge public outcry would force the government to reject these plans before they get any further than just a draft.

If you believe that no one should face 14 years in prison for exposing truths that we deserve to know, then please sign the petition. It takes less than a minute:

SIGN THE PETITION

Without whistleblowers, we would never have known about the revelations in last years “Panama Papers” of politicians and big companies avoiding tax through offshore tax havens, or the state of patient care in some of our hospitals. [3] These people put their jobs on the line to tell us things we should know – but under these plans it’s a lot more than just their jobs that could be at risk.

Human rights groups and senior lawyers have already spoken out against these plans, but it would be easy for the government to dismiss them as the usual suspects. [4] They won’t be able to ignore a huge outcry by hundreds of thousands of us who know we have a right to hear what’s going on behind closed doors.

Let’s force the government to scrap these plans before they’re even properly on the table. Sign the petition now asking the government to reject the idea to imprison whistleblowers or journalists who report on the leaks for up to 14 years.

Use the button below to add your name to the petition today: 

SIGN THE PETITION

Thanks for being involved,

Jinan, Megan, Charlotte, Holly and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES:
[1] Guardian: Government advisers accused of ‘full-frontal attack’ on whistleblowers:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/12/uk-government-accused-full-frontal-attack-prison-whistleblowers-media-journalists
[2] Nursing Times: Whistleblowing Mid Staffs nurse too scared to walk to car after shift:
https://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/accident-and-emergency/whistleblowing-mid-staffs-nurse-too-scared-to-walk-to-car-after-shift/5036466.article
[3] The Independent: Panama Papers: Whistleblower breaks silence to explain why they leaked the 11.5m files:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/panama-papers-whistleblower-breaks-silence-to-explain-why-he-leaked-the-115m-files-a7017691.html
[4] International Business Times: ‘Draconian’ changes to UK espionage laws branded ‘full frontal’ attack on whistleblowing: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/draconian-changes-uk-espionage-laws-branded-full-frontal-attack-whistleblowing-1606231

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Let’s kill all the #lawyers: #judges #barristers and #solicitors? #Money at the root of judicial #evil? @MoJGovUK @UKHomeOffice

A plague on lawyers: STEPHEN GLOVER’s blisteringly provocative critique on the greed, self-importance and lack of scruples of Britain’s last unreformed vested interest group.

It couldn’t be clearer, this article: starting with Shakespeare’s “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” it makes very poignant points:

  1. the UK has more lawyers per head of population than any other country;
    1. their fees can run into millions of pounds;
    2. their fondness for money is matched by their sense of self-importance;
  2. the majority of judges think they’re under-appreciated and under-paid;
  3. individual cases of misconduct are quite horrendous;
    1. ‘ambulance chasers’ with ‘no win / no fee arrangements’ construct ‘fake cases’ or ‘competitive touting’;

The law is in many respects another country with its own sometimes impenetrable legal language, strange habits, arcane conventions, and, occasionally, unimaginable rewards. It is a world in which the leading lights — senior judges and highly paid QCs — take themselves very seriously indeed, sometimes complimenting one another on their allegedly enormous intellects in a self-regarding way, and assuming an easy, though hardly merited, sense of superiority over the rest of humanity.

A thorough inquiry into the legal profession would, in fact, be an excellent idea. The only trouble is that in modern Britain it would be headed by a judge.

Leave your comment! Join our ‘judicial activism‘!

Ask yourself what’s dishonest about our money system and look for constructive alternatives!

Ask yourself what keeps ‘the system’ of ‘professionals’ going…

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Fathers4 (Access2) Justice: Administrative Court ruling on the public’s right to attend court hearings and the Court Service’s limited powers of control – Chris Adamson

Supporters are NEEDED in courts!!!

UK Human Rights Blog

fathers4justice-picR (O’Connor) v Aldershot Magistrates’ Court [2016] EWHC 2792 (Admin)

Summary

On 20 February 2015 Matthew O’Connor, the Claimant in this judicial review and the founder of the campaign group Fathers4Justice, was due to go on trial at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court for a public order offence. He arrived at court with around ten of his supporters, but when they tried to gain entry to the court building they were prevented from doing so by HMCTS staff. Only the Claimant and his Mackenzie Friend were allowed to enter.

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A day in the life of a South London magistrates’ court #Justice @MoJGovUK

This entry was written by former magistrate Penelope Gibbs who created the charity Transform Justice. She specialises in Litigants in Person who defend themselves in criminal courts where liberty is at stake, rather than civil courts, where the issue is ‘only’ money.

One of the surprising things I learned from Penelope is that Litigants who pay their lawyers privately do NOT get their ‘costs’ back when they win.

That ‘game’ is only played by publicly employed lawyers. No wonder our experienced McKenzie Friends talk about the ‘public gravy train’.

A day in the life of a South London magistrates’ court

I spend a lot of time reading accounts of court life on twitter and blogs, but its a salutary experience to see it first hand.  I spent the day this week in a South London magistrates’ court and many things struck me.

1) the court is theoretically open, but feels closed.  When I wandered into court to observe, I was the only non-family member in the public gallery and it was clear that independent observers were rare.

2) In two of the courts there was a bench of two magistrates rather than three (as is good practice). Given that magistrate numbers have been reduced by 40% in the last eight years because of falling workload, it seems that they may have miscalculated the number of magistrates they need, and reduced numbers too far.

3) There was a video link in the court between three nearby police stations and the court room (to enable defendants in the police station to “appear” in court).  The technology was sub-standard.  The camera angle in the police station meant that we saw the top of each defendant’s head – they were not face on. The sound was poor and there was only one screen in the court-room.  Communication between lawyer and defendant, and between defendant and interpreter was much worse than it would have been had the defendant been in the court-room – the lawyer could not have a quick word in private with their client. Continue reading

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