Parliament shut-down puts justice bills under threat
The Law Society – 28 August
Boris Johnson’s plans to prorogue parliament could impact several key pieces of legislation. There are a number of bills currently waiting to be given royal assent that may fall away if not specifically carried over to the next session. Such bills include the Domestic Abuse Bill and the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.
Curfews for young people planned in bid to tackle knife crime
Cypnow – 21 August
Cypnow discuss the Home Office’s recently planned knife crime prevention orders (KCPOs). These proposed orders could be given to anyone aged 12 or over who the police believe are carrying a knife or who has a previous conviction for knife crime. Curfews, and restricting areas they can visit are just two of the proposed measures to reduce knife crime.
Child can have brain surgery against wishes of father
Marilyn Stowe Blog – 19 August
John Bolch explores the case of Z v Y, in which a father objected against a specific issue order for an epileptic child to undergo brain surgery to alleviate epileptic seizures. The mother had applied for the order, and the judge decided the benefits from the surgery would outweigh the risk.
Mental health services fail to ask women about their experience of domestic abuse
Family Law Week – 18 August
According to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, mental health services should ask patients about domestic abuse. However, a Freedom of Information request revealed that more than a third of NHS mental health trusts that responded have no policy on 'routine enquiry' about domestic violence and abuse.