Access to Justice and Welfare Advisory Services

The UK Government has recognised that it is “imperative” that support is given to people on low incomes to access justice. However successive governments, parliamentary committees and stakeholders have identified barriers to vulnerable people accessing the necessary advice and legal services. …

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Sentencing Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages

This Law Commission bill seeks to consolidate existing sentencing legislation into a single sentencing statute. The Sentencing Bill is a consolidation bill that will introduce the sentencing code. The aim of the code is to provide a clear and comprehensive source of sentencing procedure legislation for the public, the judiciary and practitioners. …

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Queen’s Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 4

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 4 of the Lords debate on the Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: home affairs, justice, local government, devolved affairs and constitutional affairs.…

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Obscene Publications Act 1959: 60th Anniversary

On 29 July 2019, 60 years will have passed since the Obscene Publications Act 1959 received royal assent. This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the Act. It also covers developments in the law that were relevant to the then Government’s attempt to ban the publication of D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (R v Penguin Books Ltd 1960). This includes the previous case of R v Hicklin (1858).…

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