Law

Fact checks about UK law, how legal systems work, justice and human rights

4 April 2015

The Supreme Court didn't endorse the benefit cap

The benefit cap is lawful, ruled the Supreme Court by a majority of 3:2 last month. Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said that he was …

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The Supreme Court didn't endorse the benefit cap
2 April 2015

Absconding prisoners: the human rights case that wasn't

The High Court ruled yesterday (presumably before the Royal Courts of Justice were evacuated) that a policy barring prisoners from being transfered to open prisons if they have a history …

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19 March 2015

Is two thirds of UK law made by the EU?

Roughly two thirds of all the laws that apply in the UK are linked to the EU, but as laws vary a lot in importance this isn't very useful to …

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Is two thirds of UK law made by the EU?
11 March 2015

Votes for prisoners: politics versus human rights law

We look at the story behind the ECTHR ruling on prisoners' right to vote

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Votes for prisoners: politics versus human rights law
29 January 2015

Men accused of rape don't have to "prove that a woman said Yes"

New advice for prosecutors doesn't in any way change the law on rape.

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Men accused of rape don't have to "prove that a woman said Yes"
14 January 2015

Are there 80 Sharia courts in Britain?

"There are 80 practising Sharia courts around the United Kingdom, and I've got no problem with different religions and different groups having their own private observance, but the law should …

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Are there 80 Sharia courts in Britain?
9 January 2015

Factcheck: Did Ofcom say the Greens can't take part in leaders' TV debates?

"Media regulator Ofcom said it believed the Green party was not important enough to be included in the televised general election debates" - Huffington Post, 8 January 2015 An Ofcom …

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Factcheck: Did Ofcom say the Greens can't take part in leaders' TV debates?
8 January 2015

Factcheck: Can white teachers be discriminated against?

Several newspapers, as well as the BBC, have reported on comments made by the Chief Inspector of Schools in England, suggesting that he supports "positive discrimination" in recruiting teachers.

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Factcheck: Can white teachers be discriminated against?
19 December 2014

Did the EU rule that obesity is a disability?

"Fury as Euro court rules the obese are disabled" Daily Express, 19 December 2014 A decision concerning a childminder who claims he was sacked for being overweight was published yesterday …

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Did the EU rule that obesity is a disability?
15 December 2014

No gavels please, we're British

Nothing enlivens a courtroom drama quite like the decisive—or furious—crack of a judge's gavel. News articles reporting on legal issues also tend to be accompanied with stock images of this …

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No gavels please, we're British

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