Law

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

30 October 2019

This image claiming there are four million 17 year-olds who’ll be able to vote in the election is not about the UK

The image is about the US. There are only around 725,000 17 year-olds in the UK.

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This image claiming there are four million 17 year-olds who’ll be able to vote in the election is not about the UK
9 October 2019

More prisoners to be released two thirds of the way through sentence than halfway

The government pledged to mandate serious criminals spending two thirds of their sentence in prison. Judges already have discretion to impose this.

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More prisoners to be released two thirds of the way through sentence than halfway
4 October 2019

That claim you’ve seen about Supreme Court judges getting paid £175,000 by the EU is totally made up

Some work ad hoc for the European Court of Human Rights, but that is separate from the European Union.

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That claim you’ve seen about Supreme Court judges getting paid £175,000 by the EU is totally made up
30 September 2019

No evidence for how Supreme Court judges voted in EU referendum

Judges have to stay politically impartial, and we have no idea how they voted.

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No evidence for how Supreme Court judges voted in EU referendum
25 September 2019

The Lord Kerr who wrote Article 50 isn’t the Lord Kerr who sits on the Supreme Court

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard is a different person to Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore.

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The Lord Kerr who wrote Article 50 isn’t the Lord Kerr who sits on the Supreme Court
9 September 2019

What does proroguing parliament mean?

We explain what it means to prorogue parliament, why it’s controversial, and how it could affect Brexit.

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What does proroguing parliament mean?
3 September 2019

A new Brexit bill doesn’t allow the EU to unilaterally extend the Brexit date

Parliament has the power to reject an extension date suggested by the EU.

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A new Brexit bill doesn’t allow the EU to unilaterally extend the Brexit date
8 August 2019

Tommy Robinson was not prosecuted for causing distress to men on trial for grooming

Tommy Robinson was found guilty in July 2019 of contempt of court after live-streaming footage of defendants in a trial that had a reporting ban.

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Tommy Robinson was not prosecuted for causing distress to men on trial for grooming
28 February 2019

Theresa May didn’t say paedophiles should be allowed to adopt children

An academic wrote a report proposing the change in 2010, but that wasn’t backed by the government.

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Theresa May didn’t say paedophiles should be allowed to adopt children
15 February 2019

You can’t be exempt from council tax if your home is used as a place of worship

Muslims who use rooms in their homes as a ‘place of worship’ aren’t exempt from council tax.

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You can’t be exempt from council tax if your home is used as a place of worship

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