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Supreme court chief denies judges trying to 'grab' power from parliament

Judges are not staging a power grab to take over parliament’s role and do not make up law “as we go along”, the new president of the supreme court has told a parliamentary committee.

In a robust defence of judicial independence in the face of government plans to change the UK’s constitution, Lord Reed of Allermuir warned that US-style confirmation hearings to select judges on the basis of their political views would be “really intolerable”.

The Guardian

 

Transgender man Freddy McConnell appeals decision not to be named father

A transgender man who has given birth to a child has begun an appeal to be legally registered as the "father" or "parent", rather than the "mother".

Freddy McConnell is fighting a decision made by a High Court judge last year that a person who carries and gives birth to a baby is legally a mother.

BBC News

 

UK counter-extremism programme violates human rights, UN expert says

Britain’s controversial counter-extremism programme violates human rights, a United Nations expert has said.

A report issued on Wednesday suggested that Prevent should be scrapped in its current form, because it targets ill-defined “extremism” as well as violence and terrorism.

The Independent

Woman serving 'never-ending' jail term suffered 'sudden unexpected death'

An artist caught in a “perfect storm” of deteriorating mental health and a prison term she feared would never end suffered an extremely rare sudden death alone in her cell, an inquest has concluded.

Charlotte Nokes, 38, was on suicide watch when she died in her cell in Peterborough prison, run by the outsourcing company Sodexo, on 23 July 2016, the inquest was told.

Nokes, was struggling with the indeterminate term of her sentence, known as an imprisonment for public protection (IPP).

IPP sentences, which were abolished in 2012 after their use spiralled out of control and the European court of human rights deemed them unlawful, gave offenders a minimum jail tariff but no maximum.

The Guardian

 

Facial recognition technology scans 13,200 people in London but results in just one arrest

More than 13,200 people have been scanned in facial recognition operations that resulted in just one arrest, new figures have revealed.

The Metropolitan Police has conducted two deployments of what it called a “fantastic crime-fighting tool” since it announced the rollout of the controversial technology in January.

The Independent


Domestic abuse bill fails to protect children and migrant women – charities

Children and migrant women are being overlooked by new laws designed to protect victims and punish perpetrators of domestic violence, charities have said.

The long-awaited domestic abuse bill will be introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday for its first reading; it was delayed by Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament and hold an election last year.

They said abused women with insecure immigration status often did not seek help from the police for fear of being reported to the Home Office and detained, deported or made destitute. Migrant women, they added, were predominantly barred from refuges and denied a safe place to sleep because they did not have access to public funds.

The Guardian

Unmarried partners still missing bereavement payments

The government must act quickly to ensure unmarried parents can receive bereavement support payments, 18 groups have said in an open letter.

Means-tested payments of up to £10,000 are made to parents whose husband, wife or civil partner has died.

Last month, a landmark legal case found denying these to co-habiting partners was against human-rights law.

BBC News