December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Wednesday reported that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the ...[read more]
March 17, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The England and Wales High Court on Monday rejected a lawsuit by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS) challenging planned government cuts to legal aid for prisoners. The charitable organizations challenged the legal aid cuts, which were enacted in December, ...[read more]
October 14, 2013
by Max Slater
The High Court of England and Wales on Monday dismissed a libel suit against a British financier who has criticized corruption in Russia. Russian police officer Pavel Karpov sued William Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital Fund after Browder accused Karpov of being involved in a circle of ...[read more]
October 12, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A Northern Ireland judge ruled Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of diseases that can be carried ...[read more]
July 17, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Same-sex marriage will be legal in England and Wales after legislation received final approval from Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday. The House of Commons gave final approval of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Tuesday. The original legislation was introduced in January and will effectively ...[read more]
June 6, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The UK government on Wednesday reached a settlement agreement with thousands of Kenyans tortured by British colonial forces during the 1950s. Negotiations began last October after the Queen's Bench Division on the High Court of England and Wales ruled that three elderly Kenyans could sue the ...[read more]
May 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
A senior judge for the Judiciary of England and Wales on Friday partially upheld a request by British Foreign Secretary William Hague to withhold certain information from the investigation into the 2006 death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko was a member of the Federal Security ...[read more]
February 6, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
The UK Parliament voted 400-175 on Tuesday in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The legislation, which was introduced late last month, would extend the application of the Marriage Act of 1949 to same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples. The bill also contains ...[read more]
January 25, 2013
by Max Slater
The British government introduced legislation on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The bill would extend the UK's Marriage Act of 1949 to apply to same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples. The bill also contains exceptions for clergy members who do not wish to ...[read more]

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