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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

December 12, 2007: Reviewing The Law On Murder

The Ministry of Justice has announced the next step in the first comprehensive review of murder law for 50 years. The former Home Secretary had announced plans for a review of murder in October 2004.The Government is now seeking views on recommendations put forward by the Law Commission following the 2006 publication of its report, 'Murder, Manslaughter and Infanticide'. It will initially be looking at the Law Commission's proposals for:

  • reformed partial defences to murder of provocation and diminished responsibility;
  • reformed offences of complicity in relation to homicide;
  • improved procedures for dealing with infanticide.

Specialists and key stakeholders from within and outside the criminal justice system will discuss the Law Commission's recommendations over several months. Where changes to the law are considered necessary, draft clauses will be published for consultation next summer. Justice Minister, Maria Eagle, said:

'Murder is the most serious crime and it is essential that the law reflects this. The Government remains committed to retaining the mandatory life sentence and the sentencing principles for murder set out in the Criminal Justice Act 2003. This stage of the Review will look at specific aspects of the operation of the law of murder to ensure that it protects the public and provides appropriate levels of punishment for those found guilty.'

'The law needs to be clear and fair so that people have confidence in the criminal justice system. We want to have an open and inclusive debate on the issues before we bring forward firm proposals on how the law should be reformed.