Legal News Digest: Nov-Dec 2020

December 10th: From the legislative war on sex workers to new rules governing criminal record disclosure, Carl Spender is here with a round-up of the last month’s legal news.

Government plans major crackdown on the right to protest

November 29th: The Conservative government is planning to introduce major changes to public order legislation to crack down on protests, under a new “Protection of the Police and Public Bill” planned for 2021.

“No case to answer” in Haringey Anti-Raids trial

November 20th: Earlier this morning, Highbury Magistrates threw out a case against two Haringey locals charged with obstructing immigration enforcement officers.

Lockdown 2: Are protests legal?

November 6th: I’ll keep this brief, as whatever I say here will no doubt be out of date within a week.

Boris’s sentencing bonanza part 2.1: “A smarter approach to sentencing”

October 1st: This is the second part of Legal Andy’s series on the government’s latest sentencing proposals.

Boris’ Sentencing Bonanza – Part One

September 18th: This week, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert “fuck the law” Buckland QC, launched a new white paper A Smarter Approach to Sentencing, which outlines the government’s latest proposals for punishing law breakers who aren’t members of the Tory party.

Legal: Do the new coronavirus restrictions make protests illegal?

September 5th: Update 16/09/20 – Shortly after the article below was published, the government reduced the maximum size of (most) legal gatherings from 30 to 6.

#ЗаЮлю and Social Media Activism: A Call Out for International Support

July 2nd: Russian activist Yulia Tsvetkova is facing criminal charges for posting body-positive and LGBT+ friendly art on social media.  She has been accused of distributing pornography with criminal intent, and expects to be sentenced for up to 6 years in prison.

Coronavirus and your right to stay away from work

May 10th: On Sunday evening, Boris Johnson declared that it was time for the people of England to get back to work.

Government quietly introduces new lockdown restrictions

April 23rd: At 11am yesterday (Wednesday 22.04.20), the government quietly tightened lockdown restrictions across England.