Announcements 2008


Guide to The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2008
22 December 2008
In April 2009, the seventh amendment of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2005 will come into force. This announcement explains the changes. It is intended for court users, staff and practitioners.

Coroners and Justice Bill briefing note
19 December 2008
This briefing note sets out some of the Coroners and Justice Bill's main measures on coroners. We will publish further details about the contents when the Bill is formally introduced in Parliament, which we anticipate will be early in 2009.

Prison and probation provider performance ratings
19 December 2008
From the second quarter of 2008/09, we are responsible for agreeing and publishing performance ratings of prisons and probation areas/trusts as part of the regulatory framework for NOMS. This is to ensure independence and transparency of the final performance assessments.

Family justice in view
16 December 2008
Jack Straw has made an oral statement about the opening up of family courts.

Progress on the Government's Response to the Report by Baroness Corston
10 December 2008
Justice minister Maria Eagle has made a written ministerial statement about progress on the government's response to the review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system.

Children and Adoption Act - more flexible approach to resolving disputes in contact cases
08 December 2008
New provisions in the Children and Adoption Act 2006, which come into force today, provide new ways to help the courts find solutions in contact cases where there is conflict between the parents about whom a child should see and how often.

Optional Protocol to the UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
04 December 2008
Justice Minister Michael Wills has made a statement on the publication of an independent review of a protocol that allows women to take complaints directly to the United Nations if they believe their rights have been violated.

The Queen's Speech
03 December 2008
The Queen's Speech today announced the government's forthcoming legislative programme.