Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is one of the largest government departments. Every year around nine million people use its services in 900 locations across the United Kingdom, including 650 courts and tribunals and 139 prisons in England and Wales.
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Reforming advocates graduated fees and very high cost cases

06 April 2010
The Ministry of Justice and Legal Services Commission have today outlined new steps that aim to rebalance the legal aid budget, reduce costs and increase value for money for legal aid.

Tougher community payback scheme extended

01 April 2010
Offenders sentenced to community payback will face even tougher and more intense punishments, Jack Straw announced today.

Louise Casey to be first Victims' Commissioner

30 March 2010
Louise Casey has been appointed as the new, independent Victims' Commissioner, Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today.

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Criminal Procedure Rules 2010 in force

05 April 2010
The first consolidating edition of the Criminal Procedure Rules came into force today (5 April 2010).

Professor David Ormerod appointed Law Commissioner

01 April 2010
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw announced today the appointment of Professor David Ormerod as a Law Commissioner for a period of five years.

End of custody licence releases and recalls statistics

31 March 2010
Monthly statistical release on the numbers released from prison on end of custody licence and offenders recalled back to prison during the end of custody licence period.

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