The High Court has today ruled on an issue which will be big news for millions of parents across the country. The case concerned Jon Platt, a father from the Isle of Wight who took his daughter to Florida in 2015, causing her to miss seven days of schooling. He returned and was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60 which later increased to £120 after it was not paid promptly. Mr Platt was then later prosecuted under s444 (1) of the Education Act 1996 which makes it an offence for any parent to fail to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school.

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Are women being punished too severely for entering the Criminal Justice System? The Criminal Appeals Strategic Legal Representation Programme certainly thinks so and has given some eye watering statistics to why this is such a major concern that cannot continue to go unnoticed.

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In April 2016 it will become law in England for all dogs to be microchipped. The new law comes about due to the implementation of The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 which come in to force on 06 April 2016. This legislation brings England in line with Wales and Northern Ireland where it is already law to ensure all dogs are microchipped. Scotland is due to implement its own microchipping legislation in April 2016 also.

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Is it because I am a criminal lawyer that I have become obsessed with the latest online true-crime documentary or is it the fact that the world has always been intrigued and fascinated by the drama of crime that has seen the Netflix series, ‘Making a Murderer’ stir up global interest, opinion and debate? Either way, I am hooked!

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Government Announces Prison ‘Overhaul’

By Marcela Salter at 00:00

The Government has declared its intention to reduce reoffending with its latest Prison ‘overhaul’ statement. David Cameron recently announced that Governors would have autonomy over the operation and budgets of their prison. However the big question is, how will they begin to repair the system to ensure each part of it works as it should?

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