The Government has launched an examination into the reformation and restriction of judicial review proceedings, aiming to limit the public’s ability to challenge the Government’s decisions.
A panel of thirteen international lawyers are beginning to draft plans to create a legally enforceable crime of “ecocide” which would join the ranks of serious international offences such as genocide, and war crimes in the battle against the illegal destruction of the environment.
Seeking to modernise and reform gambling laws, the government is placing them under review with particular attention on the Gambling Act 2005.
The Law Commission has published a report which recommends to the UK Parliament a number of changes regarding the effectiveness of search warrants and access to digital material. Such changes would give UK law enforcement agencies further powers to access online material during criminal investigations.
In order to clear a backlog of criminal law cases, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has announced plans to have juries hear High Court trials in selected Odeon cinemas. Jurors will remotely observe trials in an environment that is compliant with social distancing regulations.