Does life mean life? Life sentences explained

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“Sentence for murder is mandatory – it must be one of life imprisonment” remarked the judge in his sentencing; however, does life imprisonment really mean life imprisonment? The Sentencing Council themselves admit that ‘this is a complex area and there are many misunderstandings around it.’ This article seeks to set out the current legal position, especially in light of recent cases which have been instrumental in assisting to answer such a question. Continue reading

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Cuts to Legal aid: What will they mean for me?

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It would seem one motive for the Government’s desire to make cuts to legal aid would appear to be the fact that they think they can get away with it without losing many votes; other than a minority of lawyers, nobody else seems to really know about the cuts let alone realise how they may be affected. Continue reading