Index to All Frequently Asked Questions Pages What is the NRC doing about the possibility of a terrorist attack that could damage a nuclear power plant or spent fuel pool? After the terrorist attacks on September 11,the NRC first issued Advisories and then Orders that required nuclear power plant licensees to provide specific enhanced capabilities to respond to a terrorist attack. The NRC then began an accelerated security and engineering review based on the September 11 events. The review looked at what could possibly happen if terrorists used an aircraft to attack a nuclear power plant.
The charter came about as a way of highlighting to the public the crisis in the criminal justice system, and offering proposals to address that crisis by adopting some key principles that everyone should be able to unite behind and we can campaign for. We ended up with 5 key principles, and those became the Charter: The book recounts everyday tales of injustice with which criminal lawyers are already familiar.
Or even know… If the criminal justice system were the NHS, it would never be off the front page. Well if it is hard to get the public interested in the problem, it will be impossible to get support for the solution. Raising Awareness But maybe the tide is turning in terms of media coverage and public awareness The prison crisis become and remains a newsworthy story.
Then we have had the recent disclosure stories.
Nothing new to us, but amazing that suddenly the right case hit the headlines leading to media attention and a flurry similar scandalous stories. And even the current action by the bar is gaining media attention. The charter aims to join all this up, by helping people outside the system see that this is all part of the same problem- chronic underfunding of the justice system.
Previous campaigns The charter redresses 2 failures of some previous campaigns by legal aid lawyers: The first one self evidently fails.
We are unlikely to shift the perception of fat-cat lawyers, but even if we do, then I am afraid nobody cares, and why should they. Arguing for reasonable remuneration needs to Assess the consequences of the civil on the consequences of poorly paid lawyers: The second is that we have tended to be re-active rather than pro-active.
We have been focussed on the day job, responding to MoJ consultations in the misguided belief that the ministry would listen rather than just go ahead with their latest cut, and reacting belatedly to the issue of the day- court closures, extended hours, price tendering, duty compliance etc.
Charter for Justice Principles So the Charter sets out 5 principles that are broader, understandable, and if adopted and properly funded would restore faith in the justice system and fix what is now broken.
The text of the charter is here. It offers unity in that all lawyers can support the aims, whereas previously there have been differing interests and factional differences bar vs solicitors, big firms group vs small, etc We need a united approach -no back- door meetings with the MoJ by the bar or solicitors alone.
Attention then focussed on the then current dispute over AGFS reform, and the contentious ballot, from which solicitor advocates were excluded, which voted against action by a narrow margin.
Justice needs a Minister who will stand up to the Treasury, and embrace the Charter. Appendix- the Charter for Justice Preamble For too many years those who are close to the criminal justice system have observed the impact of funding restraints and cuts which have led to dilapidated buildings, reduced access to Justice, and a prison service on the point of collapse.
The Lammy report has highlighted inequality of outcomes, and recently highlighted disclosure problems have shown systemic failures in the system. This charter seeks to set the standards for a justice system that is sustainable, workable and fair.
The CPS needs to be properly funded to properly present cases, and legal aid sufficiently available and remunerated to ensure equality of arms in an adversarial justice system, and to allow everyone access to legal advice and representation irrespective of means.
Criminal justice is not a game, and proper disclosure needs to be made in a timely fashion so that those accused by the state can fully understand what they are accused of, and respond accordingly. Failures in the disclosure process waste huge resources throughout the system and result in wrongful convictions, avoidable appeals and abandoned trials, damaging both the accused and victims of crime and undermining public confidence.
There is an urgent need to increase fairness, effectiveness and accountability within the disclosure process. There should be no further court closures, and court buildings and their fabric should be maintained to an acceptable standard.
The latest initiative of online pleas is a dangerous development that will remove the direct engagement that a defendant has with the court and legal representatives.
Every defendant or witness or member of the public should have a right to attend a court hearing in person. The recent change to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act allowing the police to video-interview people wherever they choose without legal advice undermines vital protections for those suspected of crime and should be prohibited.
This is especially dangerous for the young, those with mental health issues or learning disabilities, or for whom English is not a first language. There are too many people in prison and at risk of being sent to prison for failing to comply with conditions and urgent action is required to reduce the number of people in prison.
We must learn from other countries where prisons are more forward thinking and humane and reoffending rates are lower.
There must be recruitment and retention of sufficient prison officers, and access to properly funded rehabilitation and education courses within the prison system. The part privatisation of the probation service is a costly failure which should be reversed.
Unless all have faith in the processes as well as the outcomes of our justice system, trust in the system will ebb away. We need to work to eliminate unconscious bias amongst all those involved in the system through diverse recruitment, better training and rigorous monitoring.
Justice cannot be seen to be done when there are the clear differences in treatment and outcome identified in the Lammy Report, or arising through use of the legal concept of Joint Enterprise.Jun 20, · How to File a Civil Lawsuit. In this Article: Article Summary Determining Whether you Should File a Lawsuit Preparing to File Filing Your Lawsuit Considering Your Options Before Going to Trial Going to Trial Community Q&A Sometimes, you may want to file a lawsuit against someone because of a disagreement you had with them or an injury they caused.
A civil penalty or civil fine is a financial penalty imposed by a government agency as restitution for wrongdoing.
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