We controlled Covid in our prisons, kept the courts running throughout lockdown, and were the first in the western world to resume jury trials.
The family courts’ approach to domestic abuse remains much the same as twenty years ago, and the system is stacked against survivors.
Re-offending rates are far too high. Electronic monitoring is being expanded – including sobriety tags to check alcohol consumption.
Also: Opposition parties force the SNP to abandon a bid to suspend trial by jury; and more good reading on the fallout from Alex Salmond’s acquittal.
With the Coronavirus engulfing parliamentary discussions, the legislation looks on hold for now.
The culture wars over sex and gender are increasingly being played out in the courts, with insufficient regard for coherence or the intentions of legislation.
If governments are going to keep signing up to ‘legally-binding targets’, this sort of thing will continue to happen. Legislative indolence is the root of judicial power.
It is also politically shrewd – showing free market radicalism and compassion for the poor.
We republish a personal Tory manifesto first published by this site almost exactly five years ago.
This is the second of a three-part ConHome mini-series from Policy Exchange on the judges, public policy and the election.
This is the first of a three-part ConHome mini-series from Policy Exchange on the judges, public policy and the election.
As well as Government measures to toughen up punishments and support victims, the nation requires more magistrates.
We must strike a better balance so that where genuine disagreements arise, there are ways of resolving the situation through mediation and conciliation.
Our arrangements have served us well for centuries. But the current situation reveals that it is in need of a tidy-up to restore its effectiveness and standing.
Also: Holyrood system would not serve the purported aims of Tomkins’ new party; Scottish court rejects bit to block prorogation; and IRA in spotlight over donation.