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Welsh Government outline principles for a reformed justice system

The Welsh Government’s Counsel General and Minister for Social Justice have outlined the potential core components of a devolved justice system, and warned that the current Westminster-run system is “pulling the shutters down” on access to justice.

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Devolved justice system an opportunity to reduce the size of the prison population – Counsel General

The Welsh Government’s Counsel General has said the biggest change under a devolved justice system would be a reduced prison population.

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Concessions to UK Elections Bill secured to ensure open and accessible elections in Wales

Counsel General Mick Antoniw reaffirmed the Welsh Government’s commitment to open elections and increased voter participation, as the Senedd prepares to vote on the passage of the UK Government’s Elections Bill.

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Devolved nations criticise “unwelcome and unnecessary” UK Government plans to drop Human Rights Act

The Welsh and Scottish Governments have described the UK Government’s plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights as an “ideologically motivated attack on freedoms and liberties.”

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Action needed to tackle legal aid crisis

The Welsh Government’s Counsel General has called on the UK Government to back reforms to legal aid to ensure people can access to the support they need.

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Concerns raised about Human Rights Act reform

The Welsh Government has raised its “significant concerns” with UK Government plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights.

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Voting after lessons included in election pilots

Some students will be able to vote at their college in next May’s local government elections, as part of efforts to increase voter turnout.

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Lord Lloyd-Jones appointed as President of Welsh Law Council

Lord Lloyd-Jones, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, will serve as the inaugural President of the Law Council of Wales.

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Warning legal aid cuts risk a “two tier justice system”

Years of cuts to legal aid mean the UK is “heading towards a two tier justice system”, Counsel General Mick Antoniw today warned.

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Planning and historic environment law to be simplified as part of Welsh Government programme to make law more accessible

Mick Antoniw, the Welsh Government’s Counsel General, has launched a new programme to improve the accessibility of Welsh law.