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Police 'not a civil debt recovery agency'

The Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Lynne Owens, yesterday told the House of Commons Home Affairs Commitee that the police were 'not a civil debt recovery agency'.

She made the remarks in exchanges over whether the police should routinely pursue motorists who drive off without paying...

4 November 2015
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Better an ideologue than a barbarian

That an air of cautious optimism has attended Michael Gove's appointment as Justice Secretary is in no small part down to his predecessor.

Chris Grayling was, by some distance, the worst...

By 
Richard Garside
9 October 2015
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Police Scotland reform was long overdue

The establishment of Police Scotland was a virtue born from necessity. The virtue was that at long last specialist services could be provided and similar standards delivered across the country. A...

By 
Kenny MacAskill MSP
21 July 2015
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Edinburgh presentation on criminal justice policy

In April the Centre's Director Richard Garside took our recent publication, The coalition years, out on the road to Edinburgh, presenting at an Open University Scotland seminar. 

The coalition years is part of our ...

14 July 2015
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Imposing austerity through nationalisation

Faced with a barristers' boycott last year in a dispute over legal aid fees, the then Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, underwent what appeared to be an unlikely political conversion.

A...

By 
Richard Garside
6 July 2015