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Greater Manchester Shouts for Justice to Begin on Time

June 1, 2012 Blog No comments

It’s a sad day in Great Manchester, England because of the horrific delays and brutal cuts that have left everyone in the place in shock with the criminal justice system at breaking point, a damning new report that has been revealed. Even I, myself, am in disbelief that it is happening right now.

It is, I think for about less than one fifth of the region’s court cases now go ahead on the day they are due. For me, it is one of the worst performances when it comes to justice in the country. The criminal justice system must be in sleep when it happened.

Scheduling and administration issues that are often involves complex trials here in Great Manchester are said to be partly to blame in our region. I have to admit it has a connection with the issues being raised today.

But, when it comes to legal connection, legal experts have also blamed cuts forced upon local courts and the Crown Prosecution Service for the delays. Now, with that said, they are blaming each other with this said issue. I have nothing against with everyone but they have to do something before it is too late.

Figures for last year show that in Greater Manchester only 18 per cent of criminal cases proceeded as planned. While, on the other end of the scale, the figure was 51 per cent in north Wales.

As I am looking at the details, critics also say that the delays increase the trauma for victims and witnesses as well as the waste police and court time. This is obvious drain cash out of the system and they need to settle this down immediately. The damning figures for 2015 are revealed today in a Parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts report.

While continuing to discuss about the “left waiting justice”, they also show that in Greater Manchester, along with the Humberside, it has the greatest proportion of vacated cases which is not a good sign for our justice system.

That is when, before the day it is due to start, it becomes clear a case is unlikely to go ahead as scheduled and it is removed from the list. The earlier that happens, the more likely court time is not wasted. At the other end of the scale, 11pc of cases are ‘vacated’ in Cleveland.

Now, according to records that I have seen so far in the work, there are more than a dozen underused magistrates and county courts in the region that are set to close as part of a cost-cutting drive of the government, in which it includes Bury, Oldham and Trafford magistrates.

The Ministry of Justice is currently going through an ‘efficiency’ programme, which ministers say will reduce duplication in the system, remove the need for ‘paper processes’ through technology investment, and stop people attending court unnecessarily.

I wonder what would be the response of the people behind this issue. It is better been heard or it would be a case that is just filed in the system. Greater Manchester is better than this report and will reflect on the recommendations.

UK and the National Cyber Security Centre Plan

March 11, 2012 Blog No comments

Have you heard about the new decision by the UK government regarding cyber attacks and cyber security upgrade? According to what I have heard and read in the news lately, the objectives of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre are to address systematic vulnerabilities, reduce risks, respond to serious incidents and nurture national cyber security capability. This is better being good and I really hope they will do justice to this.

Now, according to headlines, the government has outlined what the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will, how it will work and who it will work for. I’m pretty much excited for it to happen and, in my own opinion; it will be a very good addition to the security system of the whole UK when it comes to crime and investigation area.

The NCSC is set to open in October 2016 and will be based in London. The NCSC will be led by CEO Ciaran Martin, formerly director general of government and industry cyber security at intelligence agency GCHQ. The technical director for the NCSC will be Ian Levy, formerly technical director of cyber security at GCHQ. Chancellor George Osborne announced the NCSC in November 2015 as part of the government’s National Cyber Security strategy for the next five years, supported with £1.9bn funding.

While everyone in the NCSC is busy to fulfilling this idea, now they are at the heart of that strategy and will be the “bridge” between industry and government. This could be really fun and helpful as well to everyone especially in the government side. It will simplify the “current complex structures, providing a unified source of advice and support, including on managing incidents. It will be a single point of contact for the private and public sectors alike.

Ever since they have introduced the idea last November 2015, everyone is ecstatic to know how they can pursue it and connect it to the system without any glitches or delays perhaps. The government has set out its intent to address the cyber threat, to put tough and innovative approaches in place, and to be a world leader in cyber security. For me, it’s a pretty genius idea.

The National Cyber Security Centre will be at the heart of this approach, bringing together the capabilities already developed by CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, Cert-UK and the Centre for Cyber Assessment. This will allow us to build on the best of what we already have, while significantly simplifying the current arrangements.

The government plans to make the NCSC the centre of its expertise on what is happening in cyber space, combining the knowledge gathered from incidents and intelligence with that shared with industry, academia and international partners. The NCSC will aim to use that knowledge to provide best practice advice and guidance and to tackle systemic vulnerabilities to enhance cyber security for all.

My overall view of this cyber security plan of NCSC would be a great collaboration key to fighting cyber crime. I am personally looking forward for its outcome and hope the public would look at it in a good way.

Anti-Slavery Law in UK

February 1, 2012 Blog No comments

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The UK police are up their game this time with certain issues about authorities, fair fight and criminal updates.

I personally would think this is a whole new change in the UK news. When I read about the interview of Kevin Hyland about modern slavery demands, it is something that everyone should listen to. It is a similar response to other serious crimes.

While listening to interview, he spoke with the press of a need for a “cultural shift” to ensure more perpetrators are caught. Later in an interview with him with the Press Association, he also raises concerns about resources devoted to the problem, describing investment by the international community as “shockingly poor”. I would think it is as well.

In accordance to the interview, modern slavery includes forced labour or criminality, domestic servitude and trafficking. As a matter of fact, official estimates suggest there are up to 13,000 potential victims in the UK alone with regards to that issue.

Now, back to the interview, I was still listening to Mr. Hyland who was, at the moment, was appointed as the country’s first independent anti-slavery commissioner just 18 months ago and was spearheaded by the Government’s response. In his latest assessment, he suggested the issue was not receiving sufficient resources.

In addition to his interview, he also quoted “If we looked across the UK today, what would be the numbers of police officers looking at drugs and narcotics, for example? What would be the numbers that are looking at counter-terrorism? Quite rightly there would be very large numbers looking at both. But if we look at a crime where the commodity suddenly becomes a human being, what are the numbers looking at this crime? I think they would be shockingly low. This needs to be addressed like any other serious organised crime.”

Aside from those side comments he just said in an interview, he also added that if people will look up and down the country, they would find in every policing area s response that’s available to deal with drugs crime, sexual exploitation, volume crime and quite rightly so. I also understand his concern but actually this crime is of such a high risk and so prevalent that forces really need to up their game, not just this time, but every time because it is uncontrollably different these days.

You can see in the news that there are organised criminal groups that are estimated to be making 150 billion euros a year from human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labour which quite shocking and surprisingly government cannot do about it. Yet the investment by the international community is shockingly poor, estimated to be in the region of a billion.

Nowadays, we need to keep reviewing and improve our response to the modern slavery as well as tackling the related issues to other forms of serious and organised crime and counter terrorism. We are committed to playing our part in stopping people trafficking and slavery and will continue to work with Anti-Slavery Commissioner to do so.

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