Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim "shocking" figures show failure by probation officers

Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim 'shocking' figures show failure by probation officersConvicts including violent thugs spared jail committed another offenceTory MPs have said figures show a problem with the probation serviceJustice Secretary announced plans to tackle entrenched reoffending | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 19 December 2012 Around 50,000 criminals who were spared jail went on to commit another crime within a year, figures revealed yesterday. The convicts – including violent thugs, burglars and drug dealers – were handed community service or a suspended jail term, leaving them free to commit new crimes.

m and rising, Abu Qatada legal aid bill: And fanatic gets new 450,000 home on the taxpayer

m and rising, Abu Qatada legal aid bill: And fanatic gets new 450,000 home on the taxpayer Cost of Qatada's legal bill 'still rises' as he continues to fight deportationJustice Minister Chris Grayling questions if cost is 'value for money'Preacher and family move into new rented home in London but landlady says she will try to evict him Last month he won his latest appeal against deportation on terror charges | UPDATED: 20:26 GMT, 16 December 2012 Hate preacher Abu Qatada, who has just moved into a new 450,000 taxpayer-funded home, has received more than 500,000 in legal aid. The vast bill for funding the Al Qaeda fanatic’s decade-long legal battle against the British government was last night described as ‘sickening’ by a campaign group

Doctors will need licence to approve whiplash claims as part of clampdown on bogus claims

Doctors will need licence to approve whiplash claims as part of clampdown on 2bn annual payout Last year, 824,489 motoring injury claims reported, up 60% from 2006Of these nearly 550,000 were recorded as whiplash claimsMeasures will be introduced as part of clampdownPanel to be set up to accredit doctors wanting to act as insurance examiners Threshold for small claims court is being raised from 1,000 to 5,000 | UPDATED: 01:07 GMT, 11 December 2012 Doctors will soon need a special licence to approve payouts on motorists’ insurance for whiplash as part of a clampdown on bogus claims. The scheme will be announced today by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Mr Grayling is also bringing in measures to make it easier for drivers and insurance companies to challenge claims in the courts.

Nine out of 10 knife yobs don"t go to prison with 20% escaping with just a caution

Nine out of 10 knife yobs don't go to prison with 20% escaping with just a cautionFigures come as Government introduces new offence with aim of jailing more offenders | UPDATED: 08:58 GMT, 7 December 2012 Nine out of 10 youths caught in possession of a knife walk free without being locked up, new figures show.

Gagged, judge who dared to stick up for marriage: Watchdog rebukes him over involvement in campaign

Gagged, judge who dared to stick up for marriage: Watchdog rebukes him over involvement in campaign | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 4 December 2012 Sir Paul Coleridge is listed as 'founder and chairman' of the Marriage Foundation think-tank A judge was ordered to keep a ‘lower profile’ yesterday – after he spoke out in favour of marriage. Judicial watchdogs rebuked High Court family law judge Sir Paul Coleridge following protests about his involvement in a campaign to make marriage ‘the gold standard of relationships’.

Chris Grayling: All knife thugs will be sent to prison

All knife thugs will be sent to prison, says Justice Secretary after figures show one in five escape with a cautionMandatory prison sentence for 'aggravated knife crime' Offenders face a maximum of four years’ imprisonment or a minimum of six months | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 3 December 2012 Tough stance: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants prison sentences for knife crimes Knife-wielding thugs will no longer be able to escape with only a caution, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has vowed. The Cabinet minister said anyone who uses a knife to threaten others in a public place will be jailed. Of the 4,207 people arrested for carrying knives this spring, only 951 – 22 per cent – were sent to prison.

All knife thugs will be sent to prison, says Justice Secretary after figures show one in five escape with a caution

All knife thugs will be sent to prison, says Justice Secretary after figures show one in five escape with a cautionMandatory prison sentence for 'aggravated knife crime' Offenders face a maximum of four years’ imprisonment or a minimum of six months | UPDATED: 01:05 GMT, 3 December 2012 Tough stance: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants prison sentences for knife crimes Knife-wielding thugs will no longer be able to escape with only a caution, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has vowed. The Cabinet minister said anyone who uses a knife to threaten others in a public place will be jailed. Of the 4,207 people arrested for carrying knives this spring, only 951 – 22 per cent – were sent to prison.