2008年06月

2008年06月23日

(1) Law lords reject plans to protect witnesses from gang retaliation

Despite the government’s plan to tackle Britain’s gang culture by granting anonymity to threatened witnesses, top judges ruled that such protection could make a trial unfair and quashed a double murder conviction, which was secured after witnesses who feared for their lives gave evidence anonymously.

(2) Brown’s crime-fighting ideas to rebuild confidence in the criminal justice system

As part of a drive to rebuild confidence in the criminal justice system, Gordon Brown embraced a serious of tough measures and assigned Louise Casey, the outspoken former head of the Government’s Respect task force to spearhead the initiative. These measures include more intensive and visible community sentencing, publication of information on convicted criminals, and the possible stripping from the probation service of responsibility for community punishment.

(3) Japan’s aging inmates

While other countries are struggling to cope with increasing youth offenders, the biggest challenge facing Japan’s criminal justice system is the aging inmates. The number of elderly prisoners has increased dramatically in Japan because prisons are becoming like a strict nursing home where clothes, food, and medical care are provided. With no adequate help by the state, elderly men with criminal record were worse off outside prisons because if they don’t have a guarantor, they can’t find a place to live or a place to work.

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2008年06月20日

(1) Court frees Abu Qatada, a terror suspect on electronic tag

A British court’s decision to release Abu Qatada, the radical Muslim cleric, albeit under some of the most stringent bail conditions ever imposed, was greeted with dismay by the Government and received a chorus of criticism from across the political spectrum. 11 other suspects awaiting deportation hearings are likely to rely on the precedent set by Abu Qatada’s case to keep them in Britain. This goes against the Government’s efforts to build a coherent strategy for deporting terrorist suspects

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2008年06月19日

(1) Reform on youth justice system

The government is planning to reform the youth justice system and introduce a more welfare-oriented, early-intervention approach to dealing with children in trouble so that the use of all forms of custody and the number of children entering the criminal justice system can be reduced.

(2) SFO’s new unit focusing on tackling electronic evidence

Due to the ever expanding volume of electronic evidence in financial criminal cases, the Serious Fraud Office has set up the digital investigative unit. This new unit has its work cut out, as investigators are competing with fraudsters on ever advancing computer technology.

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2008年06月10日

Simmons & Simmonsは六本木ヒルズにあるTMIと提携関係にあるイギリス系の法律事務所ですが、14年間Simmons & Simmonsの東京オフィスで働いていたコーポレートのパートナーとオフィス・チーフがLovellsに転職することになった。コーポレートのパートナーはLovellsのマネージング・パートナーに就任する模様です。Lovellsによるファイナンス・チームの拡充は、中国、南アジア及び中東に多くの投資が注ぎ込まれており、その活動に日本が関与していることが多いことに着目してのものだそうです。今までのLovellsの業務はどちらかというと中途半端であったように思われますが、東京オフィスの業務を拡大するか縮小するか1年かけて検討した結果、業務拡大路線を採用した模様です。Lovellsは今年1月には窪田弁護士率いる知財ブティック事務所を吸収しており、日本のクライアントにフル・サービスの提供を目指して業容を拡大してゆくことになりそうです。東京にはNorton Roseも進出してきており、グローバル経済への対応の一環として、結局、業容の拡大を選択する事務所が多いように思われます。これに対して、Simons & Simonsは提携問題等、今後の戦略の練り直しが必要になるかもしれません。

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