Hate Crime

Project status: Complete

What is hate crime? A crime is recorded by police and the Crown Prosecution Service as a hate crime if the victim or anyone else believes it was motivated by hostility based on a personal characteristic of the victim. The police and CPS record data on hate crimes for five personal characteristics, that is, where … Read more >

High Court’s Jurisdiction in Relation to Criminal Proceedings

Project status: Complete

The High Court has supervisory power over the Crown Court, but it is limited. It does not include “matters relating to trial on indictment”. The reason for this limitation is that it is in the interests of justice for trials to proceed without being delayed by appeals and applications to the High Court. The problem lies … Read more >

Housing: Encouraging Responsible Letting

Project status: Complete

This project, which arises out of our previous work on housing law reform and tribunals, aimed to identify and address regulatory challenges in the private rented sector. It was the first project we undertook jointly with the Welsh Assembly Government. (Housing is a policy area devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.) In this project we were not … Read more >

Housing: Proportionate Dispute Resolution

Project status: Complete

In this project we set out to review the law and practice on how housing disputes are resolved, with the aim of reforming it to make it simple, effective, fair and proportionate. In May 2004, the Department for Constitutional Affairs asked us to look at how housing disputes are dealt with. The Department’s White Paper, Transforming … Read more >

Illegality

Project status: Complete

Where a claimant in a civil action has been involved in illegal activities, how far should this prevent them from enforcing their normal legal rights? This project looks at the way that the law of trusts, contract, unjust enrichment and tort responds when a claimant has been involved in some form of illegal conduct connected to … Read more >