Legislation / Legal

WAG: The first Bill to be introduced since the Welsh Government gained greater law-making powers following the referendum in March 2011 has been laid before the National Assembly for Wales

The Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill seeks to simplify the procedures for the making and enforcement of local government byelaws.
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ScotGov: A bill which seeks jointly to resolve a sentencing anomaly around mandatory life sentences and progress further the Scottish Government's commitment to openness & transparency in relation to the Al-Megrahi case was published last week.
 
The Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill, if passed, will resolve an technical anomaly which arose following the Appeal Court's judgement in the case of Petch and Foye v. HMA, which meant that prisoners given a discretionary life sentence or Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) can apply to become eligible for parole earlier than those serving sentences of a fixed length.  

Under this new legislation the courts will regain the discretion to set a 'punishment part' of those sentences that it considers appropriate in all the circumstances of a particular case.
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UniteSupreme Court judges will be asked on Monday, 5 December to end the uncertainty about whether people dying from the asbestos illness, mesothelioma, and their families will be entitled to compensation.  

Unite’s appeal to the UK’s highest court comes after insurance companies were partly successful in a test case about whether insurers are liable to pay claims for the fatal asbestos illness, mesothelioma. 
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