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Law in Action's aim is to lead the field in lively, jargon-free but rigorous analysis of the legal stories in, behind, and ahead of the news. The series has been running since 1984.

Law in Action's aim is to lead the field in lively, jargon-free but rigorous analysis of the legal stories in, behind, and ahead of the news. The series has been running since 1984.
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London, United Kingdom

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Law in Action's aim is to lead the field in lively, jargon-free but rigorous analysis of the legal stories in, behind, and ahead of the news. The series has been running since 1984.

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English

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Episodes

Facial Recognition Technology

6/26/2018
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Some police forces are using automated facial recognition technology to pick suspects out of a crowd. But is face mapping a valuable tool in the fight against serious crime or a new threat to our civil liberties? And does it work? Joshua Rozenberg investigates. Producer: Neil Koenig Reseracher: Diane Richardson.

Duration:00:27:55

Social media in the dock

6/19/2018
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Does social media pose a threat to criminal justice - and can fair trials be ensured? In this week's programme, Sir Brian Leveson, head of criminal justice in the courts of England and Wales, tells Joshua Rozenberg that the law needs updating to cope with the growth in social media. And a retired senior judge from Northern Ireland considers whether more needs to be done to protect complainants - and defendants - in sexual assault trials. Also in this edition of Law in Action: something...

Duration:00:34:31

Should justice move online?

6/12/2018
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Is moving justice online a good idea? In British Columbia they have done just that, with a new online tribunal handling things like small claims and property disputes. Could something like this work in Britain? Joshua Rozenberg reports from Vancouver. Also in this week's programme: law is an immensely popular subject for students, but are they given sufficient warnings about how difficult it will be to find work as a solicitor or barrister - especially in the field of criminal law? And...

Duration:00:27:52

No-fault Divorce

6/5/2018
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Should it be easier to end a marriage? The Supreme Court is currently considering a rare defended divorce. Campaigners hope the case will prompt a change in the law in England and Wales - but others fear this will lead to divorce on demand. Joshua Rozenberg investigates. Also in this week's programme: Christina Blacklaws, incoming president of the Law Society of England and Wales, on the implications of an important milestone. A century after the reform that allowed them to become lawyers,...

Duration:00:28:00

Interview with Lord Chancellor David Gauke

3/20/2018
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David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice speaks to Joshua Rozenberg about prisons, modernising the courts system, legal aid and the coroners service. Also: Could plans to change the way solicitors are regulated result in easier and cheaper access to legal services or put consumers at risk? Paul Philip, chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and deputy vice president of the Law Society, Simon Davis, discuss the pros and cons of the proposed...

Duration:00:27:54

Driverless Cars and the Law

3/13/2018
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The government wants fully self-driving cars on UK roads by 2021 but which will be ready first - the technology or the law? Who is responsible in an accident - the owner or the manufacturer? Joshua Rozenberg meets the team planning a 200 mile driverless journey across the UK and speaks to barrister Lucy McCormick, co-author of Law and Driverless Cars, who explains how the legal landscape is evolving. Also: this week, the High Court is considering a challenge by two victims of the black-cab...

Duration:00:27:29

Sex Discrimination Law

3/6/2018
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Is sex discrimination law failing women in the workplace? It's more than 40 years since parliament passed the first Sex Discrimination Act, making it unlawful for employers to discriminate against women in the workplace by treating them less favourably than men. Still, allegations of sexual discrimination and sexual harassment have dominated the news over the past few months. Joeli Brearly tells the story of how she lost her job after she told her employer that she was pregnant and Joshua...

Duration:00:28:05

Failings in Evidence Disclosure

2/27/2018
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The number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence increased by 70% in the last two years. Joshua Rozenberg speaks to the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders and David Tucker from the College of Policing about their response to this rising concern. He also speaks to those directly affected by the failures - members of the public charged and taken to court because police failed to disclose evidence...

Duration:00:27:38

Trump, the FBI and the Law

2/7/2018
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Joshua Rozenberg returns with the first edition in a new series of Radio 4's legal magazine programme. This week, following the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged links between Russians and Donald Trump's election campaign, Joshua finds out what the role of the special counsel involves, how he will go about his work and how the White House will be affected by the probe. Also in the programme, the BBC's Delhi Correspondent, Sanjoy Majumder, reports on...

Duration:00:27:45

Interview with The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

11/21/2017
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In his first interview since taking office, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, talks to Joshua Rozenberg. He explains what can be done to gain back public confidence. Also, if you are a foster carer, are you an employee or a worker? How a Scottish couple fought to have their status changed. Katie Gollop QC in conversation with Nemone Lethbridge who was called to the Bar nearly sixty years ago. She remembers why she was not allowed to use one particular facility in Chambers....

Duration:00:28:05

Investigating the Dead

11/14/2017
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Joshua Rozenberg asks what's the point of investigating the dead over allegations of abuse. He speaks to the former judge Sir Richard Henriques, who is critical of recent police investigations into dead people accused of abuse. The programme also explores whether we need new laws to protect cyclists on our roads. Producer: Smita Patel Researcher: Diane Richardson.

Duration:00:28:04

Acid Attacks and the Law

11/7/2017
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Professor Simon Harding, Criminologist at the University of West London, speaks to Joshua Rozenberg about proposals to control the sale and possession of corrosive substances. The Ministry of Justice is to refund employment tribunal fees which the Supreme Court ruled unlawful, at an estimated cost of £32 million, but what about people who didn't lodge claims because they couldn't afford the fees? Max Winthrop, Head of Employment Law at Short, Richardson and Forth and member of the Law...

Duration:00:27:51

GCHQ

10/31/2017
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Joshua Rozenberg talks exclusively to the director for legal affairs at the government's signals service GCHQ and asks him why the UK's secret intelligence agency needs lawyers.

Duration:00:27:56

Interview with the Lord Chancellor David Lidington

6/27/2017
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Joshua Rozenberg examines the implications for the criminal justice system - especially the courts and prisons - of the growing number of prosecutions and convictions of older people for sexual offences. The programme also discovers the legal implications of the explosion in the theatrical use of holograms of both the living and the dead. And we find out what's on the agenda for the new Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, David Lidington.

Duration:00:27:58

The Law After the Election

6/13/2017
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Following the general election, Joshua Rozenberg introduces a special live discussion programme in which he and his guests consider what the composition of the new House of Commons means for the law. They consider the courts and those who use them, the strained prison system, impending legislative changes to the law - including those required to achieve commitments made on Brexit - and how those seeking access to justice are likely to fare. Producer Simon Coates.

Duration:00:28:05