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Man accused of training 9/11 bombers set for 'significant' compensation payout

A man whose life was ruined after being wrongly imprisoned over allegations that he helped to train five of the 11 September terrorists is to be awarded substantial compensation by the Government.

British involvement in rendition of suspects will continue, says Straw

Justice Secretary rejects legislation to ban unlawful transfers overseas as it would be 'too burdensome' for airlines

No compensation for Ian Huntley, says Jack Straw

The Government has "absolutely no intention" of paying compensation to Soham killer Ian Huntley after he was attacked in prison, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said today.

Jack Straw pledges libel law overhaul

Justice Secretary Jack Straw promised today to take action to overhaul the libel laws if Labour retains power after the general election.

Children's Commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson apologises over James Bulger killers comment

The Children's Commissioner today said she had apologised to the mother of James Bulger following her comment about raising the age of criminal responsibility.

Plans to reform House of Lords in the pipeline

After almost a century of promises from politicians of differing hues, the Government is finally poised to publish firm plans to make the House of Lords wholly elected, it has emerged.

Straw cuts legal 'success fees'

The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, has moved to cut the success fees which lawyers operating on no-win, no-fee agreements in defamation cases can charge, from 100 per cent to just 10 per cent.

Inmates advised on early release options

Prisoners who will miss out on early release because a Government scheme was brought to an end are being advised to apply for another scheme to avoid "disappointment", it was revealed today.

Leading article: Up for the count

The coming election is already shaping up to be the most exciting since 1997, if not 1992. The first-ever televised debates should spark interest even in an electorate feeling jaded and cynical after the MPs expenses' scandal. So why were many local authorities planning to postpone the traditional overnight counts until the following day, a move that would remove the drama of election night at a stroke?

Statement of Baba Davender Kumar Ghai

"I am overjoyed by the Court of Appeal's verdict, which I consider a vindication of every struggle and sacrifice over the last four years.  I never doubted justice would be done but, in all honesty, I often feared that my health would fail me before the legal journey had ended.    This case was truly a matter of life and death for me and today's verdict has breathed new life into an old man's dreams. 

Government backs move to save election night counts

The Government backed a proposal to guarantee general election votes are counted on polling night.

Commons backs referendum on election reform

A referendum on changing the way MPs are elected will be held by October next year under Government plans passed by the Commons tonight.

Blair attacks his critics' tendency to 'conspiracy theories'

Former Prime Minister takes swipe at Iraq Inquiry in TV interview with US Republican

Straw urged to take action against court gagging orders

Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, was challenged last night to take immediate action to tackle the proliferation of "super-injunctions" issued by courts.

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