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The details emerged in reports from a private trial in the Family Division of the High Court

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Benefit cheats face 10 years in prison as Keir Starmer sets out 'tough' new Crown Prosecution Service guidelines

Director of Public Prosecutions said those suspected of benefit cheating can now be charged under the Fraud Act

Driver was 'killed instantly when his car was struck by speeding ambulance'

An inquest in Brighton said that Gary Tucker suffered severe head injuries after turning right across the path of the oncoming emergency services vehicle

David Kelly assisted 71 drivers in removing details of convictions, disqualifications and penalty points

Corrupt court official who helped motorists to falsify their driving records jailed

Debt-ridden David Kelly operated the scam from his workplace in the administration department at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court

Nine men accused of sex attacks on girl, 14, released after prosecutors find Twitter feed

Nine men accused of sex attacks over six months on a 14-year-old girl walked free from the Old Bailey today.

Judge permits Muslim defendant to wear veil

A Muslim woman has been allowed to appear in court as a defendant  and enter a plea without removing her full-face veil.

'Sadistic' paedophile Christopher Atkins jailed for 'vile' attack on toddler

A paedophile who carried out a life-threatening sexual assault on a toddler after social services failed to conduct background checks has been jailed for seventeen and a half years.

Nigel Evans makes a personal statement to MPs in the House of Commons

'I will see this through to the end': MP Nigel Evans protests his innocence over rape and sex charges

Alleged offences span a period of a decade and are said to have taken place in London and Lancashire

Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell awaits a decision from the jury

Michael Le Vell: Coronation Street actor was 'a drunk, bad husband and inadequate father' - but not a child rapist

Jurors at Manchester Crown Court heard impassioned closing speeches from both the defence and the prosecution on the last day of the Coronation Street star's child sex trial

Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell

Michael Le Vell trial: Man arrested over Facebook post identifying alleged victim

Coronation Street star stands accused of sexual assault and rape of a young girl, as police tell social media users it's 'not worth the risk' of breaching alleged victim's legally-protected anonymity

Family courts should be opened up, says top judge

The judge in charge of family courts said today there was a “pressing need” for more transparency in the system by letting in the “glare of publicity”.

£1m cancer charity thief is jailed

A man who stole nearly £1m from children’s cancer charities, including one he set up to help his own son, was jailed for five years today.

Court failings scupper 500 cases a week

A total of 106,859 were dropped or delayed last year, costing £17m figures show

Boris Berezovsky’s legal battles may have cost him up to £100m

Oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of £309m, court hears

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of more than £300m when he died in “tragic and mysterious” circumstances, the High Court heard today.

Huge hits are one of NFL's biggest selling points

American Football: NFL gets off lightly as concussion lawsuits are packed away

Deal over suit brought by former players means care can be paid for immediately... but will it change anything on the field?

Murray invested in plans to turn Cherkley Court, Surrey, into a spa and golf resort

Out! Andy Murray set to lose £500,000 as High Court quashes plans for golf club

Another major loser will be the unique chalklands of the Leatherhead Downs, which some feel may never recover from the damage already done by the developers

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