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Plans to remove duty of care for British soldiers branded as ‘shameful’

16th February 2017 - The Justice Gap

Proposals by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to abolish the duty of care owed to service personnel have been strongly criticized by lawyers. Responding to the Government’s ‘Better combat compensation’ consultation, human rights lawyers argue that the plans, which propose a new widened concept of ‘combat immunity’, would prevent injured soldiers and families of those killed in combat from pursuing legal redress for negligence and effectively shield the MoD from scrutiny by the courts for negligence in combat-related deaths and injuries. Jocelyn Cockburn comments.

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Soldiers could be ‘shut out of justice’ under combat immunity plans

14th February 2017 - The Guardian

Law Society says move to prevent military claims going to court could deny bereaved relatives access to justice and stifle debate.

Soldiers will be “shut out of justice” and military equipment failures will be covered up under plans to extend combat immunity and prevent military claims going to court, ministers have been warned.

Jocelyn Cockburn, Joint Head of Civil Liberties department comments.

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Police apologise to dead woman’s kin after failure to respond to 999 call

6th January 2017 - The Guardian

Warwickshire force admit ‘errors and omissions’ after 14-hour delay following up Luisa Mendes’ call.

Police chiefs have issued an apology and paid compensation of more than £20,000 to the family of a woman who was a victim of domestic violence and died following a violent attack.

Nancy Collins civil liberties solicitors, brought a claim against Warkwickshire constabulary based on the force’s failure to protect Mendes’ right to life under the Human Rights Act.

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