13th October - Law News

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Today's video story: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, the parents of Aarushi Talwar, have been acquitted and will walk out of jail in a day or two. It was a brutal double murder case. Aarushi was found murdered and so too was the domestic help, 45-year-old Hemraj. The Talwars were accused of murder and sentenced to life in jail. Today, the Allahabad High Court said the CBI has failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Talwar couple killed Aarushi and Hemraj. In cases where you depend on circumstantial evidence, the court said, the benefit of the doubt goes to the accused. And so the Talwars will be out of jail because the evidence presented against them doesn't stack up. But the big question remains - who killed Aarushi and who killed Hemraj? There is justice for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar today but is there any justice for Aarushi and Hemraj?

Focus of the day story:  Lawyers have been told to assume the government will not push through whiplash reforms before October 2018. Simon Stanfield, chairman of the Motor Accidents Solicitors’ Society, told the group’s annual conference today that he expects the original deadline will ‘certainly be missed’. The Ministry of Justice is tasked with pushing through the Civil Liability Bill, one of few pieces of legislation included in this year’s Queen’s speech. The bill, which is yet to be published, is expected to include a tariff for reduced RTA claims compensation and a ban on insurers making offers before victims have had a medical. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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