4th October - Law News

Edition 4299: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.

Today's Highlighted Video Story: An obscure religious movement, believed to be promoting an imminent end-of-the-world ideology, has been accused of engaging in sexual violence and forced marriage of its own members, including children. The Socorro Bayanihan Services, which was originally a civic organisation, has morphed into a quasi-religious group that is also allegedly involved in extorting money from its members, as well as the drug trade in the town of Socorro, an island in Mindanao. The organisation, now known as Omega de Salonera, has at least 3,500 members, including 1,580 children. They are reportedly sequestered in a heavily guarded mountain enclave. In recent weeks, at least eight children managed to escape from the mountain community and provided harrowing first-person testimonies to the authorities in Socorro town. Former members of the religious movement say they believed its leader was Jesus reincarnated. 
Focus of the Day Legal News: MPs have raised concerns about a possible conflict of interest that the incoming local government ombudsman may have with another new role as chair of the Law Society’s management board. Full story - Legal Futures   

A selection of important developments in the world of law and justice (for a comprehensive look at the news and events, please visit @theLawMap Twitter feed):

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Fixed recoverable costs: Questions must be answered | Law Gazette
  • Judge issues gag order after Trump’s comments on court clerk in civil trial #US
  • JR challenge over LAA's 'overly restrictive' approach to legal aid billing dismissed by High Court | Law Gazette
  • Former social worker alleges she was dismissed over menopause symptoms
  • Dame Sue Carr has been sworn in as the 98th head of the judiciary - taking the title of lady chief justice of England and Wales | Law Gazette
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has, for the first time, published rules of engagement for civilian hackers involved in conflicts. The war watchdog warns unprecedented numbers of people are joining patriotic cyber-gangs
  • SRA shuts down law firm Axiom Ince through an intervention after directors were suspended | Law Gazette