Law for dating
The Law Commission is proposing dramatic reforms to “complex and inaccessible” sentencing law to reduce costly errors and delays in the judicial process.
The body, which advises the Government on law in England and Wales, said justice is currently reliant on a “proliferation” of laws over 1,300 pages long and dating back to the 1300s.
In addition, in some states the new relationship may be considered in the division of property or alimony determinations, so the dating spouse may not get as much as they want out of the divorce depending on the new partner's financial circumstances.
This is especially true if the dating spouse begins cohabitating with their new partner during the divorce process.
And Jude Law looked as loved-up as ever with girlfriend Phillipa Coan as they strolled arm in arm around London on Saturday.
The Young Pope star, 44, refused to stray from the pretty psychologist's side as they headed out with his son Rudy and father Peter.
“All this lies against a backdrop of an over-worked and under-resourced criminal justice system, where the average time from the charging of an offence to its final disposal in the crown court is 245 days, and the average waiting time for an appeal …
As the age of consent in this particular state is 16, which the girlfriend was not, the 18-year-old pleaded guilty to criminal sexual misconduct and was sentenced to one year in jail plus three years' probation.
Its report said new sentencing orders had arrived almost annually in recent decades, leaving “no clear and logical structure” to be relied upon by the courts, and heightening the risk of unlawful sentences.
“The consequence of this state of affairs is that the law on sentencing is overwhelmingly complex and difficult to understand for practitioners and judges,” the Law Commission said, citing an “extraordinary number” of wrongfully-passed sentences.
The Law Commission has launched a consultation on simplifying sentencing, stressing it will not affect the current limits on punishments for different criminal offences.
It hopes the resulting refreshed code will help stop unlawful sentences by providing a single point of reference and cutting out historic legislation, while rewriting the law in modern language and allowing powers to be used for both current and historic cases.
Meanwhile, it appears that Jude and Phillipa's relationship is going from strength to strength in their latest loved-up display.