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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

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In brief: Follow US on tobacco claims, urges firm

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Storm over CPS training 'agenda'

A CPS hidden agenda to use law clerks as magistrates court prosecutors to save money and secure greater staff loyalty has been claimed by a former crown prosecutor. Barrister Neil Addison claims he was shown internal CPS documents which complain the requirement for all prosecutors to be lawyers is “unnecessarily expensive”. According to Addison, the […]

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AWS chair spearheads quest for the top posts

NEW chair of the Association of Women Solicitors Alison Parkinson has stressed her commitment to getting more women to the top of the profession. More than 50 per cent of entrants into the profession are now women and the association, which has increased its membership by over 1,500 in the last year to 8,000, now […]

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