Catch up on all the justice sector headlines you may have missed this month...
Employment tribunal claims up after fee abolition
Statistics on employment tribunals in England and Wales show that the overall number of claims rose in the three months after fees were abolished in July.
Single claims were up 64% - taking them to the highest level in four years, while multiple claims dropped by 15%.
Commenting on the data published by the Courts Service, employment law experts have warned organisations to scrutinise their employment practices, suggesting that a ‘false sense of security’ over fees may have led to bad management practices in some companies.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue reveals half of calls last year were false alarms
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has revealed that of the 9,144 call-outs it received in 2016-17, false alarms accounted for 4,515.
More than 3,000 of the false alarms were from automatic alarm systems, prompting the service to remind businesses, landlords and property owners that their equipment should be serviced regularly.
"We are asking them to follow our advice and take responsibility for their premises and by doing so, ensure our crews remain available for life-saving incidents,” a spokesman said.
Potential extra £450m funding for police in England and Wales
The Home Office has announced a potential £450 million of extra funding for police forces in England and Wales in the next financial year.
Half of the cash would come from raising the portion of council tax which goes to policing by £12 per household annually; with the rest coming from central government and funding already pledged for counter terrorism efforts.
In June, London's police force said it needed to secure more funding after being left "stretched" by terror attacks and a rise in violent crime.
Veterans to have driving licences stamped with a ‘V’
British veterans could soon have a ‘V’ stamped on their driving licences as part of a move to recognise them for their services.
The scheme, which could be implemented in the early 2020s, would make it easier for veterans to access specialist services and offers.
Veterans Minister Tobias Ellwood, said: "As a former soldier, I am aware of the personal attachment with the service ID.
"Carried at all times it becomes symbolic of the responsibility and there is a strange sense of loss when upon departing the armed forces, it is taken from you.
"I'm delighted this initiative, which sits in the Armed Forces Covenant, will help us all better recognise our veterans and their service to our country."
Cladding removed from New Cross towers
Potentially dangerous cladding has been removed from three towers in New Cross after failing fire safety tests which were carried out after the Grenfell tragedy.
Residents of the towers said they feel much better knowing the cladding is off and praised building owner Lewisham Homes for taking action.
The work began in October and finished in December.
Rural forces to give guns to officers?
Three rural police forces are considering giving guns to uniformed police, as they believe that their geography means specialist forearms officers could be delayed arriving to crisis situations.
Two options have been proposed, one which would see officers openly wearing guns on their belt and one which would see guns being stored in patrol cars.
It is not known which three forces are involved in the discussions. British Transport Police is also considering arming its officers.