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The Commissioner serves on a number of national bodies and on the board of national charities such as Respect and Eaves.  Find out more about this work here. All media enquiries should be made to the OPCC by telephoning 0191 221 9800

Vera Baird welcomes new youth sentencing guidelines 7th March 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC, has welcomed new sentencing guidelines, published by the Sentencing Council, to help ‘avoid criminalising children unnecessarily’. The guidelines for judges and magistrates, published today, state that the social and ethnic...

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PCC Dame Vera Baird welcomes ‘long overdue’ compulsory sex education in schools 1st March 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has welcomed ‘long-overdue’ plans for sex education and relationships education (SRE) to be made compulsory in all schools. Ms Baird has campaigned on the matter for years, along with many others,...

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Legal aid lifeline to domestic violence victims welcomed by Vera Baird 24th February 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC,  has welcomed  changes to scrap time limits, which prevent vulnerable domestic abuse survivors from accessing legal aid. Legal aid is intended to enable the victim to get the court to...

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“Seeing is Believing” – Dame Vera Baird QC launches a new report on Northumbria’s unique Court Observers scheme 20th February 2017

A new report from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird DBE QC highlights how even small changes to court processes based on the observations of a unique scheme of Court Observers could help improve the rape conviction rate. The 12 observers, local members of the public, watched on a rota...

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Vera Baird backs calls for Jeremy Hunt to “scrap the fee” for domestic violence doctor’s note 6th February 2017

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC has joined police and crime commissioners across the country calling on Health Minister Jeremy Hunt to scrap the fee charged to domestic abuse victims seeking legal aid. Due to recent legislation...

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