Stacey Hyde cleared of murder in retrial – The Guardian

‘A young woman who faced a retrial for the murder of man with a history of domestic violence has been acquitted after a jury heard how she acted in self-defence. Stacey Hyde, 22, was ordered to face a second trial by the director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, after the court of appeal quashed her original murder conviction last year.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2015

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Rape victim falsely accused of lying by police wins £20,000 payout – The Guardian

‘A rape victim falsely accused of lying by detectives has won £20,000 in damages after suing police under the Human Rights Act. The woman, who cannot be named, was 17 when a man raped her in Winchester in April 2012 after a night out with friends. Her mother reported the attack hours later and the victim told officers her T-shirt may contain her attacker’s DNA.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

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Susan Workman murder: Killer’s family post ad to trace jury – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in advertising, divorce, domestic violence, evidence, juries, media, murder, news by sally

‘The family of a man jailed for murdering his ex-wife have taken out a newspaper advert in an attempt to trace the jurors involved in his trial, prompting a police investigation.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Takhar v Gracefield Developments Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted May 21st, 2015 in evidence, fraud, judgments, law reports, setting aside by sally

Takhar v Gracefield Developments Ltd [2015] EWHC 1276 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 206

‘A judgment could be set aside for fraud even if the new evidence could reasonably have been obtained for the original trial.’

WLR Daily, 6th May 2015

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Police force fined £160k after losing DVDs of interview with abuse victim – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 19th, 2015 in data protection, evidence, fines, news, police, video recordings by sally

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £160,000 monetary penalty on a police force after it lost DVDs of an interview which formed part of the evidence in a sexual abuse case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th May 2015

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Jeremy Thorpe: Inquiry into claims police altered evidence – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2015 in conspiracy, evidence, firearms, homosexuality, inquiries, murder, news, police by tracey

‘An inquiry is to take place into claims evidence was altered during the police investigation into former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe in the 1970s, the BBC’s Today programme has learned.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2015

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Rolf Harris: fresh evidence handed to prosecutors by Operation Yewtree – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2015 in evidence, news, recidivists, sexual offences by sally

‘A “full file” of evidence against disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has been presented to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), sources said on Friday night.’

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The Guardian, 1st May 2015

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Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

Posted April 30th, 2015 in children, costs, domestic violence, evidence, news by sally

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 29th April 2015

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Regina v Bryon – WLR Daily

Posted April 30th, 2015 in appeals, burglary, crime, DNA, evidence, law reports by sally

Regina v Bryon [2015] WLR (D) 180

‘While DNA evidence taken from a moveable object was on its own insufficient for a prosecution case to go to a jury, DNA evidence combined with admissible evidence of a previous conviction for a similar offence was a sufficient basis.’

WLR Daily, 22nd April 2015

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Late applications to amend come a cropper in High Court – Litigation Futures

Posted April 30th, 2015 in amendments, banking, case management, delay, evidence, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The High Court has condemned as “utterly inappropriate” a bid by one of the big banks to amend its defence and serve a new witness statement on a litigant in person on the eve of trial.’
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Litigation Futures, 29th April 2015

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Child abuse inquiry judge to investigate Lord Janner allegations – The Guardian

‘A high court judge is to investigate whether child sexual abuse allegations against Lord Janner were the subject of an establishment cover-up.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2015

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Court case dropped after police sell evidence at auction – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2015 in evidence, handling stolen goods, mistake, news, police, sale of goods by sally

‘Cumbria Police apologise after admitting they sold a stolen bicycle at auction before a criminal case came to court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th April 2015

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Journalists should not always be prosecuted for paying public officials, says former CPS head – The Indpendent

‘The former head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said it can be “appropriate” for journalists to pay officials for information and that Operation Elveden had overlooked the public interest.’

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The Independent, 18th April 2015

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Lord Janner sex abuse charge decision fails ‘victims’ – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2015 in child abuse, evidence, mental health, news, prosecutions, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Alleged victims of child sex abuse by Lord Janner have been failed by the decision not to charge him, a police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.’

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BBC News, 17th April 2015

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Lord Janner will not face trial over abuse claims – The Guardian

‘Labour peer Lord Janner of Braunstone will escape charges for the second time over alleged historical child sex crimes, prosecution sources have confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2015

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Child sex abuse victims threaten legal action over inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 13th, 2015 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘Abuse survivors demand apology from Justice Lowell Goddard, the inquiry chairman, and say Home Office will face judicial review over decision to exclude victims from inquiry panel.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2015

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Streamlined forensic reporting – Park Square Barristers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in evidence, forensic science, news, reports by sally

‘With ever-increasing cutbacks to our legal system, it’s of little surprise that the expensive area of forensic science has been targeted for cost reduction. As such, the introduction of streamlined forensic reporting (SFR) tries to introduce a more cost-effective response to the discovery of forensic material which might link a person to a crime scene.’

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Park Square Barristers, 26th March 2015

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Widow of property investor Jack Dellal wins round of legal battle over estate – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in evidence, financial provision, news, wills by sally

‘The multi-millionaire widow of a property dealer said to have gambled £1.7m in one night has won the latest round of a legal battle for “reasonable provision”.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2015

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Erol Incedal trial evidence must remain secret, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in evidence, media, news, private hearings, reporting restrictions, terrorism by sally

‘The bulk of the evidence in the UK’s first terror trial held mostly behind closed doors will remain secret forever, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2015

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The Cat’s Out of the Bag: legal advice privilege and the risks of being caught with a divorce lawyer – Family Law Week

‘Samuel Littlejohns, pupil at 1 Hare Court, examines whether the very fact that a party consulted a lawyer at a given time is privileged information, and the practical consequences of this for practitioners.’

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Family Law Week, 27th March 2015

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