Jimmy Mubenga: Judge refused to allow jury to hear about guards’ racist texts – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2014 in death in custody, evidence, immigration, juries, news, racism, telecommunications by sally

‘An Old Bailey judge refused to allow a jury to hear about dozens of “grossly offensive and undoubtedly racist” text messages on the phones of two of the G4S security guards acquitted of killing Jimmy Mubenga because they did not have “any real relevance” to the trial.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2014

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Burglar on Ministry of Justice trial jailed after his crime spree is mapped out by a GPS tag – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 16th, 2014 in burglary, electronic monitoring, evidence, news, recidivists by tracey

‘One of the first criminals in Britain to be fitted with an advanced type of electronic tag which tracked his every move committed seven burglaries within weeks of being released from jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2014

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Claire Tiltman murder: Former milkman Colin Ash-Smith found guilty of killing schoolgirl more than 20 years ago – The Independent

Posted December 11th, 2014 in evidence, murder, news, recidivists by sally

‘A former milkman has been found guilty of the “frenzied and remorseless” murder of schoolgirl Claire Tiltman more than 20 years ago.’

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The Independent, 11th December 2014

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Mazher Mahmood: CPS to re-examine 25 ‘Fake Sheikh’ cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, damages, evidence, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service says 25 cases where the undercover journalist was a prosecution witness will be reviewed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2014

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Fake sheikh Mazher Mahmood cases to be reviewed by CPS – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2014 in evidence, miscarriage of justice, news, perjury, prosecutions by sally

‘Criminal convictions in 25 cases are to be re-examined over concerns about evidence provided by the undercover Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2014

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Boundaries And The Interpretation Of Conveyances: Myths And Legends – No. 5 Chambers

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in boundaries, conveyancing, dispute resolution, evidence, interpretation, news by sally

‘The aim of this seminar is to examine a number of commonly held misconceptions about boundary interpretation – “the myths” – and to look at one or two legends along the way.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 28th November 2014

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Judge criticises National Crime Agency over collapse of fraud trial – The Guardian

‘The National Crime Agency has been labelled “incompetent” by an Old Bailey judge after a series of blunders led to the collapse of a £5m trial.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2014

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Pre-charge bail: Everything you need to know about the campaign to close a ‘legal limbo’ loophole – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in bail, evidence, investigatory powers, news, police, time limits by sally

‘Former ministers, MPs and lawyers have signed a letter to The Telegraph demanding reform of the controversial pre-charge bail measure. Here’s what you need to know.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2014

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Libyan Rendition, Human Rights Week 2014 and the Naked Rambler – Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Libyan Rendition, Human Rights Week 2014 and the Naked Rambler – Human Rights Roundup.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st December 2014

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Judge attacks social workers for “grossly overstating” case in evidence – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2014 in bias, care orders, child abuse, evidence, news, social services by sally

‘A judge has sharply criticised social workers for giving “visibly biased” evidence when a local authority applied for a final care order in relation to a three-year-old boy with a view to placing him for adoption.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th November 2014

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Stephen Lawrence murder: insufficient evidence to prosecute sixth suspect – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2014 in evidence, murder, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A sixth man held over the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence will not be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2014

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Information even unlawfully obtained is admissible to the GMC – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 24th, 2014 in disciplinary procedures, disclosure, doctors, evidence, human rights, news, police by sally

‘The High Court has ruled that although information obtained unlawfully by the police is admissible in regulatory proceedings (even if not in criminal proceedings), it “carries little weight” in the assessment of competing interests required by Article 8(2).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd November 2014

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CPS decide no criminal charges should be brought following investigation into police actions in relation to the Kevin Nunes murder trial – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Operation Kalmia 2 was an investigation to determine whether any offences had been committed in connection with Staffordshire Police’s handling of disclosure of unused material in a prosecution (relating to the death of Kevin Nunes), which resulted in the convictions for murder in the subsequent criminal proceedings being quashed by the Court of Appeal. Following an investigation led by Chief Constable of Derbyshire Mick Creedon and managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was asked to consider allegations in relation to two matters relating to the handling of the murder trial.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th November 2014

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Rotherham abuse scandal: IPCC to investigate conduct of 10 police officers – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2014 in child abuse, children, evidence, negligence, news, police, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate the conduct of 10 South Yorkshire police officers in relation to their handling of reported child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2014

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Laughton v Shalaby – “Similar Fact Evidence” in Civil Cases – Admissibility of Evidence of Incompetence in Other Cases in a Clinical Negligence Claim – Zenith PI Blog

‘In Laughton v Shalaby [2014] EWCA Civ 1450, the claimant appealed a decision that the defendant surgeon had not acted negligently in the course of carrying out a hip operation.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 17th November 2014

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“Extraneous factors” not relevant in deciding whether surgeon guilty of negligence – Litigation Futures

Posted November 14th, 2014 in appeals, assault, doctors, evidence, negligence, news by tracey

‘“Extraneous factors”, including an assault on a bus driver, are not relevant in deciding whether a surgeon had acted negligently while carrying out a hip operation, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th November 2014

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Singularis Holdings Ltd v PricewaterhouseCoopers – WLR Daily

Posted November 12th, 2014 in evidence, foreign jurisdictions, insolvency, law reports, Supreme Court, winding up by tracey

Singularis Holdings Ltd v PricewaterhouseCoopers: [2014] UKPC 36; [2014] WLR (D) 476

‘There was a power at common law to assist a foreign court of insolvency jurisdiction by ordering the production of information in oral or documentary form which was necessary for the administration of a foreign winding up. However, that power was not exercisable where an equivalent order could not have been made by the court in which the foreign liquidation was proceeding.’

WLR Daily, 20th November 2014

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Regina v P (J); Regina v Lubemba – WLR Daily

Posted November 11th, 2014 in children, criminal procedure, cross-examination, evidence, law reports, trials, witnesses by tracey

Regina v P (J); Regina v Lubemba: [2014] WLR (D) 472

‘The court gave guidance as to what measures a trial judge might legitimately take to protect a vulnerable witness without impacting adversely on the right of a defendant to a fair trial.’

WLR Daily, 9th October 2014

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Regina (B and others) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court and others – WLR Daily

Posted November 7th, 2014 in closed material, disclosure, evidence, extradition, law reports, magistrates by tracey

Regina (B and others) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court and others: [2014] UKSC 59; [2014] WLR (D) 470

‘A judge hearing extradition proceedings in the magistrates’ court had no power under the Extradition Act 2003 to hear evidence in a closed court and to make an order prohibiting the disclosure to the government of the requesting state of evidence adduced by individuals whose extradition was being sought. Extradition proceedings were not in a special category which would justify a departure from the principle of open justice.’

WLR Daily, 5th November 2014

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Home Secretary’s oral statement on child abuse inquiry – Home Office

‘With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the independent panel inquiry into child abuse, which has been established to consider whether institutions in England and Wales have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.’

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Home Office, 3rd November 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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