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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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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

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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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

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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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

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

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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

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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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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Wanless review ‘fails to find Dickens’ dossier’ – BBC News

‘An inquiry into the Home Office’s handling of child sex abuse claims in the 1980s has failed to uncover any of the missing documents that prompted the probe, BBC Newsnight has been told.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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BSkyB sport channels can air on rival BT service, court says – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2014 in competition, evidence, media, news, sport, tribunals by sally

‘A UK court has ruled that pay TV broadcaster BSkyB must make its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels available on rival BT’s YouView service.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2014 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, enforcement, evidence, health, news, reports by sally

‘There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government’s first evidence-based study.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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White collar crime reform considered – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The attorney general has revealed that the government is considering changing the evidential basis for prosecuting white collar crime.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th October 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd and another: [2014] EWHC 3322 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 424

‘Communications made at a time when there was no dispute could not, with retrospective effect, be made subject to the without prejudice privilege by subsequently rasing a dispute.

WLR Daily, 10th October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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No further action to be taken following the death of Andrew Pimlott – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Following the death of Andrew Pimlott in Plymouth in April 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a police constable for gross negligence manslaughter or misconduct in public office.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Home Office told to disclose advice behind decision on intercept evidence – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has been ordered to release secret legal advice justifying its decision to prevent intercept evidence being used in criminal trials. The ruling by an information tribunal could shine a light on the way intelligence agencies gather and store material as well as on their relationship with law enforcement organisations. The appeal for the advice to be disclosed was made by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law which submitted a Freedom of Information request to uncover the reasoning behind a 2009 report, entitled “Intercept as Evidence”.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Fathers 4 Justice couple lose injunction claim – The Independent

Posted October 13th, 2014 in appeals, costs, evidence, harassment, injunctions, news by sally

‘The couple behind the pressure group Fathers4Justice who claimed a former lobbyist was harassing them have had an application for an injunction against him dismissed due to “a total absence of evidence”.’

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The Independent, 10th October 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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High Court: reasons for withdrawal of part 36 offers must be disclosed – Litigation Futures

Posted October 9th, 2014 in disclosure, evidence, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘Judges who give permission for the withdrawal of part 36 offers must disclose the arguments and evidence behind their decisions, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th October 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Applications to the Biometrics Commissioner under PACE – Home Office

Posted September 29th, 2014 in codes of practice, data protection, DNA, evidence, fingerprints, news, police by tracey

‘Guidance for chief police officers when considering whether to make an application to the Commissioner for the retention and use of biometric material.’

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Home Office, 26th September 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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