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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Save Legal Aid, Save Lives – Family Law Week

Posted March 26th, 2015 in domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Ruth Tweedale, a law lecturer at the University of Roehampton and former solicitor at Rights of Women, describes recent developments in the campaign to preserve family law legal aid for victims of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 24th March 2015

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Fresh grounds and evidence before the CAT – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in appeals, competition, evidence, news, ombudsmen, telecommunications, tribunals by sally

‘On the face of it, BT was the main winner in this week’s ruling from the Competition Appeal Tribunal: see British Telecommunications plc v Office of Communications [2015] CAT 6. However, the decision, which makes interesting comments on the rights of parties to adduce new grounds and evidence on an appeal, raises important notes of caution to all parties which may wish to appeal or intervene in future cases.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 20th March 2015

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Serial rapist Shaun Hopkins handed life sentence after victim spotted him on Facebook – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in evidence, internet, news, rape, sentencing, victims by sally

‘A rapist has been handed a life sentence after he was identified by one of his victims when she spotted his picture on Facebook.’

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The Independent, 21st March 2015

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Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group – Judiciary of England & Wales

‘Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 17th March 2015

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Hillsborough inquests: Assessing David Duckenfield’s evidence – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2015 in evidence, health & safety, inquests, news, police, sport by sally

‘Police match commander David Duckenfield spent a week in the witness box at the new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster. But what were the key parts of his evidence, and what have we learned?’

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BBC News, 19th March 2015

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Advising witnesses on the defence case: what are the issues? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 19th, 2015 in consultations, cross-examination, evidence, news, witnesses by sally

‘The CPS have recently been running a consultation entitled “Speaking to Witnesses at Court”. The consultation period ended on Monday 16th March, and we await their response.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th March 2015

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