Fears over credit for guilty plea – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criminal defence solicitors are expected to oppose proposed replacement guidelines on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2016

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Government relaxes domestic violence evidence requirement – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 22nd, 2016 in domestic violence, evidence, news, time limits by tracey

‘A month after the Court of Appeal upheld a challenge to the government’s changes to legal aid for victims of domestic violence, the Ministry of Justice has announced it is more than doubling the original time limit for evidence.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st April 2016

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When an unsafe structure does not trigger the landlord’s duty to repair – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The reach of the Defective Premises Act and what ‘defective’ means within the context of the Act, was the subject of detailed consideration in the QBD recently, in Dodd v Raebarn Estates [2016].’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th March 2016

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Police and prosecutors ‘losing sensitive evidence’ – BBC News

‘Sensitive details held by police and prosecutors in England are being lost because evidence is still being shared on computer discs, watchdogs say.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2016

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Boffins offer primers for courtroom science – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 12th, 2016 in DNA, evidence, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘Easy-to-understand guides on scientific evidence could be introduced in courts as part of joint efforts to explore common interests between lawyers and scientists.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th April 2016

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Sam Hallam and Victor Nealon denied compensation by Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2016 in appeals, compensation, DNA, evidence, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘Two men who served long sentences before their convictions were overturned have lost the latest round of their legal fight for compensation.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2016

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Covert Recording by Parents – Nothing to Fear but the Truth? – Family Law Week

‘Farooq Ahmed, barrister of Westgate Chambers and recorder, addresses the legal issues arising when parents embroiled in children proceedings record conversations or events.’

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Family Law Week, 8th April 2016

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Number of dropped Crown Court prosecutions at highest level in five years – BBC News

‘The number and proportion of prosecutions dropped at Crown Courts in England and Wales has risen to its highest level in five years. More than 12,600 cases were discontinued from 2014 to 2015 – one in every eight Crown Court cases. At the same time, the proportion of Crown Court cases resulting in a conviction fell below the 80% mark for the first time since 2010-11.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2016

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Upholding fundamental rights or ensuring accurate verdicts? The ECtHR and the use of unchallengeable witness evidence – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 5th, 2016 in courts, evidence, human rights, news, telecommunications, witnesses by sally

‘The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) has held that the use of telephone recordings as evidence in a criminal trial, despite the inability of the accused to challenge the caller, did not violate his rights under Article 6, ECHR. This judgment follows a number of Grand Chamber judgments on similar issues that have altered the ECtHR’s stance on the subject of absent witness evidence.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th April 2016

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Bamber appeal letters ‘ill-conceived’, say Essex Police – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2016 in appeals, disclosure, evidence, internet, media, murder, news, police by sally

‘Police have accused a multiple murderer of “circumnavigating the formal process” of appeal by using the media and websites to fight his conviction.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2016

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Jean Charles de Menezes ruling: European Court of Human Rights rejects call to prosecute police officers who shot him – The Independent

‘The UK was right not to charge any police officers over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an electrician who they thought was a suicide bomber, in 2005.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2016

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Regina v Nguyen – WLR Daily

Regina v Nguyen, Attorney General’s Reference No 79 of 2015

‘The defendant pleaded guilty to attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm contrary to section 18 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 and to having an offensive weapon contrary to section 1(1) of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953. He was sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment and 12 months’ imprisonment respectively. The Attorney General applied to the Court of Appeal under section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 for leave to refer the sentence as unduly lenient. At the same time the prosecution applied to the Crown Court under the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 for the sentence to be varied on the grounds that new material showed that, contrary to the way in which the case had been presented at the sentencing hearing, the complainant had been specifically targeted by the defendant. The time limit for making a variation order was subsequently extended by a Crown Court judge, and a variation order was later made by the sentencing judge. The defendant appealed against the varied sentence. On the hearing in the Court of Appeal it was common ground that there was no power to extend the time limit for the making of a variation order, so that the variation order had been invalid.’

WLR Daily, 23rd March 2016

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Manchester sex workers’ rights case collapses after five years – The Guardian

‘A court case that would have tested the right of sex workers to offer services together in brothels to protect themselves has collapsed after a police officer refused to give evidence.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2016

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Theresa May ‘wrongly deported 48,000 students’ after BBC Panorama exposes TOEIC scam – The Independent

‘Home Secretary Theresa May allegedly wrongly deported up to 50,000 international students after an English test cheating scam at one school was used to incriminate all who had sat the test.’

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The Independent, 29th March 2016

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‘Key evidence missing’ from police investigation into Shoreham air show, inquest reveals – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in accidents, aircraft, delay, evidence, inquests, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘The police investigation into the plane crash at the Shoreham Airshow – which killed 11 people – is being delayed as detectives are being forced to seek permission from the courts to gain access to key information from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), a pre-inquest review has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2016

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Ched Evans: Rape conviction ‘miscarriage of justice’ appeal heard by senior judges – Daily Telegraph

‘Footballer’s case referred to Court of Appeal in London by Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2016

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Police accused of concealing role of undercover officers from judges – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in evidence, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘Police have been accused of concealing the involvement of two undercover officers in a long-running legal case from judges in the UK’s highest court.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2016

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Lammy Review of BAME representation in the Criminal Justice System: call for evidence – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2016 in criminal justice, diversity, equality, evidence, press releases by tracey

‘In January 2016 the Prime Minister invited David Lammy MP to find out why official figures show that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups appear to be over-represented at most stages of the criminal justice system, and what can be done about it. This is an independent review. It aims to make sure that everyone is treated equally, whatever their ethnicity.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st March 2016

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Poppi Worthington’s father faces intimidation every day, coroner told – The Guardian

‘A father who was identified by a high court judge as having probably sexually assaulted his baby daughter shortly before she died may be allowed to give evidence from a secret location after facing daily intimidation, a pre-inquest hearing has heard.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2016

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Met Police decision to drop Tower Hamlets electoral fraud investigation branded ‘utter disgrace’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2016 in corruption, elections, evidence, fraud, local government, London, news, police by tracey

‘Scotland Yard has dropped its investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets after finding “insufficient evidence that criminal offences had been committed”. Detectives launched the probe after Lutfur Rahman, the borough’s former mayor, was found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by a judge following a High Court hearing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2016

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