Whistleblower judge: austerity policies have made courts dangerous – The Guardian

‘A district judge who is suing the Ministry of Justice after whistleblowing her complaints about courtroom dangers – death threats, violent claimants and hostage-taking – has spoken out for the first time about her experience of an under-resourced justice system.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2016

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Judge rejects disclosure of document on role of police spy in wrongful conviction – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2015 in disclosure, evidence, miscarriage of justice, news, police, prosecutions, public order, spying by tracey

‘A judge has refused to order the disclosure of an official document that would shed more light on how an undercover operation caused the wrongful conviction of an environmental campaigner.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2015

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Hunting convictions thrown into doubt after court case collapses – Daily Telegraph

‘The neutrality of Professor Stephen Harris, one of the UK’s leading authorities on foxes, has been called into question.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2015

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Double miscarriage-of-justice victim Martin Foran in payout fight – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2015 in appeals, compensation, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘A terminally-ill cancer patient who was jailed for two robberies he did not commit is fighting for compensation a year after he was exonerated.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2015

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Cardiff Three: ex-officers sue South Wales police over miscarriage of justice saga – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2015 in miscarriage of justice, news, police, Wales by tracey

‘Eight former police officers involved in the Cardiff Three miscarriage of justice murder case have cast doubt on the freed men’s innocence as they sue their own force over the saga.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2015

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Home Secretary announces terms of reference for undercover policing inquiry – Home Office

‘Theresa May also establishes miscarriages of justice panel to sit alongside inquiry following Mark Ellison’s review.’

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Home Office, 16th July 2015

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Undercover police practices ‘could have led to unsafe convictions’ – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2015 in demonstrations, miscarriage of justice, news, police, spying by tracey

‘More than 80 activists who were investigated by undercover officers could have been victims of miscarriages of justice, a report has concluded.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2015

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Review of possible miscarriages of justice – Attorney General’s Office

‘Mark Ellison QC and Alison Morgan’s review on the impact of undisclosed undercover police activity on the safety of convictions.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 16th July 2015

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Body in carpet murder: Court appeal to be heard in 2016 – BBC News

‘An appeal against the conviction of two men for the “body in a carpet” killing of a teenage girl more than two decades ago will be heard next year.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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Gove announces review of Legal Services Act – Legal Futures

‘There will a review of the Legal Services Act 2007 during this Parliament, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove announced today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th July 2015

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UK courts are bound by UK rulings, not Strasbourg decisions, says Admin Court – Leanne Woods – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 19th, 2015 in compensation, human rights, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

‘R (Victor Nealon) v Secretary of State for Justice : R (Sam Hallam) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 1565 (Admin), 8 June 2015. As Michael Gove contemplates the future of the Human Rights Act 1998, the High Court has considered how far the presumption of innocence in Article 6(2) ECHR spreads into decisions on payment of compensation for a miscarriage of justice. In doing so, Burnett LJ also managed to find some less than complimentary sentiments about the Strasbourg court’s decision-making.’

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UK HUamn Rights Blog, 19th June 2015

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Miscarriages of justice will result from fresh cuts to legal aid budget, say solicitors – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2015 in budgets, legal aid, miscarriage of justice, news, solicitors by sally

‘Miscarriages of justice will result from fresh cuts to the legal aid budget announced on 10 June, solicitors are warning.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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Kevin Lane in appeal ‘fight’ over Robert Magill murder – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2015 in appeals, corruption, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, police by tracey

‘A convicted murderer recently released from prison has said he is determined to “fight” for justice, believing his case was flawed by a crooked detective.
Kevin Lane was found guilty of shooting dead Robert Magill with a shotgun in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, in 1994. His argument of an “unsafe” conviction by Det Insp Christopher Spackman is being heard at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday and Thursday.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2015

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Sam Hallam and Victor Nealon denied compensation – BBC News

‘Two men who served long sentences before their convictions were overturned have lost High Court actions in their fight for compensation.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2015

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Sam Hallam: The man who spent over seven years in jail for a murder he did not commit – The Independent

Posted May 11th, 2015 in appeals, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, prisons by sally

‘Freed after a miscarriage of justice, Sam Hallam tells Jon Robins about his psychological and legal struggle.’
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The Independent, 9th May 2015

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Open letter condemns legal aid cuts, calls on new government to restore justice – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2015 in legal aid, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘More than 100 judges, peers, lawyers and doctors write open letter to the Guardian calling on new government to prevent ‘widespread miscarriages of justice’.’
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The Guardian, 1st May 2015

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Are too few convictions overturned? – BBC News

‘There is room for argument over whether the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is too cautious in referring suspected miscarriages of justice to the Court of Appeal, as the Commons Justice Committee has said.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2015

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Exclusive: Miscarriages of justice charity seeks law firm status – Legal Futures

‘A criminal appeals charity run by lawyers has applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to be a regulated legal practice, and could become the first charity to become a traditional law firm in its own right.’

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Legal Futures, 26th March 2015

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Justice body needs ‘bolder approach’ say MPs – BBC News

‘A public body that reviews miscarriages of justice should be “bolder” and refer more cases to the Court of Appeal, a group of MPs has said.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2015

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Miscarriage of justice review body is dismissed as the Court of Appeal’s ‘lap dog’ in hard-hitting report – The Independent

‘Innocent victims of miscarriages of justice are “languishing in jail” due to delays and faults in the case review system, according to MPs behind a hard-hitting report to be published this week.’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2015

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