Lynette White: Civil action after failed police corruption trial – BBC News

Posted June 24th, 2015 in corruption, DNA, evidence, murder, news, police, trials by sally

‘A date has been set for High Court civil action following the collapse of the UK’s biggest police corruption trial.’

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BBC News, 23rd June 2015

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Murderer seeks to overturn ban on secret evidence going to Strasbourg – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in evidence, human rights, intelligence services, media, news, Supreme Court, trials by tracey

‘A convicted murderer who claims he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice is seeking to overturn a ban on secret evidence about the security services being disclosed to European judges. The supreme court’s hearing of the unprecedented case of Wang Yam could add to the strain on the UK’s relationship with the European court of human rights (ECHR).’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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Consultation on proposed amendments to allocation guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted June 19th, 2015 in Crown Court, magistrates, press releases, trials by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the allocation guideline.’

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Sentencing Council, 19th June 2015

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Defendants should be allowed to waive their right to trial by jury – The Guardian

Posted June 19th, 2015 in appeals, criminal justice, juries, news, trials by tracey

‘The UK criminal justice system needs to do more with less. Sir Brian Leveson’s recommendations would introduce some sensible flexibility to it.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2015

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Divorcee Michelle Young to be sued over financing of bitter legal battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 8th, 2015 in contracts, costs, divorce, news, trials by sally

‘Saga of divorce battle takes extraordinary new twist as financial backers plan to sue her for breach of contract.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2015

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Terror trial collapses after fears of deep embarrassment to security services – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in intelligence services, news, terrorism, trials by sally

‘The prosecution of a Swedish national accused of terrorist activities in Syria has collapsed at the Old Bailey after it became clear Britain’s security and intelligence agencies would have been deeply embarrassed had a trial gone ahead, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2015

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Treason! Magna Carta barons face trial 800 years on – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 18th, 2015 in magna carta, news, royal family, rule of law, treason, trials by sally

‘The Barons and Bishops who forced King John to sign Magna Carta, enshrining key rights such as rule of law and protection of property, are to face “charges of treason” – 800 years after the historic document was written.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2015

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Local authorities and judicial review: they should not put their heads completely in the sands – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 7th, 2015 in costs, judicial review, local government, news, planning, trials by sally

‘Out of what some may think to be an everyday spat between the Co-Op (existing supermarket) and an out-of-town supermarket proposer, comes a salutary reminder from Singh J that local authorities cannot behave like private litigants when they are judicially reviewed. Different rules apply.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th May 2015

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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DJ Neil Fox to face November trial over sex charges – BBC News

Posted May 5th, 2015 in news, sexual offences, trials by sally

‘DJ Neil Fox will stand trial on sex charges on 5 November, a London court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2015

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Practice Note Regarding Chancery Fixed-End Trials – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted May 1st, 2015 in practice directions, time limits, trials by tracey

‘Practice Note Regarding Chancery Fixed-End Trials.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 28th April 2015

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Lord Janner’s alleged victims seek formal review of DPP decision – The Guardian

‘A group of people who say they were abused by Lord Janner are seeking a formal review of the decision not to prosecute the former Labour MP following child sex abuse claims.’
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The Guardian, 28th April 2015

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The Rivlin Report – the Bar talking to itself? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 7th, 2015 in barristers, case management, fees, guilty pleas, legal education, news, reports, trials by sally

‘The last of the three “state of the Bar” reports, the “Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar” Report by the Criminal Justice Reform Group (generally known as the Rivlin Report) was released shortly before Easter. Unlike Leveson and Jeffrey’s, the MoJ did not commit to consider this report before deciding on the future of legal aid provision. As this was a report commissioned by the Bar Council (the report itself acknowledges “we should stress that the substance of this Report, and the recommendations which accompany it, are independent and made on behalf of the Bar”), this may not have been a bad call by the MoJ.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th April 2015

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Society outrage at ‘back door’ criminal court fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 31st, 2015 in courts, criminal justice, fees, news, trials by sally

‘Suspects pleading not guilty in the Crown court will risk paying a court fee of £1,200 if convicted under guidelines slipped into legislation without debate in the final days of the current parliament.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th March 2015

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Court charge of up to £1,200 for criminals revealed – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2015 in costs, fines, guilty pleas, news, trials by sally

‘Convicted criminals in England and Wales will have to pay up to £1,200 towards the cost of their court case under new rules, it has been revealed.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2015

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The true statistics behind judicial review’s success rates – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 24th, 2015 in judicial review, news, statistics, trials by sally

‘Avid readers of the legal press may have spotted the eye-catching statistic that in 2014 a meagre 1% of claims for judicial review were successful.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2015

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Regina v Akhtar (Itzaz) – WLR Daily

Regina v Akhtar (Itzaz) [2015] EWCA Crim 176; [2015] WLR (D) 91

‘Where a jury brought in a guilty verdict on one count but were unable to agree on another count, a retrial on that other count was not an abuse of process unless the two counts were true alternatives in that they were mutually exclusive alternatives.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2015

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Regina v Boardman – WLR Daily

Posted March 4th, 2015 in appeals, case management, criminal justice, delay, evidence, law reports, trials by sally

Regina v Boardman [2015] EWCA Crim 175; [2015] WLR (D) 92

‘A judge was fully entitled to refuse to allow the prosecution to adduce evidence of telephone data records where they had failed to progress the case properly or in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Rules or other direction even though such refusal effectively brought the prosecution to an end. The Court of Appeal would support trial judges in the exercise of their discretion in discharging their case management responsibilities.’

WLR Daily, 26th February 2015

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Regina (Campbell-Brown) v Central Criminal Court – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2015 in criminal justice, detention, law reports, murder, time limits, trials by sally

Regina (Campbell-Brown) v Central Criminal Court [2015] EWHC 202 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 48

‘Trials involving defendants remanded in custody were not to be listed for trial after the expiry of the custody time limits without proper and rigorous judicial consideration first having been given to the statutory questions posed by section 22(3) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 in relation to the extension of custody time limits.’

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2015

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Theresa May to order probe into collapse of police corruption trial – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 10th, 2015 in corruption, inquiries, news, perverting the course of justice, police, trials by sally

‘The Home Secretary has ordered a QC-led inquiry into the collapse of the UK’s biggest police corruption trial.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2015

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Sun journalists retrial row after judge removed from case – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2015 in complaints, electronic mail, judges, media, news, trials by sally

‘A decision to remove a judge lined up for a retrial of four Sun journalists has led to a legal row at the Old Bailey involving some of the most senior judges in the country.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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