Enforcement and criminal investigations (modernised guidance) – UK Border Agency

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in immigration, press releases, visas, witnesses by tracey

‘This collection brings together modernised guidance about enforcement and processes used by UK Visas and Immigration.’

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UK Border Agency, 21st August 2014

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

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Family system ‘woefully behind’ in treatment of vulnerable – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Family judges are to receive guidance on dealing more appropriately with children and other vulnerable witnesses.
The interim report of a working group set up by Sir James Munby, head of the Family Division, says the family system ‘lags woefully behind’ the criminal justice system in this regard.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th August 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Witness statements, Mitchell and CPR rules 3.9 and 32.10 – Sovereign Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in civil procedure rules, evidence, news, time limits, trials, witnesses by sally

‘David Partington and Judy Dawson, barristers in the Sovereign Chambers Civil Team in Leeds, consider the civil procedural difficulties that the late service of witness statements cause for both the defaulting and innocent parties, given the interplay of, “Jackson”, Denton, and the cases dealing with sanction for late service of witness statements.’

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Sovereign Chambers, 16th July 2014

Source: www.sovereignchambers.co.uk

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Should children give evidence in family proceedings? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The case concerned a five-year-old boy. The appellant, his father, had applied for contact. The mother had opposed, alleging violence and so a fact finding hearing was ordered. The mother wanted her 13-year-old daughter, from a different relationship, to give evidence about some of the alleged incidents. That child had never been asked about the incidents and had to date given no account, whether by an Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interview or otherwise. The judge ordered Cafcass to meet with this child to explore matters further – in particular, whether that child should answer questions put to her in writing and/or give live evidence at the hearing. The father appealed that decision. After the hearing and before the father obtained a stay, Cafcass met the child. Cafcass recommended that the questions should be reworded and reduced in number and also that the child “should not be compelled to provide live evidence” and/or “subjected to live cross-examination”.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th August 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Regina (OP) v Secretary of State for Justice (Just for Kids Law intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (OP) v Secretary of State for Justice (Just for Kids Law intervening) [2014] EWHC 1944 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 348

‘It might be a necessary requirement to provide a full registered (rather than non-registered) intermediary when an individual of special vulnerability, who was in jeopardy by reason of being before the courts upon criminal accusation, came to give evidence, as such a person should be put in the best position to do themselves justice.’

WLR Daily, 13th June 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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DPP to examine treatment of witnesses after abuse victim’s death – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions (DPP) said she recognised the “real issue” over whether victims and witnesses are treated fairly after the death of a sex abuse victim sparked calls for reform.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Ex-NoW journalist Dan Evans gets suspended sentence over hacking – The Guardian

‘A former journalist at the News of the World who admitted listening to more than 1,000 hacked voicemail messages has been spared jail because of what the judge said was his “unique” role in giving the prosecution evidence in the trial of Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and others.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Regina v Jones (Nicholas) – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in bad character, conspiracy, evidence, fraud, law reports, witnesses by michael

Regina v Jones (Nicholas) [2014] WLR (D)  319

‘A finding by a tribunal that an expert’s evidence was not as objective and independent as it might have been was not evidence of bad character with sections 98 and 112 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.’

WLR Daily, 16th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapses over Mazher Mahmood’s evidence – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in drug trafficking, evidence, media, news, trials, witnesses by sally

‘The trial of the singer and TV entertainer Tulisa Contostavlos over drugs allegations has dramatically collapsed after the judge ruled that the Sun investigative reporter whose evidence was central to the case had seemingly lied on oath.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Transforming the criminal justice system: strategy and action plan – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 16th, 2014 in computer programs, criminal justice, delay, reports, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘The “Criminal justice system 2014 to 2015: strategy and action plan” is an update on the version published last year.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Lord Leveson warns against ‘CSI effect’ in barring crime solving – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 27th, 2014 in forensic science, judges, news, speeches, witnesses by sally

‘Lord Leveson has warned against people believing crimes are solved just by forensic scientists and not by people coming forward, like they are on television’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th May 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Vulnerable witnesses allowed to give evidence pre-trial – BBC News

‘Vulnerable witnesses can give evidence before a trial starts from Monday as part of a pilot scheme in three Crown Courts in England.’

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BBC News, 28th April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Relief from sanction and witness statements – The Barristers’ Hub

Posted April 24th, 2014 in case management, civil procedure rules, disclosure, news, sanctions, witnesses by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal last week handed down judgment in the case of Chartwell Estate Agents v. Fergies Property & Anor. [2014] E. W. C. A. Civ. 506. It is an important decision for all civil practitioners, as it deals directly with the question of relief from sanction under the modified Rule 3.9 of the Civil Procedure Rules, and mollifies to some extent the (at least perceived) harshness of the rule in Mitchell v. News Group Newspapers [2014] 1 W. L. R. 795 – so much so that the Westlaw service run by respected legal publishers Sweet & Maxwell now state that the Mitchell decision has received “mixed or mildly negative judicial treatment”.’

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The Barristers’ Hub, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.barristershub.co.uk

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Sharif Demirsay murder: Three teens given life sentences – BBC News

Posted April 14th, 2014 in burglary, intimidation, murder, news, sentencing, witnesses, young offenders by sally

‘Three teenagers have been given life sentences for murdering a grandfather in a gold and cash raid.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Frances Andrade suicide ‘could and should’ have been prevented – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2014 in child abuse, news, police, reports, sexual offences, suicide, victims, witnesses by sally

‘The suicide of a violinist days after she testified in court against an ex-choirmaster “could and should” have been prevented, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Should judges question vulnerable witnesses? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 11th, 2014 in barristers, cross-examination, judiciary, news, professional conduct, witnesses by sally

‘Sir Keir Starmer, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, has been in the news this week with the suggestion that vulnerable witnesses should be questioned by the Judge in the case rather than by counsel, and this idea should give us pause to reflect on both the role of the judge and the role of the advocate.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th April 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Beyond the veil: What happened after Rebekah Dawson refused to take her niqab off in court – The Independent

Posted April 8th, 2014 in freedom of expression, intimidation, Islam, news, terrorism, trials, witnesses by sally

‘If your memory is sufficiently jogged, you may recall the recent case of a female defendant who refused to remove her full-face veil in court. It prompted a predictable outbreak of public indignation and liberal soul-searching. The question boiled down to this: could, or should, an English court accommodate a woman who hid her face, citing religious precepts, in a country where the face and facial expression are regarded as key to identity?’

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The Independent, 7th April 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Attorney general resists call to protect witnesses from court cross-examination – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2014 in attorney general, children, cross-examination, judiciary, news, trials, witnesses by sally

‘Dominic Grieve QC, the attorney general, has resisted calls for young and vulnerable witnesses to be cross-examined by a judge rather than several barristers to avoid aggressive courtroom questioning .’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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A voice for victims of crime – The Guardian

‘Justice isn’t just about sentencing: it’s about encouraging victims to come forward in the first place. Labour’s planned law will help. By Keir Starmer.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Vulnerable witness reforms proposed by Keir Starmer in new ‘victims’ law’ – BBC News

‘Radical changes to the way vulnerable witnesses are treated in court are being considered by the Labour Party.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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