Criminal cases delayed across England and Wales as courts lie idle – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2019 in courts, criminal justice, delay, news by sally

‘Nearly half of all crown courts across England and Wales were left empty on Monday, a survey suggests, even though lawyers say they have never known the backlog of criminal cases to be so bad.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2019

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High Court: Silence in disciplinary proceedings can lead to adverse inferences – Legal Futures

‘Disciplinary proceedings are not a “criminal/civil hybrid” and tribunals may draw adverse inferences from respondents staying silent, the High Court has made clear.’

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Legal Futures, 19th August 2019

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Number of people dealt with by criminal justice system falls to lowest level since records began – The Independent

‘The number of people prosecuted or handed penalties for crimes in England and Wales has fallen to a record low as offences rise. Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice showed the figure dropped by 2 per cent to 1.59 million people in the year to March.’

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The Independent, 15th August 2019

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Legal system ‘beyond the point of collapse’ as three men avoid jail – BBC News

‘The legal system in England and Wales is “beyond the point of collapse”, according to a Crown Court judge. Judge Simon Carr gave three men suspended sentences instead of sending them to jail because of how long it had taken for the case to get to court.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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Sex assault suspects should be granted anonymity, new justice secretary says – The Independent

Posted August 1st, 2019 in anonymity, criminal justice, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sex crime suspects and others accused of serious offences should remain anonymous until charged if they have a reputation to protect, the new justice secretary has said.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2019

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Report calls for better regulation of criminal defence work – Legal Futures

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in advocacy, criminal justice, fees, news, standards by sally

‘An “effective system” is needed for monitoring the quality of criminal defence lawyers, a report by charity Transform Justice has found.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2019

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Victims’ commissioner calls for shake-up of laws to allow thousands of victims of crime right to appeal “soft” sentences – Daily Telegraph

‘Thousands of victims of crime currently denied the right to appeal “soft” sentences should be allowed to do so, says the victims’ commissioner, as she today calls for a shake-up of the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2019

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Violence rockets as police solve 40,000 fewer crimes a year in deepening ‘crisis’ – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2019 in criminal justice, news, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘Violence has risen by 20 per cent in a year as the number of crimes solved plummeted by 40,000, new figures show amid warnings of a deepening “crisis” in the justice system.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2019

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New rights for victims of crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2019 in codes of practice, criminal justice, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Victims of crime will receive greater support under government plans to boost their rights at every stage of the justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2019

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

Police failing to solve crimes committed against elderly people, report finds – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2019 in criminal justice, elderly, news, police, prosecutions, reports, victims by tracey

‘Police are failing to solve crimes committed against elderly people and letting perpetrators walk free, watchdogs have warned. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate found that care for older victims was not good enough in more than half of cases examined.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2019

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Courts to consider wider consequences of arson and criminal damage – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 4th, 2019 in arson, codes of practice, courts, criminal damage, criminal justice, news by sally

‘Courts are expected to get tougher on people who vandalise listed buildings, start a fire at a school or cause criminal damage at a train station under guidelines unveiled today. The Sentencing Council says its arson guidelines, which come into force in October, acknowledge that harm can include psychological effects and damage to property can be about more than just the financial value.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd July 2019

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Junior judges face zero-hours working conditions, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2019 in budgets, courts, criminal justice, Crown Court, judiciary, news, part-time work by sally

‘Junior judges are being put on what are in effect zero-hours contracts as the criminal justice system succumbs to a fresh round of austerity and courtrooms are closed down, lawyers are warning.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2019

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Crime solving rates ‘woefully low’, Met Police Commissioner says – BBC News

Posted June 27th, 2019 in crime, criminal justice, news, police by tracey

‘Too many crimes are being left unsolved, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2019

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Revenge porn and ‘cyber-flashing’ laws go under review – The Guardian

‘Victims of revenge porn may be given automatic anonymity in court under a government-initiated review of online harassment that could recommend criminalising “cyber-flashing” and “deepfake” images.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2019

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Sir Brian Leveson warns crimes are not being prosecuted – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2019 in budgets, criminal justice, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The most senior criminal judge in England and Wales has expressed “enormous concern” that many crimes are not being prosecuted.’

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BBC news, 21st June 2019

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Legal challenge launched against decision not to prosecute man who filmed woman naked – The Independent

‘Campaigners have launched a judicial review to challenge the decision not to prosecute a man who secretly filmed a sleeping naked woman.’

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The Independent, 18th June 2019

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Review finds family ties ‘utterly indispensable’ to rehabilitation of female offenders – Ministry of Justice

‘A new report by Lord Michael Farmer on the value of prisoners’ family ties has found that healthy relationships are a “must have” when it comes to preventing women from reoffending. Prisoners who receive family visits are 39% less likely to reoffend, and research suggests that these relationships are even more important for women than they are for men.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th June 2019

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

Speech by President of the Queen’s Bench Division – Criminal Justice: The Past and The Future – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 17th, 2019 in criminal justice, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by President of the Queen’s Bench Division – Criminal Justice: The Past and The Future.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th June 2019

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Valedictory lecture by President of the Queen’s Bench Division – Criminal Trials: The Human Experience – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 17th, 2019 in criminal justice, judges, juries, speeches by tracey

‘Valedictory lecture by President of the Queen’s Bench Division – Criminal Trials: The Human Experience.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th June 2019

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Knife and offensive weapon offences reach highest level for decade – The Guardian

‘Numbers of knife and offensive weapon offences have risen to their highest level for nearly a decade, with the number of cases dealt with by the criminal justice system up by more than a third since 2015, figures have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2019

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