Courtroom shortages causing long trial delays, report warns – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2009 in criminal justice, delay, news by sally

“A shortage of courtrooms mean victims and witnesses face long delays in criminal trials, the government’s spending watchdog has warned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association Express Concerns Over Coroners and Justice Bill – The Bar Council

Posted January 26th, 2009 in coroners, criminal justice, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association have voiced their concerns over the Coroners and Justice Bill, which receives its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 25th January 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Court of Appeal contributes to public confidence in the Criminal Justice System – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted January 23rd, 2009 in appeals, criminal justice, press releases, statistics by sally

“Fewer than 1% of all convictions in the Crown Court and just 1.3% of sentences are successfully appealed in the Court of Appeal, which should increase public confidence in the criminal justice system.”

Full press release

Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th January 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Young black people and the criminal justice system – first annual report – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 16th, 2008 in criminal justice, minorities, reports, young offenders by sally

“The Home Affairs Select Committee published on 15 June 2007 the report of its inquiry ‘Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System’, which considered how to tackle the over-representation of young black people in the criminal justice system. The government published its formal response on 18 October 2007. Detailed proposals for the delivery of improved outcomes for young black people were published on 13 December 2007, which set out the governance and reporting arrangements for delivering the government’s commitments. One of the commitments made was to provide the committee with an annual report of progress in each year up to 2011. This is the first annual report.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 16th December 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Delivering the government response to the Corston Report – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 12th, 2008 in criminal justice, reports, women by sally

“The government’s one year progress report on its strategy for addressing the needs of women offenders, in response to Baroness Corston’s independent review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 10th December 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

‘Summary justice’ soars as courts bypassed – The Times

Posted November 27th, 2008 in criminal justice, fines, news, penalties, statistics by sally

“Out-of-court punishments accounted for more than half of all offences dealt with by the criminal justice system last year, according to figures published today.”

Full story

The Times, 27th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Criminal justice to be a ‘service’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2008 in criminal justice, news by sally

“The criminal justice system is to be re-branded as the criminal justice service, under plans disclosed by ministers this week.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 20th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Justice system ‘fails vulnerable’ – BBC News

Posted November 19th, 2008 in criminal justice, learning difficulties, news, prisons by sally

“The criminal justice system is failing people with learning disabilities from the point of arrest to their release from prison, a report suggests.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Senior judge wants top court to avoid crime – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 18th, 2008 in appeals, criminal justice, news, Supreme Court by sally

“A member of the Court of Appeal has argued that only rare or occasional criminal cases should be heard by the new Supreme Court because its judges are too out of touch.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ministers urged to act on race inequality in criminal justice system – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2008 in criminal justice, news, race discrimination by sally

“The government must take a fresh look at policy if over-representation of people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in the criminal justice system is to be addressed, according to a new study published today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

More laws but no more order, say academics – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2008 in criminal justice, news, statistics by sally

“Criminologists said despite more than 3,000 new offences created under Labour it has only served to criminalize more people and not protect others.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales: time for change? – Speech by Lord Judge

Posted November 6th, 2008 in criminal justice, speeches by sally

The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales: time for change? (PDF)

Speech by Lord Judge

University of Hertfordshire, 4th November 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (Provisions commencing on 3 November 2008)- Ministry of Justice

Posted October 29th, 2008 in circulars, criminal justice, immigration by sally

“This circular provides details of some of the provisions in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 which come into force on 3 November 2008.”

Full circular

Ministry of Justice, 29th October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Very High Cost Criminal Cases – significant progress towards a new scheme – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 27th, 2008 in costs, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, legal profession, press releases by sally

“Significant progress is being made towards a new scheme of graduated fees for lawyers in very high cost criminal (VHCC) cases, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 24th October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Regina v Al-Ali – Times Law Reports

Posted October 3rd, 2008 in appeals, criminal justice, criminal procedure, law reports by sally

Regina v Al-Ali

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“On an application by the prosecution for leave to appeal from a ruling of a trial judge in the crown court, the Court of Appeal should not simply consider whether the appeal had a realistic prospect of success because even if the judge’s ruling was wrong it would only be if it were in the interests of justice that the trial should be resumed or started afresh.”

The Times, 3rd October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Serious Crime Act 2007: Implementation of Part 2 – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 29th, 2008 in criminal justice, news by sally

“A circular containing details of the offences of encouraging and assisting crime, contained in Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007, which come into force on 1 October 2008.”

Serious Crime Act 2007: Implementation of Part 2 (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 29th September 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Regina v Al-Ali – WLR Daily

Posted September 24th, 2008 in appeals, criminal justice, criminal procedure, law reports by sally

Regina v Al-Ali; [2008] WLR (D) 302

“When granting leave to a prosecutor to appeal from a ruling of a trial judge in the Crown Court, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) should look rather more widely at the interests of justice than simply considering whether the appeal had a realistic prospect of success because even if the judge’s ruling were held to be wrong it would only be if it were in the interests of justice that an order should be made to resume the trial or to start a fresh trial.”

WLR Daily, 23rd September 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Cherie clashes with Jack Straw over criminal justice – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2008 in criminal justice, news by sally

“Cherie Booth clashed with Jack Straw at a Labour fringe event today when the two sought to blame each other’s professions for weaknesses in the criminal justice system.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd September 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney General calls for criminals to have their assets stripped – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 19th, 2008 in criminal justice, press releases, proceeds of crime by sally

“The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, has today told criminal justice practitioners that seizing the proceeds of crime and ‘hitting the criminals where is hurts’ must be at the top of their agenda, and be made part of everything they do.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 18th September 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk/

Trials disrupted as barristers boycott high-cost case panel – Legal Week

Posted September 18th, 2008 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, news by sally

“The Government is in crisis talks with the Bar Council after the poor uptake of the very high-cost criminal cases (VHCC) panel has threatened the number of major trials going ahead.”

Full story

Legal Week, 18th September 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com