Rape victims to be spared ordeal of cross-examination in court – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2017 in cross-examination, news, rape, sexual offences, trials, victims, video recordings by tracey

‘New measures to spare alleged rape victims from facing live cross-examination in court will be rolled out as part of changes being made by the justice secretary.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2017

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Greater protection for rape victims and children at risk of grooming – Ministry of Justice

‘New offence of sexual communication with a child will be introduced, and measures to support victims of sex crimes accelerated.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th March 2017

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Reforms to cross-examination by alleged abusers in the Prisons and Courts Bill – Family Law Week

‘Mark Roscoe, barrister of The 36 Group, outlines the provisions which the Government proposes to insert into section 31 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.’

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Family Law Week, 7th March 2017

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A united approach – Counsel

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in barristers, children, cross-examination, news, witnesses, young persons by sally

‘HHJ Simon Drew QC and Lynda Gibbs explain why the pan-profession s 28 and ‘advocacy and the vulnerable’ training – being delivered to over 14,000 criminal advocates over the next two years – heralds a sea change.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Violent abusers to be prevented from cross-examining ex-partners in court – The Guardian

‘Domestic violence victims will no longer face the threat of being interrogated by their former partners in court under proposed legislation.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2017

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MP proposes UK rape shield law to protect victims in court – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2017 in bills, cross-examination, news, rape, victims by tracey

‘A private member’s bill to protect rape victims from being cross-examined in court about their sexual history is to be introduced to the House of Commons.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2017

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Rape accusers ‘face court ordeal by defence lawyers’ – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2017 in bad character, bills, cross-examination, news, rape, sexual offences, trials, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Rape complainants are being routinely questioned in court about their sexual histories and even the way they were dressed on the night they were attacked, according to a damning dossier of case studies to be presented to MPs this week. The findings have triggered calls for the law to be tightened to protect complainants better.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2017

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Truss orders review to ban abusers tormenting victims in family courts – The Guardian

‘The Justice Secretary has set up an emergency review to find the quickest way to ban perpetrators of domestic abuse from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court system.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2017

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Statement from the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: Cross-examination of vulnerable people – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 4th, 2017 in cross-examination, family courts, press releases, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘I have been raising since 2014 the pressing need to reform the way in which vulnerable people give evidence in family proceedings. I have made clear my view that the family justice system lags woefully behind the criminal justice system.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 30th December 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar Council launches vulnerable witness advocacy training – The Bar Council

‘Pro bono training launched for advocates dealing with vulnerable witnesses.’

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The Bar Council, 14th November 2016

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New guidelines issued on questioning of vulnerable witnesses in court – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2016 in children, cross-examination, learning difficulties, news, witnesses by tracey

‘Guidelines say children and people with learning difficulties should not be subject to unnecessarily harsh questioning.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2016

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Strasbourg again favouring safety of conviction over cross-examination of witnesses? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in cross-examination, drug trafficking, human rights, news, witnesses by sally

‘In a unanimous decision, the European Court of Human Rights has held that the proceedings that lead to the conviction of an individual for drug trafficking charges were entirely compliant with Article 6, ECHR. Despite the inability to cross-examine a key prosecution witness, the Court considered that in light of the existence of supporting incriminating evidence (amongst other factors) the proceedings as a whole were fair.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th September 2016

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Courts reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th September 2016

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MPs call for end to abusive men using courts against families – The Guardian

‘The government must carry out a full review of family courts to stop them being used by violent men to perpetuate abuse against their partners and children, MPs have said.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2016

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Vulnerable witnesses to be spared court – BBC News

Posted September 15th, 2016 in children, cross-examination, news, pilot schemes, trials, video recordings, witnesses by tracey

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will be able to give their evidence before a trial starts, as part of planned court reforms in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2016

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They think they’ve got away: How to catch a historical sex offender – BBC News

‘Sex offenders think they’ll get away with it. And often they do. Sometimes it can take years to bring them to justice, while others escape retribution altogether. So how do you go about making sure perpetrators of horrendous crimes committed in the distant past are caught and convicted?’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Examination of child witnesses not in violation of Article 6 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 5th, 2016 in children, cross-examination, human rights, news, witnesses by tracey

‘Mark William Patrick MacLennan v Her Majesty’s Advocate, [2015] HCJAC 128. The High Court has refused an appeal under Article 6 on the lack of effective cross-examination of child witness, but has provided interesting commentary on how such investigations could be better handled in future to meet Strasbourg standards.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd February 2016

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Abuse survivors ‘re-victimised’ through family court process – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Victims of domestic abuse should not endure the trauma of being cross-examined by their abusers in court, a national charity has recommended in a study on child deaths.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th January 2016

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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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Judge was wrong to accuse solicitors of exaggerating bill, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court was wrong to strike out a claim over unpaid fees brought by a firm of solicitors on the basis of alleged exaggeration and inaccurate sums, without hearing any witnesses, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th July 2015

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