First case dropped since forensic science blunders as CPS says it cannot proceed against drug driver following intervention from ‘Mr Loophole’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, drug offences, evidence, forensic science, news by sally

‘The first case linked to allegations of a forensic science blunder has been dropped after the CPS said it cannot proceed against a drug driver.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2017

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Proving Propensity via Allegations of Bad Character – 2 Hare Court

Posted February 21st, 2017 in appeals, bad character, evidence, jury directions, murder, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The approach to contested non-conviction bad character evidence has changed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of R v Mitchell [2016] UKSC 55.’

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2 Hare Court, 5th January 2017

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Expert witnesses: science friction – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Experts and their evidence are under hostile scrutiny amid fears over a decline in standards, reports Grania Langdon-Down.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th February 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Carl Bridgewater: Police review of evidence ‘coming in March’ – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2017 in evidence, murder, news, police by sally

‘The findings of a review of evidence in the unsolved 1978 murder of paperboy Carl Bridgewater will be revealed in March, police say.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2017

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Court of Appeal criticises expert who failed to disclose “close connection” with defendant – Litigation Futures

Posted February 15th, 2017 in disclosure, doctors, evidence, expert witnesses, negligence, news by sally

‘A medical expert who failed to disclose that he had trained the defendant on whose behalf he was giving evidence and that they had “worked together closely for a substantial period” has been criticised by the Court of Appeal’

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Litigation Futures, 14th February 2017

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Dying man gives evidence with his eyes to help convict vicar who abused him – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2017 in child abuse, clergy, evidence, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A former church chorister rendered immobile by motor neurone disease has been helped to fulfil his dying wish – to give courtroom evidence against his abuser using eye-tracking technology.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2017

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Expert Evidence, Independence and Objectivity: Exp v Barker [2017] EWCA Civ 63 – Zenith PI Blog

‘In EXP v Barker, the trial judge and Court of Appeal were faced with an unusual situation. An expert witness – although undoubtedly skilled and experienced in his field – had omitted to mention a close personal connection to the party instructing him.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 13th February 2017

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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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Met Police ‘shredded internal documents after inquiry into undercover officers launched’ – The Independent

Posted February 10th, 2017 in complaints, disclosure, evidence, inquiries, news, police, spying by tracey

‘The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating accusations a top police unit deleted a mass of files shortly after the announcement of a major probe that was to look into its activities.’

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The Independent, 9th February 2017

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Police force which lost vital evidence into toddler Poppi Worthington’s death, failed other youngsters too, watchdog reveals – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2017 in children, evidence, news, police, reports, social services by tracey

‘A “troubled” police force heavily criticised after the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington needs “immediate” improvement in order to protect children, watchdogs have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th January 2017

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Munby: video-links in family courts ‘a disgrace’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 24th, 2017 in courts, evidence, family courts, judges, news, victims, video recordings, witnesses by sally

‘The president of the Family Division has berated the state of equipment in family courts, including his own court in London’s Royal Courts of Justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd January 2017

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Review into child abuse in football makes first call for evidence – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2017 in child abuse, evidence, news, sexual offences, sport, victims by tracey

‘The independent review into allegations of child abuse in football has made its first call for evidence. Set up by the Football Association and led by Clive Sheldon QC, the review has written to all football clubs in England and Wales, amateur and professional, asking for information about allegations of child sexual abuse between 1970 and 2005.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2017

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Counter-terrorism money being spent on redacting evidence to inquiry on undercover policing – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2017 in evidence, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police, terrorism by tracey

‘Counter-terrorism money is being used to redact police evidence to an inquiry into undercover policing tactics, it has been revealed.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2017

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Sexual history evidence: fair game? – Counsel

Posted December 9th, 2016 in admissibility, consent, evidence, interpretation, news, rape, retrials by sally

‘Ali Naseem Bajwa QC and Eva Niculiu examine the issues raised by use of the complainant’s sexual history in the Ched Evans rape retrial.’

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Counsel, December 2016

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Marine’s conviction for killing Afghan insurgent could be quashed – The Guardian

‘A former Royal Marine serving a life sentence for murdering a wounded Afghan insurgent faces the “real possibility” of having his conviction quashed following the presentation of new evidence, an independent review has found.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2016

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The Taxonomy of Evidence: Experts, Facts, Opinions and the Courts by Grahame Anderson – Littleton Chambers

Posted December 1st, 2016 in admissibility, evidence, expert witnesses, news, opinions by sally

‘In Darby Properties Limited and another v Lloyds Bank plc, Master Matthews has given judgment in a case concerning the admissibility of expert evidence in an interest rates hedging products case.’

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Littleton Chambers, 24th November 2016

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When is an injury not an injury? – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 1st, 2016 in evidence, industrial injuries, insurance, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The overworking of the de minimis argument in noise-induced hearing loss claims shows the need for proper evidental preparaton and some clearer guidance from the senior courts following Rothwell.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 21st November 2016

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Hot-tubbing report sparks rule committee decision to take wider look at expert evidence – Litigation Futures

Posted November 30th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, evidence, expert witnesses, news, reports by tracey

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CRPC) is to look into the provision of expert evidence in court as it considers the recommendations of a recent report into concurrent evidence, known as hot-tubbing.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th November 2016

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Poppi Worthington: CPS backs decision not to charge father over death – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2016 in child abuse, Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, inquests, news, prosecutions by sally

‘No criminal charges will be brought over the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2016

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Ted Heath’s accuser ‘gave child abuse inquiry fantastical evidence’ – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2016 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A woman who accused Sir Ted Heath of satanic child abuse contributed to “a catalogue of fabrication” by making outrageous allegations after hypnosis, a leading criminologist has claimed.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk