Russell Square stabbings: Zakaria Bulhan ‘fit to stand trial’ – BBC News

Posted December 9th, 2016 in fitness to plead, mental health, news, trials by sally

‘A man charged with murdering a US tourist and wounding five other people in a knife attack in central London has been deemed fit to stand trial.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2016

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People with advanced dementia have no place in court – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2016 in accidents, courts, elderly, fitness to plead, mental health, news, road traffic, trials by sally

‘The Law Commission has recommended a new test of incapacity after the Greville Janner case. We must be cautious about punishing those no longer in control of their actions.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2016

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Lord Janner sex abuse ‘trial of the facts’ formally dropped one month after the Labour peer’s death – The Independent

‘A ‘trial of the facts’ into allegations of sexual abuse by Lord Janner has been formally dropped following the Labour peer’s death in December.’

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The Independent, 15th January 2016

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Modernising the rules on unfitness to plead – Law Commission

Posted January 13th, 2016 in fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news by sally

‘A new test is needed to establish who is unfit to plead. The existing rules for deciding whether a defendant is unfit to participate in a criminal trial – and what the courts should do if they are not – are out of date, misunderstood and inconsistently applied.’

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Law Commission, 13th January 2016

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Fitness-to-plead court test out of date, says Law Commission – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2016 in fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news by sally

‘New tests should be introduced to assess whether a defendant facing criminal charges is mentally fit to stand trial, the Law Commission says.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2016

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Too many people unfit to plead face criminal trials, says Law Commission – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2016 in criminal justice, fitness to plead, Law Commission, mental health, news, trials by tracey

‘Commission will tell Government legal tests to determine whether someone is mentally fit for trial are Victorian legacies.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2016

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Lord Janner child sex abuse claims ‘cannot go to court’ – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2015 in child abuse, elderly, fitness to plead, hospital orders, mental health, news by sally

‘The death of the former Labour peer Greville Janner almost certainly means that child sex allegations made against him will never be tested in a criminal court, according to legal experts.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2015

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Lord Janner unfit to stand trial, judge rules – BBC News

‘Lord Janner is unfit to stand trial over child sexual abuse offences dating back 50 years, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2015

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Lord Janner judge to rule on evidence behind lack of fitness to stand trial – The Guardian

‘A high court judge is expected to rule on whether Lord Janner is unfit to stand trial – and what evidence can be released regarding that decision – for a string of child sex offences dating back 50 years.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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DPP Alison Saunders says: ‘I’m still the right person for the job’ – The Guardian

‘The country’s most senior prosecutor said it was “difficult” hearing calls for her to quit over her handling of the Lord Janner case, but insisted: “I’m still the right person for the job.”’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2015

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Date fixed for Lord Janner hearing – BBC News

‘A judge will decide at a hearing on 7 December whether Lord Janner, who is facing child sex abuse charges spanning three decades, is fit to plead.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2015

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Lord Janner child sex abuse charges: Former Labour MP expected to appear in court – The Independent

‘Lord Janner is expected to appear in court to face child abuse charges after his lawyers lost a High Court bid to prevent him having to attend.’

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The Independent, 14th August 2015

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Alison Saunders: My Lord Janner decision could be reversed – Daily Telegraph

‘Director of Public Prosecutions suggests she will accept the outcome of a review if her decision not to prosecute the Labour peer is overruled’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2015

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A new test to determine who is fit for trial – Law Commission

‘How do we determine whether someone accused of a crime is physically and mentally fit to participate in a criminal trial? And what do we do if they are not? These are the questions being examined today as the Law Commission brings together leading experts in criminal law and mental health to exchange views at a consultation event at Leeds University.’

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Law Commission, 11th June 2014

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Unfit To Plead in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts? – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

Posted June 11th, 2014 in fitness to plead, magistrates, news, youth courts by sally

‘Miranda Bevan on the Law Commission’s review of the law on unfitness to plead in England and Wales.’

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 6th June 2014

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Honeymoon murder suspect can be extradited to South Africa, says High Court – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Government of the Republic of South Africa v Dewani [2014] EWHC 153 (Admin) 31 January 2014. Shrien Dewani, the British man facing charges of murdering his wife on honeymoon in South Africa, has lost his appeal to block extradition there (so far three men have been convicted in South Africa over Mrs Dewani’s death). The Court ruled that it would not be “unjust and oppressive” to extradite him, on condition that the South African government agreed to return him to the UK after one year if his depressive illness and mental health problems still prevented a trial from taking place.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st February 2014

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Reform out of date laws on fitness to plead, ministers urged – The Independent

Posted August 15th, 2013 in defences, fitness to plead, insanity, Law Commission, mental health, news, reports by sally

“Mentally ill people are routinely forced to stand trial because the rules on fitness to appear in court are out of date, legal reformers have told the Government.”

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The Independent, 14th August 2013

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Shrien Dewani lawyers launch bid to fight extradition in supreme court – The Guardian

“Lawyers acting for honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani are launching a bid to take his case to the supreme court.”

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The Guardian, 6th August 2013

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Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani faces extradition – BBC News

“Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani will be extradited to South Africa to face trial over his wife Anni’s death.”

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BBC News, 24th July 2013

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Shrien Dewani awaits ruling on bid to fight extradition to South Africa – The Guardian

“Shrien Dewani will discover on Wednesday whether his latest bid to delay his extradition to South Africa to face trial over his wife’s death has succeeded.”

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The Guardian, 24th July 2013

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