Ryan Giggs trial: Jury discharged after failing to reach verdicts – BBC News

‘The jury in the trial of former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on any of the charges.’

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BBC News, 31st August 2022

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Dea-John Reid killing: I got no justice at trial, says mother – BBC News

‘The mother of a black teenager fatally stabbed by a white boy says if the roles were reversed her son “would have gone down for murder”.’

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BBC News, 6th July 2022

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Why did the Depp-Heard libel outcomes differ in the US and UK? – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2022 in defamation, domestic violence, foreign jurisdictions, internet, juries, news by tracey

‘Analysis: Specialist lawyers, a jury trial, social media and targeting Heard all helped Depp win in Virginia.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2022

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Laurence Fox denied first libel jury trial for a decade – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 20th, 2022 in bias, defamation, interpretation, judges, juries, news, racism, trials by sally

‘Actor and political activist Laurence Fox has failed in his bid for the first libel trial by jury in a decade over a social media spat between him and three public figures he called “paedophiles” on Twitter.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th May 2022

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Laurence Fox seeks first libel jury trial for a decade – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 29th, 2022 in defamation, interpretation, juries, news, racism by tracey

‘Actor Laurence Fox is seeking the first jury trial in a libel case for a decade over a social media spat between him and three public figures he called “paedophiles” on Twitter.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th April 2022

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Logan Mwangi murder: ‘Jurors should be offered support’ – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2022 in child cruelty, children, juries, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘Jurors who have to see and hear harrowing evidence during a trial should be given more support, an academic has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2022

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Jury foreman sentenced over internet research – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A foreman of a jury who carried out internet research that led to the conviction of a defendant has been given a suspended prison sentence. Timothy Chapman, 62, caused other members of the split jury at Huntingdon Crown Court to change their mind after using a search engine to ask the question: “How hard is it to break bones?”’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th January 2022

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Jurors see the bigger picture: activists who were cleared in court – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2022 in criminal damage, demonstrations, juries, news by sally

‘Cases have included climate, environment, human rights and anti-war protests where damage to property was not denied.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2022

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Dalian Atkinson: jury discharged after failing to reach verdict on second PC – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2021 in assault, homicide, juries, news, police, prosecutions, sport, unlawful killing by tracey

‘A jury has been discharged following its failure to reach a verdict on allegations that a police officer assaulted the former footballer Dalian Atkinson with a baton after he was felled by a stun gun on the night he died.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2021

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Wide-ranging concerns’: Law Society opposes remote juries – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 11th, 2021 in barristers, bills, coronavirus, juries, Law Society, news, remote hearings by tracey

‘Remote juries could jeopardise the security of court proceedings, alienate participants, and prove more expensive than in-person hearings, the Law Society has warned.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th June 2021

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Breastfeeding mother’s appeal over jury service in Winchester – BBC News

Posted April 13th, 2021 in appeals, breastfeeding, juries, news by sally

‘A mother has been told she must attend court for jury service despite wanting to breastfeed her baby.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2021

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Has the pandemic changed the way in which future jury trials may be conducted? – KCH Garden Square

Posted February 25th, 2021 in coronavirus, criminal justice, juries, news, remote hearings by sally

‘As anyone immersed in, or interested in, the Criminal Justice System will know, when the first lockdown was announced back in March 2020, in person attendance at court buildings almost ground to a halt. This inevitably meant that all jury trials were suspended, and serious thought had to be given as to how they could safely resume in the future. Social distancing rules and the concern of causing covid outbreaks meant that the reintroduction of jury trials was slow, but by July 2020 and through the introduction of Perspex screens in between jurors and the relaxation of some of the lockdown restrictions, they slowly started to return to barristers’ diaries across the country.’

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KCH Garden Square, 18th February 2021

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The Mangrove Nine and the history of English juries – 6KBW College Hill

Posted February 11th, 2021 in bills, criminal procedure, juries, legal history, news by sally

‘Criminal lawyers watching Steve McQueen’s Mangrove on the BBC last year may have raised an eyebrow or two during the scenes at the Old Bailey. Lawyers are used to seeing their TV counterparts do things they would never see in their practice, yet in this case it was not an inaccuracy that stood out, but the wholly accurate portrayal of a process that is now extinct in England and Wales.’

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6KBW College Hill, 11th February 2021

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CPS denies major change in rape charging policy despite falling rates – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has denied making major changes to its approach to charging rape, at a landmark legal hearing at the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2021

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Coronavirus: Cut jury size to clear courts backlog – Labour – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2021 in coronavirus, courts, criminal justice, delay, juries, news, political parties by sally

‘Labour is calling for juries to be cut from 12 members to seven, to stem the “gravest crisis” in the justice system since World War Two.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2021

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‘They decided the jury wouldn’t believe me’: CPS accused of secret change to rape policy – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2021 in Crown Prosecution Service, juries, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘In a landmark hearing this week, rape victims aim to discover if their complaints failed due to a covert move to drop “weak cases.” ‘

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The Guardian, 24th January 2021

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Courts stay open as England plunged back into lockdown – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 5th, 2021 in coronavirus, courts, juries, legal profession, news, regulations by sally

‘Courts will remain open during the new Covid-19 restrictions applying across England, the government confirmed last night. Guidelines state that reasonable excuses for leaving home during lockdown include fulfilment of legal obligations, such as attending court as a lawyer or jury member, or to carry out activities relating to buying, selling or letting a home.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th January 2021

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Timetable set out for judicial review and Human Rights Act reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 10th, 2020 in bills, constitutional law, human rights, judicial review, juries, news, parliament by tracey

‘The Lord Chancellor has revealed the potential timetable for unveiling anticipated judicial review and human rights reforms.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th December 2020

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Judge orders jury to clear woman of murdering Emily Jones in Bolton – The Guardian

‘A woman with a history of violence and mental health problems who confessed to killing seven-year-old Emily Jones, has been cleared of murder.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2020

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Behind the Depp headlines: meaning, evidence and juries – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in defamation, domestic violence, evidence, juries, media, news by sally

‘On 2nd November 2020, Nicol J handed down his eagerly awaited judgment in Depp v News Group Newspapers and anor [2020] EWHC 2911 (QB). This high-profile case has been widely reported and needs little introduction. In short, Mr Depp failed in his defamation claim concerning an article published by The Sun that alleged that he had committed acts of violence against his then-wife Amber Heard. Nicol J held that the defendants had proved it was “substantially true” that Mr Depp had committed acts of violence against Ms Heard on twelve pleaded occasions.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 6th November 2020

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