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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Court overturns man’s conviction for girlfriend’s Bestival drug death – The Guardian

‘The rapper Ceon Broughton has had his conviction for the manslaughter of his girlfriend overturned by the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2020

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PC Andrew Harper killing: sentences referred to attorney general – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2020 in attorney general, homicide, juries, news, police, sentencing, theft, young offenders by sally

‘The jail terms handed to three teenagers who killed a police officer as they tried to escape the scene of a crime have been referred to the attorney general, who will consider claims they are unduly lenient.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2020

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What challenges do rape victims face in getting cases to court? – The Guardian

‘Rape prosecutions and convictions have halved in three years, prompting concerns that the offence is effectively being decriminalised. These are some of the challenges rape victims face in getting their cases to court.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2020

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Justice secretary drops plan to replace jury trials – Legal Futures

‘Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland has dropped a widely criticised plan to replace juries in some criminal trials with a judge and two magistrates.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2020

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Crime Team Newsletter – 33 Bedford Row

‘This month’s newsletter comprises articles from:

Nigel Edwards Q.C. and Daniel Walker– “Sentencing Serious Violent and Sexual Offenders”;

Ayesha Smart and Nigel Edwards Q.C. – “Section 13(1) Terrorism Act 2000 offences- are they strict liability?”;

Sharmila Salvi – “Second Post Mortem Examinations – The Defence Position”;

Andrew Kerr – “Adverse Inferences”; and

Rabia Mir – “How High Fiving Police Officers Turned Off a Jury”.’

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33 Bedford Row, 6th July 2020

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The end of the jury trial as we know it? – 6KBW College Hill

‘The Secretary of State for Justice recently confirmed that the government is considering whether to introduce primary legislation to suspend jury trials for offences triable either way as a way to address the backlog of criminal cases arising from the public health crisis. This development has caused alarm amongst practitioners who might be hoping that Humphreys J was right when he said: “I cannot bring myself to believe that there are any persons other than the inmates of a lunatic asylum who would vote in favour of the abolition of trial by jury in serious criminal cases” (Do We Need a Jury? [1954] Crim LR 457).’

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6 KBW College Hill, 30th June 2020

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Proposal To Scrap Juries ‘Shocking’ Amid Black Lives Matter Movement – Each Other

‘Proposals to scrap juries for some trials to reduce court backlogs would remove the “only part of the criminal justice process” proven not to discriminate against minority ethnic groups, a legal expert has warned.’

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Each Other, 9th July 2020

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MoJ favours ‘Nightingale’ crown courts to tackle huge backlog of cases – Thomas More Chambers

‘So reports Owen Bowcott, the legal affairs correspondent for The Guardian today. “Nightingale” courts being venues which have been identified as suitable for trials utilising public spaces such a civic centres or university moot halls; apparently to be renamed Blackstone Courts.’

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Thomas More Chambers, 3rd July 2020

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