The Overseas Operations Bill ‘Does nothing to protect soldiers and breaches international law’ – Each Other

‘A former senior legal officer for the British Army has spoken out against The Overseas Operations Bill currently on its way through parliament, saying it does nothing to protect soldiers and breaches international law.’

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Each Other, 12th January 2021

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More than 1,000 Extinction Rebellion activists taken to court – The Guardian

‘More than 1,000 people who took part in environmental direct action organised by Extinction Rebellion have been taken to court in what experts say is one of the biggest crackdowns on protest in British legal history.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2021

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New CPS guidance on charging for police and prosecutors – Crown Prosecution Service

‘NEW legal guidance to set updated rules on charging criminal cases has been published by the Director of Public Prosecutions today.

The Director’s Guidance on Charging 6th Edition (DG6) has been unveiled by The Crown Prosecution Service with the new rules coming into immediate effect. The document, which was last updated in 2013, provides a clear set of guidelines for prosecutors and police to ensure cases are referred to the CPS at the right time; with the right material and information so that prosecutors can make immediate charging decisions and cases pass effectively and efficiently through the criminal justice system.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 31st December 2020

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Role of grooming of women involved in violent crime examined as part of new gangs guidance – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Prosecutors working on gang-related cases which involve women and girls should consider if there is evidence they have been forced or groomed into committing crime, according to new legal guidance published today. The guidance, Decision-making in “gang” related offences, has been drawn up by the Crown Prosecution Service to give lawyers practical advice on building the strongest possible cases and gathering robust evidence to present to the court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th December 2020

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Rape and sexual assault: ‘Money needed’ to speed up investigations – BBC News

‘Police and prosecutors need more resources as sexual assault and rape investigations are taking longer, a charity that supports victims has said.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2020

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Court finds UK war crimes but will not take action – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2020 in international courts, Iraq, news, prosecutions, war crimes by tracey

‘The International Criminal Court says it will not take action against the UK, despite finding evidence British troops committed war crimes in Iraq.’

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BBC News, 9th December 2020

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Law Commission issues proposals for reforming offence of misconduct in public office – Local Government Lawyer

‘The “outdated and unclear” common law offence of misconduct in public office should be replaced by two new statutory offences of corruption in public office and breach of duty in public office, the Law Commission has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th December 2020

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CPS says: How we’re working to overcome harmful rape myths and stereotypes – Crown Prosecution Service

‘As an experienced prosecutor of rape and serious sexual offences, I never underestimate the courage it takes for a victim to report such a deeply violating and distressing event to police. CPS staff, especially those on our RASSO teams are all too aware of the unique barriers many face when deciding whether to report offences relating to sexual assault; these include shame, guilt, fear of the process, fear of not being believed, shock, cultural context, embarrassment, language barriers and fear of reprisal from the community.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 29th November 2020

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Government urged to fix ‘disastrous state’ of rape prosecutions – The Guardian

‘An alliance of women’s organisations is calling for radical reforms to address the “disastrous state” of rape investigations and prosecutions, including a ministerial lead, a commission on juries and a ban on the use of sexual history evidence.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2020

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Harry Dunn death: family begins court case against Foreign Office – The Guardian

‘The family of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old motorcyclist killed outside a US airbase, have begun their court case seeking a ruling that the Foreign Office acted unlawfully in granting diplomatic immunity to the American driver of the car that killed him.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2020

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UK lawyers uneasy about plan to prosecute hate speech at home – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2020 in freedom of expression, hate crime, Law Commission, news, privacy, prosecutions by tracey

‘Proposals to prosecute individuals for hate crimes based on what they discuss in their own homes need to be more widely debated, free speech organisations have said.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2020

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Prosecution of trafficking victim not an abuse of process – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R v A [2020] EWCA Crim 1408. On 29/10/2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against an aggravated burglary conviction brought by a teenage victim of human trafficking.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd November 2020

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Convictions for rapes in London less likely than in 2015, research shows – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2020 in London, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘The London assembly’s police and crime committee has written to the lord chancellor, Robert Buckland, amid concerns over a “toxic combination” of falling convictions in rape and sexual offence cases despite a rise in reports and a backlog of cases in the courts.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2020

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Rape prosecutions and convictions dropped by half early in UK pandemic – The Guardian

‘Prosecutions for crimes against women and girls in England and Wales plummeted in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting a backlog in the court system exacerbated by the UK-wide shutdown and subsequent social distancing measures.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2020

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Letters to UK crime victims from CPS ‘unsatisfactory’ – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2020 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, reasons, reports, victims by sally

‘Letters to victims of rape and other crimes sent by the Crown Prosecution Service explaining legal decisions are of poor quality, lack human empathy and are frequently late, according to an official watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2020

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Sex offence case ‘failings’ by military prosecutor – BBC News

‘A military prosecutor has been accused of serious failings in his handling of sexual assault and rape cases.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2020

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Just one in seven rape survivors expect justice in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2020 in news, police, prosecutions, rape, statistics, victims by sally

‘Just one in seven rape survivors believe they will receive justice by reporting a rape, according to a survey by the victims’ commissioner.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2020

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Rape prosecutors in England and Wales given new advice over dating apps – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors in England and Wales are being given new guidance over nude selfies and dating apps in rape and sexual assault cases.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2020

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Police review whether investigation into David Starkey interview with Darren Grimes is ‘proportionate’ – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2020 in forced labour, genocide, internet, media, news, police, prosecutions, public order by tracey

‘Police are reviewing a controversial investigation into an interview with historian David Starkey to ensure it is “proportionate”.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2020

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Folk Heroes, Villains and the Overseas Operations Bill — Conall Mallory – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 13th, 2020 in armed forces, bills, limitations, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The Overseas Operations Bill (‘OOB’) aims to prevent what the government has long termed as ‘vexatious legislation’ being brought against members of the UK’s armed forces for their conduct in engagements abroad.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th October 2020

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