A very English scandal – New Law Journal

Posted June 25th, 2018 in bias, conspiracy, judges, murder, news, trials, witnesses by sally

‘Alec Samuels shares his reflections on the legal significance of the Jeremy Thorpe case.’

Full Story

New Law Journal, 21st June 2018

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

“A rich display of competitive dishonesty”: Judge condemns parties for “festival of mendacity” – Litigation Futures

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in evidence, judges, news, trials by tracey

‘A High Court judge has described a case as “a festival of mendacity” in which every witness was “attempting to outdo the other in a rich display of competitive dishonesty”.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 22nd May 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Guidance on the Capacity to Litigate in Proceedings Involving Children – April 2018 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 26th, 2018 in children, courts, family courts, mental health, trials by tracey

‘This guidance has been produced to assist judges in the Family Court to resolve mental capacity issues concerning parties to family law proceedings. Designed to be practical and accessible, it will point the judge to key rules and statutory provisions. Lawyers instructed in family proceedings may also find this guidance valuable.’

Full guidance

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th April 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

The disbelieved: rape accusers’ stories retold on stage – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2018 in anonymity, news, rape, theatre, trials by sally

‘When a rape trial ends in acquittal, what do the anonymous women who made the claims do next?’

Full Story

The Guardian, 25th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Otto Putland trial: Commonwealth swimmer cleared of rape – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2018 in news, rape, trials by sally

‘A Commonwealth Games swimmer has been cleared of raping a woman after a night out in Cardiff.’

Full Story

BBC News, 10th April 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Alfie Evans ‘about to be murdered’, says father after court defeat – The Guardian

Posted March 29th, 2018 in children, euthanasia, human rights, medical treatment, news, trials by tracey

‘The father of seriously-ill Alfie Evans said his son had been “failed disgracefully by the system” after losing a last-ditch legal bid at the European court of human rights.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 29th March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

High Court hears how squabbling barristers turned family hearing into “shouting match” – Legal Futures

Posted March 27th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, news, trials by tracey

‘There is a “concerning tendency on the part of the advocates simply to interrupt each other in an effort to advance their competing submissions”, a High Court judge has said as he reviewed a hearing that turned into a “shouting match”.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 27th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

No wonder so few people report rape. They are hung out to dry in court – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in complaints, disclosure, news, privacy, rape, trials, victims by sally

‘Fear of intrusive investigations and total loss of privacy make sexual assault victims less likely to make a complaint.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 21st March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

CPS rules out review of Poppi Worthington’s death – The Guardian

‘Poppi Worthington’s mother has said she may never learn the “devastating truth” behind her daughter’s death after prosecutors ruled out a review of the case.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 15th March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Allocation: Assessment of guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted March 8th, 2018 in courts, Crown Court, magistrates, news, sentencing, trials by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published its assessment of the impact of its Allocation Guideline, under its statutory duty to monitor the operation and effect of its sentencing guidelines and to draw conclusions from this information.’

Full text

Full Story

Sentencing Council, 6th March 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Judges told to limit observers if witness has to remove veil – The Guardian

‘Judges should restrict the number of observers allowed into court when defendants or witnesses are compelled to remove their veil to give evidence, new guidance to judges recommends.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 28th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Helping child witnesses: ‘One girl gave evidence with a hamster on her lap’ – The Guardian

‘They might be victims of rape, or witnesses to murder. But can they really be relied upon to tell the truth at trial?’

Full Story

The Guardian, 17th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Calls grow for Isis ‘Beatles’ to face UK trial – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2018 in citizenship, news, terrorism, trials by tracey

‘Calls are mounting for the two British fighters captured in Syria to be sent back to the UK to face trial, with a former counter-terrorism regulator describing it as the “proper forum” for justice.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 11th February 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Collapsed trial woman says she gave birth ‘alone’ in prison – BBC News

‘A woman held in custody for more than 13 months before her trial collapsed has told the BBC she hopes someone will be punished for the failures which led to her giving birth in prison.’

Full Story

BBC News, 31st January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

People trafficking case collapses over disclosure failings – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2018 in disclosure, evidence, news, prostitution, trafficking in human beings, trials by sally

‘A judge has ordered the Crown Prosecution Service to explain itself in a case that collapsed because social media evidence was not disclosed.’

Full Story

BBC News, 26th January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police forces and prosecutors failing to carry out ‘basic’ procedure in rape cases, Attorney General says – Daily Telegraph

‘The failings which have lead to a nationwide review of all live rape and serious sexual assault cases were caused by police forces and prosecutors not carrying out “basic” procedure, the Attorney General has suggested.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police told Worboys’ victims he would not be charged with more attacks as he’s ‘unlikely to get fair trial’ Police told Worboys’ victims he would not be charged with more attacks as he’s ‘unlikely to get fair trial’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 25th, 2018 in news, police, recidivists, release on licence, sexual offences, trials, victims by tracey

‘Police told victims of John Worboys that he would not be charged with more sex attacks because he would not get a fair trial, a letter has shown.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Collapsed rape trials could hamper convictions, says Lord Judge – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in evidence, judges, juries, news, rape, trials by sally

‘The collapse of a series of prominent rape trials could deter juries from convicting in genuine cases, a former lord chief justice has warned.’

Full Story

BBC News, 20th January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rape case collapses after ‘cuddling’ photos emerge – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2018 in disclosure, evidence, news, rape, trials by sally

‘A rape case has collapsed after images emerged of the accused and his alleged victim “cuddling” in bed together.’

Full Story

BBC News, 15th January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Duty to hold (or reopen a suspended Inquest) – by Judy Dawson – Park Square Barristers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in criminal justice, homicide, inquests, news, trials by sally

‘Both the deceased and her daughter were under the care of the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust due to mental illness issues. There had been a series of incidences in which the daughter was found to have been violent or threatening to specifically her Mother and also to police officers and other carers which culminated in her being admitted to hospital pursuant to section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983. She subsequently escaped and was then returned to hospital. A decision was made to move her to an open ward from which she absconded again and went missing, subsequently being discovered to be back at her Mother’s house. Concerns were raised between the hospital and the police about the welfare of her Mother in such circumstances and there appeared to be a dispute about the responsibility of the two authorities to act. After further concerns were raised by other family members about the disappearance of the Mother, police attended at the home and discovered the Mother’s body; her daughter was arrested in connection with her death.’

Full Story

Park Square Barristers, 2nd November 2017

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk