Phone-hacking investigations and prosecutions ‘could take three years’ – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2012 in interception, media, news, police, telecommunications, trials by tracey

“Senior Scotland Yard officer Stephen Kavanagh is to take over Sue Akers’s role overseeing the investigations into phone hacking and other alleged illegal activities by journalists, with the police budgeting for the process to last another three years and cost about £40m.”

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The Guardian, 4th September 2012

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Drop in defamation cases may be due to Leveson inquiry – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2012 in defamation, inquiries, media, news, trials by tracey

“The Leveson inquiry into press standards helped drive the number of defamation cases against British newspapers and broadcasters to a five-year low in the 12 months to May 2012, according to a leading legal publisher.”

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2012

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Regina v Gul (Hamesh) – WLR Daily

Posted August 3rd, 2012 in criminal procedure, drug offences, indictments, law reports, trials by tracey

Regina v Gul (Hamesh): [2012] EWCA Crim 1761;  [2012] WLR (D)  245

“Where a defendant was sent for trial to the Crown Court on an indictable only offence but no such offence was included in the indictment when it was signed and the procedure to determine mode of trial was not followed such non-compliance with those procedural requirements would not result in the proceedings being a nullity where the defendant was able to cure any defect in the process by making an appropriate application to the judge at the time.”

WLR Daily, 31st July 2012

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Olympics fast-track court at Stratford magistrates – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2012 in courts, fines, news, public order, racism, sale of goods, sport, trials by sally

“Duncan Campbell reports from the east London court for the first conviction of a racially aggravated offence at the Games.”

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The Guardian, 1st August 2012

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Judicial robustness and the right to be heard – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 24th, 2012 in appeals, news, striking out, trials by tracey

“In this age of active case management, judges are rightly expected to take a robust approach to dealing with the cases before them. But sometimes robustness can be taken too far – as illustrated by the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Labrouche v Frey [2012] EWCA Civ 881, [2012] All ER (D) 33 (Jul).”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 23rd July 2012

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Hawksford Trustees Jersey Ltd (as trustee of the Bald Eagle Trust) v Stella Global UK Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2012 in appeals, costs, insurance, law reports, taxation, trials by tracey

Hawksford Trustees Jersey Ltd (as trustee of the Bald Eagle Trust) v Stella Global UK Ltd and another: [2012] EWCA Civ 987;  [2012] WLR (D)  216

“References to ‘proceedings’ in section 29 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 should be interpreted so as to reflect the legislative purpose, namely to improve access to the courts for members of the public with meritorious claims. Where a claimant took out ATE insurance after having succeeded at trial he would be entitled if successful in the appeal to recover in costs that part of the ATE premium relating to the costs of the appeal, but it would be unfair to allow him to recover in costs that part of the premium which related to the costs of the trial.”

WLR Daily, 19th July 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Levi Bellfield newspaper articles were in contempt of court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 23rd, 2012 in contempt of court, juries, kidnapping, media, murder, news, trials by tracey

“HM Attorney General v Associated Newspapers Ltd & Anor [2012] EWHC 2029 (Admin) (18 July 2012). The Divisional Court ruled that reports of Levi Bellfield in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, published while a jury was considering his charge of attempted kidnapping, were in contempt of court.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th July 2012

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Trial suspended as bogus interpreter stands in for wife – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2012 in evidence, interpreters, murder, news, sentencing, trials by tracey

“A court descended into farce when a man translating vital evidence revealed he was only there because his wife – the real interpreter – was too busy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2012

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Police officer Simon Harwood cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2012 in demonstrations, homicide, news, police, trials by tracey

“Police officer Simon Harwood was today cleared of killing newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in London in 2009. Concerns about the Pc’s alleged previous ‘heavy handed policing’ were only disclosed after acquittal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2012

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John Terry trial: Twitter’s contempt for the rules – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2012 in contempt of court, internet, news, trials by sally

“A Rio Ferdinand tweet shows there’s a difference in attitude on social media when it comes to some fundamental principles of our judicial process.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2012

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Luke Cooper’s case shows damage of abolishing trial by jury in libel cases – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2012 in defamation, juries, news, trials by sally

“Judges indulge barristers far too much. Let’s not abandon jury trials so casually.”

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The Guardian, 28th June 2012

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Defendants with learning difficulties ‘need help to get fair trial’ – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2012 in learning difficulties, news, reports, trials by sally

“Greater support needs to be given to vulnerable defendants in order for them to get a fair trial, particularly those with learning difficulties who may have problems understanding the process, a report by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) has warned.”

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The Guardian, 28th June 2012

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Trial begins of police officer accused of killing Ian Tomlinson – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2012 in demonstrations, evidence, homicide, news, police, trials, video recordings by sally

“The trial has begun of Simon Harwood, the police constable accused of killing Ian Tomlinson, who died shortly after he collapsed amid a major Metropolitan police operation around the G20 summit in London in April 2009.”

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The Guardian, 18th June 2012

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Levi Bellfield articles ‘prejudicial’, court hears – The Independent

Posted June 13th, 2012 in bias, contempt of court, juries, kidnapping, media, murder, news, trials by sally

“Two national newspapers published ‘seriously prejudicial’ articles after a killer’s conviction for the abduction and murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the High Court heard today.”

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The Independent, 13th June 2012

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Twitter joke trial: man who threatened to blow up airport wins fresh hearing – The Guardian

“A man who tweeted a joke threat to ‘blow up’ Robin Hood airport in South Yorkshire has lost his attempt to overturn the judgment – but will now be tried all over again.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2012

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The Rebekah Brooks witch-hunt: how to protect the fairness of the trial – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 22nd, 2012 in media, news, perverting the course of justice, trials by sally

“In the immediate aftermath of the decision to prosecute Rebekah Brooks, her co-defendant and husband Charles Brooks has called the proceedings a witch-hunt and questioned his wife’s ability to receive a fair trial. Mrs Brooks has herself challenged the decision to prosecute, and raised issues about impartiality.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd May 2012

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Neilly v The Queen – WLR Daily

Neilly v The Queen [2012] UKPC 12; [2012] WLR (D) 144

“When a defendant in a criminal trial had not been put on an identification parade, the decision as to whether to allow a dock identification was a matter for the trial judge in the light of all the relevant circumstances. However where a dock identification was admitted in evidence the trial judge was required to give the jury careful directions as to the dangers of relying on that evidence, and to warn the jury of the disadvantages to the defendant of having been denied the opportunity of participating in an identification parade.”

WLR Daily, 10th May 2012

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Protesters cleared of Fortnum and Mason trespass – The Independent

Posted March 26th, 2012 in budgets, demonstrations, news, trespass, trials by sally

“Eight protesters who were accused of occupying Fortnum and Mason during an anti-cuts demonstration last year were today acquitted of trespass.”

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The Independent, 23rd March 2012

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Injured student protester faces trial for violent disorder – The Guardian

“A philosophy student who claimed he suffered head injuries from a police baton during the anti-fees protest in London faces trial on Monday for violent disorder at the demonstration.”

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The Guardian, 25th March 2012

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Oxford law graduate cleared of role in London riot – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2012 in evidence, news, trials, violent disorder, witnesses by sally

“An Oxford law graduate accused of throwing bricks at police during last summer’s riots walked free from court on Friday after a jury took just half an hour to find him not guilty.”

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The Guardian, 25th March 2012

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