Sixth of prisoners waiting to be tried – The Independent

Posted January 23rd, 2008 in delay, detention, prisons, sentencing, trials by sally

“A sixth of all prisoners held in England and Wales have not been found guilty of any offence or are waiting to be sentenced, says the first report to investigate pre-trial detention across the world.”

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The Independent, 23rd January 2008


Why is Home Office trying to stage murder trial in secret? – The Times

Posted December 13th, 2007 in murder, public interest immunity, trials by sally

“The Home Secretary is seeking to have the trial of a man accused of murdering a prize-winning author held in secret because the defendant may have links with British Intelligence, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 13th December 2007


Boys on trial for murder after man was kicked to death outside his home – The Times

Posted November 15th, 2007 in murder, news, trials by sally

“A father of three was punched and kicked to death by jeering, drunken youths when he left his house to find out who had damaged his wife’s car, Chester Crown Court was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 15th November 2007


R v Ukpabio – WLR Daily

Posted August 2nd, 2007 in law reports, live link evidence, trials by sally

R v Ukpabio

There is no power outside the statutory provisions of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 to direct that a defendant can give evidence at his trial by live video link; however, in exceptional circumstances where it is appropriate for the defendant not to be present in court, there is power to direct that he can participate in his trial by other means such as live video link.

WLR Daily, 1st August 2007


Please note: once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Judges given option to sack lawyers in high-cost cases – The Lawyer

Posted June 4th, 2007 in conflict of interest, delay, news, trials by sally

“The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has outlined plans that will see lawyers who cause delays to court cases replaced, following the collapse of BCCI and Equitable.”

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The Lawyer, 4th June 2007


Proposals to create judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity issues in very high cost cases – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 31st, 2007 in conflict of interest, consultations, delay, trials by sally

“This consultation invited comments on proposals to give trial judges in VHCCs the power to order the withdrawal of representation where there was a conflict of interest or lack of capacity on the part of defence representatives, such that it could impede the efficient progress of the trial. The summary of responses outlines the conclusions reached on the options and how we intend to proceed.”

Proposals to create judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity issues in high cost cases [CP R 17/06]


Falconer outlines plans to end high cost trial delay – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 31st, 2007 in conflict of interest, delay, press releases, trials by sally

“Lawyers who cause costly delays to court cases in England and Wales could be replaced in plans for speedier and more efficient trials, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer said today.”

Ministry of Justice press release, 31st May 2007

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Forced legal team change scheme – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2007 in delay, fraud, news, terrorism, trials by sally

“Ministers are to go ahead with a scheme which could force defendants to change their legal team in complex cases.”

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The Guardian, 31st May 2007

Lawyers who delay expensive terrorism trials face the sack – The Times

Posted May 31st, 2007 in delay, news, terrorism, trials by sally

“Lawyers could be sacked if they cause delays during expensive terrorism trials under plans to speed up cases announced by the Government yesterday.”

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The Times, 31st May 2007


Heavy secrecy over terror fuels suspicion, says expert – The Independent

Posted May 29th, 2007 in news, reporting restrictions, terrorism, trials by sally

“Scotland Yard’s head of counterterrorism has criticised what he called excessive secrecy in Britain’s terrorism trials, and he called for changes that would permit freer reporting and wider discussion.”

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The Independent, 27th May 2007


Price of justice was the longest and costliest criminal case ever – The Times

Posted May 1st, 2007 in delay, news, terrorism, trials by sally

“The Operation Crevice trial was the longest and most expensive criminal case in Britain – costing £50 million, lasting more than a year and illustrating graphically the growing problems in the courts system.”

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The Times, 1st May 2007


Digitizing the Hanging Court –

Posted April 13th, 2007 in legal history, trials by sally

“Cutpurses! Blackguards! Fallen women! The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is an epic chronicle of crime and vice in early London. Now anyone with a computer can search all 52 million words.”

Full story, April 2007


Related link: Proceedings of the Old Bailey