Speech by HHJ Edmund QC on Better Case Management and the Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by HHJ Edmund QC at the Criminal Bar Association Ann Goddard Memorial Lecture on 3 November 2015 entitled ”All Change: What you need to know about Better Case Management and the Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing”.

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th November 2015

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The right to a fair trial: part two – OUP Blog

Posted November 10th, 2015 in death penalty, freedom of expression, human rights, news, Privy Council, trials by sally

‘Human rights law has had a long and tortuous history in the UK, defined by some of the most fascinating cases in legal memory.’

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OUP Blog, 10th November 2015

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The right to a fair trial: part one – OUP Blog

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in juries, legal history, news, trials by sally

‘Our legal history stretches back well over eight centuries, to long before Magna Carta (1215). But however long this history may be, it is not one of which we can be universally proud, and the freedoms which we enjoy today have had to be hard won over the centuries. These are now encapsulated in the Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force in 2000, and which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights. They include, amongst others: the right to life, freedom from torture or being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, freedom from slavery, and the rights to a fair trial, free speech (freedom of expression) and respect for private and family life. But these freedoms have not suddenly emerged from a twentieth century statute. Our history is peopled by many remarkable characters, and includes the stories of very many fascinating cases, some of which have created and developed freedoms over the ages.’

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OUP Blog, 3rd November 2015

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Joint enterprise review ‘long overdue’, lawyers argue – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 29th, 2015 in appeals, joint enterprise, murder, news, Supreme Court, trials by sally

‘Murder appeals being heard at the Supreme Court over the next three days will have ‘important consequences’ for the controversial principle of joint enterprise, some lawyers believe.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th OCtober 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Princess of Wales Hospital nurse neglect trial collapses – BBC News

‘The case against two hospital nurses accused of wilfully neglecting vulnerable patients has collapsed.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2015

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Lord chief justice: security services cannot be above the law – The Guardian

‘The accountability of MI5 and MI6 and the question of whether they are fully subject to the rule of law lie at the heart of attempts by the media to sweep away the secrecy surrounding a major terrorism trial, the lord chief justice said on Monday. In a series of remarks that disclosed publicly for the first time the role that the UK’s security and intelligence agencies played in imposing secrecy on the trial of Erol Incedal, a London law student, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd told the court of appeal that public confidence in the way they do their work was a key issue in the case.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2015

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Should national security ever trump the right to a fair trial? – The Guardian

‘A ruling on whether ‘secret’ evidence from convicted murderer Wang Yam can be heard at the European court of human rights has far wider significance.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2015

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Judge withdraws from BA case after airline loses his luggage – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in airlines, judges, news, professional conduct, recusal, trials by sally

‘A judiciary watchdog is investigating a high court judge who complained about his luggage going astray on a flight booked with British Airways while he was overseeing a case involving the airline.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2015

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Judge who fell asleep in rape trial guilty of ‘serious misconduct’ but keeps job – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in complaints, judges, news, professional conduct, trials by sally

‘Barristers confronted Recorder Cattan with their suspicion that he had fallen asleep while an under-age victim was being cross-examined.’
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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2015

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High Court expedites hearing of contract dispute between Cornwall and BT – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in contracting out, contracts, local government, news, telecommunications, trials by sally

The High Court will in December hold an expedited hearing of a dispute between Cornwall Council and BT over whether the local authority was entitled to terminate a major contract for material breach.

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd September 2015

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Date fixed for Lord Janner hearing – BBC News

‘A judge will decide at a hearing on 7 December whether Lord Janner, who is facing child sex abuse charges spanning three decades, is fit to plead.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2015

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Preacher Anjem Choudary to face trial on terror charge – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2015 in news, terrorism, trials by sally

‘Anjem Choudary, the radical Muslim preacher, is to go on trial in January accused of inviting support for Islamic State.’

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The Guardian, 28th August 2015

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Law books aren’t dull – they’re crammed with jaw-dropping tales – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2015 in judges, judgments, legal education, news, trials by sally

‘Studying law doesn’t mean burying your nose in huge dusty tomes. Case law shows how theory applies directly to real life.’
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The Guardian, 21st August 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord Janner not at court to face child sex abuse charges – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2015 in child abuse, elderly, mental health, news, sexual offences, trials by tracey

‘Lord Janner has failed to appear at court to face child sex abuse charges, despite the High Court ruling he must attend a hearing.’

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BBC News, 14th August 2015

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Lord Janner child sex abuse charges: Former Labour MP expected to appear in court – The Independent

‘Lord Janner is expected to appear in court to face child abuse charges after his lawyers lost a High Court bid to prevent him having to attend.’

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The Independent, 14th August 2015

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Lord Janner lawyers challenge court attendance ruling – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2015 in child abuse, elderly, human rights, news, trials by sally

‘A high court judge will consider whether it was unlawful to order dementia sufferer Lord Janner to appear in court in person to face child sexual abuse charges.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2015

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Max Clifford to stand trial on indecent assault charge – BBC News

Posted August 11th, 2015 in news, sexual offences, trials by sally

‘Former celebrity publicist Max Clifford is to stand trial in February accused of indecently assaulting a 17-year-old girl.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2015

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Lord Janner abuse proceedings to start in court – BBC News

Posted August 7th, 2015 in child abuse, elderly, evidence, mental health, news, trials by tracey

‘Criminal proceedings against Lord Janner over allegations of child sexual abuse in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are to begin later. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court case comes after a review overturned a Crown Prosecution Service decision not to bring charges because of his dementia.’

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BBC News, 7th August 2015

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Regina v Brown (Edward) – WLR Daily

Posted August 4th, 2015 in appeals, crime, law reports, mental health, privilege, restraint, trials by sally

Regina v Brown (Edward) [2015] EWCA Crim 1328; [2015] WLR (D) 344

‘By way of an additional common law qualification or exception to the inviolable nature of legal professional privilege, and in what was likely to be an extremely narrow band of cases, it was appropriate to impose a requirement that particular individuals could be present at discussions between an individual and his lawyers if there was a real possibility that the meeting would be misused for a purpose, or in a manner, that involved impropriety amounting to an abuse of the privilege that justified interference.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Kiani v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Kiani v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 776; [2015] WLR (D) 325

‘The requirements of the right to a fair trial in article 6 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms depended on the context and all the circumstances of the case. In a security case an individual was not entitled to full article 6 rights if to accord him such rights would jeopardise the efficacy of the vetting regime itself. The same approach was taken under European Union law.’

WLR Daily, 21st July 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk