Witnesses face pre-trial quizzing – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2007 in criminal procedure, evidence, news, witnesses by sally

“Prosecuting lawyers and barristers will be allowed to interview their witnesses before the start of a trial to assess the reliability of their evidence.”

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BBC News, 27th November 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Elderly witnesses to testify from home – The Times

Posted November 9th, 2007 in elderly, live link evidence, news, witnesses by sally

“Frail and vulnerable elderly people will be able to give evidence from their own homes via video link to courts in a drive to prosecute more crimes against old people.”

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The Times, 8th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Taking the fear out of Courts – Her Majesty’s Courts Service

Posted November 9th, 2007 in courts, press releases, victims, witnesses by sally

“An initiative in the fight against fear and confusion felt by witnesses of the court process across England and Wales, has been launched by the Court Minister Maria Eagle, today.”

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Her Majesty’s Courts Service, 8th November 2007

Source: www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk

CPS seeks views on prosecuting crimes against older people – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 8th, 2007 in elderly, press releases, victims, witnesses by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service today launched a public consultation on prosecuting crimes against older people, seeking views on how it deals with crimes against them and how it supports those who are victims and witnesses.”

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Crown Prosecution Service press release, 7th November 2007

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London v Channel 4 Television Corpn and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 2nd, 2007 in inquests, law reports, witnesses by sally

Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London v Channel 4 Television Corpn and another[2007] EWHC 2513 (QB)

“When considering a coroner’s application for a witness summons under CPR r 34.4, courts should be wary of trying slavishly to fit that request into the template of civil litigation. A more flexible approach should be taken to such applications due to the inquisitorial nature of a coroner’s inquest and the objectives therein of allaying, or confirming, suspicions and/or making any recommendations for the future.”

WLR Daily, 1st November 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Police want gun witness anonymity – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2007 in anonymity, firearms, news, witnesses by sally

“Witnesses to gun crime should be given a guarantee they will not be identified in court, police chiefs say.”

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BBC News, 6th September 2007

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NatWest Three cry foul over witnesses – The Times

Posted August 13th, 2007 in fraud, news, solicitors, witnesses by sally

“Lawyers for the three former NatWest executives caught up in the Enron scandal have levelled an astonishing series of allegations against London solicitors representing the bank’s parent, RBS.”

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The Times, 12th August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

In re Officer L and others – WLR Daily

Posted August 2nd, 2007 in anonymity, law reports, witnesses by sally

In re Officer L and others

On an application by potential witnesses for anonymity a tribunal of inquiry had posed the correct test, under art 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, of whether a pre-existing risk of death would be materially increased if the witnesses were required to give evidence without anonymity.”

WLR Daily, 1st August 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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In re Officer L and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted August 1st, 2007 in anonymity, law reports, witnesses by sally

When tribunal witness requests anonymity

In re Officer L and Others

House of Lords

“On an application by potential witnesses for anonymity at a public inquiry, the appropriate test was whether a preexisting risk of death to the witness would be materially increased if he were required to give evidence without anonymity.”

The Times, 1st August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Greater choice for vulnerable witnesses – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 22nd, 2007 in children, press releases, witnesses by sally

“Introducing greater choice on how young people give evidence in court is among proposals published today that place victims and witnesses at the heart of the Criminal Justice System.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 22nd June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

A voice is given to vulnerable witnesses – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 12th, 2007 in press releases, witnesses by sally

“A scheme assisting vulnerable witnesses to access the criminal justice process will be rolled out nationally, following an announcement by Minister for Justice, Gerry Sutcliffe.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 12th June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Call for witnesses to be filmed – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2007 in news, witnesses by sally

“The head of criminal justice for the judiciary in England and Wales has called for witnesses to be filmed when they testify in court.” 

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BBC News, 12th May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Van Colle and Another v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary – Times Law Reports

Posted May 10th, 2007 in law reports, police, witnesses by sally

Police failed to protect life of prosecution witness at risk

Van Colle and Another v. Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary 

Court of Appeal

“Police who failed to take appropriate action to protect a vulnerable prosecution witness, when they should have known there was a risk to his life, were in breach of their duty for which they were liable in damages.”

The Times, 10th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk  

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Wright witnesses in legal move – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2007 in anonymity, news, witnesses by sally

“Five witnesses at the Billy Wright murder inquiry have won a legal battle for anonymity.” 

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BBC News, 26th April 2007

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Memory aid for crime witnesses boosts recall – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2007 in news, witnesses by sally

“A new psychological tool that helps witnesses ‘freeze’ the memory of crime scenes was revealed by scientists yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police lose fight over witness murder – The Times

Posted April 25th, 2007 in news, police, witnesses by sally

“Police forces face a multi-million-pound bill for establishing witness protection schemes after senior judges ruled yesterday that they are legally bound to ensure the safety of witnesses. Sir Anthony Clarke, the Master of the Rolls, found that the right to life enshrined in the Human Rights Act required police forces to protect vulnerable witnesses in criminal cases.”

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The Times, 25th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judges say police must protect witnesses – The Times

Posted April 24th, 2007 in news, police, witnesses by sally

“Senior judges have upheld a landmark ruling that forces police across the country have to take legal responsibility for the protection of their witnesses.”

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The Times, 24th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police lose appeal over witness murder – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2007 in news, police, witnesses by sally

“A police force lost a Court of Appeal challenge today over a landmark ruling that it failed to protect a witness murdered just days before he was due to give evidence.”

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The Independent, 24th April 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk