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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 11:18

Huge court backlog

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Magistrates’ courts face a backlog of over 480,000 cases, according to new figures laying bare the devastating impact of coronavirus on criminal justice. The figures were released as ministers prepare to announce the first emergency 'Blackstone courts' where cases can be held observing social distancing rules.
Saturday, 27 June 2020 10:05

England and Wales face backlog of 40,000

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The criminal justice system in England and Wales is facing a backlog of 40,000 criminal cases, which will not be solved even if all crown courts are brought into service under physical distancing rules, the Criminal Bar Association has warned.
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:11

Children facing delays

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Crimeline reports hundreds of children facing endless delays in the criminal justice system to be convicted as adults.
Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:11

Appeals system fails prisoners

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Women who have been unfairly convicted or sentenced to jail are being denied the chance to redress miscarriages of justice because the appeals system in England and Wales is not fit for purpose, the law group Appeal has alleged as reported by the Guardian.  I
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14:06

Limit on Jury trials?

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The lord chief justice has said that ministers should consider limiting the availability of jury trials if court delays become unmanageable.
Friday, 05 June 2020 13:38

Always here 24/7.

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Wessex Solicitors are always here.
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:45

Great article by Ms Jennifer Knight QC

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Fantastic article by Ms Jennifer Knight QC....... The 23-year prison sentence imposed on Harvey Weinstein in New York in March was the culmination of a case that had catapulted the by then decade-old MeToo movement to international prominence.   In its new hash-tagged social-media incarnation, #MeToo has undoubtedly played a part in raising society's awareness of the true scale and nature of sexual offending.  
Friday, 22 May 2020 10:44

Reduction in prisoner numbers

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Crimeline has reported a reduction in prisoner numbers. 
Monday, 18 May 2020 13:19

Up to date contact details

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The Court are increasingly listing and adjourning cases at short notice. 
Saturday, 02 May 2020 09:48

COVID is a factor at sentencing

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The Lord Chief Justice has stated that the current COVID19 situation can properly be taken into account when deciding whether to suspend a sentence. 
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:50

Prisoners at risk

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Inaction by government on Covid-19 in UK prisons is putting not just prisoners’ lives at risk but also prison staff, and the general public,” says Richard Garside, director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, which has just launched a Europe-wide project to collate and compare the measures taken by different governments and prison systems.
Monday, 20 April 2020 10:02

Early release scheme suspended

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A government scheme to release prisoners early to help jails deal with coronavirus has been suspended after six offenders were freed by mistake. The inmates were mistakenly let out of two open prisons in Gloucestershire and Derbyshire, and a young offenders institution in south-east London.
Saturday, 18 April 2020 16:04

Stay in touch

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It is more important than ever that we have clients up to date contact information. 
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 14:04

Review of prosecutions

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Prosecutors have been told to think carefully about the pressures that Covid-19 is placing on the criminal justice system when they make charging decisions. Fresh guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service yesterday states that serious cases should be prioritised to manage the impact of the pandemic and all options should be explored for less serious offences. Max Hill QC, director of public prosecutions, said the public should be confident that justice will be done ‘but we cannot ignore the unprecedented challenge facing the criminal justice system’.
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