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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 15:12

Challenging Identification Evidence

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So important to challenge and push for disclosure of unused material. Thank you to Counsel Robert Bryan of Drystone Chambers who was instructed to defend in a serious offence at Portsmouth Crown Court for successfully challenging the Identification evidence in accordance with R -v- Turnbull leading to dismissal of a case on the basis the identification procedure was not correctly followed.
Wednesday, 01 May 2019 14:02

Forensic science under pressure

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Crimes will go unsolved and more miscarriages of justice will occur unless the government acknowledges and addresses multiple forensic science failings, a devastating report by a House of Lords committee warns today.  
Monday, 29 April 2019 10:17

Plans to introduce "consent forms"

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A firm dedicated to protecting women's rights is preparing to challenge a policy being introduced to authorise police access to digital devices in criminal cases which it says could treat rape victims like suspects.
Thursday, 25 April 2019 11:44

Defending the most vulnerable

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Defending the most vulnerable  
Thursday, 25 April 2019 11:39

Police cuts

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Cuts prevent us investigating 60% of crimes says Greater Manchester police chief 
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Help! I have been arrested for drink driving. What happens?
Friday, 12 April 2019 13:50

Upskirting is now a criminal offence

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Upskirting has become a specific criminal offence in England and Wales, punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment.  
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 13:31

Easter Holidays

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If you require a Solicitor or legal advice in relation to a criminal matter over the Easter Holidays, Wessex Solicitors are available 24 hours a day. Just call our 24 hour helpline 08080333363 and we will be happy to assist.
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 15:43

Magistrates court closures

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Half of magistrates courts in England and Wales closed since 2010 Defendants, witnesses, police, lawyers and JPs left having to travel huge distances to court
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 14:15

Prisoner sues prison for PTSD

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Former prisoner sues Ministry of Justice over PTSD from rats A man is suing the prison service after he developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from rats running across his body and bed while he was locked in his cell, the Guardian has learned.  
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 14:13

Should childhood convictions be disclosed?

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The government will have to go back to the drawing board over its 'disproportionate' criminal records disclosure regime after it was dealt a final blow by the Supreme Court today. The government was hoping to overturn the Court of Appeal's 2017 ruling that the scheme, which requires the disclosure of all spent convictions where an individual has more than one such conviction, was 'not in accordance with the law'.
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 14:11

Legal aid reviews

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Tom McNally believes a cross-party consensus needs to be built to establish a broadly acceptable level of legal aid. He also supports renationalisation of the probation service and fears that the Conservatives are plotting a fresh assault on the Human Rights Act.
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 14:01

11 year old detained in a cell....

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A criminal defence solicitor furious that her 11-year-old client was detained in a police cell wants to hear from other practitioners with similar experiences 'to try and instigate change' over the treatment of children caught up in the early stages of the criminal justice system.
Monday, 01 April 2019 15:19

CPS spree.....

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The Crown Prosecution Service's latest recruitment spree for deputy chief crown prosecutors, who will be paid up to £93,247, has 'really incensed' practitioners, according to the criminal bar chief, who is preparing to meet the director of public prosecutions this month.
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