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Families of victims killed in the London Bridge attack have been told it is not in the public interest for them to receive state funding for legal representation.
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 10:45

Justice report

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A new report by the law reform group JUSTICE made the controversial proposal that paedophiles found watching child sex abuse images should escape prosecution and instead be sent on ‘a life skills’ course. ‘Thousands of first-time offenders would attend courses, similar to drinkdriving programmes designed to change behaviour,’ said The Times.
Monday, 24 June 2019 09:11

Bail reform fails

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A change in the bail regime to prevent suspects being left indefinitely under suspicion seems to have backfired (as was widely predicted by defence lawyers). 
Thursday, 20 June 2019 10:32

Forensic volunteers.....

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Forensic mess. More evidence (as if more was needed) about the lamentable state of the market in forensics. 
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 12:38

Impact of austerity

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The physical decay of public buildings was the most obvious manifestation of the impact of austerity, wrote Steven Littlewood, the national officer at the FDA union (which covers the CPS) for The Justice Gap.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 10:27

On the brink of collapse (again)

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There is never any shortage of alarming reports about the woeful state of our criminal system these days and this week was no exception. Chancery Lane this morning warned that the system was on ‘the brink of collapse’ with ‘every part of the process floundering’.In a new report, the Law Society reckons that legal aid means test is now set at such a rock bottom level that people earning as little as £12,475 could be ineligible for legal aid in the magistrates’ court.
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Jails should stop releasing prisoners on Fridays because it increases reoffending and drug abuse, Government’s advisers have warned.
Friday, 14 June 2019 09:47

CPS facing judicial review

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The Crown Prosecution Service is to face a judicial review challenge over allegedly covert policy changes that are blamed for a dramatic collapse in the number of rape cases going to court.
Thursday, 13 June 2019 09:38

Judges to get pay rise.......

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Great news. It appears there is some money left for pay rises in our otherwise cash-strapped and broken justice system. 
Wednesday, 12 June 2019 10:03

No stone left unturned......

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No stone left unturned…… We have just returned from the 9th hearing in respect of a case where we have sought time and time again the disclosure of relevant material. 
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 10:50

Digital evidence

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Tech summit set to discuss disclosure of digital evidence. Ministers on the 10th June 2019 met senior police and prosecutors at a high-profile summit aimed at improving the disclosure of digital evidence in the criminal justice system.
Monday, 10 June 2019 09:39

Pre recorded cross examination

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Alleged victims of sexual and modern slavery offences can now pre-record cross-examination evidence in certain crown courts, the Ministry of Justice has announced.
Friday, 07 June 2019 09:44

Mistaken Identification

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Mistaken Identification Godfrey Tshuma, from Essex, was subjected to a harrowing dawn raid by police in connection with the rape of a six-year-old girl in South Africa in what his lawyer, Sean Caulfield of Hodge Jones & Allen, called ‘one of the worst cases of of mistaken identity’.
Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:42

Criminal justice 'merry go round'

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Criminal justice ‘merry go round' Further evidence – as if more was really needed – of the disaster of his government’s own justice policies including the shambolic part-privatisation of the probation system.  
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