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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.
Monday, 01 April 2019 15:11

Repressive injunctions against musicians

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Sixty-five signatories from human rights organisations, as well as musicians, lawyers and academics, call on the Metropolitan police to stop using repressive injunctions against musicians as a means to reduce gang violence.  ‘The heavy-handed policing of music, and the structurally racist outcomes that follow from it, are not new,’ write 65 signatories of this letter to the Guardian.
Monday, 01 April 2019 11:24

Wessex Solicitors Goes Green!

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As a firm we recognise that we produce a great deal of materials which are not great for the environment.
Monday, 01 April 2019 11:21

Can you do it cheaper?

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Everyone likes a good deal. We acknowledge at Wessex that we whilst we aren’t the most expensive , we are not the cheapest you will find. 
Monday, 01 April 2019 11:10

Another success

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Road traffic offences can often be the most difficult to defend particularly those that are of strict liability in nature such as allegations of failing to disclose the identify of the driver contrary to s172 Road Traffic Act. 
Monday, 01 April 2019 10:42

Challenging false allegations

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Being arrested for a false allegation can be devastating. What can make a devastating situation even worse is realising that vital evidence that could have assisted your defence has not been obtained by the police. 
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:38

Another Wessex Success

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Another win for Wessex! The case of Galbraith which allows an advocate to ask the court to dismiss a case where the evidence presented by the prosecution is unreliable or so tenuous that it would be unsafe to reach a verdict upon is rarely used in the magistrates court and where used is rarely successful.
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Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch reviews Helena Kennedy QC’s latest book, Eve was Shamed, which she says gives readers ‘cold, hard facts’ about how women are treated in the criminal justice system.
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Management consultants asked to conduct an independent review of the government's ambitious court reform programme warned the lord chancellor in 2016 that the reforms would fail unless specific risks were tackled, the Gazette has learned.
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