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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.  
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 10:03

Jacuzzi justice

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Jacuzzi justice Following on from Boris Johnson’s fact-free tirade on the perceived failings of our criminal justice system (see last week’s weekly round-up), prison law expert Andrew Sperling reflected that ‘one of the few pleasures of working in the criminal justice system’ was that it had been until recently ‘a Boris Johnson-free zone’. 
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:03

A fantasist causes trial to collapse

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A multi-million pound fraud trial collapsed following the dramatic discrediting of the prosecution’s star witness.
Monday, 03 June 2019 17:20

Fishermen five ......

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Five fishermen convicted of smuggling a record haul of cocaine claim that police failed to disclose evidence that proved their innocence, reported The Times.
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Police officers detained and interviewed vulnerable suspects without an appropriate adult present more than 100,000 times last year in England and Wales, according to a charity report.
Saturday, 01 June 2019 10:19

Lord Falconers regret.......

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Lord Falconer, lord chancellor between 2003 and 2007, says he regrets that his government's efforts to curb the legal aid budget resulted in the public feeling that legal aid lawyers had their 'noses in the trough'.
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Britain's oldest court witness gives evidence over church warden and magician's 'gaslight murder plot' Britain’s oldest court witness gave evidence at a murder trial that heard she may have been the next victim. Elizabeth “Liz” Zettl, 101, relived the moment she was told by police how two men on trial for the killing of a pensioner had a copy of her will.
Friday, 31 May 2019 13:58

Reform of sentences

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Reform 'ludicrous' automatic release of offenders half way through sentences, say former justice ministers Ministers should scrap the “ludicrous” automatic release of prisoners half way through their sentences because it is undermining public confidence in justice, say two former Conservative justice ministers.
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Prosecutions of sex offences have fallen by a third in a year to a record low amid rows over evidence disclosure,  Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures reveal.  
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Releasing suspects under investigation is having 'terrible consequences'
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