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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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Half a dozen Crown court sentences have been increased this month after the government’s chief law officers referred them to the Court of Appeal for being too low.
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Prosecutors and police are failing to investigate thousands of cases including fraud, rape and modern slavery efficiently because the required skills and resources are critically low, the outgoing director of public prosecutions has said in a newspaper interview that has sparked widespread anger.
Friday, 26 October 2018 13:17

Judges set for 2% pay rise

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Days after a leak to the Daily Mail revealed that a 32% pay rise was on the cards for High Court judges, the lord chancellor today announced an overall 2% pay rise for the judiciary. 
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Police forces are not adequately equipped to handle the amount of digital evidence that is now generated, MPs have warned - as prosecutors are told they will have to consider any material that the police is holding which could affect the decision to charge a suspect.
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:08

Alison Saunders to step down as CPS chief

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The current Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, who is due to step down as CPS chief at the end of October, is expected to receive a Dame hood in the New Year’s Honours List for her work as Director of Public Prosecutions following an automatic honour principle that is applied to her predecessors. 
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A cross party parliamentary report has proposed that people convicted of domestic abuse or stalking should be forced to sign a National register providing the same monitoring arrangements as those convicted of sexual offences.
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The Telegraph has today reported that a legal loophole that allowed Anjem Choudray to leave prison earlier than expected will be closed.
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