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Seven jails are set to receive new equipment to tackle the smuggling of drugs, phones and weapons behind bars, as efforts to make our prisons safer gather pace.
Thursday, 14 November 2019 10:49

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The government intends to review pre-charge bail legislation to ensure the safety of victims is prioritised and police are supported in investigating all offences.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:10

Fewer referrals to CPS in rape cases

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Almost half of rape victims are dropping out of investigations, as a growing proportion do not want to pursue a prosecution even when a suspect has been identified, according to a Cabinet Office report leaked to the Guardian. 
Monday, 11 November 2019 16:20

Acquittal in large Fraud trial

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Congratulations to Robert Bryan instructed by Wessex Solicitors
Monday, 11 November 2019 11:18

Lest we forget

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Lest we forget. 
Thursday, 07 November 2019 10:09

Murder and Attempted Murder 

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Definition of murder: In legal terms, murder is the “the unlawful killing of a human being in the Queen's peace, with malice aforethought”. In lay terms, murder is the unlawful killing of another human being, while having the intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm. Sentencing: The offence of murder carries a life sentence. A lesser sentence is not available based upon mitigation alone. A lesser sentence is available only if you have a lawful defence. There is no full defence for murder. Defences for murder are known as “partial defences”• Diminished Responsibility• Loss of control• Killing in pursuance…
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Straining to hear the judge from behind the bulletproof glass in the dock of court one, the 16-year-old pleaded guilty to a crime with the hallmarks of being committed by a child. He had burgled a McDonald’s and been caught by police helping himself to a McFlurry. 
Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:34

Miscarriage of justice

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A man who spent two years in jail after being wrongly convicted of rape because police missed vital evidence from Facebook has been told he will not receive compensation (David Brown writes). Danny Kay, 28, was jailed in 2013. His conviction was quashed in December 2017 after the Court of Appeal ruled that police relied on an “edited and misleading” account of his Facebook contact with the alleged victim. His application for £500,000 compensation was rejected by Robert Buckland, the justice secretary.
Monday, 04 November 2019 09:43

Children let down by justice system

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The Youth court system is in 'chaos', says children's commissioner the Guardian reports.  Vulnerable children in England and Wales waiting months for convictions, appearing without adult support and being wrongly placed in dock, Guardian investigation finds.  The youth justice system in England and Wales is “chaotic and dysfunctional” following almost a decade of cuts and court closures, the children’s commissioner has warned, after a Guardian investigation found a system plagued by increasing delays, confusion and poor child protection.   Anne Longfield called for a wholesale review of the youth justice system, saying the youth court was “not a child-friendly environment…
Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:06

Successful appeal against licence revocation

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Mr William Goss of 2 Harcourt Buildings successfully appealed a decision of Havant Borough Council to revoke a licence to drive a taxi. 
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The trial of two Burnley fans accused of shouting abuse at a Brighton player and fans has collapsed due to "serious failings in bringing evidence".
Monday, 28 October 2019 10:55

Automatic Facial Recognition

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On 4 September Haddon-Cave LJ and Swift J in the Divisional Court had to grapple with the legal issues surrounding automatic facial recognition (AFR) when considering a South Wales Police (SWP) national pilot scheme surrounding AFR. R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police (Information Commissioner and another intervening) [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin) was apparently the first time that any court in the world had considered AFR. As the court indicated: ‘The judgment in this case is directed specifically to the way in which the technology has been used to date by SWP, in the form of a pilot project…
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 09:55

Unduly lenient sentences reviewed

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 People convicted of stalking, harassment, child sexual abuse and other sex offences could see their sentences increase, following extensions to the 'unduly lenient' sentence scheme recently announced. 
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