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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'
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:32

NFA in sexual assault case

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Defence representations successfully lead to a No Further Action decision in relation to a serious sexual assault allegation. 
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:01

Not Guilty!

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Thank you to Sarah Jones QC, of Pump Court Chambers, London, instructed to defend our client in respect of a serious allegation before Portsmouth Crown Court. As always, never takes no for an answer in terms of disclosure and gave a commanding presentation in court resulting in a not guilty verdict!
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:58

Police lose control

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An anonymous police officer from London explained in The Guardian ‘why we’ve lost control of the streets’.
Thursday, 09 May 2019 12:56

Dismissal of Charge

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Thank you to Jennifer  Knight of 2 Harcourt Buildings, London,  instructed on behalf of our client for securing the dismissal of a charge of Perverting the Course of Justice further to a half time submission on the basis that the evidence was not sufficient at Lewes Crown Court. 
Wednesday, 01 May 2019 15:12

Challenging Identification Evidence

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So important to challenge and push for disclosure of unused material. Thank you to Counsel Robert Bryan of Drystone Chambers who was instructed to defend in a serious offence at Portsmouth Crown Court for successfully challenging the Identification evidence in accordance with R -v- Turnbull leading to dismissal of a case on the basis the identification procedure was not correctly followed.
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