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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. 
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:21

Manipulated crime figures

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The Home Office is manipulating crime figures by telling the national anti-fraud service to dismiss tens of thousands of legitimate cases, two former police chiefs have told The Times.
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Police officers are texting middle-class drug users when their dealers’ phones are seized, amid growing fears that they are encouraging child exploitation. Forces can apply for court orders to have suppliers’ phones disconnected. 
Friday, 18 October 2019 12:47

Support for PICU

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WESSEX are Supporting Critically ill Children AND THEIR FAMILIES this Christmas! Every year at Wessex we try to help the registered charity ‘Friends of PICU’ as they are very close to our hearts. Friends of PICU aims to support the children and their families by providing vital equipment and services that are not always provided by the statutory authorities. This Christmas Wessex aim to make things that little easier for those families by collecting donations and items to make hampers for the families that are not lucky enough to spend Christmas at home but rather in the Paediatric Intensive Care…
Friday, 18 October 2019 09:59

#MeToo

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The clearest impact of the #MeToo movement on the British justice system has been a sharp rise in the number of complaints made to police of rape and sexual assault over the past two years.
Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:10

Imprisonment for Public Protection

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What are they? Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection, otherwise known as IPP sentences are prison sentences with no set release date or maximum stay. These sentences are lawful under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and were first used in April 2005. IPP’s were designed to protect the public from dangerous offenders whose crime did not meet the threshold of a life sentence tariff. 
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 09:45

Money isn't everything

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Money isn’t everything and the failed cases reported in today’s Times will include a number of unforced errors by prosecutors (and, incidentally, by the police).But in the end public services are like everything else: you get what you pay for.
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