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The campaign, spearheaded by Falsely Accused Individuals for Reform (FAIR), is backed by celebrities including Sir Cliff Richard and DJ Paul Gambaccini. Launching the petition, Sir Cliff argued for a ‘re-balancing of the legal system’. Five years after his home was raided in relation to a sexual assault allegation for which he was never arrested, he described how his reputation had been left ‘in tatters’. ‘When you know you didn’t do it,’ he said, ‘you feel you’re in a hole you can’t get out of.’ In July 2018, the BBC was ordered to pay £210,000 in damages in a privacy case brought…
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:00

What to do if stopped by the police?

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Stop and question: police powers A police officer might stop you and ask: what your name is what you are doing in the area where you are going You do not have to stop or answer any questions. If you do not and there is no other reason to suspect you, then this alone cannot be used as a reason to search or arrest you. Stop and search: police powers A police officer has powers to stop and search you if they have ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect you are carrying: illegal drugs a weapon stolen property something which could be…
Monday, 09 September 2019 10:01

Hearsay

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There has been an increase in prosecutions of domestic violence allegations, without the complainant having / or being willing to attend court. 
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“I haven’t done anything wrong, so I do not need legal advice right?” WRONG! You are at the police station because you are suspected of committing a criminal offence. Not every interviewing officer will interview with an open mind and therefore it is essential that a legal representative is there to step in and remind officers whether certain questions are appropriate to the alleged offence. “The officer said it was a quick chat” There is no such thing as a quick chat with an officer. Whether your interview is voluntary or not, every word you say is being analysed and…
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A not guilty verdict was reached in respect of a householder who was accused of assaulting a bailiff in the execution of his duty. The ‘householder defence’ has been the subject of public and political scrutiny since the case of Tony Martin who shot and killed a 16 year old burglar trespassing on his property in 1999 and was convicted of murder, later reduced to manslaughter on appeal. Whilst the defendant in our case accepted using violence against the bailiff, Howard Barrington-Clark of this firm successfully argued that the defendant, who knew he was facing a bailiff, thought he could…
Friday, 23 August 2019 16:09

Another Appalling Disclosure Failure

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Millionaire who filmed 'grossly offensive' footage of Grenfell Tower effigy being burned is CLEARED of sharing it online after 'appalling' CPS failed to mention there was a SECOND video taken on the same night. After closing submissions in the trial, Mr Bussetti's defence team was told that another video of the incident, posted by someone other than the defendant, might have been the one seen online by millions.   Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot branded the late revelation 'appalling' and said: 'I cannot be sure the video relied on by the Crown is the one taken by the defendant.' Demanding an explanation…
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Thank you to Sam Barker, Counsel of 2 Harcourt Buildings, London who, on behalf of Wessex Solicitors, objected to the Prosecution’s attempt to rely on hearsay evidence in relation to witnesses who were not willing to support a prosecution.  The Judge, in refusing to allow the Prosecution to call its evidence, observed that the Police had decided to pursue the case ‘victimless’ without making proper efforts to obtain any evidence of why it was that the primary evidence from the two witnesses was not being relied upon, or why they were unavailable to give evidence. In response to an increasingly common tactic in cases…
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 10:30

Another Success!

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Another success before Portsmouth Magistrates Court. Having pursued the CPS for disclosure which was not forthcoming the Crown offered no evidence at trial accepting that they had failed to comply with their statutory duty of disclosure. A very happy client.
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 10:06

Justice Gap

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The Justice Gap reported that the miscarriage of justice watchdog referred just 13 cases back to the Court of Appeal last year representing the second lowest number of referrals in its 22 year history.
Monday, 19 August 2019 15:46

Many lies of Carl Beech.....

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The many lies of Carl Beech – formerly known only as ‘Nick’, the sole witness in the VIP paedophile investigation debacle known as Operation Midland – has been found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. 
Thursday, 01 August 2019 10:28

Reduction in police charging

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Police have been warned that the public will give up on them after figures showed that the proportion of crimes resulting in a charge or summons has halved in four years.
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:09

Importance of legal aid

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Justice campaigners have pulled together 70 significant cases over the past seven decades that involved public funding to highlight the importance of legal aid. Justice Alliance unveiled its booklet, Legal Aid Matters, last night to commemorate 70 years since royal assent was given to the Legal Aid and Advice Act.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:35

Anonymity for revenge porn victims

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Meanwhile ‘revenge porn’ victims could be granted anonymity as part of a review of the laws around online abuse, according to The Independent
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:04

Wiping the slate clean

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Killers, robbers and some sex offenders who have spent years in prison will no longer have to tell prospective employers as the Justice Secretary says he wants to "remove the stigma of criminal convictions.”
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