This blog by by Anna Racoon has recently been brought to our attention. It begins… When mollusca trawl their glutinous way across our landscape, they have the evolutionary advantage of a third eye to spot potential predators. It’s called the pallial eye. I thought I’d tell you something interesting pertaining to ‘Pallial’ before you all dropped dead from the excitement. The North Wales Police [...]
Message from David Wood QC – Legal Aid and the Death of Justice ========================= This message appears on the Miscarriages of JusticeUK (MOJUK) News Service ========================= Save UK Justice I need your help. Not your money, or more of your time than you can give, just your help. This is a link to a petition [...]
Two recent appointments to the Court of Appeal include Dame Julia Macur and Sir Ernest Ryder both of whom are family court Judges. Dame Julia Macur, the third woman to join the court of appeal, is a family specialist who has been a high court judge for seven and a half years. Last year, she [...]
Bar Council of England and Wales has produced a 70-page guide to help people represent themselves in court.
The Bar Council of England and Wales has produced a 70-page guide to help people represent themselves in court.
The following Media release has been issued by Quality Solicitors Jordans X v Secretary of State for Home Department March 7, 2013 It has been confirmed that a challenge to the requirement of convicted Sex Offenders to provide details of their bank accounts and credit cards will be heard by the Administrative Court at Birmingham [...]
FACT members might like to hear FACT’s contribution to the Radio 5 Live perspective on the DPP comments regarding the investigation of sexual offences. You can access here (for a short while) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r186b Fast Forward to 2:23:00
The Following media release has been issued by Chris Saltrese, a solicitor specialising in defending allegations of sexual abuse . MEDIA RELEASE CHRIS SALTRESE RESPONSE TO THE DPP’S PROPOSALS TO REVIEW SEXUAL OFFENCE PROSECUTIONS “Case building’ risks case manufacture in historic child abuse” warns defence solicitor. Responding to the DPPs proposals to increase prosecutions for alleged [...]
The Chairman of the Bar Council says Rape suspects ‘should not be named’ however senior criminal barrister says the plan would curb stigma of false accusations but campaigners fear it will lead to fewer convictions Further information on this story can be found Rape suspects ’should not be named’ – The Guardian BBC News – Sex [...]
The latest edition of FACTion can now be viewed online at http://www.factuk.org/resources/newsletters/faction-2013/ Paper copies will be sent out shortly
Final Report Of The Independent Inquiry Into Care Provided By Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Published
The final report into the care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was published today. The Inquiry Chairman, Robert Francis QC, concluded that patients were routinely neglected by a Trust that was preoccupied with cost cutting, targets and processes and which lost sight of its fundamental responsibility to provide safe care. Download Inquiry Report [...]
For a different slant on the Jimmy Saville Affair see the article written by Charles More published in the Daily Telegraph which is reproduced in full below The lead headline on the BBC website yesterday said: “Jimmy Savile scandal: Report reveals extent of abuse”. Well, I have read the whole of the report, and I [...]
The Professional Standards Authority invites the general public to share their experience of schemes run by BACP and Play Therapy UK
The Professional Standards Authority are inviting comment on the applications for accreditation to the Accredited Voluntary Registers Scheme (for talking therapies) by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Play Therapy UK by 16 the January 2013. The invitation states: We are interested to hear any information or experiences you have had with them which [...]
Mrs Justice Macur DBE, has announced the publication of an Issue Paper in relation to the Macur Review. The Macur Review is an independent review established by the Government in November 2012 to consider the scope of the Waterhouse Inquiry and whether or not it sufficiently investigated specific allegations of child abuse in North Wales care [...]
It would appear from information on the Go Petition website website that police officers (except in Northern Ireland) are exempt from Criminal Records Bureau checks Peter Danby is asking Damien Green, Minister for Police, to enact legislation to make sure that every person employed at present in the UK police forces has a Criminal Records Bureau [...]
HMIC says the “very legitimacy” of the police service risks being undermined unless more is done to take issues of integrity more seriously.
This item is an extract taken from the Guardian website here Police officers have been warned that the “very legitimacy” of the service risks being undermined unless more is done to take issues of integrity more seriously, a watchdog says. Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary (HMIC) says integrity, such as how police deals with the [...]
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY LOOKING FOR FALSELY ACCUSED The Independent on Sunday are investigating the issues surrounding wrong allegations and the extremely damaging effects this has on the individual and their family and friends and would be very interested to hear from anyone with first hand experience of suffering false accusations The reporter concerned has given [...]
Volunteering England has produced a user-friendly guide to the new DBS system. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged on 1 December to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). As a result ‘CRB checks’ are now called ‘DBS checks’.
The Sentencing Council seeks views of those affected by, or concerned about, sentences for sexual offenders.
The Sentencing Council is consulting on a new guideline for sentencing sexual offences and needs the views of those who are affected by, or concerned with, this type of offending. The consultation will run to the 14th March 2013, Criminal justice professionals and the general public are invited to respond. The consultation is seeking views [...]
Press release: Assembly Members in Wales to receive an early Christmas Present – The Truth About Bryn Estyn.
Balance, Fairness and the Burden of Proof: A Christmas Gift Worth Treasuring South Wales Against Wrongful Conviction (SWAWC), Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers (FACT), False Accusation Support Organisation (FASO) jointly call upon Welsh Assembly Members and relevant authorities to make themselves fully aware of the dangers which can attach to accusations of sexual abuse and the corresponding [...]
Lord Justice Leveson cites widely inaccurate reporting of Care home case as example of how national journalists ‘throw away the rule book’ to sell papers.
This extract has been taken from ‘This is Jersey’ website here Wildly inaccurate reporting about torture and murder at Haut de la Garenne has been used by Lord Justice Leveson as evidence of how national journalists ‘throw away the rule book’ to sell papers. After hearing months of evidence, Sir Brian published his long-awaited report [...]
The Garden Court Prison Law Team have published the fourth issue of its ‘Prison Law Bulletin’. The Bulletin is published in blog and newsletter format and contains a round-up of recent case law, both domestic & international. It sometimes features a comment and analysis section on a “hot topic”. This issue looks at the latest developments in [...]
Due to the deteriorating weather conditions we have, regretfully, decided to cancel the Christmas Vigil arranged for Saturday. Some members we know had planned to make long journeys but in the circumstances we considered the safe and sensible thing to do was to cancel the event. We hope this does not inconvenience you too much and [...]
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Strasbourg rules that the retention and disclosure of caution data is unlawful (in Northern Ireland)
This article first appeared on the Daily Telegraph website (here) on 13th november 2012 European court ruling could see minor criminal records withheld from employers People with minor criminal records may not have them disclosed to potential employers in future after the European Court of Human Rights condemned the lack of scope for discretion in [...]
Tory peer Lord McAlpine today described reports linking him to the North Wales child abuse allegations as “wholly false and seriously defamatory”. In the following statement, he said had decided “I must publicly tackle these slurs and set the record straight”. “Over the last several days it has become apparent to me that a number [...]