It has been reported here that sex offenders will be offered lie detector tests to help police assess the risk they pose to the public when released. Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire Shaun Wright has decided to introduce the technology despite questions over its accuracy. He will spend £35,000 training two officers to […]
Sex offenders will be offered lie detector tests to help police assess the risk they pose to the public when released.
FACT calls on Home Secretary and Minister of Justice to learn lessons from the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi
The murder of Bijan Ebrahimi, an entirely innocent man murdered because he was wrongly assumed to be a peadophile and the subsequent trial of his murderer and accomplice has rightly attracted a lot of Media attention. How can it be that in 2012 an innocent man is killed in such a brutal way and that his murderer […]
A man has been jailed for life after admitting he murdered his disabled neighbour who had been wrongly branded a paedophile.
A man has been jailed for life after admitting he murdered his disabled neighbour who had been wrongly branded a paedophile. Lee James, 24, killed Bijan Ebrahimi and set fire to his body in the Brislington area of Bristol in July. Mr Justice Simon ordered that James must serve a minimum of 18 years in […]
According to reports in the Daily Telegraph (here) sex offenders will be offered lie detector tests to help police assess the risk they pose to the public when released. Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire Shaun Wright has decided to introduce the technology despite questions over its accuracy. He will spend £35,000 training two […]
Garden Court Chambers have published their response to the Ministry of Justice consultation document ‘Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps.” The response reiterates Chambers’ strong opposition to the cuts to legal aid. You can read their respond here
Teachers and health workers should be prosecuted for failing to alert the police to allegations of child abuse
Teachers and health workers should be prosecuted for failing to alert the police to allegations of child abuse, according to the former director of public prosecutions, who is calling for an overhaul of the law to prevent more victims from slipping through the net. Keir Starmer QC, who left his role as Britain’s top prosecutor last […]
A man whose life was ruined when he was charged with child sex offences after looking at legal gay pornography in a hotel room has accused the police and Crown Prosecution Service of a “homophobic witch-hunt” after his case was finally thrown out. The defendant endured a “two-year nightmare” after being arrested in front of […]
The Government have announced proposals for making historical police records public were announced today by the Home Office following a recommendation by the Hillsborough Independent Panel. Policing Minister Damian Green said a working group will now be set up to consider how records can be made more accessible and transparent. One option would be to […]
Lord McAlpine’s libel action against Sally Bercow has been formally settled at the high court. You can read how the Guardian reported this story here Lord McAlpine settles libel action with Alan Davies over Twitter comment. You can read how the Guardian reported this story here In a separate development Ofcom upholds Lord McAlpine complaints. Broadcasting watchdog […]
The Government have announced via a Ministerial statement that changes have been made to Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (‘PACE’) which brings into operation amended versions of six of the PACE codes. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Revision of Codes A, B, C, E, F and H) Order 2013 will bring these revisions […]
As part of a recent EU project, Marc Willers of Garden Court Chambers has produced this rough guide to the Civil Appeal System in England and Wales. The guide covers: Civil Justice in England and Wales Judicial Review The Tribunal System The Civil Appeals System Appeal Statistics Appeals and the Overriding Objective Appeal Procedure and […]
In anticipation of a soon to be delivered judgement from Strasbourg Jon Robbins has written an an interesting article in the Guardian about whether the Court will decide that victims of miscarriages of justice should be compensated for wrongful convictions. “Innocence as such is not a concept known to our criminal justice system,” said Lady […]
We have recently been approached by three solicitors based in the London area who wish to specialises in defending those accused of offences including those accused historical offences. If you would like further details please contact us.
Luke Gittos, Law Editor of Spiked on-line has written a telling article “New legal reforms will make a mockery of the law’s search for the truth” (Spiked 23 October 2013 Last week Keir Starmer QC, the director of public prosecutions (DPP) and head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), proposed further reforms to make it easier […]
The Independent has reported that Scotland Yard is facing fresh embarrassment after a citizen won the right to launch what is thought to be an unprecedented private prosecution of a police employee for perverting the course of justice. Michael Doherty has triumphed in his five-year battle to personally bring criminal charges against a Met civilian […]
DPP says victims of sexual offences have been afraid of reporting them because police have asked “the wrong questions”,
In a widely reported interview Keith Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions told Andrew Marr on BBC television that “Victims of sexual offences have been afraid of reporting them because police have asked “the wrong questions””. Keir Starmer told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show “crude tests” had been used to question if victims would be […]
Supreme Court clarifies the circumstances when the Parole Board is required to hold an oral hearing.
The Supreme Court have handed down its judgement in a landmark case concerning the right of prisoners to have an oral hearing (in defined circumstances) when presenting cases to the Parole Board. Osborn (FC) (Appellant) v The Parole Board (Respondent) Booth (FC) (Appellant) v The Parole Board (Respondent) In the matter of an application of […]
Government to place tighter restrictions on the activities of anyone who poses a risk of sexual harm to children and adults.
The Government has announced plans to tighten the restrictions on the activities of anyone who poses a risk of sexual harm to children and adults irrespective of whether the person under suspicion has been found guilty of such an offence or not. Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green today (Wednesday 9 October) announced proposals […]
Our attention has been drawn to an interesting but insightful – and possible inciteful – interview in the Times (26 Sept) whereby Barbara Hewson QC is questioned by Frances Gibb QC regarding her [Barbara Hewsons's] views on the current spate of historical sex abuse allegations. We are not able to reproduce this article in full […]
Michael Le Vell case: the accuser deserves anonymity – article by Jenny Jones on Halsbury’s law exchange
Michael Le Vell case: the accuser deserves anonymity There is an interesting article on Halsbury’s Law Exchange website by Jenny Jones who argues that the girl who alleged she had been assaulted by Mr Le Vell deserves anonymity (which the law requires in any case) even if the act she complains of did not take […]
At the end of July the Government introduced fees for bringing a claim to an employment tribunal or the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) . Under the new structure, parties have to pay an upfront fee to raise a claim with a further ‘hearing fee’ once the case is referred to a tribunal. Flat fees apply to EAT […]
ICO publish new subject access code. The Information Commissioner has recently published his new ‘Subject Access Code of Practice’. Source: ICO
The most senior judge in England and Wales has rejected calls for specialist courts to deal with child sex abuse cases. Full Story here
Lord Chancellor sets out new fees for for claims made to an employment tribunal and appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
The Lord Chancellor makes the following Order with the consent of the Treasury in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 42(1)(d) and (2) and 49(3) of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007(1). The Lord Chancellor has consulted the Senior President of Tribunals and the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council in accordance with section […]
Schools, businesses and councils will all be helped by the latest stage of major law changes turning the tide on compensation culture. The Ministry of Justice issued the following Press release (here) From today (Wednesday 31 July 2013) uncontested claims for compensation for “slips and trips” and other injuries at work or in a public […]