Teacher cleared of historic sex abuse charges by jury in just 40 minutes

The following is an extract from an article on the Ipswich Star  website here Simon Warr, who was a teacher at the former St George’s School, at Great Finborough and at the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook, sobbed in the dock at Ipswich Crown Court after a jury took less than 40 minutes to unanimously acquit […]

Father wins custody battle after being falsely accused of sexually abusing his daughter.

 A father has won custody of his daughter after his former partner falsely accused him of sexually abusing their child. The man was investigated by police and social workers after the woman said her daughter had made “disclosures of sexual abuse”… … But Judge Jane Miller has ruled that the girl, now nine, should live […]

Police are arresting suspects of alleged historical sex crimes without sufficient evidence and keeping them on bail too long.

Police are arresting suspects of alleged historical sex crimes without sufficient evidence and keeping them on bail too long, a barrister has said. Geoffrey Robertson QC said if a charge could not be made within three months the case should be dropped. His comments come after no further action was taken against Paul Gambaccini over […]

A terminally-ill man has won a second miscarriage of justice appeal.

A terminally ill man has won a second miscarriage of justice appeal over robberies he was mistakenly convicted of in the 1970s and 80s. Martin Foran, 70, from Manchester, successfully challenged the credibility of officers from the disbanded West Midlands Police Serious Crime Squad. The Court of Appeal overruled his 1978 conviction after a referral […]

The Supreme Court sheds further light on the continuing duty of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to disclose information in criminal cases

The recent Supreme Court judgment in the case of R (on the application of Nunn) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary and another sheds further light on the continuing duty of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to disclose information in criminal cases post-conviction.  

United Against Injustice Annual Miscarriage of Justice Day workshops and public meeting.

United Against Injustice have announced its 13th Annual Miscarriage of Justice Day workshops and public meeting on 11 October at Liverpool John Moores University. See Programme here This promises to be one of our best ever conference days with actor Ricky Tomlinson speaking about the miscarriage of justice he suffered.

Judge condemns Crown Prosecution Service for pursuing sex case

The Daily Telegraph have reported (8th Sept) that a judge has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for shoddy evidence and said a case should never have been brought to court after a former pupil at a £30,000 a-year public school was cleared of sexually assaulting a friend. Archie Reed, 20, was accused of sexually assaulting the […]

Lie detector tests monitoring the behaviour of released sex offenders across England and Wales have begun

The Guardian have reported here that lie detector tests monitoring the behaviour of released sex offenders across England and Wales have begun this week, amid calls for the technology to be used more widely in police investigations. The Paper reports that … The tests are now compulsory for high-risk sex offenders let out on licence. Seven probation officers […]

Is Rolf Harris really guilty – a libertarian view?

The following thought provoking article (prefaced below) taken from Libertarian View  (3rd July) has been brought to our attention.Well worth reading. Rolf Harris has been convicted and for many that is conclusive proof of his guilt. However, we should not forget that the British justice system is not perfect, it can make errors, as these high profile miscarriages of […]

law graduate who falsely accused her boyfriend of rape as an excuse for failing her exams has been jailed.

The BBC have reported that a law graduate who falsely accused her boyfriend of rape as an excuse for failing her exams has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Rhiannon Brooker, 30, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court of perverting the course of justice. She claimed Paul Fensome, 46, had beaten her, forced her to have […]

Times Article: This cruelty to those in legal limbo must stop

Our attention has been brought to a very interesting article by Libby Purves in The Times on 26th May headed “This cruelty to those in legal limbo must stop” which essentially is about the impact of being subject to police investigations  for several months when you are innocent. it begins: Imagine living in a country […]

Gerry Conlon’s life is a reminder that wrongful convictions happen everywhere

There is a useful article (here) in The Conversation that the recent passing of Gerry Conlon aged 60 is a reminder that wrongful convictions happen everywhere. Gerry was wrongly convicted as one of the Guildford Four for the 1975 IRA bombing in which he had no part. The case of the  remains one the most famous miscarriage of justice […]

Supreme Court rule that blanket disclosure of past convictions on CRB is unlawful.

It has been reported in the Independent (here) that five Supreme Court justices have ruled that the requirement to reveal had been a breach of the man’s right to private life, following a hearing in London. Home Secretary Theresa May – and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling – asked Supreme Court justices to consider whether disclosure […]

Government announce that sex offenders on licence will now face polygraph testing.

Sex offenders on licence will now face some of the world’s toughest approaches to supervision, Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said today. Probation officers have begun rigorous training to become polygraph examiners, putting some of the most serious sex offenders in the community under stringent tests. Around 1,000 will undergo the compulsory lie detector tests designed […]

Line dance teacher wins an apology in High Court after being falsely accused.

An award-winning line-dancing teacher was given apology in High Court after rival falsely accused him of assault and harassing members of the line-dancing community. His solicitor said that the line-dance teacher had brought these claims upon discovering that the defendants had made a series of false and defamatory complaints to the Best Western Dance Academy – […]

Home Office announce a revised PACE code

The Home Office have announced a revised code for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects (other than those related to terrorism) detained in police custody under the Police and Criminal Evidence Acts Documents PACE Code C 2013 Ref: ISBN 9780108512780PDF, 4.33MB, 88 pages PACE Code C 2014 Ref: ISBN 9781474104340PDF, 435KB, 83 pages PACE Code C 2014: print-ready Ref: ISBN 9781474104333, 13051401 […]

Care Home Worker wins CRB case against Thames Valley Police

Re: P, R (on the application of) v Thames Valley Police [2014] EWHC 1436 (Admin) (08 May 2014) A worker at a care home has won his case against Thames Valley police concerning remarks on his enhanced crb. Interestingly he also secured anonymity in the judgement. The judgement sets out the arguments for and against disclosure […]

Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) apologise to innocent man for not investigating case more thoroughly

A man who spent 17 years behind bars wrongfully convicted of attempted rape has received an apology from a body set up to examine miscarriages of justice. Victor Nealon, 53, was convicted of attacking a woman outside a nightclub in Redditch in 1996. He asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to examine his case […]

Is it right that unproven, sometimes hysterical accusations can be made against the deceased?

Barrister Barbara Hewson has written a thought provoking article on whether it is right that unproven, sometimes hysterical accusations can be made against the deceased. Although her article is set against the background of Operation Yewtree her arguments go well beyond this narrow line. and examines the law relating to defamation of the deceased. The […]

Official report gives warning about falling quality standards amongst lawyers specialising in criminal matters.

An official report on Independent Criminal Advocacy in England and Wales undertaken by former Civil Servant Sir Bill Jeffrey  warns of concerns that about current standards [of advocacy] among judges (including some with long experience as solicitors) which was remarkable for its consistency and the strength with which it was expressed. ‘There is “disquiet” among judges about the […]

Max Clifford jailed for a total of eight years

Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been jailed for a total of eight years for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women. On Monday the 71-year-old became the first person to be convicted under Operation Yewtree. Sentencing the PR man, Judge Anthony Leonard said he had groomed and degraded his victims. Mr Leonard […]

Jimmy Savile victims are being advised how they can claim compensation through adverts in newspapers.

According to a BBC report here people who say they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile are being advised how they can claim compensation through adverts in newspapers. Victims will be able to make claims against the Savile estate, the BBC and the NHS, with payments capped at £60,000 each. So far, about 140 people […]

CPS defends decision to bring assault and rape charges against Nigel Evans

According to a report in the Guardian (here) the director of public prosecutions has defended the decision to bring sex assault and rape charges against Tory MP Nigel Evans by saying it would do the same again, despite a warning from its former director Lord Macdonald that it must not “lose perspective” over high-profile cases involving historic […]

Attorney General to warn the Crown Prosecution Service not to bring to court cases that are “unworkable or untenable”

It has been reported in The Telegraph (here) [10 April 2014] that the Attorney General will warn the Crown Prosecution Service not to bring to court cases that are “unworkable or untenable” amid growing disquiet over the handling of the failed prosecution of Nigel Evans, the Commons’ former deputy speaker. Dominic Grieve will meet with […]

are the CPS be too willing to bring charges when evidence is not very strong

Read Joshua Rosenberg’s excellent article in the Guardian regarding the acquittal of Nigel Evans and Nicholas Jacobs in two high profile cases. The acquittal of Nigel Evans on sexual assault charges, just a day after Nicholas Jacobs was acquitted of murdering PC Keith Blakelock in 1985, has made this a bad week for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Evans is only […]