Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions has strongly defended the prosecutions that have followed the Jimmy Savile scandal. She said that she intends to keep pursuing such cases and claims that the public would be “horrified” if complaints about historical abuse did not lead to prosecutions and referred to sex abuse convictions for teachers dating back […]
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says his police officers face a “Catch-22″ situation over historical sexual abuse claims and were criticised if they did not take allegations seriously yet condemned for pursuing them. “If we investigate to the point of charge – we are challenged – did you go too far? And I think we have got […]
“Can we now, please, stop trying to convict Jimmy Savile by proxy? That is surely the message of the acquittal of the DJ Dave Lee Travis on 12 charges of indecent assault, only a week after the acquittal of the Coronation Street actor William Roache”. Link to source and full article (subscription required)
Police watchdog investigators to carrying out house to house following the death of a man wrongly believed to be a paedophile.
“Police watchdog investigators are carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the Bristol street where a disabled Iranian refugee was murdered by a vigilante who wrongly believe him to be a paedophile. The Independent Police Complaints Commission’s investigators will ask residents about Bijan Ebrahimi’s contact with Avon and Somerset police officers in the days, weeks and hours […]
The decision to prosecute historic sex abuse cases involving celebrity defendants has been called into question
‘The decision to prosecute historic sex abuse cases involving celebrity defendants has been called into question after veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis was acquitted of 12 sexual assault charges in the first high-profile trial brought by Operation Yewtree.’ Full story The Independent, 13th February 2014
‘The Coronation Street star William Roache has been acquitted of two counts of rape and five charges of indecent assault on Thursday at the end of a trial that raised questions about the decision of police and prosecutors to press charges.’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26071149
The Independent on Sunday report (here) England and Wales’s parole system is on the brink of a crisis that will result in reformed prisoners being detained months after they should have been released. The report highlights problems caused by:- Staff cuts together with a groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling about the way parole hearings are conducted […]
Wirral electrician extradited from Canada to face historic child abuse charges from the 1970s was found not guilty on all counts.
Wirral electrician extradited from Canada to face historic child abuse charges from the 1970s has been found not guilty on all counts. Paul Cleary was accused of abusing two young girls he knew in Upton in the 1970s when he was in his late twenties, charges he always denied. The jury of eight men and […]
The Sentencing Council have issued new definitive guidelines on sexual offences The guidelines come into force on 1st April 2014 The existing guidelines do not apply in relation to offences committed under the 1956 Act. However, in the new document, the maximum penalties are set out in Annex C and the approach to sentencing historic sexual […]
A man who spent 17 years behind bars after being wrongly convicted of a sexual assault has been freed by the court of appeal after DNA evidence pointed to another man as the perpetrator. Victor Nealon, a former postman, has always maintained his innocence. He was convicted in January 1997 of the attempted rape of a woman […]
FACT receives a reply to its open letter to the Home Secretary and the Minister of Justice calling on them to learn lessons from the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi
FACT has received the following reply to its open letter to the Home Secretary and Minister of Justice calling on them to learn lessons from the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi Direct Communications Unit 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF Tel: 020 7035 4848 Fax: 020 7035 4745 www.homeoffice.gov.uk [The Chairman] National Committee of FACT PO Box […]
The Law Commission publishes the reports on the risk Contempt of Court arising from the use of social media and the internet
The Law Commission published the first of its three reports on Contempt of Court on 9 December and the report, along with the online-only appendices, can be downloaded from our website using the following link: http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/publications/contempt_of_court_juror_misconduct.htm. The project is part of our Eleventh Programme of Law Reform and since the publication of that Programme, various high profile […]
The Supreme Court have published a lecture given on the 28th November by Lady Hale, a Supreme Court Judge titled “What’s the point of human rights” In it Lady Hale sets out the historical context of the UK’s approach to humans rights and the impact of European legislation on UK human rights. She then goes […]
Cardiff Law School is the first Law School in the UK to have a case referred to the Court of Appeal on application made by a university-based Innocence Project. Congratulations to them. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) referred the case of Dwaine George to the Court on Friday 15th November 2013 Daniel Dale died almost instantly as he ran […]
Sex offenders will be offered lie detector tests to help police assess the risk they pose to the public when released.
Sex offenders are to 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 carry out the tests, sending […]
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 and was ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison. Stephen Norley, 25, […]
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 carry out the tests, sending them […]
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 response 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 […]