Research into false allegations are comparatively speaking uncommon so it is refreshing to see an article which faces this issue head on

Research into false allegations are comparatively speaking uncommon so it is refreshing to see an article which faces this issue head on. The Turkish Journal of Psychiatry published an article in 2011 linking  False Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse with Paranoid Disorder Summary: Allegations of child sexual abuse have considerable consequences for individuals and society. Herein, we report […]

FACTion: Summer Conference Edition out now

The 2014 Summer Conference Edition of FACTion is now available for download here or by clicking  the image below. In this edition you find full coverage of the recent FACT conference held in Oxford with contributions by … David Jessel who is best known for Rough Justice and Trial and Error Adam Speker is a barrister specialising […]

Conviction rate for sex offences has fallen sharply in England and Wales

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph the conviction rate for sex offences has fallen sharply in England and Wales despite drives by the police and prosecutors to put more rape and other sexual assault cases before the courts. Ministry of Justice figures show the conviction rate for sex offences fell from 61% in 2012 to 55% […]

Record number of people exonerated of crimes in US in 2013

A record number of people exonerated of crimes in US in 2013 Eighty-seven people cleared of conviction, including in many cases which investigation revealed no crime ever committed. A new report from the National Registry of Exonerations finds that almost a third of the people in 2013’s unprecedented crop of exonerations were convicted in cases in which, in […]

Childhood memories are less accurate than people think

 The Daily Telegraph reports (here) that childhood memories are less accurate than people think, with the brain likely to fill in gaps when it cannot remember the detail, it has been suggested. The authors of a new study suggest their findings could have important implications for court cases where witnesses who have experienced crime as […]

Watchdog says it could no longer approve crime figures based on information recorded by the police in England and Wales.

A  BBC report dated 21st January 2014 states the UK Statistics Authority, the watchdog that oversees the publication of official data, said it could no longer approve crime figures based on information recorded by the police in England and Wales. The report states:- that there was accumulating evidence that the figures may not be reliable […]

How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?

Our attention has been drawn to an article How Many Memories are Fake written by Erika Hayasaki. The article discusses how reliable are memories are, how easy it is to manipulate memory, how we think and forget,  whether or not there is such a thing as autobiographical memory. It also draws on recent research by Professor […]

New report suggests that Criminal solicitors are losing their “moral compass” – and pushing clients towards early guilty pleas.

A report of new research on the Legal Futures website (here) suggests defence lawyers bear partial responsibility for miscarriages of justice, and better ethics training and spending time with ordinary people are as likely to reverse “moral decline” as boosting pay. Writing in a collection of essays published last week by The Justice Gap, No Defence: lawyers […]

DPP meets police chiefs to discuss why forces are reporting fewer cases of rape, domestic violence and child abuse.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, is to meet police chiefs to discuss why forces are reporting fewer cases of rape, domestic violence and child abuse than they were two yeas ago. Speaking as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which he heads he revealed record conviction rates for rape and domestic violence for the […]

Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence cases have risen to an all time high

The DPP says conviction rates for rape and domestic violence cases have risen to an all time high, the director of public prosecutions (DPP) has revealed, amid criticism that too few cases are being brought to court. Figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service show that the conviction rate for rape prosecutions has increased to the highest […]

Justice Gap article: Default belief

Dr Ros Burnett has written an article, published on  Justice Gap,  in which she considers two distinct wrongs. One being sexually or violently assaulted, especially by someone more powerful than you. The other being wrongly accused and judged as someone who has done such a terrible deed.  Both involve  different sets of victims  but share some common […]

Crime Statistics for England & Wales: violent crime and sexual offences

Over 2.1 million violent incidents were recorded in 2011/12 by the Crime Survey for England and Wales. See what the latest figures say • Download the data • More crime data • More data journalism and data visualisations from the Guardian Link to source and full summary (here) Also reported by the BBC here 

Only a fraction of sexual offences in England and Wales results in a conviction according to a statistical review.

A fraction of sexual offences in England and Wales results in a conviction, a statistical review says. It said there were up to 517,000 sex assault claims every year, with 54,310 sex offences recorded as crimes by police and 5,620 offenders convicted. The review was carried out by The Office for National Statistics, the Home […]

Judicial review statistics: how many cases are there and what are they about?

The government wants to restrict judicial review cases. But how common are they anyway? • Download the data • More data journalism and data visualisations from the Guardian