Myths about rape myths – OUP Blog “In recent decades, England and Wales have experienced extensive rape law reform and a substantial rise in rape reporting, but the number of rape convictions has not kept pace, leading to a galloping attrition rate: the current proportion of recorded rapes that result in a rape conviction is […]
New report suggests that Criminal solicitors are losing their “moral compass” – and pushing clients towards early guilty pleas.
Criminal solicitors “losing moral compass” – and not just because of falling legal aid pay According to a report on the Legal Futures website (here) new research 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 […]
DPP meets police chiefs to discuss why forces are reporting fewer cases of rape, domestic violence and child abuse.
According to a report in the Guardian (here) 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. The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, is to launch an inquiry into why police forces are reporting fewer cases […]
This is an extract from a a more detailed report which appeared on the Guardian website here on 23rd April. 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 […]
The Guardian have published an article following publication of 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 […]
Only a fraction of sexual offences in England and Wales results in a conviction according to a statistical review.
This extract has been taken from the BBC website here Only 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. Statisticians analysing […]
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
The Dangers of False Allegations – keynote speech by Mark Newby at the Richard Webster Memorial Lecture
Mark Newby’s excellent keynote speech ‘The dangers of false allegations’ given at the Richard Webster Memorial Lecture can be found here. Note: This is a particularly apposite given subsequent claims that the inquiry into alleged abuse in North Wales conducted by Sir Ronald Waterhouse (as he then was) was not adequate.
Social service leaders accuse NSPCC of exaggerating problems of children in care in order to promote its own role The Guardian