news round-up 15.9.17

news round-up 15.9.17(Posted on 15/09/17)

Parole for IPP prisoner ten years over tariff: James Ward is to be released from prison after serving eleven years for a ten-month sentence under Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), the Parole Board has said. The 33-year-old was sentenced after setting fire to his prison bed. Originally jailed in 2006 for ABH in a fight with his father, James has a low IQ and mental health problems and has frequently self-harmed. &... Read more...

news round-up 8.9.17

news round-up 8.9.17(Posted on 08/09/17)

Lammy: Social Timebomb of BAME People in Custody. "When David Cameron asked me to conduct a review into the over-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system, I thought I was being set up to fail," David Lammy writes in the Guardian this week. "So many of the causes of, and answers to, the problem lie outside the criminal justice system: poverty, lone-parent... Read more...


ECHR not ECJBy on 22/08/17

The European Court of Justice (ECJ), based in Luxembourg should not be confused with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), based in Strasbourg.
Brexit means we're leaving one but not the other.

news round-up 28.6.17

news round-up 28.6.17(Posted on 31/07/17)

The Court of Appeal has heard fresh evidence in the case of the Chinese dissident Wang Yam, an MI6 informant convicted of murder after a secret trial, which would have had a “dramatic impact” on the jury in his trial, Duncan Campbell & Richrad Norton-Taylor report in the Guardian. The court heard from three new witnesses, including neighbours of the murdered man, 86-year-old author and photographer ... Read more...

Courts need lawyers as much as people need lawyers.

Courts need lawyers as much as people need lawyers.By on 03/07/17

I’ve worked in criminal law for over twenty years, for both the defence and prosecution, which means that I can give a neutral perspective, which is this: the system is creaking under its own weight, and the lack of access to lawyers is making it worse. Read more...

Trial by Television

Trial by TelevisionBy on 14/06/17

A documentary which has just aired passing judgement on the case of the late Susan May and the murder of her aunt Hilda Marchbank in 1992 was a travesty of justice and totally irresponsible. Read more...