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(Posted on 09/05/18)

Met Reviews Forensic Convictions: Following the suspension of a forensic scientist, the Metropolitan Police is urgently reviewing 33 cases, involving rapes and serious crimes from 2012-17, to ensure the safety of convictions. The Scotland Yard scientist is alleged to have “failed in carrying out tests and to have wrongly informed investigators about how her work was progressing”. “We are urgently conducting... Read more...


THE CRIME LIVE EVENT - "REAL LIFE" SILENT WITNESS BUT NO TIME FOR SEXUAL LIAISONS

THE CRIME LIVE EVENT - "REAL LIFE" SILENT WITNESS BUT NO TIME FOR SEXUAL LIAISONSBy on 17/04/18

Crime Live - a "real life" Silent Witness event next month - highlights how huge strides in forensic science could conflict with police cuts leading to miscarriages of justice if people are not vigilant according to Inside Justice, a charity taking up cases. Read more...


Miscarriages of Justice Forensic Science Event

(Posted on 03/04/18)

The British Academy of Forensic Sciences will host a one-day conference next month on 'Miscarriages of Justice'. Speakers will include Inside Justice director Louise Shorter, former Circuit Judge and Inside Justice Advisory Panel member His Honour John Samuels QC, forensic scientist and fellow Inside Justice panellist Dr Ann Priston OBE, as well as world-renowned forensic psychologist Gisli Gudjonsson and solicitor Gareth Peirce.... Read more...


Disclosure Failure Across the Board.

(Posted on 02/03/18)

A BBC survey has found failure to disclose evidence to beencountered by nearly all criminal law practitioners (97% of 1,200 respondents). The Law Society Gazette reported that more than half the lawyers (55%)encountered these problems every day or every week over the past year. Thefailures were evenly split between the CPS and police. Nearly eight in 10 saidfailures had delayed trial, more than eight in 10 said failures put the defenceunder unreasonable... Read more...


Families protesting IPP sentences demand a release date.

(Posted on 15/02/18)

Families called a march from Manchester Probation Service (Minshull Street) to HMP Manchester on the 14th February, demanding justice for loved ones serving indefinite prison sentences. Despite being abolished in 2012, almost 4000 people are still locked up in England and Wales under “Imprisonment for Public Protection” legislation.In a climate of overcrowding, it makes no sense to imprison people who have served their time. Families... Read more...


This is why Harriet Harman wants to stop rape complainants being questioned on their sexual history:

(Posted on 31/01/18)

"I think what you have here is a battle between the actual reality that women are facing and those who are seeking to defend the system in a way which is completely indefensible," Harman told Emily Ashton of BuzzFeed News. The former Labour solicitor general described the backlash on Twitter as "really disappointing" and warned that women were being forced to give evidence that "was nothing to do with the case... Read more...