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Crime Up, Prosecutions Down

(Posted on 04/09/19)

Ministry of Justice figures show the number of people being prosecuted or handed out-of-court warnings or fines has fallen to its lowest level since records began, whilst recorded crime continues to rise. Between April 2018 and March 2019, 1.59 million people were formally dealt with by the criminal justice system in England and Wales, representing a 2% fall of  on the previous period. The number of serious crimes dealt with... Read more...


Disclosure failure helps clear man over burning Grenfell effigy film

(Posted on 23/08/19)

A man who filmed a cardboard effigy of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire has been cleared of posting "grossly offensive" material. Prosecutors claimed footage recorded by Paul Bussetti at a London party was racist but the 47-year-old said it was a "joke" only shared between friends. He was found not guilty after it was revealed a second video from the party had also been shared on WhatsApp. Magistrates said they could... Read more...


Silence in Court

(Posted on 21/08/19)

Figures revealed this week by criminal barrister Jonathan Dunne show half of all crown court rooms are laying idle. “Across 34 crown court centres, there are 127 court rooms out of 260 doing absolutely nothing," Mr Dunne told the Sun. “Imagine if that were operating theatres! There are thousands of cases backed up, re-listed and delayed. Action has got to start matching the spin.” Richard Atkins QC, chairman... Read more...


Downward trend in number of miscarriage of justice cases being referred continues for third year

Downward trend in number of miscarriage of justice cases being referred continues for third yearBy on 29/07/19

The miscarriage of justice watchdog referred just 13 cases back to the Court of Appeal last year, representing the second lowest number of referrals in its 22 year history. Over the first two decades the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) sent 33 cases a year on average back to the Appeal judges however the number referrals collapsed with just a dozen in 2017 and still has not recovered. Read more...


1 in 3 police files returned by prosecutors due to mistakes

(Posted on 23/07/19)

A third of police files prepared for prosecutors in England and Wales are being returned because of significant mistakes, often leading to delays in the court process, according to Crown Prosecution Service figures released to The Times.  33 per cent of files submitted to prosecutors in the first quarter of 2018/19 had significant errors, such as missing evidence or statements. The figure was as high as 61 per cent... Read more...


CCRC in the dock

(Posted on 16/07/19)

The first session of the Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice began yesterday with the Commission for Criminal Cases Review (CCRC) up first before the panel. Chaired by former Solicitor General Lord Garnier QC and Baroness Stern, and including former chief inspector of prisons Dame Anne Owers, Michelle Nelson QC and editor-in-chief of prison journal Inside Time Erwin James, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages... Read more...