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Miscarriages of Justice Forensic Science Event

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.

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.

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 demand... Read more...


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

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...


Over 900 prosecutions dropped after disclosure failures.

Over 900 prosecutions dropped after disclosure failures.(Posted on 24/01/18)

CPS figures obtained by the BBC through a Freedom of Information request show a 70% increase in England and Wales for 2016/17 in prosecutions collapsing because of failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence. Last year, 916 people had charges dropped over such a failure - up from 537 in 2014-15. "For too long disclosure has been seen by many officers as something that is subsequent to an investigation, ie. an administrative process... Read more...


CONVICTION QUASHED AFTER INTERNET SEARCH FINDS DS CORRUPT. “RAPE TRIALS COLLAPSE SHOW SYSTEM IS WORKING." "MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE INEVITABLE" FROM FORENSIC STANDARDS.

CONVICTION QUASHED AFTER INTERNET SEARCH FINDS DS CORRUPT.  “RAPE TRIALS COLLAPSE SHOW SYSTEM IS WORKING."            "MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE INEVITABLE" FROM FORENSIC STANDARDS.(Posted on 18/01/18)

Conviction quashed after internet search finds DS corrupt: Surrey businessman Stephen Simmons was 19 when he was convicted of the theft of mailbags from Clapham Goods Yard in 1976. Always maintaining his innocence, he served eight months in a youth detention centre and was then sent to Borstal. On legal advice from a LBC radio phone-in five years ago, Mr Simmons searched the internet for his arresting officer and discovered Detective Sergeant... Read more...