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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... 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...


Open Justice Initiative: MP Raises Lack of Trial Transcript Access.

Open Justice Initiative: MP Raises Lack of Trial Transcript Access.(Posted on 11/01/18)

All Crown Court proceedings in England and Wales are digitally audio recorded, however accessing these recordings often proves difficult. At present, obtaining trial transcripts can be prohibitively expensive, running in tens of thousands of pounds which legal aid is unlikely to cover the cost of. Moreover, current retention policies mean that the digital audio recordings on which transcripts are based are destroyed after just 7 years. ... Read more...


news round-up 22.12.17

news round-up 22.12.17(Posted on 19/12/17)

Miscarriages of Justice and Destroyed Evidence - Are Austerity Cuts Killing Forensic Science? The closure of the Forensic Science Service and budget cuts have significantly  affected standards of forensic science and impacted on justice, according to a TV report with contributions from Inside Justice Advisory Panel members Tracy Alexander and Professor Denise Syndercombe-Court. See link below.... Read more...