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Justice on trial 2019: Fixing our criminal justice system

(Posted on 17/06/19)

The Law Society published a report last week. The introduction is reproduced below. Due to many years of underinvestment our criminal justice system is crumbling. Things are going wrong at every level – creating a nightmare journey for the accused, for victims and for those who work hard across the system. This report shows how failures in the system are leading to injustice, negative impacts on people’s lives, and increasing pressure... Read more...

Rape Case ‘Policy Change’ Challenge

(Posted on 12/06/19)

A legal challenge, funded through the CrowdJustice website, is to be brought against the Crown Prosecution Service after it has allegedly “covertly changed its policy and practice in relation to decision-making on rape cases”, leading to a dramatic collapse in the number of rape cases going to court. While the number of reported rapes nearly tripled between 2014 and 2018, the number of cases charged and sent to court fell by 44%,... Read more...

Iceman loses appeal against whole life sentence

(Posted on 06/06/19)

Mark Fellows, nicknamed The Iceman, has lost an appeal of excessive sentence. Convicted of the murders of Salford mobster Paul Massey in 2015 and Liverpool mob enforcer John Kinsella in 2018, Fellows was told by Mr Justice William Davies in January at Liverpool Crown Court that he would never be released.  This week, Nick Johnson QC argued before the Court of Appeal, sitting at Manchester Crown Court, that Fellows’... Read more...

Late disclosure causes carbon copy case collapse

(Posted on 03/06/19)

The trial of eight defendants accused of fraudulent carbon credit and diamond sales collapsed last week after the credibility of the prosecution’s expert witness was called into question. It emerged that Andrew Ager (pictured), called in more than 20 previous trials, had no academic qualifications, had read no books about carbon credits, had made assertions that were untrue or factually inaccurate in a meeting with the expert witness... Read more...

Ian Bailey case heading towards miscarriage of justice

Ian Bailey case heading towards miscarriage of justice(Posted on 27/05/19)

The Ian Bailey case featured in Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey's podcast 'West Cork' and true crime fans should read this fascinating legal analysis.In his article for the Irish Times, Dermot Walsh, Professor of Law at Kent Law School and author of 'Walsh on Criminal Procedure', argues that the Irish Government has shown an exceptional willingness to cede the prosecution of Irish crime to other states. Read more...

‘Murderer’ loses judicial review of CCRC’s refusal to refer for appeal

(Posted on 21/05/19)

Paul Cleeland served 26 years in prison for the 1972 Hertfordshire murder of Terry Clarke. He has always maintained he was at home with his wife at the time but legal challenges over the years have failed. This month he lost his latest High Court legal battle: a judicial review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) decision not to refer his case to appeal. Clarke, a suspected gangland boss, was shot with two rounds... Read more...