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Referring cases of wrongful conviction ‘not the be-all-and-end-all’, says CCRC

(Posted on 14/02/19)

The new chair of the miscarriage of justice watchdog has said that sending cases back to the Court of Appeal was ‘not be the be-all-and-end-all’. Helen Pitcher OBE made her comments after the publication of a review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) recommended that it should focus on the most serious cases, dropping investigations into summary convictions and sentence-only cases. Read more...

Brexit Threat to Justice

(Posted on 11/02/19)

Deputy assistant commissioner Richard Martin has warned that the loss of EU tools and databases will allow criminal suspects to abscond and make it harder to extradite foreign nationals. Police officers will spend valuable time negotiating the red tape of outdated conventions rather than being on the streets, costing forces at least £20m extra a year. “Criminals are entrepreneurs of crime and I’m sure they’re looking at... Read more...

Supreme Court Refuses Miscarriage Challenge

Supreme Court Refuses Miscarriage Challenge(Posted on 31/01/19)

Victor Nealon, wrongly imprisoned for 17 years, fails in compensation bid Read more...

Wales tops imprisonment table

(Posted on 17/01/19)

A study by Cardiff University has shown Wales to have the highest rate of imprisonment in Western Europe: 148 inmates for every 100,000 of the population over the past 20 years. England was second with 141. Conducting the first analysis of Ministry of Justice figures to separate the two countries, Dr Robert Jones of the Wales Governence Centre described the figures as worrying but did not speculate on the reasons behind the rate difference... Read more...

Forces’ Fingers Burnt Over Fingerprint Failures

(Posted on 09/01/19)

Gillian Tully, the government’s forensic science regulator, has warned that only 3 police forces – less than 10% nationally – are meeting basic quality standards for fingerprint evidence. The remaining forces have failed to achieve accreditation to ensure their laboratories meet international standards. The deadline for this was last November. “The shortcomings identified do not mean that all fingerprint evidence is of poor... Read more...

TV crime dramas help recruit science students

(Posted on 11/12/18)

A Suffolk college has credited TV crime dramas for a four-fold increase in demand for science subjects, Jason Noble reports in the Ipswich Star. “Crime dramas and documentaries have always played a big role in making careers in forensic science, investigative agencies and the police seem more enticing,” explained Suffolk New College science teacher Harry John Smy (pictured centre with students Topaz Postma left and Tyreece... Read more...