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(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.

(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

(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...

Anger at miscarriage of justice watchdog as latest challenge to Eddie Gilfoyle conviction fails

Anger at miscarriage of justice watchdog as latest challenge to Eddie Gilfoyle conviction fails(Posted on 27/11/17)

Eddie Gilfoyle’s lawyers have declared that there is ‘no hope’ of overturning his conviction and delivered a blistering attack on the miscarriage of justice watchdog, the CCRC.This article first appeared on and is reproduced here with kind permission. Read more...

news round-up 24.11.17

(Posted on 25/11/17)

Convicted wife killer Eddie Gilfoyle loses legal action.   From the Liverpool Share section of BBC News.   A man who spent 18 years in jail for the murder of his heavily pregnant wife has lost his attempt to overturn his conviction. Eddie Gilfoyle, who is now in his 50s, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court in 1993 of killing his wife Paula and faking her suicide. He has always protested his innocence and wanted... Read more...

news round-up 29.9.17

(Posted on 30/09/17)

Secret Murder Trial Conviction Upheld:  Wang Yam has lost his appeal against conviction for the savage 2006 murder of elderly Hampstead resident Alan Chappelow. In his last judgment before retiring, lord chief justice Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney and Mrs Justice May, said there was no basis to believe “new evidence would or might reasonably have affected the jury’s decision in the case”.... Read more...