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News Round-Up Week Ending 16.9.16

(Posted on 16/09/16)

Vulnerable witnesses to be spared court Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced reforms to the justice system which will allow victims and witnesses to give evidence before a trial starts, with cross-examinations recorded in advance and then played in court. The move follows three pilot schemes in Liverpool, Leeds and Kingston-upon-Thames, mostly involving sex offence cases. Other reforms in the paper "Transforming Our Justice System... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 22.7.16

(Posted on 22/07/16)

CCRC rejects Eddie Gilfoyle appeal  The Wirral man’s conviction, for the 1992 murder of his pregnant wife Paula, will not be referred to the Court of Appeal, the Liverpool Echo reported this week. After more than five years’ deliberation, the Criminal Cases Review Commission refused to further pursue his claim that he did not make her death look like a hanging suicide in their garage in Upton. Gilfoyle spent... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 24.6.16

(Posted on 24/06/16)

'Guilty by association' test cases at Court of Appeal: Following February’s Supreme Court ruling that the law on joint enterprise had been misinterpreted for 30 years, appeal hearings for at least six men began this week. The appeal judges, led by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, will examine individual cases affected by the so-called foresight principle, technically known as “parasitic accessorial liability”,... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 17.6.16

(Posted on 20/06/16)

Minister to “look into” reopening Carl Bridgewater case after TV documentary. The Home Office is to examine new evidence about the killing of teenage newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater after Channel 4’s Interview with a Murderer cast doubt on the alibi of Bert Spencer, a convicted killer and key suspect in the case.  Carl was shot dead in 1978 at Yew Tree Farm, Prestwood, Staffordshire after apparently walking in on... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 27.5.16

(Posted on 27/05/16)

“Criminal justice system close to breaking point”: A report by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has described the criminal justice system as "bedevilled by long-standing poor performance, including delays and inefficiencies", warning that cutbacks are affecting the ability of courts to deliver justice, the BBC reports. The report found: • Two thirds of trials in crown courts were delayed or did not... Read more...

Waney Squier: latest

Waney Squier: latest(Posted on 27/05/16)

Support for recently disbarred neuropathologist Dr Waney Squier continues: the satirical magazine Private Eye reporting of latest events; a forthcoming seminar including speakers Clive Stafford-Smith and Michael Mansfield QC and letters from the Chair of the Tribunal who seems singularly unable to answer a straightforward question. Read more...