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News Round-Up Week Ending 29.1.16

(Posted on 29/01/16)

U-Turn on Legal Aid! Michael Gove has dropped plans to drastically reduce the number of law firms allowed to do criminal legal aid work and for a further cut to fees. The Justice Secretary said there had been too many challenges to his predecessor’s plans, over their effect on quality of, and access to, justice. "My decision is driven in part by the recognition that the litigation will be time-consuming and costly... Read more...


THE JUDICIAL MURDER OF DEREK BENTLEY: A Tragic Warning from History (Posted on 28/01/16)

At 9am today, Thursday 28th January, 2016, it was the 63rd anniversary of the hanging of Derek Bentley under the law of Joint Enterprise, the ‘Hanging Judge’ Lord Chief Justice Rayner Goddard having said at Bentley’s trial that Bentley was guilty of mentally aiding the murder of Police Constable Sidney Miles. Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 22.1.16

(Posted on 22/01/16)

Parliamentary launch of Joint Enterprise and racism report: On Monday and Tuesday in Manchester and London, the Centre for Crime & Justice Studies will be launching a new research report, ‘Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism’, written by experts from Manchester Metropolitan University, that raises serious concerns about the impact of Joint Enterprise prosecutions on Black, Asian and Minority ethnic communities... Read more...

Should we be prosecuting historic sex crimes?

Should we be prosecuting historic sex crimes?(Posted on 22/01/16)

This piece was first published on and is reproduced here with their kind permission.Today the Prime Minister said “there’s an industry trying to profit from spurious claims lodged against our brave servicemen and women”, and “it has got to end”. And this week it was announced, after nine months of investigation into sex abuse allegations, that there would be no further action regarding Lord... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 15.1.16

(Posted on 15/01/16)

Justice too Expensive for Most. Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd has told the Mirror that the number of people representing themselves in court, ‘litigants in person’, has indeed risen since the legal aid budget was slashed in 2013, with consequent delays in proceedings. This comes after similar warnings were aired in last April's BBC Panorama and on this site ('One Law for the Rich', August 2014), which followed... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 8.1.16

(Posted on 09/01/16)

¼ Million Netflix Viewers Sign Petition: Making a Murderer, Netflix’s first documentary series, which follows the Wisconsin trials of Steven Avery and his nephew, and was filmed over ten years, has inspired 275,000 viewers to sign a petition calling on President Obama to overturn the convictions. Avery was convicted of the murder of 25-year-old photographer, Theresa Halbach in 2005, shortly after he was released from an 18-... Read more...