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Video: Don't Know What You've Got ('til it's gone): The Problems with Retaining Evidence

(Posted on 28/01/21)

This seminar took place on Wednesday 20th January 2021 and was organised by Northumbria University. Speakers include Damian Allain, the Head of Casework at Inside Justice, a former New Scotland Yard senior detective, and Professor Carole McCartney, Northumbria University. They both provided an in-depth discussion on evidence retention. The talk detailed the Evidence Retention Project undertaken by Inside Justice, which has interrogated... Read more...


Simon Jenkins Comment: It's time to reform archaic court process

Simon Jenkins Comment: It's time to reform archaic court process(Posted on 22/01/21)

In his column for the Guardian newspaper today, Simon Jenkins argues that due to the pandemic, the courts should take the opportunity to introduce major reforms.  In the paper he writes that jury trials are archaic, and should be abandoned other than in exceptional cases. In addition, the restrictive job demarcation between solicitors and barristers should end. All qualified lawyers should have rights of audience before any judge or panel... Read more...


Success for Inside Justice: Murder Conviction Quashed

Success for Inside Justice: Murder Conviction Quashed (Posted on 20/01/21)

The following message is from Louise Shorter, CEO of Inside Justice on the news we received today that a client has had their murder conviction quashed.  "I am so thrilled to report that the Court of Appeal today quashed Patryk Pachecka's murder conviction and the CPS has ordered a retrial. Siobhan Grey QC and solicitor Jason Larty worked tirelessly, pro bono, the result is testament to their determination and hard work.... Read more...


Concern as more than 200,000 police records deleted

Concern as more than 200,000 police records deleted (Posted on 17/01/21)

The National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) has confirmed that approximately 213,000 records have been mistakenly deleted, leading to major problems for police officers investigating crimes across the UK.  According to a report in the BBC, data including fingerprint, DNA, and arrest histories was wiped from the Police National Computer (PNC) - which stores and shares criminal records information across the UK - after being inadvertently flagged... Read more...


Seminar: Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone: The problems with retaining evidence

Seminar: Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone: The problems with retaining evidence(Posted on 12/01/21)

Damian Allain and Professor Carole McCartney, Northumbria University will provide a presentation on Evidence Retention on Wednesday 20th January 5-6pm (GMT). REGISTER HERE https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/business-services/engage-with-us/centre-for-crime-and-policing/events Abstract:  Both post-conviction review of suspected miscarriages of justice, and the re-investigation of ‘cold cases’, demand that the police have retrieved... Read more...


Australian man sues judge over miscarriage of justice case

Australian man sues judge over miscarriage of justice case(Posted on 11/01/21)

An Australian man has taken the unusual step of personally suing a judge for a compensation over an alleged miscarriage of justice.  The unnamed man was jailed for six days for contempt of court during a family law case. During his time in custody the man said his mental health suffered and he woke up to his cellmate strangling him.  The issues arose when in August 2018 the man failed to disclose financial information which led Judge... Read more...