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New research finds lawyers shying away from CCRC casework due to funding

New research finds lawyers shying away from CCRC casework due to funding(Posted on 21/05/21)

The full extent of how legal aid changes have impacted on applications made to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has been revealed in a new study. The CCRC: Legal Aid and Legal Representatives report by University of Sussex researchers took three years to complete.  The report brought the issue of legal aid funding into sharp focus and the fact that many law firms and their representatives simply cannot afford... Read more...


Event: Is the role of the expert witness irrelevant in the justice system?

Event: Is the role of the expert witness irrelevant in the justice system?(Posted on 17/05/21)

We are delighted to be taking part in the forthcoming British Academy for Forensic Sciences seminar which takes place on Tuesday 25th May, 6pm.  Louise Shorter, Founder and Investigator at Inside Justice will look at a selection of cases which relied on expert evidence and invite you too to share any cases where you believe the courts didn't get it right. Abstract: Criminal prosecutions often involve expert evidence. Five years ago, Justice... Read more...


'Lost' bootlace could clear name of killer Michael Stone

(Posted on 12/05/21)

A bootlace found at the scene of one of the UK's most notorious murders and thought to be lost by police has now been found, according to reports. Mother and daughter Lin and Megan Russell were killed in a brutal hammer attack near the village of Chillenden in 1996. Lin's other daughter Josie, then 9 years-old, survived the attack, which took place as the family walked home along a country lane from a school swimming gala. Michael... Read more...


Forensic science failings risk miscarriages of justice, say peers

Forensic science failings risk miscarriages of justice, say peers(Posted on 10/05/21)

As reported in Inside Time, members of the House of Lords have claimed that underfunded and inconsistent forensic science in Britain risks creating miscarriages of justice. The Government scrapped the state-owned Forensic Science Service in 2012 and police forces now do their own analysis or contract it out to private labs. A report by the Lords Science and Technology Committee in 2019 found that that forensic science was underfunded, with too... Read more...


New documentary casts doubt over murder conviction of Omar Benguit

(Posted on 05/05/21)

A new BBC documentary is set to cast doubt over the murder conviction of Omar Benguit who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Jong-Ok Shin in Bournemouth in 2005. In a new programme, Unsolved: An Alibi for Omar? for BBC Three, journalists have discovered new evidence that could provide him with an alibi. Researchers have also find more prosecution witnesses who claim the police pressured them to tell lies about Omar in court. ... Read more...


Justice Podcast: In Conversation with Tracy Alexander

Justice Podcast: In Conversation with Tracy Alexander(Posted on 04/05/21)

In the latest episode of the Justice Podcast our Advisory Panel member and Trustee, Tracy Alexander joins Edwina Grosvenor to discuss her fascinating career as the Director of Forensic Services for the City of London Police. In this episode Edwina talks to Tracy Alexander, Director of Forensic Services for the City of London Police, President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences and Fellow of King’s College London. Tracy walks us through... Read more...





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