Criminal Justice Resources from QS Jordans

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Joint Enterprise – Where Next ?

Today the Supreme Court rectified a major injustice which has led to many  people arguably being wrongfully convicted based upon the law of joint enterprise . The decision in R v Jogee https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2015-0015-judgment.pdf confronts a major issue which has faced those representing individuals accused of murder on the basis that a co-accused took an act capable of… Read More ›

Making Criminal Appeal Cases Pay – Guidance for Criminal Appeal Lawyers

Making Criminal Appeals Work Pay – Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice Team Launch Event Date: 17th March 2016 Time: 4.30pm – 7.30pm Location: Garden Court North Chambers, 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester M3 2JA CPD Points: 2 Speakers: Matthew Stanbury (barrister, GCN) and Mark Newby (Principal Member and HCA, QS Jordans) Appeals and Miscarriages… Read More ›

Its not for the police to decide a case , they are supposed to collect the evidence

Mark Newby writes for The Justice Gap on the recent announcement of the Bernard Hogan Howe Metropolitan Commissioner that the approach to investigating Historical Allegations currently being taken may need to be re-evaluated You know that things may be getting a little out of hand when the head of the Metropolitan Police Bernard Hogan-Howe is… Read More ›

Criminal Cases Review Commission Information Bill

The 3rd Reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill has taken place on the 5th February . The Private Members Bill by William Wragg has made remarkable progress and has general cross party support . The Bill will see a new power for the CCRC to access private documents which it is currently precluded… Read More ›

The Secret to Securing Acquittals in Historic Cases

We find ourselves in a fortunate position to have achieved 4 consecutive Operation Pallial acquittals in the North Wales Care Homes Cases ensuring men we have represented can return to their lives untarnished by the allegations made against them . Returning acquittals is something we take a pride in , it is not always possible ,… Read More ›

The Refusal of Miscarriage Compensation – What next

On 12th June the  High Court rejected challenges by Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam in their miscarriage of justice test case for compensation for 24 lost years served in prison before having their convictions quashed. Victor Nealon spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape before his conviction was quashed on the basis of a DNA…. Read More ›

The Strike and Why Pro Bono isn’t Free Mr Gove

It came as a considerable relief to hear that last night the Doncaster area had finally signed up to Strike Action joining a galaxy of Legal Aid heroes across the UK who are placing their careers and firms at risk by making a stand against the Governments draconian cuts and attack on our justice system… Read More ›

Victor Nealon Case – The difficult decision to sue the CCRC

Readers of the Independent and twittersphere may have seen that a formal letter before action has been issued against the Criminal Cases Review Commission arising out of its past reviews of the case of Victor Nealon . There are of course many disappointed applicants to the Commission who naturally may see this important action as vindication… Read More ›

Justice Committee – Is it time to ask searching questions of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division

[ This Article first appeared on Inside Justice and then The Justice Gap ] When the House of Commons’  justice committee finally decided to undertake a longer inquiry into the Criminal Cases Review Commission it might have been assumed this would concentrate almost exclusively on perceived failings of the Birmingham-based watchdog. However as each witness… Read More ›

Celebrity Cases and the Path to Moral Panic

Risk of moral panic over celebrity sex abuse cases The current unfolding drama surrounding the explosion of sexual allegations in a post-Savile world is providing more twists than a modern day drama although it is worth remembering that sexual allegations are not a drama but a real life story affecting both the falsely accused and… Read More ›