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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

There are no winners

As published on The Justice Gap – http://thejusticegap.com/2014/02/winners/ When the former director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer introduced new guidelines to the prosecution of sexual offences, he made much of an assertion that “the pendulum” had swung too far in favour of the accused. As a result, the DPP introduced a new code which did not… Read More ›

Investigating Miscarriages of Justice in the World According to Chris Grayling

Investigating Miscarriage in the world according to Chris Grayling On Saturday 2nd November the Innocence Network held their National Conference at Sheffield . The key note speaker was Lady Justice Macur DBE who spoke about the Court of Appeal and the search for innocence . She supported the work of the students but also pointed… Read More ›

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Responding to the Lord Chancellor

We robustly oppose :   PCT Removal of Client Choice The current Scale of Cuts  Geographical limitations on contracts Restrictions on Judicial Review Changes to Prison Law Funding  Increased powers to restrict appointment of two counsel  Changes to Civil Legal Aid   All the changes proposed will bring a disastrous outcome to our Justice System… Read More ›

The Grayling Plan

The proposed plans of Chris Grayling, secretary of state for justice, are causing for the first time in legal history a united front between barristers and solicitors. This united front is fighting against the machinery of the Tory party driving home messages that their legal aid reforms are all about the necessity of having to… Read More ›

Letter to the Lord Chancellor – What you are going to miss

Dear Mr. Grayling, I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be coming to your place to speak to you about your plans for transforming legal aid. In case I don’t get the opportunity to raise every point many dedicated and angry lawyers from South Yorkshire  want me to raise on Monday  I thought… Read More ›

Miscarriage Compensation Update – Ian Lawless

The Case of Ian Lawless along with Barry George , Dennis , Ali and Tunbridge will be heard next week commencing on 17th October for 3 days before Irwin J . The cases have been selected as a Broad Spectrum of cases to assist the Court in giving guidance over the sort of cases which… Read More ›