Category Archives: Criminal Law

The disturbing conflict at the heart of British justice

Catherine Oborne discusses the reasons behind today’s lawyers’ strike and explains why the Lord Chancellor must retain an independent voice to speak up for the rule of law.  Today, lawyers go on strike for the second time since January.  The battle … Continue reading

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Save UK Justice!

Yesterday’s Save Justice demonstration outside the Ministry of Justice brought together thousands of people campaigning to save the vital services provided to some of the most vulnerable in society by legal aid lawyers. Among the speakers was Stephen Knafler QC, … Continue reading

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Cut Price Justice

Anna Morris explains why the legal profession and the public must unite to oppose the government’s attack on legal aid If you stand by the Royal Courts of Justice this morning and listen, hard, you might be able to hear … Continue reading

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The Future of Legal Aid – Why we Need to Act Now

Connor Johnston, co-chair of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers, discusses the latest threats to legal aid On 23 April 2013 I gave a short talk at the Westminster Policy Forum on the “future market for publicly funded legal services”. The … Continue reading

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Police Detention of the Mentally Ill: When is Article 3 Breached?

Terry McGuinness analyses a Strasbourg decision dealing with the unlawful treatment of a mentally-ill man in police custody The European Court of Human Rights, in MS v UK, has unanimously held that the detention of a mentally-ill man in police … Continue reading

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An American Model: Are we Moving Towards US Style Sentencing?

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC considers the arguments for and against sentence discounts in terrorist cases On 29th February 2005, Saajid Badat pleaded guilty to a terrorist conspiracy to destroy, damage or endanger the safety of an aircraft. He admitted that … Continue reading

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Stephen Lawrence – One Lawyer’s View…

Maya Sikand with some personal reflections on the Stephen Lawrence murder trial It seems to me important to say something about the prosecution of Stephen Lawrence’s killers and the jury’s verdicts. Not because everyone is talking about it right now but … Continue reading

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