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R v Z – CCRC Referral on Non Disclosure

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September 20, 2018

The CCRC Referral on Non Disclosure in the case of Z ( anonymised by the Commission ) is fixed for hearing on 12th October 2018 . Z was of previous good character and convicted of sexual offences . Following our review and a rigorous investigation by the CCRC the commission sent it back to the… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Quashing Victor Nealon’s Conviction

On Friday 13th December the Conviction of Victor Nealon was finally quashed by the Court of Appeal with the reasons to be supplied early in the New Year . It had been a long and hard fight for Victor Nealon over 17 years . He could never be released from his sentence early because he… 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 ›

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 ›