Domestic Violence Consultation – Draft Response

I looked at the current CPS Consultation on Prosecuting Domestic Violence for the UK Crime Blog. It’s an important consultation which everyone should read (if you are a law student, then you can see a good example of a ‘leading question’). Anyway, here’s my response. Don’t feel you have to respond, but remember – if…

The World Cup in Languages

Introduction This is a blog about law and maths. It set out to be about mathematical law, but that got mainly sidetracked by the LAA and all the nonsense coming out of the MoJ (and that’s a whole lot of nonsense). It’s most certainly never been a blog about football. But, as I pointed out…

All that is wrong with the CPR in one form

Introduction As stated previously, whilst I am a big fan of the CPR in principle, they don’t work at all in practice, and attempting to enforce them is just pissing in the wind. But, if we’ve got them, then we should at least try to comply with them, right? Anyway, lurking around Court waiting to get…

CPS Casework Quality Standards Consultation

Introduction  So. What do you think about CPS and Quality? Stop sniggering at the back now. Well, the CPS are reviewing their ‘Casework Quality Standards’ and want your views on the new ones. It’s important. As they say “The standards set out what ‘quality’ looks like in CPS casework” .   Proposal This is a…

Guilty and Charged

Introduction If you’re an employee of the MoJ and/or a fan of ‘blue sky thinking’ with any policy influence, then please look away now – I don’t want you getting any ideas. Right. It’s always worth looking at other common law countries (there’s some interesting stuff from Canada about the Victim Surcharge at the moment…

8 Positives to take from losing in Operation Cotton

Introduction The Court of Appeal dashed the hopes of a thousand legal aid lawyers on 21st May 2014 when they allowed the Prosecution appeal in the Operation Cotton case. Despite my previous statement that it doesn’t matter who wins, and knowing that this outcome was really inevitable, I’ll confess to a slight annoyance when the…