Adam Johnson guilty of child sexual offences 

Introduction and Facts  Adam Johnson, the Sunderland and England footballer was arrested on 2nd March 2015 and later charged with three offences of sexual activity with a girl under 16 (contrary to s9 Sexual Offences Act 2003) and one count of grooming (contrary to s15 Sexual Offences Act 2003). At the start of his trial…

Munich – December 2015

I had been to Munich a few years ago on a stag do. It was great fun, but that was not the time to soak up the cultural delights of the Bavarian capital. Now, as I’m more mature, it was time to try a second time. This was prompted, as always, by Mrs B. Perhaps because…

Should we allow all women juries?

Introduction I was doing a trial the other day when the first 9 jurors chosen from the jury in waiting were women. The prosecutor and myself exchanged an arched-eyebrow look, as it seemed a possibility that we might get an all female jury. We didn’t. Although we did end up with 10 women and 2…

Consultation – Sanctions for breach of the CPR

Introduction Courtesy of CrimeLine, we have possible the most important consultation of the year (on the basis that whatever happens with legal aid the MoJ won’t be consulting on it, at least in any meaningful sense) – and that is the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee consultation on sanctions for breaches of the Criminal Procedure Rules.…

Isle of Skye – August 2015

Introduction I’d been to the Scottish Highlands about 20 years ago, as well as a brief trip to Dundee in 2001, but had long wanted to go to the Hebrides. So I was quite pleased when Mrs B suggested the Isle of Skye as a destination for a slightly-longer-than-a-weekend-break there.   The Journey Due to…