Pre-Charge Bail Consultation – Draft Response

Over at the UK Crime Blog, I covered the current Pre-Charge Bail Consultation. The deadline for a response is 8th February 2015, so fast approaching. It’s broadly sensible stuff, but if you read the small print, there’s a couple of little twists (most noticeably taking CPS charging decisions out of the time limits) that are…

Ludicrous Grad Fee Appeal

Part I of a (sadly all too) occasional series. What nonsense can the LAA come up with to refuse paying you? This is the worse one I had. I took a photo, but can’t find it sadly… It was a four day trial, followed by a five day re-trial after the jury couldn’t agree. I…

Police Officers and juries – an update

      Introduction  Just call my Mystic Meg – back in November 2012 I confidently predicted that the ECHR would hold that police officers would not be permitted to sit on juries. Since then we’ve waited for a decision. And waited some more, and then finally on 9th December 2014 the case of Armstrong…

A conversation with the Lord Chief Justice

Introduction Not me, of course. I’ve been in Court in front of him once, but that couldn’t really have been described as a dialogue, let alone a conversation. The LSE have greater clout than I however and managed to persuade Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd to come and have a chat with Cranston J in front of a…