Rivlin Report – Summary and Comment

Introduction I was somewhat sceptical of the Rivlin Report (or, more formally, the ‘Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar’ Report by the Criminal Justice Reform Group, chaired by HHJ Rivlin QC) from when it was announced – it was commissioned by the Bar Council, and was not one of the reports that the MoJ stated…

Rome – February 2015

Introduction  Another half-term, another break. Basically, this is just a collection of photos for me to look back on to jog my memory as to the holidays I take. Not to be relied on as tour guide advice!   Day 1 – Valentine’s Day date night Arrived fairly late in the day. Just enough time…

Sweden – March 2013

Introduction 1st to 3rd March 2013. Stockholm, Sweden. Ground zero for social democracy, a nicer world and all round loveliness. It is a quality capital where it is impossible not to feel inadequate when surrounded by people who speak better English than you do. We stayed in a cheap hotel. Cheap and Sweden don’t always…

Poland October 2014

Introduction I’ve recently come back from Poland [by ‘recent’ I meant I started to write it, but then forgot] from a weeks holiday (half term) and have decided to do a little write up. This is more of an aide-memoire to myself as I had been there several times previously (1994, 1997 and 2009), all…

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…