DNA Contamination

The problems with DNA evidence and contamination have been in the newsof late with the collapse of a rape trial. The defendant had seemingly been identified by a ‘database trawl’ and it came back to him with a 1 in a billion match. The Prosecution threw their hands in after it transpired that the sample from the rape…

International Women’s Day

Lawyers in general, and barristers in particular, have a reputation for being pretty conservative (with both a small and a large ‘c’) in general. In fairness, this is probably because, in general, we are. The way that both professions have rolled over at the legal aid cuts and the encroachment into civil liberties are two…

Hearsay – Where are we now?

The ECHR has been having a hard time of it recently from the UK press and particularly from some of the more right wing elements in the House of Commons (see the ‘votes for prisoners’ row last year). Just before Christmas, the ECHR’s decision in Al-Khawaja was eagerly awaited as the first ‘showdown’ on the…

Public Access – Response to BSB

The deadline for response to the current BSB consultation on widening the scope of Public Access is this Friday (9th March) at 5pm (responses to be emailed to paconsultation@barstandardsboard.org.uk). It’s a potential biggie, and all barristers (and solicitors) should have a quick shufty at it and consider whether to put in a response. For me, there’s no…

Holiday

Well, there’s been a bit of radio silence for the last few weeks. This was for the very good reason that I was on holiday, across the ocean In New York, New York (and also Washington and New Jersey a bit, and driving through Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia). I had high hopes. My last…