In defence of … the CPS

What?! What’s this all about – why are you defending them? Well, somebody’s got to. Less flippantly, this is all about an internal CPS email that got leaked. The full email, with commentary, is on the CBA Blog, but I’ve set out a bit below: “The way we worked this system at Isleworth and Harrow…

BSB Email – 19th February 2013

The latest QASA update from the BSB is already getting a bit of flack on twitter for being, among other things, full of management speak, grammatically incorrect and in violation of the laws of physics. I’ve been asked what was in the email that came with it and, as it’s not confidential, I have just…

A System, Broken

Introduction In November 2011 there was an incident that lead to a man being arrested. I’ll call him Mr K. This lead to a Court case at a Crown Court in London, which I’ll call Victoria Crown Court. This isn’t about Mr K, it’s the story of a system that has been driven in to…

Do juries work?

Introduction It’s an important question – after all, they have the capacity to literally change people’s lives. The short answer is – ‘we don’t know’. People generally trust that they do, lawyers generally believe that they do. Personally, I think they do – I think that they generally get it right. When clients talk about justice, I frequently…

Happy Birthday Tom Paine!

When I was being interviewed for a second six pupillage (at the chambers I’m currently still at), I was asked who my three ‘off beat’ heros were. One was Tom Paine. I still stand by that. This is a man who kick-started two revolutions, was burned in effigy in England, wrote two of the best…

One Case, No Fee

Introduction This is a follow on post from ‘Strike while the iron is hot?‘. I want to have a look at a few more possibilities of where we could (should?) go for direct action. The Bar Council circulated a letter from the Chair on 4th February. This indicates that there will be, as we knew,…

Strike while the iron is hot?

Introduction Last week I wrote an article for the new CBA blog about the state of the Bar (and legal aid generally) and proposed that the time had come for direct action, all other avenues having been explored and failed. I was slightly nervous that I was out on a limb – that the views…