Of Coalitions and Constitutions

A grown up country, to be truly civilised, requires a written constitution. That is something that I firmly believe in, and when the opportunity to join in a robing room debate about that very topic arose the other day, I jumped right in. This is a bit of a quick post, bashed off on my…

Legal Aid Question Time – 18th June 2013

Here is a quick write-up of the Legal Aid Question Time on 18th June 2013 in Westminster. It’s a bit rushed, as it was a ‘live event’.  You can go onto twitter and search for #legalaidqt for the audience response. The panel was Lord McNally (Minister of State for Justice), his opposite, Andy Slaughter, Maura…

Victims Right of Appeal – Draft Response to CPS Consultation

Well, after getting your PCT consultation in, have you got consultation fever? I have. Sort of.  If you’re having withdrawal symptoms, then there’s the CPS consultation on victims right of appeal against CPS decisions up and running. I covered the current consultation at UK Crime Blog. In brief, the CPS have toughened up their procedure…

Gideon’s Paperless Nonsense

George Osborne has been doing the rounds of the TV studios, deflecting from his failing economic strategy and lack of a Plan B by talking about waste in the system and the great cuts he’s going to be making to sort everything out.    One that caught my eye (that was picked up by an…

PCT Response

The PCT Consultation deadline response is 4th June (bit of background here) – hopefully everyone is well on their way to finishing theirs. The general view is that however many negative responses they good, it won’t be making any difference to what they are going to do, but you’ve got to try. Crimeline is collecting…