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…

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…

Police Officers and Juries

Minding the Gaps I One of the many controversial aspects of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 was the widening of the pool of people who were eligible to serve on juries. The ECHR gave a very important judgment on this last year that potentially makes massive inroads in to when, if ever, police officers will be…