Consultation – Sanctions for breach of the CPR

Introduction Courtesy of CrimeLine, we have possible the most important consultation of the year (on the basis that whatever happens with legal aid the MoJ won’t be consulting on it, at least in any meaningful sense) – and that is the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee consultation on sanctions for breaches of the Criminal Procedure Rules.…

A Change of Heart on the CPR

Introduction So, how was it for you? Was it a new dawn? Did you feel the change? Did the earth move for you? Was everything more efficient? I’m referring, of course, to the 7th October 2013. There was celebration throughout the land – we had the twin pleasure of a new version of the CPR – Criminal Procedure Rules…

What’s a Judge to do? Thoughts on Farooqi

  Introduction The last judgement given by Lord Judge, the (now former) Lord Chief Justice, was given on 30th September 2013 in the case of Farooqi & Others [2013] EWCA Crim 1649. It was a typically forthright judgment and is worth a read in full. In short, despite giving Mr Farooqi’s previous advocate a right…

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…