Following Court cases in real time – Causelist.org

*Warning* – out of an abundance of caution if, by any chance you are on jury service (or going to be) look away now. If you’re a barrister, don’t tell your clerks about this one. I was surprised that more people weren’t aware of the ability to track what is happening in the Crown Court…

Should we allow all women juries?

Introduction I was doing a trial the other day when the first 9 jurors chosen from the jury in waiting were women. The prosecutor and myself exchanged an arched-eyebrow look, as it seemed a possibility that we might get an all female jury. We didn’t. Although we did end up with 10 women and 2…

Tower Hamlets – Lutfur Rahman ousted as Mayor

  Introduction Declaration – *I am a resident of Tower Hamlets and have been since before the 2010 General Election. I voted in favour of a directly elected Mayor (despite knowing that it was a vehicle for Respect/Galloway etc, because I thought it was the right thing (I still do). I didn’t vote for Lutfur Rahman…

Lord Janner – CPS decision leaves no one satisfied

Introduction On 16th April 2015 it was announced by the CPS that Greville Janner, the barrister and Labour peer, would not be prosecuted for historic sex offences. This was following an application of the Code for Crown Prosecutors where they concluded that although the evidential test was met, there was no public interest in a…

Do we need a right to review in rape cases?

Introduction If you didn’t know that there was a General Election on, all you need to do is stick you nose in the air and you’ll detect the sweet smell of politicians unveiling new policies, more in the hope of a headline rather than in order to solve a problem. On 12th April 2015, Labour…

Rivlin Report – Summary and Comment

Introduction I was somewhat sceptical of the Rivlin Report (or, more formally, the ‘Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar’ Report by the Criminal Justice Reform Group, chaired by HHJ Rivlin QC) from when it was announced – it was commissioned by the Bar Council, and was not one of the reports that the MoJ stated…

A Question of Ethics

Introduction I don’t put myself forward as an expert on ethics, or pretend to have all the answers, but I do take in interest in ethics and regulation (and the various absurdities that can be thrown up by our Code of Conduct – and will no doubt continue after the changes) and I thought that…