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…

Matthew Doyle de-arrested – a mealy mouthed response?

Introduction We covered the case of Matthew Doyle, the 46 year old Londoner who was arrested on 24th March 2016, charged with inciting racial hatred, and remanded to Court on 26th March. Due to the fact that proceedings were on-going, we didn’t comment on the merits (or otherwise) of a prosecution. Well, on Good Friday,…

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…

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.…