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…

Micro Break Holiday on the East London Line

I’ve always been a bit odd individual, and times are hard at the criminal bar. Some people dream of foreign climes, a country getaway or a bustling city break for their annual jolly. I went for a slight twist on the classic adventure – a day out on the East London line. That this should be a matter…

A System, Broken

Introduction In November 2011 there was an incident that lead to a man being arrested. I’ll call him Mr K. This lead to a Court case at a Crown Court in London, which I’ll call Victoria Crown Court. This isn’t about Mr K, it’s the story of a system that has been driven in to…

An Agreement of the People

It’s often been said that we don’t have a constitution, or at least, we have an unwritten one. We can sit and argue the toss as to exactly which part of the package of laws, conventions and customs that form part of our ‘constitution’, may, or may not be part of it, but it’s clear…