Archive for the 'trials' Category

Old Bailey hears how judge wrestled defendant to the floor – The Guardian

“Court hears how Paul Reid’s alleged escape bid was thwarted by a double rugby-tackle from judge Douglas Marks Moore.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS pays compensation over sex assault case – The Independent

“The Crown Prosecution Service has agreed to pay £16,000 compensation to a woman over the handling of a serious sexual assault allegation, it was reported today.”

Full story

The Independent, 20th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Asil Nadir trial could be ‘prosecutorial nightmare’, warn experts – The Guardian

“A lengthy jury trial of the 69-year-old would be a ‘prosecutorial nightmare’ unprecedented in the history of the Serious Fraud Office, legal experts with knowledge of the case warned.”

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The Guardian, 26th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Dunn – WLR daily

Regina v Dunn [2010] EWCA Crim 1823; [2010] WLR (D) 207

“The fact that an appeal from the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division only lay to the Supreme Court if the Court of Appeal certified that a point of law of general public importance was involved in its decision did not amount to a denial of the essence of an appellant’s right of access to the Supreme Court and was not incompatible with articles 6 and 14 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 28th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Lord chief justice defends trial by jury – Law Society’s Gazette

“The lord chief justice emphasised the importance of trial by jury last week as the Court of Appeal overturned two High Court decisions that trials could proceed without a jury.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The High Court’s jurisdiction in relation to criminal proceedings – Law Commission

“The High Court has supervisory power over the Crown Court, but it is limited. It does not include ‘matters relating to trial on indictment’. The reason for this limitation is that it is in the interests of justice for trials to proceed without being delayed by appeals and applications to the High Court.”

Full story

Law Commission, 27th July 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Lord chief justice calls for shorter cases – Law Society’s Gazette

“The lord chief justice has called for family and criminal cases to be shortened.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

England fan extradited to Portugal to serve jail term – The Independent

“An England football fan who was convicted after a riot during the Euro 2004 tournament will be extradited to Portugal today to serve a two-year jail sentence.”

Full story

The Independent, 12th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Garry Mann wins injunction against extradition – The Guardian

“Football fan Garry Mann has won permission to continue his legal battle against extradition to Portugal, where he was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a riot at the Euro 2004 tournament.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

England fan loses Portugal extradition court fight – BBC News

“An England football fan has lost his fight to avoid being extradited to serve a jail term for his involvement in a riot during Euro 2004.”

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BBC News, 27th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jon Venables trial would not be held in secret – BBC News

“Jon Venables will not be tried in secret if he is charged with the alleged offences for which he was sent back to prison, Jack Straw has said.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Children should give evidence, says Supreme Court – Law Society’s Gazette

“Children in family proceedings should be called to give live evidence in court if the advantage it would bring in deciding the case outweighs the risk of harm to the welfare of the child, the Supreme Court ruled last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th March 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Criminals escaping justice due to CPS flaws, says judge – Daily Telegraph

“Criminals are escaping justice because of a lack of organisation within the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), a judge said.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Torture trial secrecy unfair, court told – The Guardian

“The government is trying to create a new form of secret trial that would introduce ‘fundamental unfairness’ into the civil law, the court of appeal heard today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jon Venables: the right to know – The Guardian

“Justice cannot be served at trial unless Jack Straw holds his nerve on unmasking Jon Venables.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government attempts to keep torture case secret – The Guardian

“The government will attempt today to have a case about torture heard entirely behind closed doors in a move that some lawyers say would extend secrecy to a new area of hearings, overriding ancient principles of English law.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court to decide on England football fan extradition – BBC News

“The European Court of Human Rights is to consider later whether an England football fan should be extradited to Portugal to serve a prison sentence.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Garry Mann loses extradition court fight – BBC News

“An England fan has lost his latest fight to avoid being extradited to Portugal to serve a jail term for his involvement in a riot during Euro 2004.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Deal Over Complex Terror and Murder Trials Undermined by Government’s Eleventh Hour Change in Proposals – The Bar Council

“A deal to ensure proper funding for representation in the most complex criminal trials has today been threatened by a last-minute change of heart by the Government, the Bar said today.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 2nd December 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Statement by the Chief Executive of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, The Chairman of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the President of the Law Society of England and Wales – The Bar Council

“The Chief Executive of the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Chairman of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the President of the Law Society of England and Wales express their deep concern at reports of mass trials being held in Iran following the political unrest after the disputed June presidential elections.”

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The Bar Council, 26th August 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Criminal trials from 18th and 19th centuries go online for first time – The Times

“The records, published in a collaboration between the website and the National Archives, include every criminal trial in England and Wales that was reported to the Home Office between 1791 and 1892.”

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The Times, 3rd August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judge ‘devastated’ as Heathrow robbery trial abandoned for third time, at cost of £22m – The Times

“The £1.75 million Heathrow robbery trial was abandoned for the third time at the Old Bailey today, at a cost to the public of £22m.”

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The Times, 9th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Outrage as barrister claims Facebook photos showed rape victim is ‘having a good time’ – Daily Telegraph

“An MP has expressed outrage after a barrister referred to a teenage rape victim’s photos on social networking site Facebook showing her looking happy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police in crisis after jury rejects £10m terror case – The Times

“Police and prosecutors were locked in crisis meetings last night after what they believed to be the strongest terrorism case ever presented to a court was rejected by a jury.”

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The Times, 9th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Doctor murder accused ‘snapped’ – BBC News

“A law student accused of killing the doctor acting as his guardian ‘snapped’ because of exam pressure, a jury heard.”

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BBC News, 21st July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

GP practice manager jailed for £100,000 theft – Daily Telegraph

“A doctor’s practice manager helped herself to nearly £100,000 from surgery accounts to pay for cars, holidays and beauty treatments before blaming an innocent GP, a court has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Baby died ‘after shaking by nanny caused epilepsy’ – The Times

“A nanny shook a three-month-old baby so forcefully that he suffered severe brain damage and died almost eleven months later, a jury at Liverpool Crown Court was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 24th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The cases that changed Britain: 1785-1869 – Times Online

“It is a question to excite the repressed student in every lawyer: which cases have most shaped British law over the past 200 years?”

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The Times, 19th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Old Bailey’s criminal history goes online – Daily Telegraph

“Unseen files from some of the most sensational criminal trials in history are to be made available to the public today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Rastafarian temple drugs trial collapses – The Guardian

“A £100,000 cannabis-dealing trial, launched following a high-profile police raid on a Rastafarian temple in south London, has collapsed in legal confusion.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jurors acquit ‘cat confession’ man – then hug him – The Times

“A pensioner who was accused of killing his partner and then confessing to his pet cats was cleared of murder and manslaughter today – and then hugged by members of the jury before leaving the courtroom.”

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The Times, 14th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Neighbour from hell’ murder trial begins – The Guardian

“The trial of a man charged with murdering a pregnant 22-year-old woman on her doorstep began at the Old Bailey in London today.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord Falconer warns news media – BBC Law in Action

“The former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, tells Law in Action that archived internet stories bearing on pending criminal cases should be removed from the web.”

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BBC Law in Action, 19th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Guantanamo ‘show trial’ looms for UK resident – The Independent

“Britain is having secret talks with Washington in a final attempt to stop a UK resident being charged with terror offences and brought before what has been described as a ‘show trial’ at Guantanamo Bay.”

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The Independent, 16th February 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Miliband ‘concerned’ about Guantánamo trials – The Guardian

“The foreign secretary, David Miliband, today opened a rift with the Bush administration by raising doubts about the fairness of US military tribunals for the six men charged in connection with the September 11 attacks.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sixth of prisoners waiting to be tried – The Independent

“A sixth of all prisoners held in England and Wales have not been found guilty of any offence or are waiting to be sentenced, says the first report to investigate pre-trial detention across the world.”

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The Independent, 23rd January 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Why is Home Office trying to stage murder trial in secret? – The Times

“The Home Secretary is seeking to have the trial of a man accused of murdering a prize-winning author held in secret because the defendant may have links with British Intelligence, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 13th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Boys on trial for murder after man was kicked to death outside his home – The Times

“A father of three was punched and kicked to death by jeering, drunken youths when he left his house to find out who had damaged his wife’s car, Chester Crown Court was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 15th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

R v Ukpabio – WLR Daily

R v Ukpabio

There is no power outside the statutory provisions of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 to direct that a defendant can give evidence at his trial by live video link; however, in exceptional circumstances where it is appropriate for the defendant not to be present in court, there is power to direct that he can participate in his trial by other means such as live video link.

WLR Daily, 1st August 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note: once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Judges given option to sack lawyers in high-cost cases – The Lawyer

“The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has outlined plans that will see lawyers who cause delays to court cases replaced, following the collapse of BCCI and Equitable.”

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The Lawyer, 4th June 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Proposals to create judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity issues in very high cost cases – Ministry of Justice

“This consultation invited comments on proposals to give trial judges in VHCCs the power to order the withdrawal of representation where there was a conflict of interest or lack of capacity on the part of defence representatives, such that it could impede the efficient progress of the trial. The summary of responses outlines the conclusions reached on the options and how we intend to proceed.”

Proposals to create judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity issues in high cost cases [CP R 17/06]

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Falconer outlines plans to end high cost trial delay – Ministry of Justice

“Lawyers who cause costly delays to court cases in England and Wales could be replaced in plans for speedier and more efficient trials, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer said today.”

Ministry of Justice press release, 31st May 2007

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Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Forced legal team change scheme – The Guardian

“Ministers are to go ahead with a scheme which could force defendants to change their legal team in complex cases.”

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The Guardian, 31st May 2007

Source:www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers who delay expensive terrorism trials face the sack – The Times

“Lawyers could be sacked if they cause delays during expensive terrorism trials under plans to speed up cases announced by the Government yesterday.”

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The Times, 31st May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Heavy secrecy over terror fuels suspicion, says expert – The Independent

“Scotland Yard’s head of counterterrorism has criticised what he called excessive secrecy in Britain’s terrorism trials, and he called for changes that would permit freer reporting and wider discussion.”

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The Independent, 27th May 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Price of justice was the longest and costliest criminal case ever – The Times

“The Operation Crevice trial was the longest and most expensive criminal case in Britain – costing £50 million, lasting more than a year and illustrating graphically the growing problems in the courts system.”

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The Times, 1st May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Digitizing the Hanging Court – Smithsonian.com

“Cutpurses! Blackguards! Fallen women! The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is an epic chronicle of crime and vice in early London. Now anyone with a computer can search all 52 million words.”

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Smithsonian.com, April 2007

Source: www.smithsonianmagazine.com

Related link: Proceedings of the Old Bailey  


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