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Archive for the ‘Criminal Law’ Category

Man handcuffed by cops after he gave rough sleeper £1 wins £5,000 payout from force

Monday, July 13th, 2015

A student who was handcuffed by police after stopping to hand a homeless man £1 has won thousands off the the force for unlawful detention.

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The Death of Legal Aid

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

For those who aren’t aware of this already, the government is conducting a “consultation” on proposals to radically change the legal aid system, in order to make some allegedly, essential savings. (more…)


Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Those of us working within the court system will be fairly familiar with the latest supposed “efficiency” initiative being suggested by the Justice Department (more…)


Thursday, February 28th, 2013

 Imagine the scenario, like the above possible more well known people, after 30 years or so the police knock on your door, tell you that a name from your distant past that you may or may not recall has made the most heinous ofallegations against you. (more…)

Operation clean slate – what is it?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

What is it?

Operation clean slate is a “victim” based initiative by Merseyside police which enables recently convicted or to be convicted offenders to approach the police and request that further offences be Taken Into Consideration (more…)

HMP Aylesbury – The Lost Art of the Balanced Documentary?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Anyone viewing HMP Aylesbury, the recent ITV1 prison documentary, would be forgiven for thinking that the current Youth Offender situation would be best solved by sealing the gates permanently shut. (more…)

Condoms and consent forms? – Rape allegations

Friday, August 24th, 2012

How do men prevent allegations of rape following casual sexual encounters?
How do you prove that there was consent?
Or, if there was, that the woman was capable of giving that consent?
Should men carry a consent form as well as a condom when they go on a night out? (more…)

Congratulations to Emma becoming a Duty Solicitor

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Yet one more qualified Duty Solicitor at the service of clients of James Murray… (more…)

Get future criminals while they’re toddlers?

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The papers are full of the ‘new’ idea that you can point to future yobs, criminals and the permanent ‘underclass when they are just a few years old. (more…)

Solving Prison Overcrowding – Is it really this simple?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Isn’t it time for prison to be viewed as the ultimate sanction, rather than the default sanction?

Written by James O’Shaughnessy (more…)