Articles in the Headline Category
By Felicity Gerry
I can’t help but smile at the thought of the furore that would ensue if (or when) the European Court of Human Rights were to decide that we English are far too uptight and ought not to be offended by nudity.
Most readers will, no doubt, be (overly) familiar with the story of Stephen Gough, aka the “naked rambler”. He was most recently described by Sir Brian Leveson as a man who, “has walked naked through the highways and byways of the United Kingdom, from John o’ Groats to …
By David Allan
Niqab-wearing defendants should be obliged to remove their veils before giving evidence say 90% of my colleagues in a poll conducted by the Bar Council for The Times (although personally I’d like to see what the participation rate was for that). Former justice secretary, Ken Clarke, agrees, likening wearing a full-face veil in the witness box to giving evidence “in a bag”. The Lord Chief Justice says that trial judges should be able to decide whether a defendant may give evidence wearing a face-veil or not, but promises …
By David Allan
Do you object to swearing an oath on the Bible? Sorry, I hope that question didn’t put you off your stride when settling down to read this article. It’s the same question witnesses are asked when they’re about to give evidence in criminal trials.
The Magistrates Association recently rejected a proposal to abolish this practice. David Pannick QC, writing in the Times last week, took the view that the magistrates got it wrong. I’d have to say I agree.
At present, the Oaths Act 1978 s 1 requires that witnesses …
By Stephen Hockman
Recent events in the US have made us all aware of the essential vulnerability of modern political and economic systems. For a while it seemed as though the most powerful economy in the world was heading towards self-destruction, owing to the failure of a small number of senior politicians to reach a consensus that would avoid such an outcome. Now that disaster has been at least temporarily averted, it seems appropriate to try to analyse how this situation arose.
From one perspective this was indeed essentially an economic, or …
Gwendolen Morgan and Galina Ward
The Care Quality Commission has made headlines recently with the focus on inadequacies in its processes as a regulator and its failure to spot sub-standard and even dangerous levels of care. Its fellow regulator Ofsted, however, is more likely to be accused of being over – rather than under – zealous, but its approach has been subject to far less scrutiny.
Government policy changes have recently led to a doubling in the number of schools graded “Inadequate”, and a similar pattern appears to be emerging amongst early …