Operation Elveden: 13th Century Justice


by Michelle Heeley Operation Elveden was prompted by the Leveson Inquiry – evidence heard at the Inquiry suggested there was a culture of tabloid newspapers paying public officials for stories. At a time when the tabloid press was being vilified for intruding in people’s private lives through phone hacking, this was seen as further evidence […]

The Criminal Courts Charge: a “tax on the poor” or making criminals “pay their way”?


by Lyndon Harris Much has been written about the criminal courts charge – a new mandatory financial charge incurred by convicted defendants (after a trial or entering a guilty plea) and unsuccessful appellants. I wrote a short “explainer” piece setting out the key provisions for UK Criminal Law Blog here. In essence, the charge accounts for […]

Child sexual exploitation disruption orders: preventing is better than reacting

Child sexual grooming

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for new orders to curb sexual predators, stating that  the next government should introduce a new type of banning order to stop those suspected of grooming children for sexual exploitation.The LGA is calling for the introduction of “disruption orders”, which would be backed by the courts and give […]