Articles tagged with: Access to Justice
By Felicity Gerry
There is a new independent Assessor (Stephen Shaw) for non-legal complaints made about the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) but not for the legal ones – how very odd! It was recently reported that victims of crime will be able to “win the right” to appeal against decisions by the CPS not to charge suspects and there is a consultation which is open until the 5th of September 2013. It has a mnemonic “VRR” which stands for a “Victim’s Right to Review”.
Gone are the days, we are led to …
By Lyndon Harris
Legal Aid demo
Chris Grayling and his Ministry of Justice colleagues are plotting to decimate legal aid and generally destroy the criminal justice system. Unsurprisingly, the legal profession are not taking this lying down.
Here are some blogs exploring the issues, and (should you need convincing) explaining why you should care about the justice system in the UK. After all, it could be you who is wrongly accused of a crime, perhaps you accidently hit a pedestrian in your car, or maybe you act in self-defence but the police decide …
By Lucy Corrin
The need for sensation alone has placed Jimmy Tarbuck’s name in the press for being questioned regarding an alleged sexual offence dating back to the 1970s. Jimmy Tarbuck is one of a seemingly never-ending stream of household names being questioned regarding historic sexual offences. Jimmy Tarbuck has merely been questioned. We do not know what the evidence is against him but we know it is insufficient at present to sustain a criminal charge. Why then are we even aware of this story?
The bedrock of our criminal justice system …
By Roger Smith
Labour’s Lord Bach fought a good deal harder in the House of Lords to defend legal aid from the coalition’s cuts than many of his colleagues. But, the key provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 are now in force. Civil legal aid will never again have the comprehensive coverage that once it did: in particular, partners whose relationships break down are going to have a particularly hard time. No government, realistically, is going to restart funding at past levels. What can be …
By Rasheed Sarpong, Barrister, LexisNexis
It would be difficult for many to imagine the near total destruction of their nation’s infrastructure upon the backdrop of genocide, for the nation to survive such atrocities and to begin on the long road to recovery.
The 28 February 2013 saw the rare opportunity to hear, first hand, from one individual who has experienced just that and now plays an important role in the continued reconstruction of his nation. The Qatar Law Forum, on its continued efforts to champion the rule of law, hosted the Chief …