Abu Hamza – the ten-year battle

Abu Qatada

By Dan Bunting To nobody’s surprise Abu Hamza was convicted on 19 May 2014 of 11 terrorism-related counts by a New York City federal jury. As wide as Halsbury’s Law Exchange remit is, it doesn’t extend to US criminal law, so we won’t be considering the actual terms of the trial and conviction that will […]

What can we learn from drug courts?

Drug courts

By Gillian McIvor (Interviewed by Natasha Mellersh) Why were drug courts set up? The introduction of drug courts in the UK has followed a slightly different trajectory to other jurisdictions, where drug courts filled an important gap in the range of community-based sanctions available to the courts to deal with drug-related crime. In the UK […]

Operation Cotton – what next?

Operation Cotton

By Dan Bunting Introduction When does the same Government that decides to prosecute someone have an obligation to ensure that that individual has representation? That was the question that HHJ Leonard had to answer at Southwark Crown Court on 1 May 2014. The case is called “Operation Cotton” and, as the argument proceeded, featured five […]