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 […]

Prison for a day – the real issues continue to be ignored


By Lyndon Harris Last week we read that the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank set up by Iain Duncan Smith, has promulgated a new approach to sentencing, based on an American model. Those of you who are not of tender years will recall another approach to sentencing we took from the Americans – […]

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 […]

The Jeffrey’s Review – a challenge to the Bar

Jeffrey's Report

By Dan Bunting On 7 May 2014 the report by Sir Bill Jeffrey on “Independent criminal advocacy in England and Wales”, the first of the triumvirate of reports into the state of the criminal justice system, was issued. It is a mixed bag. Many lawyers were hoping for more, specifically for ammunition in their battle […]

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 […]