Criminal law updates – May round-up

woolwich murder

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 […]

Does the need for sensation justify the public’s right to be informed?

Jimmy Tarbuck

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 […]

Leveson report: law on libel and the Press Complaints Commission

Leveson report

By Elaine Freer It was perhaps timely, following so soon as it did in the wake of the Leveson Report, that an Australian radio station telephoned the private hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness, and pretended to be the Queen. Whilst it was amusing that the presenters, who […]