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[ 28 Nov 2013 | Comments Off ]
NEW series: “The advocate, the regulator, the TV maker and the client”

By Felicity Gerry
Advocacy is a skill that exposes truth or lies in the court process. It is a forensic challenge that doesn’t depend on the colour of the advocate’s lipstick or the lining of Queen’s Counsel’s suit, but on ability.
New regulations on the provision of advocacy commencing in 2014 risk driving away from the profession those advocates who can make great speeches. And, just as advocates grapple with the quality assurance regulators to retain quality and style, another hurdle has arrived: Court TV.
What does this mean for the future of …

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[ 3 Jun 2013 | Comments Off ]
Criminal law updates – May round-up

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 …

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[ 13 May 2013 | One Comment ]
Does the need for sensation justify the public’s right to be informed?

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 …

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[ 20 Feb 2013 | Comments Off ]
Wikipedia coverage of the UK constitution: courting controversy

By Roger Smith
Professor Andrew Le Sueur is a mild-mannered, rather thoughtful public law academic at Queen Mary, University of London. But he is a professor with a mission.
He is outraged by the Wikipedia coverage of the UK constitution. Making his pitch in the UK Constitutional Law Blog, he lamented that the Wikipedia article on the UK constitution, first port of call for many a lay person (and law student in a hurry), “would not pass a peer review process for an academic journal and nor would it receive a good …

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[ 18 Dec 2012 | Comments Off ]
Leveson report: law on libel and the Press Complaints Commission

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 themselves confessed that they thought their accents would give them away, actually managed to obtain any information, it also raises once again the ugly spectre of press control, and what information should be freely available to …