Home Office launch National Crime Agency – just a rebrand?

National Crime Agency

By Lyndon Harris The NCA began its work this week, just over two years after it was announced. Taking over from SOCA – the Serious Organised Crime Agency – it is the latest incarnation of the body responsible for tackling “serious, organised crime”. Prior to SOCA (which only came into being in 2006), there existed […]

Stop and search: it does matter if you’re black or white

Stop and search

By Lucy Corrin A troubling report co-authored by the London School of Economics and Release was published this week and shows that drug policing is the predominant purpose in the use of stop and search with black people stopped and searched for drugs at 6.3 times the rate of white people. In addition, black people […]

Keeping knives off the streets – British justice style

Knife crime

By David Allan Why don’t the courts have a specific power to order forfeiture of a knife from someone convicted of carrying it in public without good reason? Secondly, can anyone tell me why it is, that if someone is convicted of carrying an offensive weapon (eg a knuckle-duster, baseball bat with a nail through […]

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 […]

Whistleblowing – what’s in the public interest?

whistleblowing

By Shonali Routray Hardly a day goes by without whistleblowing being in the news. Just last month, two police officers were suspended in Cumbria for leaking information to the press about the expenses of an elected Police Commissioner. Last month, the Robert Francis Inquiry published its findings in to the high mortality rates at Mid […]