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Prosecuting Rape: Is the CPS Raising the Bar Too High?

The End Violence Against Women Coalition has recently launched a legal challenge against the CPS for wrongfully dropping rape cases as conviction rates plummet. Has the CPS strayed from established policy, or is this simply a result of austerity and systemic issues in our justice system?

11:00, 8th October 2019

The Right Call? Defining "Use of a Phone" While Driving

The High Court recently handed down a judgment on what constitutes "using" a mobile phone while driving. The effect of the case is clear, but the judgment itself is not so clear in its reasoning, and may create unnecessary difficulties for prosecutors in motoring cases.

11:00, 17th September 2019

Sentencing Reform: Should We Scrap Short Sentences?

British prisons are increasingly overcrowded and underfunded. Senior figures at the Ministry of Justice have suggested a reform of sentencing laws might help to ease overcrowding and better rehabilitate prisoners by restricting short prison sentences - but would it actually work?

11:00, 10th September 2019

Jury Confidentiality Rules: Protector of Honesty or Enabler of Injustice?

Jury confidentiality rules, preventing the disclosure or solicitation of details of jury deliberations in any criminal trial, achieve many legitimate purposes. However, many judges have had to ignore glaring accusations of jury misconduct as a result, risking serious miscarriages of justice.

11:00, 30th July 2019

Book Review: 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Gary Bell QC

'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Gary Bell QC doubles both as an exhilarating legal thriller and a persuasive commentary on the modern legal system in England & Wales.

11:00, 12th June 2019

The Woolcock Case: Prison for Failing to Pay Council Tax?

Council tax serves a vital function in requiring citizens to assist in funding necessary local services, such as schools and social care. However, should non-payment of council tax - a civil debt - result in imprisonment?

11:00, 4th June 2019

Book Review: ‘Doing Justice’ by Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, published his first book, 'Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law'. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the law, politics, and anything in between.

11:00, 9th April 2019

Hooding the Horrible? Spit Hoods, Reasonable Force and Human Rights

It was recently announced that spit hoods - meshed sacks placed over the heads of people that have spat at police officers - will be issued to frontline police officers. However, these hoods have important human rights implications and potentially deadly consequences.

12:00, 26th March 2019

Domestic Abuse Bill: Migrants Falling Through the Cracks

The recently proposed Domestic Abuse Bill represents a great step towards protecting vulnerable persons that would otherwise continue to face life-threatening danger every day of their lives. However, it doesn't go far enough - specifically, migrants and minorities fall through its cracks.

12:00, 15th March 2019

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