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Comment: R (Monica) v DPP [2018] EWHC 3508 (QB)

January 21 2019 In R (Monica) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2018] EWHC 3508 (QB), the Divisional Court (Lord Burnett of Maldon LCJ and Jay J) refused a claim…

The Use and Abuse of Parliamentary Privilege: does ‘public interest’ trump the rule of law?

November 6 2018 In his statement to the House of Lords on 25th October 2018, Lord Hain said that it was “his duty under parliamentary privilege” to name Sir Philip…

Abuse of process in the Magistrates’ Court: When to make your move

May 27 2019 What is the jurisdiction of a magistrates’ court to consider applications for a stay of a prosecution on the grounds of abuse of process? The simple…

Has the time come for wholesale reform of the criminal justice system in England and Wales?

August 25 2018 The news is beset by reports that the criminal justice system is breaking, damaged by decades of cutbacks to public legal services. There are calls…

The impact of Coronavirus, part 6: sentencing at a time of national emergency

April 23 2020 As a result of the restrictions on movement imposed due to the current pandemic, the criminal justice system is operating little more than what might…

UK-Russo extradition relations in 2022

February 21 2022 As the clouds of war gather over Ukraine, it is a convenient moment to consider the state of UK-Russo extradition relations and the likely impact of…

I would have written a shorter skeleton argument, but I did not have the time…

December 6 2021 It now appears settled that the quotation “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time” dates back to the 17th century and to…

Criminal offences and the inherent jurisdiction: a necessary evil?

December 1 2021 In the recent case of Re T [2021] UKSC 35, the Supreme Court approved the use of the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction to authorise the deprivation…

"Egregious" failings in expert evidence: a shot across the bows from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

February 17 2021 The conjoined appeals in R v Byrne and ors. [2021] EWCA Crim 107 related to the safety of convictions arising from separate trials in which the Crown…

The Mangrove Nine and the history of English juries

February 11 2021 Criminal lawyers watching Steve McQueen’s Mangrove on the BBC last year may have raised an eyebrow or two during the scenes at the Old Bailey…