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Terrorism – Released Early Appeal

High Court Clarifies Release Provisions

The High Court this week confirmed that the new release provisions, applying to some offenders, operate retrospectively.

In a startling announcement, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland admitted that the right to a jury trial is in his sights and might be curtailed in a few weeks’ time.

Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the Crown Court case bac...

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World Mental Health Day – An Employers Perspective

This year has been crazy. People from all walks of life are trying to process the changes to our daily lives. Things are uncertain and anxiety is high.

Attitudes to mental health have changed during my time as a solicit...

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MMU lockdown students detained unlawfully?

Around 1,500 students in halls of residence were sent an email by Manchester Metropolitan University (‘MMU’) on Friday telling them they must self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days in a bid to contain a coronavirus outbreak. Security guards preventing students from ...

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Surveillance Society – Facial Recognition -Court of Appeal Puts Brakes on Police Scheme

Surveillance Society – Facial Recognition -Court of Appeal Puts Brakes on Police Scheme

Several police forces have been using facial recognition technology to detect suspects. Cameras placed in public plac...

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Freelance Justice – the role of ‘paedophile hunters’

-The Supreme Court has ruled on the use in a criminal trial of evidence obtained by members of the public acting as so-called "paedophile hunter" ("PH") groups, and whether this is compatible with the accused person's rights under article 8 of the European C...

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Dinghies in the Channel – Illegal entrants and immigration offences

There is much controversy in the media at the moment about migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies. In this article, we set out to explain some of the relevant law and clear up some misconceptions.

This article is intend...

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Court Backlog and Covid-19

Let’s be clear, Coronavirus has not caused the backlog in the court system.  It was already there.  For those of us in the system, it was clear that the lack of investment coupled with court closures had already put the system under immense strain.

Custody time limits dictate the length of time that someone can be held in custody before the start of the trial. These rules are designed to ensure all persons are kept in custody for definite periods awaiting trial and ...

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Update on local lockdown – regulations published

The “local lockdown” regulations for Greater Manchester, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Calderdale and Kirklees are finally in force, having been made and laid before Parliament on 4 August 2020.

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