The London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association
Thursday, July 05, 2012Author: Kerri Allen @ 11:38:59 AM
The government-owned Forensic Science Service (FSS) officially closed its doors at the end of March 2012. Its origins date back to the 1930s and its closure sees the end of over 75 years of accumulated forensic science knowledge, expertise and research.
Thursday, July 05, 2012Author: Alured Darlington, Hanwell Chambers @ 11:34:56 AM
R v Aramah has long been established as authority for the deterrent sentencing of drug couriers, with little room for mitigation or mercy. However, in 2009, a new approach was signalled by the Sentencing Advisory Panel, with the recommendation that this group of offenders should be dealt with differently – effectively meaning a return to proportionate sentencing.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012Author: Angelica Mari @ 9:54:21 AM
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) chief information officer David Jones has a lot on. As well as leading a comprehensive technology revamp at the CPS he is also behind an IT-led transformation aimed at streamlining and modernising operations across the entire criminal justice system (CJS).
Friday, March 02, 2012Author: Richard Atkinson @ 11:41:57 AM
The much heralded big bang for the digitalisation project for the criminal justice system (CJS) in April 2012 is now recognised as being the sound of the starting gun rather than the noise of the completed transformation of a paper-based system into a paperless digital one. Much progress has been made in developing the digital exchange of information between the police and the CPS and significant steps have been taken towards the electronic presentation of cases by the CPS; but, for the transformation to be complete, the benefits of digitalisation must be available to defence practitioners as well as others within the CJS.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012Author: Anthony Edwards @ 3:20:18 PM
“Stop delaying justice!” is an important initiative of the Chief Magistrate to speed up proceedings in the magistrates courts. It will come as a shock to many defence advocates that critical questions must be answered at the first hearing. The DVD being used to train the judiciary is available to all defence lawyers on the LCCSA website. It must be compulsory viewing.
Thursday, January 05, 2012Author: Bruce Reid @ 12:00:00 PM
Bruce Reid's take on the new initiative.
Thursday, January 05, 2012Author: Vicky Kemp @ 11:47:07 AM
Vicky Kemp is the principal researcher at the Legal Services Research Centre (LSRC, the independent research division of the LSC) and discusses here recent research into police station legal advice.
Friday, December 16, 2011Author: Jim Meyer @ 9:47:45 AM
Many people will have heard about the new initiative "Stop Delaying Justice!", crafted with the support of the Senior Presiding Judge, the Justices’ Clerks Society, the Magistrates’ Association, the National Bench Chairmen's Forum and the Chief Magistrate. It also has the support of HMCTS, the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and the CPS and (apparently) defence practitioners.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011Author: Paul Harris @ 8:22:10 AM
The Olympics arrive next year and the eyes of the world will be on the UK and everything that goes on here. This includes the Criminal Justice System. Committees have been set up to plan for the administration of Criminal Justice during the Olympic period dealing with a wide range of logistical issues. These include the police and their deployment, the courts, transport disruption, the prosecution, interpreters, video links, court sitting, witness availability.
Saturday, November 26, 2011Author: Edward Grange @ 10:23:34 AM
On 8 September 2010, the new coalition government announced plans to review the UK's extradition arrangements. On 14 October 2010, Sir Scott Baker, David Perry QC and Anand Doobay were tasked with the challenge of conducting a review.
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