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Uncategorized / 16.04.2021

  Every prisoner is given a security category. For female prisoners, there are only two options, closed or open condition. For male prisoners, there are four categories, A to D.   What do the categories mean?   Female prisoners:   Closed conditions are for female prisoners who present too high a risk...

Uncategorized / 15.04.2021

  During the Covid pandemic, there have been significant limits and halts to prison visits. Once we are out of lockdown, there should be a gradual return to standard visits, so what happens and what are the rules?   The Prison Rules, in particular Rule 35, set out...

Uncategorized / 09.04.2021

    Ofsted has announced a review into sexual abuse in schools. The review will consider the processes that schools, and colleges have in place regarding whether they are good enough to allow pupils to report abuse freely.   Why conduct a review?   A website, "Everyone's Invited", published anonymised accounts...

Uncategorized / 07.04.2021

  The Criminal Cases Review Commission referred several cases to the Court of Appeal, which involved allegations of public order related to trade union activity. They included the case of the actor Ricky Tomlinson who had been convicted in 1973 of conspiracy to intimidate, unlawful assembly...

Uncategorized / 01.04.2021

  "Why Bite Mark Evidence Should Never Be used in Criminal Trials" is a report published by the Innocence Project. They state that at least 26 people have been wrongly arrested, charged or convicted of offences based on bite mark evidence.   Concerns in respect of this type...

Uncategorized / 25.03.2021

The Government recently announced a range of proposals regarding immigration, but how does this affect criminal law? Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said it was the introduction of the most significant overhaul of the system in decades. The aim appears to be to prevent illegal entry...

Uncategorized / 18.03.2021

  The government has announced what it has called a "world-first scheme" to track certain offenders as they are released from prison.   The proposal will make those convicted of burglary, theft or robbery wear a GPS tag on release from prison. The scheme follows from the use...

Uncategorized / 11.03.2021

  At the moment, profoundly deaf people rarely sit as jurors. There are strict laws that prevent anyone other than the twelve jurors from entering the deliberation room. This means that a sign language interpreter cannot enter the room. The purpose of the legislation preventing a...

Uncategorized / 09.03.2021

  The government has announced that there will be new legislation designed to cut “crime and build safer communities”.   The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is intended to give the police "the powers and tools they need to protect themselves and the public".   The measures include:   Positions of trust -...