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Inns of Court Advocate's Gateway Conference: Access to Justice for Vulnerable People

I have just spent two days at the Inns of Court Advocate's Gateway Conference on Access to Justice for Vulnerable People, held at the Law Society headquarters in Chancery Lane, London.  The aims and objectives of the conference was to encourage development of a more profound understanding of national and international innovations in the area and to share and combine ideas with practitioners, intermediaries, researchers, academics; and judges from the UK and abroad.

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Section 28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 - a positive step?

The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 contains special measures designed to allow witnesses to provide pre-recorded evidence in chief (for more detail, please see, Section 28, which is not yet in force, allows for cross and re-examination to also be pre-recorded.

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Criminal Law News Round-Up

April has proven a busy month in terms of criminal law news.  In particular, significant reforms to prisons and courts have been abandoned, the Council of Europe has raised serious concerns over the English prison system, and the Court of Appeal has examined the lawfulness of legal aid cuts.

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Human rights and disclosure of historical convictions – are the two compatible?

A conviction for any offence, particularly a sexual offence, can have extremely serious consequences when it comes to applying for jobs. Both Scotland and England and Wales operate systems of disclosure where certain previous convictions have to be disclosed when applying to work with vulnerable groups.  In Scotland, the relevant scheme is known as the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and is operated by Disclosure Scotland.

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Not guilty verdict in £9million fraud case

This month saw the acquittal of three men at Norwich Crown Court who were charged with conspiracy to defraud.  A not guilty verdict was returned after a lengthy 9-week trial.

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16 June 2017

I have just spent two days at the Inns of Court Advocate's Gateway Conference on Access to Justice for Vulnerable People, held at the Law Society headquarters in Chancery Lane, London.  The aims and objectives of the conference was to encourage .

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