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“In the criminal justice system, class still matters, perhaps even to defence lawyers.”

Raj Chada

Posted by Raj Chada | Partner
On 31st August 2017

Lady Justice is often depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents impartiality – the ideal that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power or other status. However, austerity politics is playing on class divisions in the UK to test this ideal to its destruction. It can only be hoped that the election in June will prove to have been the beginning of the end of austerity in the UK.

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Beware the new early guilty plea sentencing guidelines

Ruth Harris

Posted by Ruth Harris | Partner
On 9th March 2017

Criminal defence practitioners this week will have approached the publishing of the new definitive guideline on reduction in sentence for a guilty plea, which becomes effective in June, with some trepidation. The proposed guidelines released last year for consultation seemed to demonstrate a worryingly prescriptive approach and suggested a significant limiting of reductions in sentence for pleas proffered after the first hearing.

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