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How do you deliver justice fairly?

Vneeta Ratti

Posted by Vneeta Ratti | Trainee
On 23rd May 2017

If there is one quote that has remained with me, it is one from a foreign-language film. It broadly translates as “law and justice sit as slaves in the houses of powerful people.” It came to mind when I read about the self-professed “living hell” of Mr Kato Harris a year on from his being acquitted of an allegation of rape.

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Stop and Search – 10 things you need to know

Elena Papamichael

Posted by Elena Papamichael | Trainee
On 19th April 2017

Under the sus law (s.4 Vagrancy Act) police in England & Wales had the power to search anyone in a public place who they suspected of intending to commit an offence. This power was used to target black and ethnic minority communities and many say contributed to the race riots of the 1980s that occurred all over the country. The law was repealed in 1981 following successful campaigns that highlighted the racist abuse of the power.

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Policing and Crime Act 2017 – Implications for Police Bail – A Ticking Time Bomb

Posted by Jennifer Siddorn | Associate
On 17th March 2017

The Policing and Crime Act was given Royal Assent on 31 January 2017. It is anticipated to come into force in April 2017. It introduces a presumption of release without charge and without police bail. However, suspects can be released on police bail if it is necessary and proportionate. The legislation introduces long called for time limits for police bail. This article examines the effectiveness of the changes and highlights some worrying new additions that all criminal practitioners should be aware of.

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Immigration Detention – what is the real purpose?

Elena Papamichael

Posted by Elena Papamichael | Trainee
On 13th March 2017

I represent people at the police station almost every day of the week. In almost all cases, the child or adult who has been arrested will have spent hours in a police cell before they see me. It is a traumatic and bewildering experience, whether it’s their first arrest or tenth. People are frightened and suffering from immense stress.

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