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Human Rights Act remains crucial in holding police to account

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On 18th February 2015

A recent Supreme Court decision confirms that the Human Rights Act continues to be the only legal tool to hold the police to account for failure to protect victims from serious crimes in all but the rarest of cases.

The Supreme Court recently issued its judgment in Michael and others (FC) (Appellants) v The Chief Constable of South Wales Police and another (Respondents) [2015] UKSC 2…

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The right to protest in Parliament Square

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On 11th February 2015

This weekend the Occupy movement plans to once again demonstrate in Parliament Square under the banner “Equality and Representation”. The demonstration is part of the movement’s plan to demonstrate in the Square every month in the lead up to the General Election…

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Protests and the misuse of bail conditions

Susie Labinjoh

Posted by Susie Labinjoh | Partner
On 4th February 2015

Over the past few years civil liberties lawyers and campaign groups have seen a growing number of demonstrations where police have made mass arrests of protesters. These protesters are then bailed to return to a police station pending a decision on charge, yet in many cases only a small minority of those originally arrested go on to be charged…

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The flaws in the ‘Innocence Test’

Sasha Barton

Posted by Sasha Barton | Partner
On 3rd February 2015

It may come as a surprise to learn that someone who is convicted and jailed for a crime they did not commit, and is then acquitted based on evidence which comes to light years later, which shows that they could not and should not have been convicted of the offence will most likely get no compensation whatsoever and have no legal remedy. Yet this is the case as a result of a raft of recent court decisions, followed by the introduction of new legislation…

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Deaths in police custody

On 26th January 2015

The news reports of protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the fatal shooting by police of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown and the “I can’t breathe” campaign, arising from the death of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold by police, has again shone a spotlight on the use of force by the police. In each case, the officers involved escaped prosecution…

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