Criminal Law

Is there institutional racism in the criminal justice system?

Points of Law

In this guest post, Penelope Gibbs of Transform Justice considers the emerging findings of the Lammy review.

 

The MacPherson report on Stephen Lawrence defined institutional racism as “the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.” 

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The Criminal Law Update – Autumn 2016

The very fact that criminal cases account for around a quarter of ICLR’s annual coverage is testament to the fact that English criminal law is in a continual state of development and adjustment in the courts. For criminal practitioners, this means continual effort must be applied to keeping track of the ever-changing rules and points of procedure that crop up in practice.

List of Subjects CHILDREN CONSPIRACY CORRUPTION EVIDENCE EXTRADITION HOMICIDE HUMAN RIGHTS IDENTITY DOCUMENTS INDICTMENT MISCARRIAGE …

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Criminal Law – 2015 Case Law Review

Law Reporting

Introduction to the Review

The purpose of this Review is to pull together the most significant criminal cases decided in 2015 into one place and to provide a short “snippet” on each that e ncapsulates the principle of law for which they stand as authority.

There are many superior alternatives to this sort of “updater” available and by no means does this Review purport to be exhaustive or definitive. On the other hand, this Review is made available free of …

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ICLR Criminal Law Updater (January – March 2015)

Law Reporting

Welcome to the ICLR Criminal Law Updater for January to March 2015. Here’s our round up of the reportable criminal cases decided in the High Court, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the UK Supreme Court over the last four weeks. Where a transcript is available on BAILII, a linked reference has been provided. Practice Direction Updated Practice Direction (Criminal Proceedings: Various Amendments) [2015] EWCA Crim 430

On 18 March 2015, The Lord Chief Justice …

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Forensic Science and Early Detection

Books reviewed by Paul Magrath Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid

(Profile Books, £18.99)

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale

(Bloomsbury, £8.99)

 

 

Val McDermid is a crime writer with a reputation for gritty psychological thrillers and her approach in Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime is that of an outsider with a professional fascination for the tricks of another’s trade. Or rather trades, because, as she explains, there are many branches of science …

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ICLR Criminal Law Updater (November – December 2014)

Law Reporting

Welcome to the ICLR Criminal Law Updater for November and December 2014. Here’s our round up of the reportable and unreportable criminal cases decided in the High Court, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the UK Supreme Court over the last four weeks. Where a transcript is available on BAILII, a linked reference has been provided. Reportable Cases R v V 

18 Nov 2014, [2014] WLR (D) 498, CA

CRIME — Fraud — Fraud by abuse of position — …

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ICLR Criminal Law Updater (August – October 2014)

Law Reporting

Welcome to the ICLR Criminal Law Updater for August – October 2014 (owing to the summer vacation, it’s a bumper edition!). Here’s our round up of the reportable and unreportable criminal cases decided in the High Court, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the UK Supreme Court over the last four weeks. Where a transcript is available on BAILII, a linked reference has been provided. Reportable Cases Beezadhur v Independent Commission against Corruption  

07 …

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ICLR Criminal Law Updater (July 2014)

Law Reporting

Welcome to the ICLR Criminal Law Updater for July 2014. Here’s our round up of the reportable and unreportable criminal cases decided in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the UK Supreme Court over the last four weeks. Where a transcript is available on BAILII, a linked reference has been provided. Reportable Cases R v Mehmedov [2014] EWCA Crim 1523[2014] WLR (D) 325, CA

18 July 2014

CRIME — Character — Defendant’s bad character —  A certificate of a conviction in …

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