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Book review: Guilty until Proven Innocent, by Jon Robins

Jon Robins anatomises a criminal appeals system that appears to prioritise public confidence over individual fairness, that only grudgingly admits miscarriages of justice and that, even then, fails to compensate its victims unless they prove the very innocence they were presumed to have had in the first place. Continue reading

Parliamentary privilege and the rule of law

David Burrows explains how parliamentary privilege was designed to stop the courts interfering with Parliament, not to allow parliamentarians to interfere with the work of the courts. He considers Lord Hain’s use of the privilege to trump a court injunction in the light of a recent speech on the matter by the Lord Chief Justice. Continue reading

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR-15 April 2019

In this last roundup of the Hilary Term, we look at the latest law and policy stories including Brexit, Assange’s extradition, the Brunei boycott, legal aid and divorce myths and new crimes on the statute book. But who is the seasonal sacrificial lamb? Continue reading

Book review: Doing Justice by Preet Bharara

In a fascinating and instructive memoir, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, famed as the ‘Sheriff of Wall St’, explains the role and functions of a public prosecutor and recalls some of the most interesting cases of his career. Continue reading

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR - 1 April 2019

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary takes a slight detour into the realms of folly, looking at all the week’s stories that might have been an April Fool’s Day jest, but actually weren’t. Hold onto your hats - unless you’re throwing them into the ring of course. (Updated edition.) Continue reading