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December 22, 2021
Does the defendant in the magistrates’ court get a fair hearing?

The Bellamy review of criminal legal aid doesn’t pull its punches. It paints a picture… Read more

February 26, 2021
Not remotely fair? Access to a lawyer in the police station during the Covid-19 pandemic

Transform Justice, Fair Trials and the NAAN (the National Appropriate Adult Network) have published a… Read more

February 18, 2021
What is the future for legally aided criminal defence?

How do we manage a criminal defence service in an age of austerity and Covid?… Read more

July 23, 2020
Are video links causing the criminal justice system to slow down?

Recently Boris Johnson described zoom calls as a miracle, but that sometimes there is “no… Read more

July 19, 2020
Unnecessary arrest and detention?

A lot of policy and guidance is never followed, nor its ignoring challenged. During the… Read more

April 11, 2019
The secret room – who is listening to what in digital courts?

When lawyers have previously expressed their concerns about the confidentiality of video links, I’ve not… Read more

April 6, 2019
Jail or bail? We can learn from the USA

People who follow this blog know that I am slightly obsessed by the difference between… Read more

April 30, 2018
Not the “awkward squad”: unrepresented defendants in the Crown Court

In 2015 when I was trying (with difficulty) to do research on unrepresented defendants in… Read more

April 5, 2018
We need to talk about Keres & Co

“Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken” is a great book. It sets out… Read more

February 23, 2018
And get me to the court, get me to the court, for Gawd’s sake, get me to the court on time

FTA is the bane of a police officer’s life. If a defendant doesn’t turn up… Read more

May 12, 2017
Ethnic minority defendants have very little faith in the criminal justice system

‘It was me against them. Coming from an Asian Muslim background, I didn’t see anyone… Read more

November 6, 2016
Why don’t prosecutors pick up the phone to defence advocates?

“The system is overstretched and disjointed. About two-thirds of Crown Court trials are delayed or do… Read more

April 23, 2016
Justice Denied? Unrepresented defendants in the criminal courts

Transform Justice has published new research on the experience of unrepresented defendants in the criminal… Read more

April 23, 2016
Unrepresented defendants in the courts : a travesty of justice?

Unfortunately we don’t have equality of arms when it comes to unrepresented defendants.  After a… Read more

April 9, 2016
Standing alone – the experience of unrepresented litigants

“Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in the course of… Read more

March 12, 2016
Are legal fees topsy turvy?

This week a car driver was acquitted of the charge of dangerous driving. A common… Read more

November 21, 2015
Do children in criminal courts get the defence they need?

The Youth Court is a hidden world, where most child crime cases are heard. The… Read more

November 6, 2015
Should the justice system financially penalise the innocent?

“If someone is dragged through the courts through no fault of their own and is… Read more

July 1, 2015
What impact would a lawyers’ “strike” have?

It seems clear that a lawyers’ “strike” may be imminent in England and Wales.  Defence… Read more

May 23, 2015
A new injustice: lack of legal advice for those who breach anti-social behaviour injunctions

There was concern when the government proposed that the new anti-social behaviour orders should be… Read more

May 6, 2015
Eviction, damp, harassment – housing problems cause misery but legal help is in short supply

The reality of how people get evicted comes alive in a series of brilliant blogs… Read more

April 18, 2015
Lord Neuberger advocates that justice should be “the best we can do”

The President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger gave a very human speech the other… Read more

March 31, 2015
Panorama on litigants in person

Is the only answer to the squeeze on legal aid to find more funding for… Read more

February 19, 2015
A fog surrounding unrepresented defendants in the criminal courts

The civil courts are bring thrown into chaos by the number of litigants in person… Read more

June 4, 2014
Working to upskill lawyers who defend children…a shining light in the US youth justice system

The National Juvenile Defender Center is a brilliant idea – an NGO which campaigns for and… Read more

April 26, 2014
a piecemeal approach to the fall out from cutting legal aid?

The number of people involved in court or tribunal cases who don’t have a lawyer… Read more

January 4, 2014
Unrepresented defendants in the criminal court: a ticking timebomb?

“Just watched as court sent unrep’d def to prison. He didnt say a word through… Read more

July 5, 2013
are the courts prepared for no lawyers?

There have been hundreds of people appearing in courts without a lawyer for a long… Read more

June 16, 2013
Does the Secretary of State for Justice need to be a lawyer?

Chris Grayling is the first Lord Chancellor not to be a lawyer (I think). Previously… Read more

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