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January 4, 2021
Does it matter if those accused of crime plead guilty or not guilty?

Just before Christmas news leaked out that the government was getting cold feet about decriminalising… Read more

October 27, 2016
Does the public benefit from being kept in the dark?

I am a passionate believer in free speech and open justice, but I also believe… Read more

September 2, 2016
Where is the line which judges should not cross?

Judge Patricia Lynch certainly crossed a line in a recent case.  A defendant called her… Read more

August 2, 2016
Why facts don’t persuade (on their own)

  The FrameWorks Institute has just published research, commissioned by Transform Justice (with Clinks, CJA and… Read more

July 29, 2016
Why people don’t care how much the criminal justice system costs

  The criminal justice system in England and Wales costs a lot – at least… Read more

January 9, 2016
Are judges too soft?

This week judges were again under fire for being too soft.  The Sun described judges… Read more

December 13, 2015
Is confidence in the justice system at rock bottom?

Adults in the UK are more likely to have had experience of a court case,… Read more

September 24, 2015
Why has the criminal courts charge inspired a barrage of criticism?

The Justice Committee wants to know what we think about the criminal courts charge and… Read more

September 17, 2015
What do victims want from the Crown Prosecution Service?

Political parties have vied to produce policies on how to look after victims and witnesses… Read more

July 17, 2015
Court closure – who cares?

The announcement of the proposed closure of 91 courts came as little surprise to watchers… Read more

May 1, 2015
Do politicians use evidence in talking about crime?

Sense about science are worried that politicians don’t always use evidence correctly when talking about… Read more

April 14, 2015
criminal justice and the manifestos – the curate’s egg

The political parties who have produced manifestos so far all deal with crime and justice,… Read more

April 4, 2015
How can we engage the media in reporting about offenders and prisons?

The Howard League has recently published an essay on how voluntary sector organisations advocating for… 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 1, 2015
can we change the debate on criminal justice?

“Committing a crime is always a choice. That’s why the primary, proper response to crime… Read more

January 28, 2015
Radical ideas from Leveson – the impact of prisoner transport on criminal courts

The new Leveson report on efficiency in criminal proceedings contains a number of radical ideas.  One… Read more

December 13, 2013
Magistrates: representative of the people?

How representative should magistrates be of their community?  A report came out today from Policy… Read more

July 19, 2013
Crime falls but desire for harsh punishment remains

Crime has fallen significantly yet again by 9/7% depending on which figures you use.  Hooray!… Read more

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