The UK must empower women and girls to be free from the harmful effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) by ending this global practice. Prosecuting criminal cases must be seen as part of the package of effort necessary to achieve this...
As a lawyer practising in the UK, Ireland and California I welcomed last year's amendment to the Crime and Courts Act to allow TV cameras to be introduced into UK courts. I agree with Lord Chief Justice Hewart when he said "Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done."
In this case, it seems the judiciary went too far. It is surely questionable to factor into sentencing a febrile public mood, particularly when it is stoked by politicians and commentators peddling emotive and unscientific ideas about human behaviour.
What should concern us all though, is a new class of injustice creeping into the system and one which not only can the Courts not deal with, but is one which is created by the Courts themselves. The problem is one of listing.