UK Justice

Misread Connection: Widow's Trip to Africa

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

About a month ago I returned from the most extraordinary trip to Kenya. I had the honor to bring a small group of young widows from America to visit widows in the slum of Kibera. It was a journey of courage and of new beginnings.

Ched Evans and the Double-Edged Sword of Restorative Justice

Calum Miller | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Calum Miller

There is no doubt that rape is a horrible crime. I would not have mentioned murder and terrorism in the same breath otherwise. But there is a lesson to be learnt here, and it is a lesson of double standards.

Why We Need the European Arrest Warrant

Tony Baldry | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

My Right Honourable Friend the home secretary has quite rightly warned that abandoning the Arrest Warrant would undermine the fight against crime and risk turning Britain into a haven for fugitives. I hope the whole House on Monday will vote on the pragmatic grounds of public safety rather than playing politics.

A Question of Justice Well Served?

Sean Howlett | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Sean Howlett

This boy should spend the rest of his life in prison. Psychopaths like him cannot be rehabilitated into society and to suggest that they can puts more innocent people at risk. They need to be removed from everyday life. It is irresponsible for anybody to suggest leniency because of his age.

Thirty Years on, Still No Justice for India's Sikhs

Schona Jolly | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Schona Jolly

Thirty years after the organized murder, rape and displacement of thousands of India's Sikhs, both in Delhi and beyond, following the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984, India's Sikhs are still waiting for justice.

'Tiger Porn' Victim Bites Back

Myles Jackman | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Myles Jackman

A man walks into a Court. He's charged with an offence under Section 63 of The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 of being in possession of an "extreme pornographic" video of a woman having sex with a tiger... It turned out the "tiger" was a man in a tiger-skin costume, who turns to the camera and says: "That's Grrreat". Hilarious. Except that the joke was on the defendant (Andrew Holland, of Wrexham, North Wales) as the story was on the front cover of The Daily Telegraph and numerous articles published across the globe.

How Soon-To-Be-Released Cop Killer Escaped Hanging By Just Months

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK

Warning: graphic details Britain's most notorious police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after 48 years behind bars - despite a ...

No, a Convicted Rapist Should Not Be Allowed to Resume His Former Job

Rachel Thompson | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

If Evans were guilty of murder, I sincerely doubt that his fans would be welcoming him back with open arms. Rape is a serious crime and it ruins lives. The take-home message should Evans be reinstated is that rape is not taken seriously as a crime.

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy - Part 1

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The psychological state of empathy and its ongoing practice - in which we imagine ourselves in the position of someone else or of another group of people - is often difficult to summon.

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy (Part 2)

Noam Schimmel | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

We live, by and large, in the aggregate, in a permanent state of empathy deficit. If empathy were a more common value there would be less violence and discrimination in the world, both structurally in collective ways and interpersonally, individually.

An 'Unreasonable and Irresponsible' Plan - The House of Lords Slams Government Plans for Children's Super-Prisons

Paola Uccellari | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paola Uccellari

Last week the House of Lords considered the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill as it makes its way through parliament. There are a number of controversial aspects of this Bill - mandatory prison sentences for knife crimes have caught the public's attention. Plans to change the rules on judicial review have got Peers, lawyers and children's charities very worried.

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.

Justice Delayed

Richard Bentwood | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Richard Bentwood

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.

Residence Test for Legal Aid Will Deny Access to Justice

Sarah Teather | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

Some might think this doesn't matter. Some may point out that thousands of pieces of law are made is this way every year. However, very few, if any, pieces of secondary legislation will have such far reaching consequences as the residence test for civil legal aid.

Debt Collection: The Shameful Face of Modern Britain

Hugh Salmon | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

21st Century Britain, where debt collectors operate above the law.

Guantanamo: The First Postmodern Institution

Tom Johnson | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Future horizons shine flecked with gold and freedom in the American dream. The continued existence of Guantanamo tarnishes it with blood.

New Figures Reveal Damaging Impacts of Drastic Cuts on Prisons

Juliet Lyon | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Rocketing prison numbers, a shocking surge in assaults and deaths by suicide in custody, fewer staff, less constructive activity and unacceptably high reconviction rates are the flashing warning lights that Ministers must heed.

Justice Armageddon as Court of Appeal Destroys Accuseds' Right to a Proper Defence and a Fair Trial

Philip S Smith | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
Philip S Smith

It is impossible to overstate the serious implications of a Court of Appeal decision this week which spell disaster for the administration of British justice.

The Government's Legal Aid Cuts Are Leaving Vulnerable People With Nowhere to Turn

Sadiq Khan | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

Recently, the Government unveiled plans to shave a further £220million off criminal legal aid, generating considerable opposition from across the profession and in charities and campaign groups. Ministers have fought a clever guerrilla campaign. They've salami sliced bit by bit to mitigate the short-term impact of their plans. They successfully divided and ruled the legal profession. They've smeared legal aid lawyers as fat cats and made out legal aid is only used by unworthy criminals. Needless to say, the truth is rather different.

Freddie Starr Case Proves 'Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied' - The Law Must Change

Philip S Smith | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Philip S Smith

Their life is in limbo, they cannot make professional or personal plans with confidence since they are unaware as to how the investigation will proceed and with what end result. Their careers will invariably be rudely interrupted. The potential domestic impact is obvious.

Sri Lanka - UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice

Frances Harrison | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did finally vote to set up an inquiry. To many governments it looks as if the issue of accountability is now being dealt with by the UN and they can put their minds at rest and move on.

Time to Bid Farewell to the Cowboy Bailiffs

Chris Grayling | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Grayling

New laws introduced this weekend will outlaw the frankly disgraceful behaviour we've seen from some of the dubious characters who have gathered in this industry. We're ending the situation where any old thug can turn up and work as a bailiff. From now on everyone working in the industry will have to be properly trained and certificated before they get started - and if they break our tough new rules they will have that certification taken away. All of this will clean up the industry and protect people from aggression and exploitation.

Imprisonment for Public Protection Is a Stain on Our Justice System

Juliet Lyon | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

It is shaming to have so many people locked up in our prisons, not for what they have done but for what they might do in the future. This is not to mention the costs to the public purse of holding thousands of people in prison beyond their tariff expiry date.

My Pledge: 'I'm a Woman, Hear Me Roar'

Leyla Hussein | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

I have the privilege to share my thoughts whether it is out of anger, frustration or happiness. Although theoretically I've always known this is a privilege, I have only now understood how precious this freedom is. In my recent work, I met women and girls who cannot think freely, let alone speak out...