In May I published a short blogpost explaining the findings of a major research project in the field of psychology that explored the extent to which jury verdicts in rape cases were affected more by the internal prejudices of the jury members than by the evidence in the case.
I have updated the blogpost to include reference to an abstract from the full research paper. Just click here to access the blogpost and the abstract.
Man: “I was speaking to my German friend, and he said, you know, ‘I just haven’t seen any goats’. But you see, German isn’t an easy language to learn, you’ve got lots of cases and things.”
Woman companion: “But it’s easier than French, isn’t it.”
‘ The government bears a share of the blame for the state of HMP Birmingham, the prisons minister Rory Stewart has said, after the Ministry of Justice was forced to undertake an emergency takeover of the G4S-run jail. A report by the chief inspector of prisons, published overnight, found drug abuse and violence was rife, prisoners lived in squalid conditions and staff were afraid, sometimes locking themselves away from inmates. “This is partly the responsibility of me, as prisons minister, of the government, and of G4S, which is why we have taken this unprecedented step of stepping in, taking control of the prison,” Stewart told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. ‘
Read the full Guardian report here.
Gosh. If only everyone who works in the criminal justice system had told the Government how privatising the prisons was going to be such a bad idea.
Oh, wait ..
See the notice here for Crown Prosecutors and here for Senior Crown Prosecutors. Closing date 3/8/18.
“They’re not monsters but it’s so much easier to paint the few who are charged as such. Because we know how to look out for the bogeyman. We’ve been training for it our whole lives. We’ve been checking under our beds when, so many times, they are in them. They’re not monsters. They’re human. And thinking of them as anything but only adds more distance between what was done and who did it.”
A powerful account.
Read it in the Guardian here.
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This is a surprisingly difficult area to get clear answers. The simple, but unhelpful, answer is ‘sometimes’.
If you are armed with the child’s age, height and weight, then you can get greater clarity. I have drawn up a table to try and help. Access it here. Read all of the table, to make sure you don’t miss an entry that applies to your child.
There’s more than just the table. Read my extra notes here.
Also visit the Government webpages here and here.
Whatever the minimum legal requirements may be, just get a child car seat appropriate to your child’s height or weight.
Available at the Government Legal Service. Click here.
Closing date 27th July.
Barrister on the mobile moan: “We had a big hedge that was cut by [pause] – was it your German psychiatrist? Did you know that she had erected her own lodge in the back?”