I have just issued an update for Chapter 7 (“What Will Happen At My Very First Court Appearance?”) To help you assess whether the offence that you are charged with is an ‘either-way’ offence, you can see my list of the most commonly encountered either-way offences. Also I’ve included a note about the special procedure that applies to criminal damage offences and the really quite bizarre procedure that applies to low-value shoplifting offences.
Click here to go straight to the update.
Reblogging this – so important and it never loses its validity
‘ North Korean officials commit sexual violence with little concern for the consequences, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government fails to investigate and prosecute complaints, or to provide protection and services to victims, and even asserts that the country is implausibly free of sexism or sexual violence. ‘
‘ The North Koreans we spoke with told us that unwanted sexual contact and violence is so common that it has come to be accepted as part of ordinary life: sexual abuse by officials, and the impunity they enjoy, is linked to larger patterns of sexual abuse and impunity in the country. The precise number of women and girls who experience sexual violence in North Korea, however, is unknown. Survivors rarely report cases, and the North Korean government rarely publishes data on any aspect of life in the country. ‘
Watch the Human Rights Watch explainer video and read their report here.
A joint venture between The Times and Kingsley Napley Solicitors:
‘ The Legal Apprentice is Kingsley Napley’s legal competition, in partnership with The Times, for students in school or college in years 12 or equivalent. We invite students to work as part of a team to complete a series of tasks, designed to encourage them to tap into their “inner solicitor” – using skills and logic to provide legal advice for virtual clients. The competition aims to provide students with first-hand experience of what it is like to be a solicitor. ‘
‘ Google employees in London and around the world are staging a mass walkout to protest against alleged “sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency” and a toxic working culture. The “women’s walk” comes after it emerged that Google gave the former executive Andy Rubin a $90 million payout after he left the company, despite finding allegations of sexual misconduct against him “credible”. ‘
and in the Washington Post here.
If you haven’t seen the new BBC2 documentary Last Chance Lawyer NYC, then I encourage you to give it a watch on the iPlayer. Law documentaries are strictly to be avoided in my house, but Howard Greenberg, Brooklyn Attorney (“You can’t lose with the stuff I use”) is compelling viewing.
What a guy! Try the first five minutes, and I promise you’ll be hooked.
Much better. My thanks to my new Twitter friends @C_Morrow40 and @makersley for their extremely helpful input.
Find it here
Important feature this morning on Woman’s Hour. Alexandra Topping from the Guardian discussing the recent news stories about rape prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service.
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.