Category Archives: The Justice System

‘It is like the justice system has given up’

Blog Category: The Justice System

Sometimes the justice system fails the family of murder victims. Five years ago Nattallie Correa, 27, was found battered to death¬†after a fire at her flat in Dagenham. Her boyfriend, who escaped the blaze with her two youngest children, was … Continue reading

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Joint Enterprise

Blog Category: The Justice System

The legal doctrine of Joint Enterprise remains controversial in murder cases because of the stakes involved. For the families of victims, it is a law that helps to bring to justice all those who took part in a gang attack … Continue reading

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Homicide and Mental Illness

Blog Category: The Justice System

Following a series of stories about the number of people killed by mental health patients (1,200 in Britain in a decade, said The Sun), we decided to look at a single year in depth to illustrate the situation in London. … Continue reading

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Fitness to Plead: The Pritchard Criteria

Blog Category: The Justice System

What happens when the suspect in a murder trial is unable to understand the trial process? And what has that got to do with a man accused of having sex with an animal in 1836? In October 2012, 65 year-old … Continue reading

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Sanction Detection Rates

Blog Category: Statistics, The Justice System

The ‘murder rate’ is one way of measuring the effectiveness of the justice system. Another is the percentage of homicides that are ‘cleared up’ – otherwise known as the Sanction Detection Rate. This means cases where a suspect has been … Continue reading

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Suspicious and Unexplained

Blog Category: The Justice System

The case of MI6 spy Gareth Williams is one of those rare mysteries that seems to defy all logic. It begins with a body, but it is a body within a locked bag within a locked room. Detectives and scientists … Continue reading

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The London Homicide Manual

Blog Category: The Justice System

How do detectives investigate a murder? Books, TV programmes and documentaries give us some idea – even if their focus is on a single grizzled cop who solves a homicide single-handed. But what exactly is the ‘procedure’ when that call … Continue reading

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Old Bailey Farewell to Stenographers

Blog Category: The Justice System

Think of the major criminal trials that have taken place in the Old Bailey since the beginning of the 20th Century: Dr Crippen, John Christie, Ruth Ellis, The Yorkshire Ripper, the Soham Murders… In each and every case the cast … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Cameras in Court

Blog Category: Current Affairs, Film, Photography, The Justice System

Earlier this month Sky, ITN and the BBC lobbied the government to allow cameras in court. The hope is that criminal trials could be televised as early as early as 2015. The ban on taking photographs goes back to 1925 … Continue reading

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‘Hate Crime’ Murders

Blog Category: The Justice System

This week it was announced that life sentences for the murder disabled and transgender victims will be brought up to the same level as other ‘hate crimes’. It means judges will use a 30 year starting point – rather than … Continue reading

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