A Generation of Girls Growing Up Without a Conscience Jilly Prather, Advocate After receiving an email on Monday morning from the mother of a man who was wrongfully convicted of sexually molesting his step-daughter, I sat back and pondered a few things glaring at me about his case. I see an increasing number of fathers…
Excellent advice about appealing convictions.
This mightbe the most important fact sheet for peoplemaking an application for leave to appeal “in person” (without a lawyer). It should also be useful to students working at miscarriage of justice projects. Most of the hints and tips will also be relevant whenmaking applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
Why are the Grounds of Appeal Important?
Your grounds of appeal are a massivelyimportant part of your case. If you prepare your grounds of appeal badly then the judge (or the CCRC)will not know what your arguments are. This puts you at a disadvantage. The judge will be less likely to grant you permission to appeal if you have not told them why you have a good case. So persuade them.
The Golden Rules
1)Start from the beginning. Always write your grounds of appeal as if the person reading them knows nothing about your case. It is…
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Well, we didn’t see that one coming, did we, boys and girls?
I’ve had my head buried in a serious trial over the last couple of weeks. It’s the type of case which has been attracting the unwelcome attentions of various ill-informed quarters of the media and Parliamentarians ignorant of criminal law and procedure. The real world has, to a certain extent, receded into the background. It’s the sort of trial where I have had to listen to the Helmet back catalogue. A lot.
So I nearly missed the bit where the MOJ turned into the Punch and Judy Show.
We all know that Liz Truss is the worst Lord Chancellor since Geoffrey The Bastard (who held the office from 1181 to 1189). Her obvious, embarrassing lack of grasp of the issues, not to mention the conspicuous lack of regard for access to justice and the importance of proper procedure which permeates down through…
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Hayden J: another view on child sex exploitation
London Borough of Redbridge v SNA  EWHC 2140 (Fam), Hayden J (judgment on 21 July 2015) is important for at least three reasons:
- Hayden J defines the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court when it comes to a judge’s power to restrain alleged sexual abuse by one or more individuals against a child; and in so doing
- He reviews the role of local authority in obtaining child sexual exploitation orders and the earlier Birmingham City Council v Riaz & Ors  EWHC 4247 (Fam) (15 December 2014) of Keehan J.
- The existence and scope of sexual risk orders under Sexual Offences Act 2003 s 122A (in force since the Birmingham case) was confirmed.
In December 2014 in Birmingham CC v Riaz (above) Keehan J made an order against 10 men to prevent their sexual involvement with a seventeen year old girl…
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