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MP Nigel Evans Is Found Not Guilty Of Sex Offence Charges

British justice the envy of the world? Tell that to Nigel Evans

14 April 2014 11:32

I am utterly delighted that Nigel Evans has been acquitted of serious allegations of sexual assault. He is a good, kind, gentle and decent man and a very old friend.… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Who judges the judges?

18 March 2014 12:53

I like Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake of the Sunday Times. I will not pretend they are anything like close friends or family. I doubt if I see them more… Continue reading

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John Downey mistakenly received a so-called 'comfort letter' as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The police would not have blundered if the government hadn't been so craven.

The police’s blunder over John Downey is one thing, the government’s cravenness another

26 February 2014 16:00

So, the IRA terror suspect, John Downey, will now not face a trial for his alleged involvement in the Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings of 1982, in which eleven… Continue reading

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How legal aid reforms are clogging up the courts

20 February 2014 18:27

Litigants in person – individuals representing themselves, rather than relying on a lawyer – have always been a feature in courts, and are the source of the aphorism ‘a lawyer… Continue reading

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Palmer Murder Trial

Courtroom drama in 1828 – courtesy of The Spectator

20 January 2014 13:19

It’s a real pleasure looking through the first few editions of the Spectator from 1828, where the police reports and brief news items conjure up the England of Dickens and… Continue reading

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There are certain things in Britain about which it is impossible to speak frankly. The birth rate of the Muslim population is a prime subject.

Is the startling rise in Muslim infants as positive as the Times suggests?

10 January 2014 15:51

Today’s Times has a lovely example of positive spin.  The headline is: ‘Rise in Muslim birth rate as families ‘feel British’. The story which gives rise to this headline is… Continue reading

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Trenton Oldfield is feeling the full force of the British state. Why? His transgressions were so minor.

The spite and vindictiveness of the British state

9 December 2013 12:06

Good luck to Trenton Oldfield, his wife Deepa Naik and their newborn baby today: it’s Oldfield’s day of judgement. He will find out if he is to be kicked out… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

The forced Caesarean case proves that light must be shone on social services and the courts

3 December 2013 15:03

It’s no joke, having a Caesarean, and I’ve had two. So the news that Essex County Council social services obliged a pregnant, mentally ill Italian woman to have her baby… Continue reading

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A court has heard allegations that Nigella Lawson took cocaine and prescription drugs on a habitual basis.(VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

Blow to domestic goddess as cocaine allegations surface

26 November 2013 18:23

Allegations that Nigella Lawson used cocaine and prescription drugs on a habitual basis have emerged in court today after the trial judge lifted a reporting restriction. Lawson’s former personal assistants Francesca and… Continue reading

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Dave’s ‘crimson tide’ is not a family trait

31 October 2013 13:39

Sky News made history today by broadcasting for the first time ever from inside the Court of Appeal, and Counsel for the Appellant looked familiar. Indeed, it was none other… Continue reading

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Judges Attend The Annual Service At Westminster Abbey To Mark The Start Of The UK Legal Year

We must revisit the Equality Act to stop vexatious court cases

8 August 2013 18:04

What have the Churchill £5 note, the Home Office ‘racist vans’ and the ‘Bedroom Tax’ got in common? All were alleged breaches of section 149 of the Equality Act 2010,… Continue reading

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The "bedroom tax" case has been rejected by the High Court.

The “bedroom tax” judgment has implications far beyond bedrooms

30 July 2013 12:17

The High Court has rejected the “bedroom tax” claimants’ case. In a ruling issued earlier this morning, Lord Justice Laws said that ‘the PSED [Public Sector Equality Duty on the benefit reforms] was fulfilled;… Continue reading

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Judges Attend The Annual Service At Westminster Abbey To Mark The Start Of The UK Legal Year

The judicial review row should not be about lawyers – it is about democracy

29 July 2013 16:28

The stooshie over judicial review is not about lawyers, although one should be forgiven for thinking otherwise given much of today’s coverage and reaction. Really, it is about the rule… Continue reading

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General View Of The Old Bailey

Employment tribunal changes a prelude of what’s to come over legal aid

29 July 2013 9:12

Changes to the legal system come into force today, with workers being charged for bringing cases against their bosses to employment tribunals. Employees will pay £150-£260 initially, and then there… Continue reading

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Justice and Security Bill

The secret courts bill won’t enhance justice or make us more secure

28 January 2013 12:04

‘That Britain allowed itself to be dragged into complicity in extraordinary rendition – the kidnap and torture of individuals by the state – is a disgrace. That, nearly a decade… Continue reading

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Dominic Grieve's office has said that it is 'inappropriate' for it to intervene in the case of Sgt. Danny Nightingale. Image: Getty.

Cabinet row over imprisoned SAS soldier

20 November 2012 14:55

A lunchtime spat has broken out over Sergeant Danny Nightingale, the SAS serviceman who was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a court martial after pleading guilty to possession… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat members have mobilised against their leadership by calling for the Justice and Security Bill to be dropped. Image: Getty

The crime of the Justice and Security Bill

17 November 2012 16:30

The Coalition Agreement states: ‘We will be strong in defence of freedom. The Government believes that the British state has become too authoritarian, and that over the past decade it… Continue reading

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The Adrian Smith case suggests that 'the Internet is proving that it is the friend of the censorious rather than a tool for emancipation.' Image: Getty

The internet is proving to be a tool of censorship, not emancipation

16 November 2012 14:07

The case of Adrian Smith, the Christian the Trafford Housing Trust demoted for politely expressing his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook, is one of the most disgraceful I have… Continue reading

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Would their Lordships afford the same treatment to the general public as they have to Margaret Moran? Image: Getty

Margaret Moran: an MP too depressed for prison

15 November 2012 14:50

Are you happy that the former Labour MP Margaret Moran, who swindled more than £50,000 from the taxpayer in rogue expenses, will escape a custodial sentence because she is ‘depressed’?… Continue reading

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Britain’s illiberal state

12 October 2012 13:58

It can seem surreal, almost otherworldly, to read about our judiciary these days. Just a few days ago my colleague Douglas Murray wrote about the peculiarity of imposing a custodial… Continue reading

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Secret justice concessions won’t silence its critics

29 May 2012 12:30

Two U-turns in 12 hours — even for this government that’s some going. Following George Osborne’s watering down of his VAT changes, Ken Clarke has rowed back some of his… Continue reading

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ECHR reform won’t happen

19 April 2012 15:17

In Westminster, the debate about the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights is all being seen through the prism of the Abu Qatada case.… Continue reading

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What today’s Abu Hamza ruling means

10 April 2012 18:00

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that five terror suspects, including notorious Islamist cleric Abu Hamza, can be deported to the United States — a decision welcomed by… Continue reading

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Tax Evader

6 April 2012 18:48

Rather than respond to CoffeeHousers in the comment thread of my blog earlier, I thought I’d do it in a post (and also take in some of the comments from… Continue reading

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What is being done in the name of ‘national security’?

6 April 2012 9:15

The liberty versus security debate has returned to Westminster, and it’s just like old times. David Davis is having great fun beating up the government, except this time it’s a… Continue reading

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