Category Archives: Public confidence in the legal system

Bringing Rwandan génocidaires to justice 

Posted by on Monday, May 16, 2016

This month saw the opening at the Paris Cour d’assises, accompanied by a certain amount of media attention, of the trial of two elderly Rwandan gentlemen, Tito Barahira and Octavian Ngenzi. The events that led up to the trial of Barahira and Ngenzi, which started on May 12, took place more than 20 years ago, several thousands… Read More »

The trial and sentencing of former Sunderland football player Adam Johnson at Bradford Crown Court – A student’s view

Posted by on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Adam Johnson has received a six year custodial sentence, as Judge Jonathan Rose explains: “Your standing and your offending are the only reason that this child has suffered abuse far beyond what would normally be expected in a case such as this. I am satisfied that the girl suffered serious psychological harm. The only reason… Read More »

The language of the law: Legal systems rather than legal solutions cause difficulties for business

Posted by on Thursday, November 10, 2011

I have recently returned from Hong Kong where I co-arranged and attended the International Conference on Access to non-judicial Justice. Presentations from over a dozen countries concentrated on how disputes can be solved without the need to go to court.  Going to court seems to be regarded as just as uncertain, costly, nerve-wracking and lengthy… Read More »

Just rumours: Agency Workers Regulations don’t turn temporary workers into employees overnight

Posted by on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

By Ron Drake, Partner at Cobbetts Despite recent rumours from anti-EU circles to the contrary, the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (which come into force on 1 October 2011) do not have cataclysmic consequences for the temporary labour market. 1. Temporary workers can’t claim unfair dismissal The Regulations do not magically turn temporary workers into employees… Read More »

Triesman and Duchess of York: careless talk cost them their privacy

Posted by on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What do Lord Triesman and the Duchess of York have in common?  There may be several things, but the obvious one is their embarrassment at having been caught on tape saying things which, when released into the public arena, cause them damage. Lord Triesman felt compelled to resign as Chairman of the Football Association last… Read More »

Legal rights for voters who couldn’t vote in UK elections

Posted by on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Official election monitors from Commonwealth countries were at the UK General Election last week, presumably hoping for hints as to how to run free elections efficiently.  Instead they were shocked and believed the integrity of the result was at risk because the system is based on trust rather than security and proper identity checks, according… Read More »

Trial without jury

Posted by on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This year, the British legal system entered its newest and one of its most controversial chapters; a criminal trial without a jury.  This trial is the first Crown Court case in England and Wales to be heard by a judge alone using powers under Sections 44 and 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which… Read More »

Time to bin the super injunction

Posted by on Monday, February 8, 2010

Some interesting legal points come out of the John Terry affair. First, it seems that, eventually, the High Court found, by lifting the injunction, that the freedom of the press to report under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights trumped John Terry’s Article 8 right to privacy. Much of the discussion here… Read More »