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‘We’re here to celebrate legal aid, not mourn its death’

‘We’re here to celebrate legal aid, not mourn its death’

‘Look at the words written on the front of the Old Bailey,’ said Shauneen Lambe to hundreds of lawyers and campaigners outside the iconic central criminal court last night: ‘Defend…

No defence: the erosion of PACE rights

No defence: the erosion of PACE rights

Regulation of the police station stage of the criminal process by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the PACE Codes of Practice is rightly regarded as a major…

No defence: latest in Justice Gap series out

No defence: latest in Justice Gap series out

‘Lawyers are at the heart of many cases of the wrongly accused and wrongly convicted: wrong, shoddy, lazy representation. It is a recurrent theme. It should haunt us.’ So said…

Michael Mansfield QC: stop playing with our rights

Michael Mansfield QC: stop playing with our rights

Instead of closing the gap, a huge chasm has just opened up right at the top of the system, writes Michael Mansfield QC. It is a shocking and disgraceful manoeuvre…

No defence: professionalism versus economics

No defence: professionalism versus economics

It was inevitable, and perfectly understandable, that the article ‘Poor Defence‘ written by Maslen Merchant for Wrongly accused: who is responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice? (published here in the…

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