Posts tagged with  " courts and court "

The Secret Barrister, Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken

September 28, 2018:
The Secret Barrister, stories of the law and how it is broken

This is a very scary book. However, most people who read this book review on FACT website will already have some experience of how the legal system is malfunctioning. The Secret Barrister (a junior barrister specialising in criminal law and named Independent Blogger of the Year in 2016 and 2017) begins by tracing the history […]

Justice Select Committee Reports on Disclosure Failings

July 21, 2018:

The wrongfully accused may feel heartened by two items of good news in the last week. First there was Judge Mann’s judgement in favour of Cliff Richard who had his reputation, health and income trashed by the actions of the BBC. You can read Simon Warr’s views on this judgement here. Secondly the Justice Select […]

Member of our advisory group makes submission to Justice Committee ‘Inquiry on Disclosure of Evidence’

July 15, 2018:

Chris Saltrese is a solicitor specialising in the defence of those accused of sexual offences. He is a member of our advisory group. He has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee ‘Inquiry on Disclosure of Evidence’. The full submission is available here. The following are extracts from his submission summarising the problem and his […]

An opportunity to submit evidence concerning disclosure failures

February 28, 2018:

Thanks to Dr Ros Burnett, Oxford University Criminology Department, for bringing the following news items to our attention Some FACT members have suffered injustice due to failures of disclosure. We now have a very welcome opportunity to submit evidence to the Justice Committee. We believe that contrary to the view previously expressed by the DPP […]

Appalling failures of justice by both church and state

December 15, 2017:

“Judge slams police after man cleared in rape trial” and “Bishop besmirched by the Church” were the front page headlines of The Times and The Daily Telegraph today. Liam Allan, a criminology student, according to the report in The Times was charged with six rapes and six sexual assaults. He was warned that he faced […]

How Simon Warr lost everything when he was wrongfully accused of abuse

March 6, 2017:

What follows is a shocking story of how a wrongfully accused teacher lost everything. His career, his home, his reputation and of course his happiness. It tells how he contemplated suicide as the only way to escape his suffering. Simon Warr taught O level languages. He was, and is an innocent victim of the febrile […]

New FACTsheet on how to cope with a false allegation

February 7, 2017:

A new FACTsheet has been prepared based on the experience gleaned by some members who were falsely accused of historic sexual abuse in a work setting. It lists 22 very practical steps that you can take to help in your defence. These steps not only help you to gain some sense of control when your […]

Wrongful Allegations of Sexual and Child Abuse – Important New Book

October 28, 2016:
Cover of Wrongful Allegations of Sexual and Child Abuse

This new book, Wrongful Allegations of Sexual and Child Abuse, is edited by Dr Ros Burnett (Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford). It contains 21 chapters by criminologists, psychologists, legal scholars and other experts, discussing policies and practices that impact on people who are falsely accused of sexual and physical offences against adults and children. […]

Chris Saltrese Solicitors

August 20, 2016:

Our attention has been drawn to several excellent articles on Chris Saltrese’ website; False Allegations: Contrary to popular belief false allegations of sexual offences are neither rare nor are they readily sifted out by the criminal justice system. Nor can defendants place unquestioning reliance on the ‘scrutiny of the courts’ to secure the correct verdict. […]

Teacher cleared of hitting six-year-old pupil on head with ruler

December 20, 2014:

Rina Khan, aged 41, of Smethwick, was accused of hitting the child so hard the ruler broke as punishment for getting a question wrong during a maths lesson.

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