Police investigations

14 August 2017

When should the police name a suspect?

The naming and prompt elimination from enquiry of Eric Bellquist as the ‘Putney jogger’ has once again raised questions around the naming of suspects in police enquiries. 

Matthew Hardcastle

20 July 2017

Reports call for higher standards of disclosure in criminal proceedings

On 18 July 2017 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the body that independently assesses and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of the police published a report: ‘Making it fair – a joint inspection of the disclosure of unused material in volume Crown Court cases’. The report followed a three-month inspection into the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) compliance with the disclosure of unused material provisions.

26 May 2017

The Trial: A Murder in the Family – The Jury

As The Trial approaches its denouement we spent the penultimate episode focused on the closing speeches and the beginning of the jury’s deliberation. 

Matthew Hardcastle

24 May 2017

The Trial: A Murder in the Family – The Evidence

One of the most frustrating features of The Trial has been the deployment of the ‘evidence’ to the audience. This is not a criticism of the way the case has been presented to the jury – the prosecution or defence teams have ably demonstrated the quality of the criminal bar – but of the decision to intercut the ‘evidence’ with material which wouldn’t be before a jury. This has made following the trial, as the jury have, impossible. 

Matthew Hardcastle

14 March 2017

Is a conditional caution the way forward for dealing with and rehabilitating those accused of viewing indecent images of children?

In a recent interview with the Times, Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on child protection, highlighted the increasing numbers of cases of alleged child sexual abuse being reported to the police, including cases of indecent images of children (“IIOC”) being viewed online. In a frank admission he stressed that the police are finding themselves overwhelmed by this work and have reached “saturation point”. 

Will Hayes

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