Police failing to disclose crucial evidence about defendants, report finds

The Independent A failure to address disclosure ‘undermines the principles of a fair trial, which is the foundation of our system’ In more than half the reviewed cases, there were ‘obvious disclosure issues’ Getty The police and Crown Prosecution Service have been accused of failing to disclose crucial information about cases, resulting in defendants’ right to a…

Judge alarmed about lack of lawyer as he jails woman for begging

The Guardian ‘It is wholly unsatisfactory that the system conspires against a vulnerable individual like this,’ Worcester court told Malvern in Worcestershire, where Marie Baker breached an anti-social behaviour injunction. Photograph: Alamy A judge who sentenced a “fragile and vulnerable” woman to five-and-a-half months in jail for begging has expressed alarm that no lawyer could…

UK prisons ‘holding child inmates in solitary confinement against UN torture rules’

The Independent Exclusive: Investigation exposes serious allegations of international human rights breaches at young offenders institutions in the UK Solitary confinement for juveniles is expressly forbidden under UN policy iStock British prisons are holding child inmates in solitary confinement in an alleged breach of UN torture rules and British law, The Independent has found. Lawyers in one…