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Here you'll find a selection of analysis, opinion and other curiosities concerning criminal law, and how the justice system interacts with the wider world.

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JLS singer Oritse Williams is facing a rape charge  Have police left it too late

JLS singer Oritse Williams is facing a rape charge – Have police left it too late?

Former JLS member Oritse Williams attended Magistrates’ Court last week. Despite much being made of his failure to do so, he wasn’t actually required to enter his plea, as rape cases are only heard in the Crown Court. Oritse Williams continues to be on unconditional bail, at least until his first hearing in the Crown Court which will take place on 7th November 2018. Unconditional bail means that there are no restrictions on his movement or the people he contacts. He must still ensure he... Read More

The ban on drill music hapless and discriminatory

The ban on drill music: hapless and discriminatory?

When Kingston Crown Court slapped a Criminal Behaviour Order on the young members of drill music group 1011, the public sat up and paid attention. The five West London teenagers had been imprisoned after police arrested them in Notting Hill in November last year for conspiracy to commit violent disorder. Their resulting CBO, issued at the request of the Police, was unusual. It specified that the group must notify police within 24 hours of releasing new music videos, provide details of any... Read More


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