Thursday, 21 February 2013

S07E06 - Cake and Sex

It’s the cake and er... sex as the series ends with a fabulous interview with Felicity Gerry.  She talks to Ben about sex trials, anonymity of defendants accused of rape, cross-examination of witnesses in sex trials and other related issues.

This week also saw a meeting on the Northern Circuit about the future of the Bar - and the threats to it.  As a result, all members of Circuit will be balloted over QASA.  Kirstin tells us what the questions will be and we discuss the apparent feeling on other circuits.

Then we have our second review of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice 2013 in electronic format.  Is it still very nearly the Bee’s knees?  Have any or all of the niggles we had last time been resolved?

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Felicity Gerry
Blackstone’s Criminal Practice

Friday, 15 February 2013

S07E05 - Mags, Bads and Dangerous to Know

This week we are without Ben clearly one worth listening to!

Kirstin soldiers on with the inestimable Jonathan Holt in support as we bring you a profusion of case law.

First up is the news that 4 people have gone to gaol in connection with the tragic death of Baljinder Gill who was innocently caught up in a staged road traffic accident - surprisingly the 1st case of it’s kind.

Then we cover 2 cases involving drink-driving.  When is a public place not a public place and do the Magistrates have to say why?  And can the Magistrates change their minds about the verdict they’ve given after trial but apparently before they’ve thought about the evidence or point of law the case rests upon?

The decision in the Edexcel/Ofqual fiasco of different grades for the same marks at GCSE is looked at and Kirstin explains why the High Court came to the conclusion that nothing should be done.

And finally a case which clearly demonstrates the old warning to be careful what you wish for - especially when what you wish for is a good character direction - this one’s good enough to sink any defendant.

We wish Ben a speedy recovery and hope for his return next week - although it’s been ever so much easier and quieter just recently.....

  1. Gaol for crash 4 cash death case.
  2. Cowan v Director of Public Prosecutions - Was there enough evidence on Public Place?
  3. DPP v Gautam Chajed - Cannot change verdict under s.142 MCA 1980
  4. Ofqual, Edexcel, AQA not at fault
  5. R v Kevin Marlon Dillon - With good character directions like these...

(Ed - cough, cough. They still need me to do the technical stuff and blah...blah..blah... And Kirstin thinks this is "Episode 7 Episode 5" for some reason. Ben)

Thursday, 7 February 2013

S07E04 - All about IP

This week we bring you an Intellectual Property special. Everything you wanted to know about IP but were afraid to ask!  

Ben talks to Jane Lambert, a barrister and blogger specialising in IP. What is IP and why are we hearing so much about it in the news these days? How do you secure it? What do you do when somebody infringes your IP rights? Also, we hear an insight into a rather innovative approach to securing assets that appear to be the fruits of your IP, even if rather indirectly!

In other news...

The French have decided that it is time to let women join the modern world. No. Seriously.

Summary Justice gone too far?  A rather spectacular headline that masks a rather tragic story.  "Woman shot dead for shoplifting at Walmart"

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