Welcome to the first edition of the Doughty Street Chambers Criminal Appeals Bulletin. We hope that the articles are of interest to you.
As the structure of trials and sentencing regimes become ever more complex, and public funding is significantly reduced, the potential for miscarriages of justice increases. If one adds to this the advances in forensic and medical science, the bases on which to challenge the safety of convictions and the appropriateness of sentences expands considerably. Our new quarterly bulletin aims to highlight recent changes in case law and procedure, and to provide practical guidance to those advising on appellate matters. Where possible we have hyperlinked the authorities in the articles to the full judgements on BAILLI.
Barristers at Doughty Street Chambers are amongst the most sought after for advice and advocacy in cases of criminal appeals. Members represent appellants across the full range of offences, from the relatively minor to homicides and terrorism; and at all levels, from challenging magistrates courts’ decisions, drafting submissions to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, to appearing before the Court of Appeal , Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, as well as in the higher appeal courts abroad. We regularly lecture on appellate topics (click here for details of our next appeals seminar), and the second edition of Taylor on Criminal Appeals (OUP 2012), the leading specialist practitioner textbook in this area, has been written by a group including 12 members of the criminal team. Since 2012 we have run a free criminal appeals advice line for solicitors seeking a preliminary view on a potential appeal.
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Co-ordinator of the DSC Criminal Appeals Unit