Criminal Appeals


Since its inception members of the Crime team at Doughty Street have been involved in high profile miscarriage of justice appeals (such as The Birmingham Six, the Bridgewater Three, Winston Silcott, The Cardiff Three, Stephen Downing, Kiranjit Ahluwalia, Sarah Thornton, and Derek Bentley), and guideline cases before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (such as Gibbs and others [2005] 1 Cr App R 3: 5 judge Court, correct approach to the setting of minimum term of mandatory life sentences; Karimi and James [2006] Cr App R 440: 5 judge Court giving definitive ruling on provocation; Twomey & ors [2009] 2 Cr App R 412: juryless trials); the House of Lords / Supreme Court (such as Kennedy (no 2) [2008] Cr App R 256: the parameters of unlawful act manslaughter; G [2008] 1 WLR 1379:  the presumption of innocence in Article 6(2) / whether prosecution in violation of article 8; Coutts [2007] 1 Cr App R 60: duty of trial judge to leave alternative verdicts; J;G [2010] 1 AC 43: clarification of offences under s57/58 Terrorism Act 2000; Maxwell [2011] 2 Cr App R 31: abuse of process; Chaytor and Ors [2011] 1 A.C. 684: ambit of parliamentary privilege); the European Court of Human Rights (such as Venables and Thompson v UK [2000]: article 6 and the trial of children; Al-Khawaja and Tahery v UK, [2012]: hearsay evidence and Article 6), and the Privy Council (often in capital cases from the Caribbean).

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