Court of Appeal

Unduly lenient sentence doubled

A man who virtually decapitated his girlfriend with a bread knife while he was drunk has had his jail sentence doubled. Judges at the Court of Appeal in London overturned the “unduly lenient” six-year prison term imposed in the case of James Richardson and increased it to 12 years. Richardson, 35, of Berridge Green, Edgware, […]

open Prison Absconder Policy Upheld On Appeal

A High Court ruling that a policy of excluding prisoners with a history of absconding from being transferred to more lenient open conditions is unlawful has been overturned. The Government’s policy was introduced following high-profile media reports last year of prisoners with a history of violence absconding while on release on temporary licence (ROTL) from […]

Judges warn lack of legal aid increasing burden on courts

A rise in the number of people representing themselves in person at Court of Appeal hearings is posing an “increasing problem”, a leading judge has warned. Lady Justice Black – who sits in the Court of Appeal – said the task facing judges was “infinitely more difficult” when people were not represented by lawyers. She […]

‘Whole Life’ Sentences Lawful Says Court – But ‘Right Wing’ Say Critics –

Leading judges gave a crucial ruling backing the use of whole-life sentences today – which was criticised as ‘right wing’ by commentators. A panel of five judges, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, announced their decision on controversial “life-means-life” orders at the Court of Appeal in London. The judges increased the 40-year minimum […]

Court Due To Rule on Stop & Search

The Court of Appeal is to rule today on a challenge over the legality of random stop-and-search powers aimed at tackling street violence. The Metropolitan Police have been accused of breaching human rights laws by using the controversial powers against a disproportionately high number of black Londoners. Ann Juliette Roberts, 39, of Upper Edmonton, north […]


A young man who spent more than seven years behind bars for a murder he insists he did not commit had his conviction quashed by judges today. Sam Hallam, 24, was at the Court of Appeal in London to hear the announcement by Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice openshaw and Mr Justice Spencer that his conviction […]


A young man who has always pleaded his innocence over a 2004 murder had his first taste of freedom in more than seven years today after a dramatic twist in his case at the Court of Appeal. Sam Hallam, 24, from Hoxton, east London, whom lawyers described as the victim of a “serious miscarriage of justice”, was […]