Posts Tagged ‘ Liverpool Prison ’


DAN CHURCH SCOOPS THE POOL

Written by Sian Hall
February 5th, 2018

For the second time in less than two years Dan Church returns to the East Midlands after a long stint on the West Coast.

In 2016 Dan was successful in securing an acquittal for a young lady charged with conspiracy to supply several kilos of controlled drugs. The case lasted for about six weeks and saw Dan make the acquaintance of a number of local hoteliers during his extended stay.

Between October 2017 and January 2018 Dan returned to his former stamping ground, this time as Junior, to the ever excellent Adrian Langdale from 7 Bedford Row.

With a considerable mountain of evidence to climb, many sceptics felt that the Langdale/Church team would come second. In fact, the two advocates, ably supported by arch litigator Rebecca Da Silva, returned home with first prize: an acquittal and considerable praise from the Trial Judge.

After an earlier six weeks and a more recent stay of twelve weeks, our only fear is that next time he heads to Liverpool we will not see Dan for six months.

Fantastic work by all concerned in the face of apparently overwhelming odds.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PRISON DEATHS?

Written by Sian Hall
November 10th, 2017

On the day where Nottingham Prison announces that five inmates have died during the course of the last three months and when the governor of Liverpool jail has been removed forthwith, the question of prison conditions and particularly deaths in prison is a live one.

 

Recently, Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform, called for the Probation Service and CCRCs to be involved in reviews whenever a prisoner who has been known to either of the branches of the probation service prior to their admission to prison, takes their life.

 

Many advocates shrink from saying to the Court that they believe the client is in imminent danger if admitted to custody. Many regard it as bad fall and rather cheap; others believe it is wrong to be seen to be holding a gun to the head of the Court.

 

All of our advocates have been trained to bring sensitive and delicate information to the attention of the court in an appropriate and reasoned fashion. Everyone is taught how to bring mitigation together in a way that should, if at all possible, avoid a vulnerable client ever being sent into custody.

 

Where a Court takes a decision to remand or sentence to custody our advocates are trained to ensure that the right information is passed as quickly as possible to the relevant authorities within the prison to ensure that the prison staff can give timely and appropriate care. Sadly, all we can ever do is provide this information, there can be no say in what those in charge will do with it.  By keeping a record of those to whom we have spoken and the information that has been provided to them, we aim to be in a position to ensure that any reviewing body is able to have a real and proper understanding of what was known by whom at what time.

 

 

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