Criminal Justice System

R v Jogee (Appellant) [2016]

On 18 February 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned 30 years’ legal precedent on the doctrine of joint enterprise.

Belhaj & Anor v Straw & Ors [2014] 

On 30 October 2014, the Court of Appeal ruled that the legal case against the former foreign secretary Jack Straw and a senior MI6 officer, which alleges that they were unlawfully involved in the torture and illegal rendition of a Libyan man and his pregnant wife, to Gaddafi’s Libya in 2004, can be heard in an English Court.

Nunn v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary [2014]

On 18 June 2014, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal regarding the duty of disclosure on the police post-conviction. Although the Court dismissed the appeal on the facts, it did clarify when a duty of post-conviction disclosure exists.

Rahmatullah v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2012]

On 31 October 2012, the Supreme Court unanimously concluded that for the purpose of habeas corpus, the UK does not need to have physical custody of the person concerned. It is sufficient that there is material before the Court which supports the conclusion that the UK has a reasonable prospect of securing release.

Cadder v HM Advocate [2010]

On 26 October 2010, a unanimous seven judge UK Supreme Court confirmed that the law in Scotland breaches the right to a fair trial by not allowing advice and representation to detained persons in the police station.