A serious programme is needed to drive up prosecution rates and refocus on the police on bring criminals to justice.
The Government will never be able to get a grip on crime if the infrastructure of prosecution has rotted away.
Take the case of a Nigerian national who was sentenced in 2016 to four years in prison for offences including possessing crack cocaine and heroin with the intention to supply. The First-tier Tribunal allowed his appeal against deportation on grounds deportation was irreconcilable with Article 8.
It seems to fall between two stools: neither a tight technical update of the existing system, nor a fundamental overhaul.
Our commitment to the rule of law is undiminished, but the Human Rights Act is a flawed vehicle which needs reform.
A young constituent of mine is just one of many victims of crime who have been failed by box-ticking bureaucrats.
I have made clear that the scheme initiated by the Labour Government at the time for the so-called ‘on the runs’ has no legal basis.
Learning is vital to rehabilitation; my committee’s new report contains a clear programme for long-overdue reform.
The proposals are in line with those we outlined in an article earlier this month: immunity in exchange for honest testimony.
It would be far better to improve prosecutions for tangible crimes against women, such as harassment and violence.
Would it be worth abandoning long-shot hopes of criminal prosecution to get evidence on the record before the witnesses die?
Talk of face-saving and exit ramps is not for our benefit, nor really for Putin’s, but for Ukraine’s.
The move would mark a long-overdue end to “a grubby, behind-closed-doors deal with people linked to scores of terrorist atrocities.”
The lesson of the Charlie Gard tragedy is that a balanced mediation service is a better way forward.
Today’s announcement will bring total taxpayer funding for criminal defence to £1.2 billion a year, the largest amount for a decade.