The endemic existence of British ‘soft justice’ – an epidemic impossible to control?

The ongoing problems of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in the UK have been highlighted in a number of previous posts on this blog, and indeed it will have been obvious to all and sundry in Britain that the whole system broke down a long long time ago, don’t you think? Now there are multiple […]

The verdict on Oscar Pistorius is out this week – Guilty of ‘Murder’ or not?

  This Thursday 11th September, Judge Masipa will announce her verdict in the Pretoria High Court on Oscar Pistorius’ murder charge. The trial has been ongoing since March – with substantial delays and adjournments. The killer has been granted unprecedented & lax bail conditions by the South African courts for more than a year. The […]

The South African Justice System – after ‘Pistorius’ how does it look?

                              Many amateur observers following world  news of the arrest, charging, and subsequent ‘somewhat theatrical’ murder trial of killer Mr Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria South Africa, have been astounded at the revelations exposed about that country’s Justice System, haven’t they? The latest eye-opener is that the revered learned Judge, who has presided over the trial, […]

The Pistorius’ Trial phase is over – is the Aftermath? [September 11 is the date for Verdict]

   542 days since she was slain     Friday August 8 The past two days have been disturbing & confusing for outsider observers hasn’t it? Two powerful legal advocates locked head to head like two rampant stags in a final battle for supremacy. They have both been presenting their closing arguments – the prosecution […]

Oscar Pistorius – facing a murder trial end? August 6

    Tomorrow, Thursday, August 7th, is a big day for the South African justice system in Pretoria High Court, whether they know it or not. The Pistorius trial’s extensive delays have been disturbing to outside watchers, but now the Prosecution must sum up their arguments and Mr. Pistorius’ team has to play his last […]

Oscar Pistorius’ Trial – ON again & South Africa Justice ON Trial as well? UPDATE – Adjournment update July 21

  The ‘under world scrutiny’ South African Justice System will have already puzzled many casual observers, but that cannot be matched by the disturbing information that Oscar Pistorius has been out nightclubbing at the backend of his trial (just a week after adjournment). Not only that but he was involved in a physical altercation with […]

Oscar Pistorius’ Trial – ON again & South Africa Justice ON Trial as well? UPDATE – DAY 39 July 8

DAY 39 July 8 The trial is heading towards a close, at long last – the Defence has completed its evidence but has thrown another spanner in the works by claiming that it has other evidence but some people won’t appear because testimony is broadcast. So here we have a major murder trial, under international […]

Oscar Pistorius’ South Africa Trial – How’s it all going to end? UPDATED!

    As identified in an earlier post it is a trial under the World’s microscope, so it isn’t just Mr. Oscar Pistorius Blade Runner on trial in Pretoria – oh no it is South Africa as well, isn’t it? There are worrying elements seen already about their justice system – for example, why was […]

Scales of Justice Broken

Women                                                                   Rapists Rape is the penetration of a woman without her consent when the defendant had no reasonable believe that he had consent. It is a worrying state of affairs when the female chairwoman of the Bar Council, Maura McGowan, comes out in favour of an unworkable plan in favour of anonymity for men accused […]