For many years, I was a circuit judge. I have now retired and so have archived most of the legal resources which were on this web-site.
This page does though have links to a few items.
In a speech at Luton Crown Court, I expressed some thoughts about knife crime. One way of reducing the horrifying number of serious injuries and, indeed, deaths caused by knife attacks would be to round off the ends of long kitchen knives. It is the points of long kitchen knives which enter vital organs and sever arteries, not the blades. How often do we use the points of 8 or 10 inch knives in the kitchen? Click here for more.
Summing up for juries
Summing up for juries (directing them on the law and summarising the evidence) is one of the most important functions that circuit judges and recorders perform in any criminal trial. You can read my views about how judges can make jurors' tasks easier by giving written directions with sign-posts to verdict in my Criminal Law Review article Summing Up - a Judge's Perspective.
A More Consistent Approach to Sentencing
Click here for a paper on Restorative Justice which I delivered in French to a colloque at the Université Catholique de Lyon in November 2017.
Selling Off Our Silver
Selling Off Our Silver is an article I wrote in 2019 about the dangers of closing and selling off court buildings. I have to say, it feels rather prescient now.
The Future of Civil Justice is an article I wrote commenting on proposals by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls, to reform Civil Justice procedure.
The Battle of Arlington House, written for the 45th anniversary of the opening of Camden Community Law Centre, describes some aspects of the Law Centre's work back in the 1980s relating to Arlington House, then the biggest men's hostel in Europe.