Chad Evans

I heard about the case of Mr Ched Evans this morning for the first time. Mr Evans made the news because he was convicted of rape, served two and a half years out of a five year sentence and has been released. he wants to return to his job. If Mr Evans was a bricklayer or a plasterer there would not be an outcry about his returning to his work. If Mr Evans were a school teacher or a solicitor it is clear that he should not return to his work but seek other work because jobs of that kind involve contact with people with whom it will be undesirable for a convicted rapist to be in contact.  Continue reading

The More Laws, the More Corruption

Laws are enacted in our present civilised society virtually every day; some days many laws are enacted, too many for anyone to read. It has become virtually impossible for a citizen to understand all the relevant laws that might apply to his or her conduct, transactions, habits and behaviour. There is primary, secondary and even tertiary legislation. There are laws upon laws, laws within laws, and laws about what is not within the law. In nine years the last Labour government managed to create 3,600 new criminal offences. The present Conservative government is also busy creating new criminal offences, not quite at the same rate, but with the same enthusiasm. Continue reading

Human Rights Rule the Common Law

I have spent much of my life in courts and seen how the law works in criminal and (mostly) civil cases. I have watched judges make good decisions and bad decisions, and served on a jury which impressed me with the desire of every member to come to the right decision, taking great care and trouble and using all of our ordinary skills and experience of life. The law is an odd taskmaster. Continue reading