UK Justice Policy Review

No 'dark side' to Northern Ireland police

A senior officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland has rejected Sinn Féin claims of a 'dark side' at work in the force.

Chief Superintendant Nigel Grimshaw said that officers in the force should investigate allegations of crime 'without fear or favour'.

The allegations follows the arrest and subsequent release of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams as part of the investigation into the murder of Jean McConville.

Violence in court. Judges blame legal aid cuts

The Guardian reports on a written submission to MPs by the Judicial Executive Board, which blames legal aid cuts for outbreaks of courtoom violence.

The Board, made up of the most senior judges in England and Wales, highlights an increase in the number of 'litigants in person' – individuals appearing in court with no legal representation – due to legal aid cuts. In its submission the Board writes:

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