News: “Secret Arrests” Opinion Poll: Public agrees with Leveson, ACPO and the Judges

9 05 2013

DEV620_1708992aThere has, over recent, weeks been a substantial press campaign against so-called “secret arrests” with unanimous support for a policy of releasing the names of people who arrested, irrespective of whether or not they are charged with any offence.  ACPO, Lord Justice Leveson and the senior judges responding to the Law Commission have been condemned for supporting a policy of only releasing names in exceptional circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson, “secret arrests” and the rights of suspects: a question of balance – Hugh Tomlinson QC

10 04 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph are alarmed about ‘secret arrests’ – which, as usual, they blame on Lord Justice Leveson.  The complaint concerns proposed new guidelines from the Association of Chief Police Officers under which “forces will be banned from confirming the names of suspects”. The Mail calls it “a chilling new threat to the right to know” and holds out the prospect of people being swept off the streets in the manner of North Korea and Zimbabwe. The Telegraph says that critics are condemning the proposal as an attack on open justice. Read the rest of this entry »