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Upcoming events:

Quarterly Meeting, Thursday 19th May, 2016

Garden Court Chambers at 17:30 all members and interested parties are welcome to attend.


CALA Annual Conference 2016

The provisional date for the next CALA annual conference is Saturday 12th November - stay posted for further details!


Past events:

Joint Enterprise: Murder, Appeals and the Aftermath of Jogee,

Thursday 10th March, 2016

Garden Court Chambers at 18:30 - 20:00.


Quarterly Meeting, Thursday 18th February, 2016


CALA Conference, Saturday 21st November 2015

On 21st November, 2015 CALA jointly organised a conference with the Centre for Criminal Appeals, entitled “Criminal Appeals in the Age of Austerity”.

Discussion focused on:

- The present challenges faced by the CCRC and the organisation’s decision making process.

- Alternative approaches being developed to overturn miscarriages of justice by legal and investigative organisations and university innocence projects.

- The impact of legal aid cuts on criminal appeals work.

- Current case law impacting appeals including: R v Nunn; R v McCook; Grey & Others.

- T  - The lack of support available to exonerees and recent judicial reviews concerning financial compensation (Nealon and Hallam).

Featured speakers: Richard Hoyle (Chairman of the CCRC); Professor Carolyn Hoyle, (Oxford Centre for Criminology); David Emmanuel, Henry Blaxland QC (Garden Court Chambers); Sophie Walker (Centre for Criminal Appeals); Louise Shorter (Inside Justice); Professor Julie Price and Dennis Eady (Cardiff Law School); Steven Bird (Birds Solicitors); Jodie Blackstock (JUSTICE).


Public Meeting at House of Commons and Proposed Private Members Bill

CALA held a public meeting at the House of Commons on 6th July 2011 at 6 p.m.

The topic for discussion was"The failure to compensate victims of miscarriages of justice - Time for government action".

The meeting was chaired by Lord Martin Thomas QC and included contributions from Tim Owen QC, Henry Blaxland QC and Suzanne Holsdworth. Professor John Spencer QC LLD of University of Cambridge supported this meeting wrote an open letter to Government which can be read here.

Following the meeting it was resolved to draft a private members Bill on the topic to get the compensation schemefor victims of miscarriages of justice onto the agenda for discussion within Government.

A report of the meeting can be read here.


CALA Conference 2012

CALA held a conference on 21st April 2012 entitled Miscarriages of Justice: Who Cares?

The conference was held at the Methodist International Centre in Euston.

The speakers included Henry Blaxland QC, Edward Fitzgerald QC, Tim Owen QC, Professor John Spencer QC,

Richard Foster CBE (CCRC Chair), Dr Adrian Grounds and Steven Bird.


CALA Response to Government's price competitive tendering consultation, June 2013

CALA submitted a response to the Government's proposals to introduce price competitive tendering into criminal legal aid which would, in our view, destroy the criminal justice system and bring about many more miscarriages of justice. Read the response here