June 16, 2012
BBC Four, Colin Peters, Contempt of court, Crown Court, Law, Legal Information, Litigant in person, Nicholas Wall, Rule of law, Rule of Money, Strange Case Of The Law
The Strange Case Of The Law will begin on Wednesday 20 June on BBC Four at 9.00pm – 10.00pm.
I wonder whether this chaplain turned barrister believes as much in the Rule of Law as all victims do.
Except that they have experienced mainly that the Rule of Law was replaced by the Rule of Money and the Abuse of Power… After his latest court appearance, Colin Peters said
“This is not justice. This is only a money making racket.”
He expected to be arrested for ‘contempt of court’. But the staff seemed to agree by leaving him alone…
June 7, 2012
Bankruptcy, Campaigning, Corruption, Exposure, Fraud, Justice, Publicity
Atlantic Coast Conference, Ebert, European Union, Haringey London Borough Council, Litigant in person, National Health Service, North London, Political corruption, The Daily Telegraph, Transparency International, white collar crime
Here’s the article in The Telegraph and here’s the original report by Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption. Its 2-year study Money, Politics, Power: Corruption Risks in Europe makes nine headline recommendations for the UK and can be read online here.
The most pertinent ones I can subscribe to from my observation of victims of white collar crimes:
- in the Judiciary corruption is ‘very strong’ and the worst of all institutions analysed
- given the links between overseas corruption and corruption with the uK, the role of the Government’s Anti-Corruption Champion (ACC) should be extended to cover corruption within the UK. The ACC should provide an annual report to Parliament
- a high-level response is needed to tackle corruption more effectively
- politicians, government, business and institutions throughout the UK urgently need to understand and accept that corruption is a problem in key sectors
- NHS, social housing and prison service are mentioned specifically, besides sports!
September 20, 2010
Advocacy, Campaigning, McKenzie Angels
Angel, Crime, Law, Litigant in person, McKenzie Angel, Paulette Cooper, The Guardian, victims
McKenzie Friends are ‘amateur lawyers’ who help and support Litigants in Person.
When Maurice Kirk asked for support in the courtroom, blogger Angela suggested we need “guardian angels”.
Hence McKenzie Angels were created as labels for those helpful humans who come for moral and / or legal support.
A comment from Paulette Cooper:
A large angel with scales of justice in one hand stood behind a victim which has his head in his hands in despair comes to mind for a drawing. Angel’s other hand on his shoulder and a pile of court docs on a desk in front of him/her.
Maybe a better idea still would be if those McKenzie Angels could come to a consensus on how to tackle the most common problems in law, maybe even have those in some written ‘fact sheets’ ready to send to victims to do with the most common issues and that each new victim could be connected with their own McKenzie Angel who would be there to help them find a way through the mire.