One of the UK’s top joint enterprise appeal lawyers, 2ndOpinionNow, have responded to the recent Supreme Court “joint enterprise” ruling, by setting up a special hotline for people in prison for murder to appeal their conviction.
Over decades, men and women have been prosecuted and convicted for murder on the back of “joint enterprise” where for gang-related murder cases the defendants could have foreseen violent acts by their associates even though they did not partake in the fatal blow.
The recent ruling that it was wrong to treat “foresight” as a sufficent gound for conviction, demonstrated that the law has been misapplied and has potentially resulted in thousands of miscarriages of justice.
Bearing in mind that a murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, Chaman Salhan, CEO of 2ndOpinionNow, and one of the UK’s best joint enterprise appeals lawyers says “this has now created the situation where prisons are full of people who should not be there”.
The Court Of Appeal is now expecting a barrage of applications from people trying to re-open thier cases, and 2ndOpinionNow have set up a special helpline to assist anybody who feels thatr their murder case should be ro-opened.
This far-reaching new ruling from the Supreme Court will be applicable in England and Wales and Northern Ireland and most (but not all) UK overseas common law territories. Scotland however, has its own rules on joint enterprise, so the ruling does not have a direct impact in that jurisdiction.
For many years now, the “joint enterprise” issue has been hotly debated and controversial, with campaigners arguing that it is not a robust and sound test of murder, while some relatives of murder victims’ have maintained that if the grounds of joint enterprise were watered down, it would inevitably give rise to an abuse of the appeals process. Only time will tell whether they were right or not.
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