Statue of justice.
Should we hold victims responsible for crimes committed due to their own carelessness? The Victorians said we should and they may have had a point.
Inmates on the roof of State Penitentiary of Alcacuz during a riot on January 16.
Violent massacres at prisons in the country’s north, have disrupted a delicate balance of governance.
South Africa lacks a clear definition of disability – and its limited view of who should be regarded as having a disability in the labour market is at odds with international practice.
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If police officers are sent to museums to train observational skills, shouldn’t literary texts be used to teach empathy?
At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Desmond Tutu promoted restorative justice. But focusing on individuals neglects broader contexts of violence and inequality.
If violent contexts aren’t taken into account, restorative justice does not serve broader society. Instead it serves as a peacemaking process within a paradigm stacked against the poor and vulnerable.
Sam Hallam had his conviction quashed after seven years in jail.
Your memory of an event can be manipulated – and miscarriages of justice can follow.
Ched Evans (centre) after he was acquitted of raping a teenager in a retrial.
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Responses to rape have improved, and they must continue to do so.
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir during a rally against the ICC.
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The South African government’s decision to withdraw from the ICC should not be seen in isolation. The African Union has called on its member states to withdraw from the court.
Independence Square in Accra, Ghana. The country is indeed free but must improve at delivering justice.
A key argument in support of the jury system is that it is a valued form of citizen participation in democracies. But the system has led to human rights abuses in Ghana.
New research hopes to stop police lineups leading to false identification or criminals walking free.
Weighing up restorative justice.
MPs have proposed that restorative justice should eventually become a right in the UK.
Using a robotic video camera to digitally recreate a crime scene could give juries greater insight without the logistical nightmare and potential bias of a physical visit.
Blind to the problems?
Access to justice is still deeply unequal when it comes to low level disputes over bad service or faulty goods.
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for his sentencing.
Under South African law, murder carries a minimum sentence of 15 years for first-time offenders. But courts may deviate from this if they find ‘substantial and compelling circumstances’ to do so.
Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq protest outside Sir John Chilcot’s press conference.
Compared with other attempts to mend deep wounds after wars and conflicts, the Chilcot Report falls depressingly short.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies.
South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn’t provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.
Oscar Pistorius walks without his prosthetic legs at a recent hearing at the Pretoria High Court.
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for killing his girlfriend. It comes after a well-publicised TV interview which some believe was used to influence the judge.
Deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, left, and.
chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at a special session to mark Moseneke’s retirement.
The retirement of Dikgang Moseneke, one of South Africa’s eminent judges and the Constitutional Court’s deputy chief justice, is a moment to reflect on the court’s place in society and his legacy.
Should people with brain disorders receive different punishment for crimes?
Some believe neuroscience should change the way we punish criminals, but courts have been slow to embrace new approaches.
HMP Wandsworth in London.
It got top billing in the Queen’s speech but is anyone actually any clearer on what the government’s prison reforms are?