ITN in Landmark Murder Law Ruling

18/02/2016

Joint enterprise law wrongly interpreted for 30                

years, Supreme Court rules

 

ITN's Simon Natas represented JENGBA in the Supreme Court Case

Click to see Simon discuss Joint Enterprise

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The law which has allowed people to be convicted of murder even if they did not inflict the fatal blow has been wrongly interpreted for more than 30 years, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The joint enterprise law has been used to convict people in gang-related cases if defendants "could" have foreseen violent acts by their associates.

However, judges ruled it was wrong to treat "foresight" as a sufficient test.

Their decision could pave the way for hundreds of prisoners to seek appeals.

It will apply in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and most UK overseas common law territories but not in Scotland, which has its own rules on joint enterprise.

Simon Natas, a lawyer who has worked with campaign group Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association, said the "historic" ruling would make the law "fairer for everybody".

 

To contact Simon Natas click here

 

For further information about ITN’s work on joint enterprise see below:

Simon Natas interviewed on Going Underground (Video)

R v Jogee in the Supreme Court - Full Judgment

Joint enterprise a discussion with Simon Natas (Video)

Supreme Court Summary on R v Jogee

Justice Committee on Joint Enterprise

JENGBA - Not Guilty by Association

 

 

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