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R v (1) Zunur Miah (2) Syed Ebad Uddin

Evidence of the identity of a person who was the source of the offenders' belief that a female had consented to sexual conduct was in principle relevant evidence as to whether they had had that belief and was therefore admissible under s 41(3)(a) of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, but on the facts the exclusion of that evidence had not made convictions for kidnap and sexual assault on a female unsafe.

Poll result

Over 80 per cent of Solicitors Journal readers think government agencies do not try and minimise costs when conducting a prosecution.To vote on this week's poll, log on to

Pro bono politics

:A leading real estate lawyer has called for the profession “not [to] allow pro bono to become a political pawn”, the week before Pro Bono Week kicks off on 9 June.

Legal Services Bill

A new Parliamentary Joint Committee has been established to look into the draft Legal Services Bill which aims to simplify the regulatory framework for legal services..