Supreme Court and Privy Council hear landmark joint enterprise appeals

Wednesday 28 October 2015

In a landmark joint session of the Supreme Court and Privy Council, appeals will be heard for two convictions under the controversial joint enterprise law. This is the first time that the Supreme Court and the Privy Council have sat together to hear conjoined appeals.

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The appeals have attracted national media coverage, including by the BBC and The Guardian.

Joanne Cecil of Garden Court Chambers’ Crime and Public Law Teams acts pro bono for intervener, Just for Kids Law, in the case of Jogee. She appears alongside Francis FitzGibbon QC, Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Daniella Waddoup of Doughty Street Chambers. The intervention involves a challenge to the controversial doctrine of joint enterprise: one of the fundamental principles of joint enterprise is that an individual foresaw that an associate of theirs was likely to commit an offence. The intervention argues that children and adolescents do not have the same ability to predict events or to understand consequences in the way that an adult would.

James Mehigan, also of Garden Court Chambers’ Crime Team, acts for the appellant in Ruddock and is led by Julian Knowles QC of Matrix Chambers.

For further information, please read the Just for Kids Law press release.

The proceedings will take place from 27 to 29 October 2015 in the UK Supreme Court and may be viewed live.

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