The real reason is his work exposing UK government paedophile and blackmail rings
(complaints about his treatment can be sent here with the letter already templated or wrie your own)
The Chief Magistrate’s Office,
Westminster Magistrates’ Court
181, Marylebone Road,
NW1 5BR. [email protected]
Dear Chief Magistrate
I am writing to you to ask that the trial of Chris Spivey be examined closely and re assessed in regard to certain legal issues. In addition to the legal issues pertains to how this case has been handled are I believe other issues of importance.
Irrespective of the views of a large portion of the population there are an increasing number of “conspiracy theorists” that believe there is a sinister aspect to this and other recent events.
Public trust has been eroded in the judiciary as the child sex abuse “conspiracy” becomes more apparent. If Chris Spivey is not seen to receive a balanced and fair trial for this event respect for the judiciary and particularly those involved irreparably, political figures come and go, but a complete breakdown in the public perception of our most revered representatives would be catastrophic.
I and others feel strongly that Chris Spiveys trial should be reassessed and given further thought, although I have no legal background and so could not tell you how to move forward I hope it is in a way that preserves your personal integrity and that of the judiciary you represent.
The following is a legal opinion offered to the Chris Spivey support campaign “hands off spivey” anonymously, your opinion would be highly valued.
Definition of an ‘admissible witness statement’
To be admissible (allowed) in court section 9 of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 1967 states for a witness statement to be used as evidence in any criminal proceeding, other than committal proceedings, it must:
* be a formal written document of a person
* be a set of facts relating to a certain event, or events
* be signed by the person who makes it, to confirm that the contents of the document are true, this is known as a statement of truth, and
* have had a copy served on the other parties before the trial.
If all of the above apply, the witness does not always need to attend the trial to give oral evidence. But once they have made a written statement they may be called on to attend court and give their evidence in person. The jury do not see witness statements so the evidence contained in them will either be read out by counsel or be given orally by the person who has given the statement.
When you can produce a witness statement as evidence in court
To be admissible in court, evidence must be relevant to a fact which has to be proved, or disproved. Every fact, and document relied upon in court must be proved by admissible evidence.
You can produce a witness statement as evidence in court when:
* The relevant conditions in section 9 of the CJA 1967 are met:
** This allows the defence to agree to a statement being read at trial where it has been served in advance to them. For more information on the act, see related link.
* Section 116 or 117 of the CJA 2003 applies:
** This allows first hand hearsay and business documents to be admitted as evidence.
*Schedule 1 paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA) applies:
**This allows a written witness statement to be read in court as evidence without further proof.
** This happens where both the defence and prosecution agree on what is written in the witness statement.
Section 9 of the CJA 1967 only applies to statements taken in the UK. The Crown Prosecution Service lawyer will decide what statements are to be used under section 9, and what exhibits will be produced as evidence.
When you cannot produce a witness statement as evidence
A written witness statement is not admissible on its own as evidence at trial if the defence do not agree with the evidence that has been written within it.
How the statement is used in court
The statement will be read out at the hearing, only if it has been agreed by both the prosecution and defence. This allows for evidence to be given without having to call the witness to attend. If there is no agreement, the statement will not be read out in court.
A witness may refer to specific documents in a statement and these documents or items of evidence will be ‘produced’ as exhibits in the case. Any document or object referred to as an exhibit and identified in the statement will be treated as if it has been produced by the person who made the statement.”
I’m wondering if it is significant enough to have a mistrial declared on the grounds that the Judge failed to follow the correct procedure. I find it difficult to believe that everyone at the trial who was legally qualified could have been unaware that what was done appears to have been illegal.
Now move on to Pages 9, 10 and 11 in the Home Office document, which I have again combined for convenience:
“Taking a witness statement in the UK
This section tells you what you must do when you take a witness statement in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Which form to complete and storing the witness statement
If you take the statement in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you must record it on an MG11, see related link: The MG forms.
If you take or receive the statement in Northern Ireland you must make sure you sign the additional declaration.
You must keep the original copies of all witness statements in the case file and send copies to the Crown Prosecution Service.
What you must tell the witness
Before a witness signs a witness statement you must always explain:
* the perjury clause to them before you take the statement
* a statement taken in this form meets the legal requirements, and so they may not need to attend court:
** but you must make it clear the Home Office cannot guarantee they will not have to attend the court because the court, and the defendant, have the right to call any witness to attend and give oral evidence.
Drafting the witness statement
When you draft a witness statement you must make sure:
* it is concise and to the point
* you only deal with matters within the witness’s direct knowledge, and
** as far as possible, it is in their words.
You may find it helpful to take notes before you begin writing the witness statement. When you question the witness you must make sure you:
* ask all relevant questions to satisfy your duty under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996, and
* pursue all reasonable lines of enquiry whether they point towards or away from the suspect.
For more information, see related links:
* Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
* Manual of guidance, and
* MG forms.
Sign and check the witness statement
You must always give the witness the opportunity to check the contents of the statement and make any corrections before they sign it. The witness must sign the declaration at the top of the statement and beneath the last line of the text in the statement.
You must make sure the person making the statement:
* consecutively numbers and signs all the sheets, and
* initials all alterations and deletions.
If you need to read the statement to the witness
You must insert the following clause at the end of the statement:
‘(Full name of witness) being unable to read this statement, I (name of officer reading the statement) of (official address) read this statement to him or her before they signed it.’
When you finish taking the witness statement the witness must sign it and you must provide them with a witness information pack. For further information see related links: Witness information pack, parts 1-4.
If the witness may have committed a crime or becomes a potential suspect
If you have reason to suspect a person may have committed the offence before you take the witness statement, you must not treat them as a witness and must interview them under caution.
If a witness becomes a potential suspect in the course of you taking a witness statement you must stop and offer to interview under caution.”
From what I can recall from a very brief view of the witness statements, there may have been deviations from the requirements. I had the impression there were no crossings-out and the content of all the statements reminded me of what I call ‘police speak’ – emotionless, bland, standard phraseology.
If you looked at the MG11 form (link in first post on this particular subject), you would have noticed that details have to be filled in on the back. Only Chris and his legal advisors will know if that is on the statement sheets handed to them.
Thank you for reading this far your genuine interest is highly valued
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