How long do murderers serve in prison?
Every year around 300 people in England and Wales are given a life sentence for murder, staying in prison for 16 years on average.
Is it legal to kill people fighting for Islamic State in Syria?
There’s no single authoritative statement of what’s allowed in international law.
TPIMs, internment and Control Orders: how the government has tried to control terror suspects.
Is it a crime to be poor?
Court orders used to tackle rough sleeping can lead to criminal penalties.
When are domestic violence victims not “vulnerable”?
The judge in a domestic violence case in Manchester has been criticised for supposedly finding that the victim wasn't vulnerable. Here's what happened.
Royal Marine manslaughter conviction - the evidence
The main factual evidence in the case of Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine convicted of a battlefield manslaughter, is in the public domain.
What changes are being made to pre-recorded evidence from alleged rape victims?
Plans for alleged rape victims to pre-record their evidence will be piloted in three courts from September, not rolled out nationwide.
Royal Marine murder appeal: what did the courts say?
Alexander Blackman – “Marine A” – had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter this week by an appeal court. Here’s why.
Sexual offences in court
Criminal barristers have estimated that 50% of Crown Court trials now involve sex crime. The official numbers we’ve seen don’t say.
Assaults on NHS staff
There’s no separate criminal offence of assaulting an NHS worker, but they do have additional legal protections.
Could killers convicted under 'joint enterprise' walk free from jail?
Could killers walk free as a result of changes to the law? Not necessarily.
Can killers now avoid life in prison with a guilty plea?
Suggested new guidelines for judges, published today, wouldn’t significantly change the rules on when someone stays in prison for life.
The criminal courts
An expert overview of the courts that hold criminal trials in England and Wales.
Cracking up: efficiency in the criminal courts
Michael Gove is right that less than half of criminal trials went as planned last year. Concerns about the efficiency of the criminal courts are growing.
Are foreign criminals using human rights to avoid being deported?
133 foreign criminals were allowed to stay in the country out of respect for their human rights in 2013.
Men accused of rape don't have to "prove that a woman said Yes"
New advice for prosecutors doesn't in any way change the law on rape.