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100 pages

Editor: Jon Robins

Commissioning editors: Matt Foot, Rhona Friedman

Deputy editor: Will Bordell

Art director: Andrew Stocks

Illustrations: Simon Pemberton

Crowdfunding campaign: Miranda Grell

Publisher: Justice Gap

Issue 3 was co-produced with the Justice Alliance. It was funded through a crowdfunding campaign on the CrowdJustice site (here). Thanks to all who supported us.



Part 1: Reports from the frontline


Life in the Justice Gap, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

A lesser kind of justice? Alex Cavendish

The other villain of Hillsborough David Conn

Interview: Margaret Aspinall Jon Robins

The cuts that hurt Rachel Logan

A cut too far Estelle du Boulay

No one can hear you cry ‘Mishka’ and ‘Abi’


Part 2: The fightback


The Justice Alliance: The story so far

Battles won and battles to come Zita Abila and Niamh Quile

Who are you calling fat cats Zita Abila and Niamh Quile

Radical roots, uncertain future, Zita Abila, Niamh Quile and Jon Robins

Making a drama out of a crisis Christabel McCooey and Jon Robins

Uncontrollable dopeness Awate

How the build a law centre John Nicholson



Part 3: The bigger picture



The Conversation: Helena Kennedy QC and Martha Spurrier Will Bordell

Interview: Lord Tony Gifford Jon Robins

Where will the next generation come from? Oliver Carter, Ronagh Craddock, Rachel Francis and Siobhan Taylor-Ward

Be afraid without legal aid
Will Bordell



96 pages

£10 – including UK P&P (£12 if outside UK)

£15 for issues 1 and 2  (£17)



The dark corners of our justice system: Eric Allison 

What are they hiding?  Alex Cavendish

Can art transcend prison’s grim reality? Andrew Neilson 

Unlocking detention: Eiri Ohtani 

Why doesn’t the Home Office allow MPs into Yarl’s Wood? Catherine West

Hidden: Photo-essay by Andrew Aitchison

Drawing the line: Isobel Williams


Spooking justice: David Rose 

The secret trial of Erol Incedal: Ian Cobain 

Open justice? You will have to find us first: Phil Chamberlain 

‘There is a tragic lack of humility in our justice system’: Jon Robins meets Dean Strang and Jerome Buting

Open Justice Charter

Unmaking a murderer: Sophie Walker explains why

Catch 22: Dennis Eady

Justice must be seen to be done: Judith Townend

Drawing the line: Isobel Williams


Truth and justice: David James Smith

 The other side of the camera: Louise Shorter 

Living with the enemy: Jon Robins interviews Duncan Campbell 

Where did everyone go? Bob Woffinden

The case of the disappearing court reporter: Brian Thornton

Editors: Jon Robins and Brian Thornton

Designer: Andrew Stocks

Illustrator: Isobel Williams

Photographer: Andrew Aitchison

Publisher: Justice Gap


We are very grateful to the following for their generous support. Proof magazine was sponsored by Cardiff Law School’s Innocence Project. It was produced with the Winchester University’s crime and justice research centre. Thanks to QualitySolicitors Jordan, Hodge Jones & Allen, Bowden Jones and Black Letter Law.





The first issue of Proof magazine is a collection of essays on the theme of Justice in a Time of Moral Panic from a range of contributors from a range of backgrounds and different, often contrasting views. Contributors were invited to write for the collection. They were sent a commissioning brief explaining the idea of the collection of essays based around a central theme of ‘justice and moral panic’.

The brief explained:

‘Above all, we want the collection to stimulate a debate about an important and difficult issue. As part of the broader JusticeGap project, we want to raise awareness about the important subject of miscarriages of justice and, in particular, the dangers of a pendulum swing towards the rights of victims at the expense of the rights of the accused.’




Contributors were free to agree, disagree and respond however they wanted to the brief.

From the introduction by David Jessel:

‘I admit that I thought ‘moral panic’ was pushing it a bit, when I was asked to write the introduction for this compilation brought together by the excellent (and indeed prize-winning) Justice Gap.
But as I sit down at the laptop, Radio 4 announces that the police are standing outside Ted Heath’s home and appealing for victims of the former prime minister’s sex crimes to come forward. Salem, it seems, has come to Salisbury. Only this time, the witch-hunt isn’t for the culprits – the search is for victims of crimes which haven’t yet even been alleged.’




Something good has to come of this Simon Warr


In Memoriam Noel Hartnett David Rose

I don’t want to see new myths replace old Alison Saunders


Savile, Bryn Estyn & the danger of modern witch-hunts

Mark Barlow and Mark Newby


Justice cannot be time-limited Richard Scorer


Victim or complainant? Researching historic abuse allegations                      

Mark Smith, Steve Kirkwood, Clare Llewellyn, and Ros Burnett


Innocent until proven dead Susanne Cameron-Blackie


Victimology and ‘justice as therapy’ Barbara Hewson


The abuse pendulum Peter Garsden

Thinking the unthinkable Dennis Eady


‘Jihadi John’: how to make a moral panic Alan Grattan


Telling the truth about the scum Chris Horrie


Institutionalising miscarriages of justice Bob Woffinden


Justice, moral panic and the Irish Paul May

The ricin ‘terror plot’ that never was Fiona Bawdon


Does the press really need to depict kids as monsters? Penelope Gibbs