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Laura Hoyano

Laura Hoyano

Laura Hoyano is Professor of Law at the University of Oxford and a practising barrister at Red Lion Chambers. She along with John Riley represents the Criminal Bar Association on the Cross-Government End-To-End Review of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (a.k.a. the Rape Review). A new edition of Hoyano & Keenan’s Child Abuse Law and Policy across Boundaries (OUP), single-authored by Laura, will be published later in 2021, which addresses inter alia vulnerable witnesses in the criminal and family justice systems.

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Making s 28 more flexible and effective

With vulnerable complainants and witnesses ensnared in the Crown Court backlog, potentially for years, Laura Hoyano and John Riley put forward proposals to reduce the attrition rate while enabling justice to be done when cases finally get to trial

01 June 2021
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Prosecution strategies in AR cases (2)

A two-part series from Laura Hoyano and John Riley modelling investigation and prosecution strategies in cases of abusive relationship offending: part two of this worked case example looks at the issues arising at trial

02 September 2020

Prosecution strategies in AR cases (1)

A two-part series from Laura Hoyano and John Riley modelling investigation and prosecution strategies in cases of abusive relationship offending. Part one of this worked case example shows the typical challenges, tactics to surmount them, and the need for innovative thinking

28 July 2020

Opinion: Judge-alone trials can deliver justice – but only if defendants choose them

Judge-alone trials should not be immediately discarded as inevitably inimical to the interests of justice and have been operating uncontroversially in Canada as an expansion of defence rights for many decades, writes Laura Hoyano

05 May 2020

ABE 2016/19 has gone AWOL

Shortcomings and legal anachronisms: how can we achieve best evidence if current guidance is dangerously out of date on the law on special measures? asks Laura Hoyano

23 April 2020
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Putting the case, in every case

‘Think very carefully’ before agreeing to go just with the ABE video interview, Hallett VP has warned. Laura Hoyano explains why a tactical decision not to cross-examine a competent vulnerable witness is a risky strategy

29 October 2018
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Video and live-link evidence: state of play

Special measures, lingering live-link issues and banishing generalisations: as the s 28 roll-out hits the buffers, Laura Hoyano examines state of play

28 September 2018
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No deal

Laura Hoyano provides a refresher on the barrister’s rule of independence in response to the Home Secretary’s proffered ‘deal’ to human rights lawyers

Home Secretary Theresa May has been vocal over recent months on immigration and human rights laws, most recently arguing in April that Britain should leave the European Convention on Human Rights. 

31 May 2016
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