Scales of justice

Denise Robertson: Judges in the Family Courts are supposed to listen to children. Too many don't

Journal columnist and TV personality Denise Robertson on the injustice and unfairness that invade too many cases in the Family Courts

Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces, Kevan Jones

North Durham MP Kevan Jones leads review call on Post Office 'frauds'

MP Kevan Jones said people's lives have been "wrecked" by the system, for which the Post Office must take responsibility

Exterior picture of Newcastle Crown Court on the Quayside

Ex Blyth lover was cleared of harassment but made subject to restraining order

Aidan Campbell, of Blyth, was cleared of harassing his ex but has been told he must not contact her

Former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police at Newcastle Crown Court

Sacked Cleveland Police chief in legal fight over 'golden handcuffs' deal

Sean Price, former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, is being sued by the force's Police and Crime Commissioner over £500,000 payments he received

Wayne Urwin of Cramlington who was the victim of GBH in Morpeth and had part of his skull removed

One-punch attack left Northumberland DJ scarred for life

Radio Northumberland DJ Wayne Urwin had to have part of his skull removed after being attacked on a night out

Generic photo of hunting dogs

Three men to go on trial charged with fox hunting in Northumberland

Ian Mckie, Timothy Smalley and Andrew Proe will appear before Berwick Magistrates in October

Lisa Scott (inset) appeared at Newcastle Crown Court

Hexham woman faked father's will after he left everything to his grandchildren

Lisa Scott was furious when dad Ernest Moy left her nothing when he died so she faked his will and set about plundering his estate

The Right Honourable, Sir Brian Leveson

Lord Leveson slaps down 'cheeky' barrister who offended Durham Crown Court judge

Criminal advocate Ian West is being investigated after he demanded a judge apologise to him during a hearing

Boden George Hughes, of Sunderland, leaves North Shields Magistrates Court

Ferry passenger started fire while smoking cannabis on way to Amsterdam

Boden Hughes has admitted arson aboard a DFDS ferry after setting fire to his clothes while smoking cannabis in a bong on his way to Holland

Howard Snaith Coaches

Bus company director and 17 employees deny falsifying drivers' records

Alison Snaith, who heads up Howard Snaith buses, and 17 staff pleaded not guilty at Newcastle Crown Court

John Angus, who supplied a fatal dose of MDMA to his cousin

Drug user spared prison after supplying fatal dose of MDMA to his cousin

A crane driver who handed over drugs which killed his cousin has been left devastated by the loss of a relative he regarded as his best friend

David Baillie leaving Newcastle Crown Court

Sunderland road rage taxi driver convicted of causing death of Sarah Jane Burke

Talented art and design student Sarah Jane Burke was mown down and killed by a road rage driver, off-duty cabbie David Baillie

Janet Brown

Janet Brown murder trial: Donald Graham is branded the Prince of Darkness by lawyer

Barrister on murder accused: "She must have thought she had met Prince Charming. You may think instead she had met the Prince of Darkness"

Scales of justice

Legal aid cuts lead to 'war' in North East family courts say experts

More couples than anywhere else in England are representing themselves at North East courts for custody over their children

Elizabeth Todd

Janet Brown murder trial: Case halted after accused taken to hospital

A gran on trial accused of helping to defraud a wealthy heiress was taken to hospital by ambulance as she was about to go back in the witness box

Newcastle Magistrates' Court

Man fined after being caught lamping in Northumberland

George Carter appeared in court for a rare charge of lamping with dogs near Ponteland

Janet Brown, who disappeared in 2005

Janet Brown murder trial: Gran on trial says she was terrified of murder accused

Elizabeth Todd said she was scared of losing the home in Seaton Delaval Donald Graham bought her and that he told her Janet was alive and well abroad

Richard Philip from Corbridge, leaving Bedlington magistrates court with a make shift mask as to not be identified

Corbridge man guilty of filming women in changing cubicles of Tyneside swimming pool

Richard Philip filmed women in the bathroom of a Northumberland property and in a Tyneside swimming pool, a court heard

Erwin James, ex-lifer who is now a writer and campaigner for prison reform

Writer and ex-lifer Erwin James calls for prison reform

Erwin James, who served 20 years for murder, talked at the Crime Story festival in Newcastle

Aiden Campbell (pictured centre in light grey suit) leaving Newcastle Crown Court

Spurned lover acquitted of harassment and criminal damage - but no verdict on burglary and poisoning

Newcastle Crown Court jury acquits Aidan Campbell on two of four charges, and CPS must now decide whether to pursue a retrial

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