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Call date: 2002
Inn: Middle Temple

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Juliet Donovan BA (Oxford Brookes)

Juliet was awarded a Pegasus scholarship in 2007 as an intern at a legal aid office in Manhattan.

She specialises in crime, both defending and prosecuting and appears regularly in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal.  Juliet's experience includes cases involving

  • Armed Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Serious Assault
  • Fraud
  • Drug Supply and Importation
  • Firearms
  • Serious Sexual Offences:- Defending 
R v Abel Santana (2012) - Juliet recently had her client's conviction quashed in the Court of Appeal.  Mr Santana had been convicted on a charge of Sexual Assault after the jury had deliberated for 7 hour 13 minutes.  The Crown, in error, had put part of the interview in where the Defendant stated that he had taken cocaine.  A discharge of the jury was denied by the trial judge.  The error and its potential effect on the jury and the defendant's right to a fair trial etc. was pointed out to the Court of Appeal, which stated that the effect of the error could NOT be rectified by the trial judge simply asking them to put the inadmissible evidence out of their minds.
R v Williams - The Defendant was charged with 16 Counts of Sexual Assault and 1 Count of Attempted Rape on 4 of his step grandchildren, aged 11 - 13. The Defendant was acquitted of 10 counts, with a hung jury on the other 7.  There was no retrial.
R v Russell - The Defendant was charged with 6 Counts of Sexual Assault, 1 count of sexual intercourse with a child under 16 on one victim, and 3 rapes on another victim (his niece), indecent exposure and making a child watch pornography.  After 9 hours the jury were hung.  On the retrial the Defendant was acquitted of 3 rapes but found guilty on 9 other offences and received 5 years
R v Kitchen - The Defendant was charged with 4 sexual assaults on his 8 year old step grand daughter.  He was found not guilty on 2 counts and guilty on 2 counts.

Juliet is also on the Attorney General's List and regularly prosecutes on behalf of the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office.



Juliet became a qualified mediator in September 2011 and is hoping to build up a practice specialising in particular youth issues and restorative justice.


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