Joint enterprise: what happens after Supreme Court’s historic ruling?

Prisoners can now appeal murder sentences 

The UK Supreme Court. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The UK Supreme Court. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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The law on joint enterprise has been misapplied for the past 30 years, the Supreme Court ruled last week, meaning some prisoners could now lodge appeals. The BBC called it a “moment of genuine legal history”.

There has been much speculation since that hundreds of prisoners convicted using the law will now be released. But is that what will really happen?

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