I’m a freelance journalist. I write about most things but focus on the law and justice.
My latest book – Guilty until proven innocent: the crisis in our justice system (Biteback Publishing, 2018) – is out now.
You can read about the book here – and scroll down for reviews.
You can read articles I have written over the last 20 years here.
I run the Justice Gap which I set up in 2011 – an online magazine about ‘the law and justice – and the difference between the two’. More here.
Proof is our print magazine – more here. Find out more here.
The illustration is by the artist Isobel Williams. It is from a series of sketches Isobel made of a Supreme Court case in which Lord Neuberger ruled that the controversial law of joint enterprise had taken ‘wrong turn in 1984’ (R v Jogee). The illustration featured in Proof magazine, issue 2.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviews for ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’
Jon Robins reminds us of the wrong side of humanity cataloguing the wrongs that lead to miscarriages of justice, compounded by the “extreme reluctance” of the courts to correct the original error. It is hard to choose the most compelling example given the depth of research but the range of cases show that fundamental failures in the criminal justice system are far too common for comfort.
The Times, Professor Felicity Gerry QC (Best books for the summer)
A no-holds-barred insight into the serious and often overlooked miscarriages of justice that stalk our broken criminal justice system. Robins shines a light on the problems within criminal justice, and incisively exposes how easily and cheaply our founding principles of justice are cast aside.
The Big Issue, The Secret Barrister (Best summer read)
An important account of real problems in criminal procedure that have been swept aside for decades.[…] Jon Robins has skillfully interwoven case histories into the modern narrative of problems. The strength of Robins’s feeling for the subject of miscarriages of justice is clear from the lively and engaging way that this book has been written. Compelling.
Dr Lucy Welsh, New Law Journal
There have been numerous previous books describing cases of alleged miscarriage of justice in the UK, but I believe this superb book by Jon Robins is the most important. … [It] reads like a compelling detective story. As new evidence is revealed the narratives change in surprising ways even for readers who may have some familiarity with the cases. It is a gripping and easy read.
Professor Norman Fenton
‘It seems fitting that Jon Robin’s book was published in the same week that the death of the indefatigable journalist and campaigner Bob Woffinden was announced. With this book Robins capably carries on the tradition of impassioned campaigning journalism on behalf of people who have had their lives torn apart by miscarriages of justice… Guilty is an important book which deserves to be widely read, particularly by those who have the power to bring about the urgent change which is so badly needed to the way that miscarriages of justice are dealt with in this country.’
Suzanne Gower, Centre for Criminal Appeals
A bleak and often Dystopian picture of British justice… . It’s difficult not to be perturbed when seeing just how badly the justice system is failing.
Oliver Subhedar, Socialist Lawyer
Jon Robins has written a powerful and timely critique of a system in the grips of crisis.
Barry Sheerman MP, chair of the House of Commons’ APPG on Miscarriages of Justice
Jon Robins’ powerful and timely critique exposes the catastrophic failings in the underfunded criminal justice system, that sends innocent people to jail, and how that injustice is compounded by the failure of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and the Court of Appeal to correct those wrongs…. . It is a book that informs, shocks and demands a response. It demands justice.
Catherine Baksi, http://www.legalhackette.com