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The Guardian – Hundreds of Post Office victims to get convictions overturned 

The Guardian reports on the Post Office Horizon scandal, and Rishi Sunak’s announcement that the government will bring in a new law to acquit hundreds of sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses.

The paper reports that senior lawyers have warned that the decision to pass a bill overturning so many court verdicts is constitutionally extraordinary and risks undermining the independence of the judiciary. David McNeill, the director of public affairs at the Law Society, the professional association for solicitors in England and Wales, tells the paper that the “bill breaches a fundamental principle which is effectively the government legislating against decisions” made by the courts. “It must not, must never be seen as a precedent,” he says.

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