Barrister

Jessica Strange

Year of call 2003

Crime

Practice Summary

Jessica is a specialist criminal practitioner who has a well balanced practice defending and prosecuting all types of criminal cases. She has a wealth of experience including cases involving serious violence, drugs supply and sexual offences. 


Many of the cases Jessica deals with involve young and vulnerable people. Her down to earth approach enables her to reassure defendants and bring out the best in them at trial particularly when representing those who are inexperienced or have additional needs.   

She also regularly cross examines young and vulnerable witnesses in line with the appropriate tool kits which are now used in all courts. She has extensive experience in the pre-recorded cross examination of young and vulnerable witnesses at Leeds Crown Court having been involved in the national pilot scheme of the provisions of section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (YJCEA). 

Jessica is a very able advocate and is known for fighting hard for those she represents both in court and during negotiations with a thorough grasp of the law. She gives sound, comprehensible legal advice to those she represents. She is  hardworking and believes in thorough case preparation. She provides an early written advice in all appropriate cases and deals with applications and other paperwork promptly. She is a Level 3 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service on the North Eastern Circuit.

Notable Cases

Defence

R -v- R [Derby Crown Court] - representation of a defendant accused of serious sexual offences against two young girls, some historic and some recent allegations. Three other defendants were also on the indictment. The trial resulted in some convictions and the jury being discharged in relation to other counts.

R –v- M [Leeds Crown Court] - Representation of a man accused of rape and other sexual offences against his seven year old step daughter.  Cross examination of the child was pre-recorded in line with section 28 YJCEA. The defendant was acquitted on all counts after trial.

R –v- B [Leeds Crown Court] - Representation of a young female defendant accused of offences of inciting sexual activity with a child.  Involved a young complainant and witnesses with learning disabilities.  The cross examination of three witnesses was pre-recorded in line with section 28 YJCEA.  The defendant was acquitted on all counts after trial.

R -v- S [Leeds Crown Court] - Representation of a 16 year old defendant with similar previous convictions accused of section18 wounding of a 16 year old, and possession of a knife.  Cross examination of the complainant was pre-recorded in line with section 18 YJCEA.  The defendant was acquitted of all counts after trial. 

R –v- B [Derby Crown Court] - Representation of a man accused of six counts of indecent assault. Historic allegation made by his step daughter who would have been aged between 8 and 11 at the time. Defendant acquitted on five of the six counts after trial.

R-v-T [Derby Crown Court] - Representation of a man accused of multiple sexual assaults on a child over years. Historic allegation made by his grand daughter who would have been aged between 11 and 16 at the time. Defendant acquitted on all counts after trial.

R -v- C [Grimsby Crown Court] - Representation of a young defendant of good character accused of historic sexual assaults against his younger sister. Defendant acquitted after trial.

R -v- B [Derby Crown Court] - Representation of a defendant with mental health difficulties accused of abducting a number of young children. Demonstrated to the jury’s satisfaction that whilst the defendant had committed the act he was accused of he was ‘insane’ at the time according to the ‘McNaghten Rules’.  

R -v- G [Leeds Crown Court] - Representation of a young and vulnerable defendant accused of robbery. Demonstrated at a pre-trial hearing that defendant was unfit to plead due to severe learning difficulties. Ultimately demonstrated to the jury that defendant had not committed the act he was accused of in any event.

R -v- T [Leeds Crown Court] - Representation of a defendant of good character accused of racially aggravated harassment against an employee. Defendant acquitted after trial.

Prosecution

R -v- S [Leeds Crown Court] - Prosecution of a young female defendant accused of stabbing a woman she discovered in bed with her ex-boyfriend. The defendant was convicted of wounding after a trial.

R -v- S [Hull Crown Court] - Prosecution of a care home worker accused of assaulting a vulnerable, elderly resident who was suffering from dementia.  Complainant had passed away before the case came to trial. Defendant convicted after trial and sentenced to immediate custody.  

R –v- CW [Leeds Crown Court] - Prosecution of a man accused of robbing supermarket cashier at knifepoint. Case concluded with the entry of a late guilty plea.

R -v- H, W and L [Hull Crown Court] - Prosecution of three defendants accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against a soldier after a night out. Claims of self defence were rejected by the jury and all three defendants convicted.

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