Jo Morris

Called in 2003

About Jo Morris


Called in 2003

Jo’s practice mainly comprises of crime, military justice and public law including the law of armed conflict. She is experienced in homicide, non fatal offences of violence, sexual offence, firearms and fraud.  Jo accepts instructions from both the prosecution and the defence.  She was recently leading counsel in a multi handed drugs case.

Jo is a graduate of the University of Durham and is widely respected for her keen intellect. She combines this with vast practical experience.  Also police accredited, Jo has over fifteen years experience of acting in the best interests of her client from the point of investigation onwards.  Her knowledge of police powers and procedures gives her an advantage when conducting Crown Court trails and identifying points of law.  She easily identifies breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Jo is head of the military courts martial team in Chambers. She has been an RAF reservist for six years but has recently transferred to the Army’s 77th Brigade where she advises upon the law of armed conflict.  She has represented servicemen in Germany, Colchester, Catterick and in Aldershot.  She has an intimate knowledge of the Armed Forces Act, the Law of Armed Conflict and other relevant legislation.  Her military background gives her an advantage over others when defending servicemen.  She accepts instructions both from the SPA and the AFLAA.

Jo is particularly respected for her capacity to cross examine expert witnesses upon matters such as impression and marking evidence, DNA, cell site analysis, blood spatter evidence and firearms residue. Having trained both as a HUMINT operator and an intelligence analyst with the RAF, Jo is aware of the limits and reaches of expert evidence in this and many areas of investigatory work.  Jo is also experienced in challenging evidence on the basis of failings in memory.

In addition to her domestic practice, Jo also accepts instructions in Gibraltar. She is a consultant barrister at Litigaid Law in Gibraltar and can be contacted here

She is also a member of the Bar Council International Committee which seeks to promote the rule of law abroad.

Jo regularly prosecutes for CPS. She is also a Bar Standards Board prosecutor, a probation prosecutor and on the SFO panel.

Jo is part of Chambers direct access team because she considers direct access and choice of representation to be vital.

Jo is a pupil supervisor and a Middle Temple advocacy trainer.

 

APPOINTMENTS


Jo serves on the Bar Council International Committee

Jo served at the Attorney General’s Chambers in the Isle of Man of secondment in 2011.

Jo was seconded to the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2014.

Jo is on the SFO disclosure counsel panel.

Jo also prosecutes professional conduct matters for the Bar Standards Board.

Jo works for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Jo also serves as legal advisor to Pro Dogs Direct Ltd.

PUBLICATIONS / LECTURES


Approaching lectures and webinars

“Markings and Impression Evidence”MBL Seminars

“Cybercrime and the dark web” – Nelson Training Schemes

Places can be booked by emailing j.morris@churchcourtchambers.co.uk

Previous lectures and webinars

‘Firearms’ – Chambers lecture series. Lesley Manley and Jo Morris.

‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’. Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy.

‘The Military Court Martial’. Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy.

‘Perverting the Course of Justice’.   Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris

‘Mercy Killing and Infanticide’. Chambers lecture series.  Lesley Manley and Jo Morris.

‘Footprint and marking evidence’. Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris and Colin Witcher.

‘Cell Site Analysis’. Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris.

The handouts from previous lectures are also available by emailing

j.morris@churchcourtchambers.co.uk

Publications

Homicides

Jo has a particular interest in homicides including those caused by road traffic collisions. She is experienced in shaken baby syndrome cases, infanticide and mercy killing and has written for publication on those topics.

Copies of her work can be found here

“The defence of Infanticide” – Crimeline

“Sexual infidelity as a defence to murder” – Crimeline

“Mercy Killing” – Crimeline

“Shaken Baby Syndrome”

Military Justice

Jo is commissioned by Law Brief Publishing to write a book upon military justice which will be available in April 2018 and can be seen here

Other articles include;

“Military Justice – an Unfair System”

“Marine A – Criminal or Casualty”, Counsel Magazine

.“Military Justice – the Severity of Sentencing” in the Barrister/

“The Jurisdiction of the Military Court Martial”

“The Court Martial and the HRA” in the Barrister

Law of armed conflict

Jo is commissioned by Law Brief Publishing to write “A practical guide to the law of armed conflict” which will be available in April 2018 and can be seen here

Sexual offences

Jo is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in cases involving serious sexual violence. She has written, with Lesley Manley, the leading article upon anonymity for those suspected of rape which has been published both by Crimeline and Westlaw.  Copies can be viewed here

Also, she has written “Sexual offences – has one excess bred another” The Barrister

Offences contrary to public justice

Jo has written the seminal article upon the emerging issue of vexatious allegations

Violence and domestic abuse

Jo has written, with Fiona McAddy, upon the new offence of “Coercive Control” and the issue of the ‘egg shell’ partner.

ForeNsics and evidential issues

Jo has developed comprehensive knowledge of forensic science and markings evidence. She has is commissioned to deliver a seminar for MBL Seminars on this topic in 2018.

“Footprint Evidence” The Barrister

 

 

 

Current Instructions

R v K – An allegation of stranger ape of a vulnerable adult

R v P – An allegation of S18 and witness intimidation

R v K – An allegation of multi handed attempted murder, first on the indictment

R v W – An allegation of historical rape of a child.

R v S – POCA arising from a multi handed drugs supply

R v T – An allegation of violent disorder, first on the indictment

R v J – An allegation of child cruelty, first on the indictment.

 

 

 

 

Sexual Offences

R v G – Instructed to defend a multi count allegation of sexual misconduct towards many           complainants.  Acquitted after trial.

R v F – An allegation of three counts of rape. Acquitted after trial.

R v W – An allegation of historical rape supported by recent complaint. Acquitted after trial.

R v K – An allegation of historical child abuse. Complainant supported by her mother. Acquitted after trial.

R v T – An allegation of rape involving four different offences. Acquitted after a trial.

R v R – An allegation of two counts of rape with a background of domestic abuse. Acquitted after trial.

R v T – Secured a community order for a defendant who was convicted after trial of grooming

R v K – Prosecuted an allegation of sexual assault. Guilty after trial

R v M – Instructed to defend in an allegation of historical sexual abuse involving a wide reaching paedophile ring. Not guilty after trial.

R v B – An allegation of historical rape. Acquitted after a trial as Jo successfully argued this was a case of regretted sex.

 

 

 

Fraud

R v M – Prosecuted a fraud involving the embezzlement of money from a charity. Guilty after a trial.

R v T – Defended in a large scale handling stolen goods involving an allegation of widespread car ringing.

R v F – Prosecuted a million pound fraud from employer. Guilty after trial.

 

 

Violent Offences

R v C – Instructed to prosecute an allegation of S18 assault. Guilty to S20 after trial.

R v H – Briefed to prosecute arson with intent to endanger life. Guilty to arson.

R v M – An allegation of arson with intent to endanger life and assault with intent to commit a sexual offence. Fitness to plead issues were raised and decided in favour of the defence.

R v P – An allegation of S18 involving gang violence. Convicted of S20 and acquitted of S18

R v Y – An allegation of blackmail, large scale cannabis production and attempted kidnap. Co-defending with Lesley Manley. The Crown accepted pleas to S4 public order.

R v A – Defended an allegation of people trafficking. Acquitted after trial.

R v S – An allegation of breaches of a non molestation order in circumstances where they were being encouraged by the complainant. Acquitted of all charges after trial in which the complainant gave evidence and was disbelieved.

R v G – An allegation of breach of a restraining order which amounted to one single polite text. Acquitted after trial.

R v P – An allegation of trivial breaches of a restraining order. Acquitted after trial.

R v S – An allegation of coercive control offences. Acquitted of all charges after trial.

 

 

Domestic violence and consequent orders

R v S – An allegation of breaches of a non molestation order in circumstances where they were being encouraged by the complainant. Acquitted of all charges after a trial in which the complainant gave evidence and was disbelieved.

R v G – An allegation of breach of a restraining order which amounted to one single polite text. Acquitted after trial.

R v P – An allegation of trivial breaches of a restraining order. Acquitted after trial.

R v S – An allegation of coercive control offences. Acquitted of all charges after trial.

 

 

 

Dangerous dogs

 

R v G – A highly publicised dog attack. Acquitted of all charges.

R v G & others – A highly publicised dog case in Wolverhampton in which severe injury was caused to a young child.

R v T – A matter involving a dog that had startled a horse causing it to bolt and throw it’s rider leaving her paraplegic. Issues of causation were decided in favour of the defence and the dog was returned to his owner under a contingent destruction order.

R v M – A dog attack in Carlisle attracting extensive media coverage. The dog was returned to his owner under a contingent destruction order.

R v S – A matter involving two dogs that had killed another dog. At the Magistrates Court destruction of the dog had been ordered.  Jo was instructed upon appeal and both dogs were returned to their owner under a contingent destruction order.

 

Courts Martial

R v H – An allegation of desertion heard at Catterick Military Court Martial. Guilty plea leading to a suspended sentence despite a starting point of three years.

R v C – An allegation of AWOL heard at Colchester

R v R – An allegation of AWOL heard at Colchester

R v P – An allegation of fraud against the Army. The SPA offered no evidence.