Jo Morris

Called in 2003

About Jo Morris


Called in 2003

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 clients from the point of investigation onwards.  Her knowledge of police powers and procedures gives her an advantage when conducting Crown Court trials and identifying points of law.  She easily identifies breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

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

Jo is a pupil supervisor and a Middle Temple trainer.

Jo has been an RAF reservist for six years. She is currently transferring to the Army.

Practice areas

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.

Jo is also regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in cases involving serious violence, rape and other serious sexual offences, large scale drugs trafficking and production, fraud and dishonesty.

Jo is particularly respected for her capacity to cross examine expert witnesses in relation to matters such as footprint evidence, DNA, fingerprints, cell site analysis, blood spatter evidence and firearms residue. Having trained as 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.

Jo prosecutes regularly for CPS. She is also an SFO prosecutor and on the Bar Standards Board prosecution panel.

Jo is head of the military courts martial team in Chambers. She has represented servicemen in Germany, Colchester and in Aldershot.  She has an intimate knowledge of the Armed Forces Act and other relevant legislation and her military background gives her an advantage over others when defending servicemen.  She is also well acquainted with operational law and the law of armed conflict.

Endorsements

‘An advocate with fire, passion and total commitment’.

APPOINTMENTS


Jo prosecutes regularly for CPS.

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 review 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


Lectures

‘Blood Spatter Evidence’. 11 March 2017.  Church Court Chambers.  Jo Morris and Jennifer Guest.

‘Firearms’ – 24 November 2016. Church Court Chambers.  Lesley Manley and Jo Morris.

‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ – 22 September 2016. Church Court Chambers.  Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy

‘The Military Court Martial’ – 9 June 2016. Church Court Chambers.  Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy.

‘Perverting the Course of Justice’ – 2014. Church Court Chambers.  Jo Morris

‘Mercy Killing and Infanticide’ – 2014. Church Court Chambers.  Lesley Manley and Jo Morris

‘Footprint and Marking evidence’ – 2014. Church Court Chambers.  Jo Morris and Colin Witcher.

‘Cell Site Analysis’ – 2014. Church Court Chambers.  Jo Morris.

Places at these lectures can be booked by emailing D.Barlett@churchcourtchambers.co.uk

The handouts from previous lectures are also available by emailing D.Barlett@churchcourtchambers.co.uk

Publications

Homicide

‘The defence of Infanticide’

https://www.crimeline.info/news/the-defence-of-infanticide

‘Sexual infidelity as a defence to murder’

https://www.crimeline.info/news/murder-sexual-infidelity-as-a-defence

‘Mercy Killing’

https://www.crimeline.info/news/mercy-killing

‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’

http://churchcourtchambers.co.uk/shaken-baby-syndrome-the-development-of-expert-evidence-an-article-by-jo-morris-and-fiona-mcaddy/

Offences Contrary to Public Justice

Jo has written, with Lesley Manley, the leading article upon anonymity for those suspected of rape which has been published both by Crimeline and by Westlaw. Copies can be viewed here

https://www.crimeline.info/news/anonymity-for-all

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

https://www.crimeline.info/news/the-vexatious-allegation

Courts Martial

‘The Court Martial and the HRA’ – Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy

http://churchcourtchambers.co.uk/the-court-martial-and-the-hra-an-article-by-jo-morris-and-fiona-mcaddy/

‘The Jurisdiction of the Military Court Martial’ – Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy

http://churchcourtchambers.co.uk/the-jurisdiction-of-the-military-court-martial-an-article-by-jo-morris-and-fiona-mcaddy/

Violence and Domestic Offences

Jo has written, with Fiona McAddy, the seminal article upon the new offence of ‘coercive control’ and the issue of the ‘egg shell’ partner

http://churchcourtchambers.co.uk/coercive-control-an-article-by-ms-jo-morris-and-ms-fiona-mcaddy/

Dangerous Dogs

Jo has been a regular contributor to Crimeline upon this topic. Copies of her work are available upon request.

Current Instructions

R v P – An allegation of four counts of historical rape.

R v M – An allegation of widespread stalking and communication offences. Severe fitness to plead issues.

R v P – Instructed in a multi million pound fraud which is scheduled to last for over three months.

R v C – Instructed to prosecute an allegation of S18 assault.

R v N, W and W – Instructed to prosecute a multi handed violent disorder.

 

 

Sexual Offences

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 M – Instructed to defend in an allegation of historical rape involving three separate complainants. Expert evidence upon false memory syndrome and transfers falls to be challenged.

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 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.

 

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 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 T – An allegation of affray. Heard in Germany and reduced to an offence of fighting.

R v P – Instructed in an allegation of fraud against the Army.