Inside Evening Standard’s award-winning secret justice investigation: The Standard podcast

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Evening Standard courts correspondent Tristan Kirk has won a top journalism award for his investigation into the flaws of the single justice procedure.

Tristan scooped this year’s Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Campaigning and Investigative Journalism for his reporting on the scandal of people prosecuted behind closed doors, dubbed “conveyor belt justice”.

Judges chose Tristan’s work amid tough competition, and he collected the prestigious award, which includes an £8,000 prize, at a ceremony at Bafta on Piccadilly, hosted by Private Eye editor Ian Hislop.

His reporting exposed magistrates working behind closed doors, along with the practice of dementia patients and care home residents being criminalised over unpaid car bills.

Tristan’s work also revealed secretive fast-track hearings and exposed unlawful convictions against children, which were then overturned.

In this episode of the Standard podcast, you’ll hear Tristan take us inside the process of his investigative reporting and research into the scandal, which he began in 2017.

Make sure to stay tuned for part two, where Evening Standard features writer Maddy Mussen discusses the demand for footballer-models.

She has written about how these footballing fashionistas spend their bumper wages on hiring stylists to ensure they look sharp off-pitch in the Insta age.

Maddy interviewed stylist Jay Hines, who was hired as a fashion guru by England players Bukayo Saka and James Maddison.

You’ll also hear our expert’s verdict on M&S menswear designs for Gareth Southgate’s Euro 24 squad, which includes a beige two-piece.

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