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The offence of aggravated vehicle-takingA person is guilty of aggravated vehicle taking if:•they take a conveyance without the owner's or other lawful...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the Scottish government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For information...
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Produced in partnership with Craig Findlater of Black Chambers and Stephen O'Rourke QC of Terra Firma Chambers 9th Nov
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What is a football banning order?A football banning order is a measure designed to prevent offenders travelling to football matches in England and...
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9th Nov
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Possession with intent to supply a controlled drugIt is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession, whether lawfully or not,...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 9th Nov
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Possessing extreme pornographySimple possession of extreme pornography is an offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note deals with what is meant by corporate liability in relation to criminal law. It covers establishing corporate liability, the...
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9th Nov
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What is a remedial action notice?A remedial action notice is used by enforcement authorities such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) or a local...
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9th Nov
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Changes under CFA 2017The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA 2017) received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and made various changes to Part 5 of the...
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9th Nov
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Offences relating to untrue declarations etcA person commits an offence under the section 167 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (CEMA...
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9th Nov
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Judicial independence is fundamental to the rule of law. The integrity of the criminal justice system depends on a fair and public hearing by an...
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9th Nov
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Offending behaviour programmesAn accreditation system for offending behaviour programmes (OBPs) was introduced by the prison service in 1996. OBPs are...
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Produced in partnership with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors 9th Nov
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Obtaining services dishonestlyIt is an offence for a defendant to obtain, by any dishonest act, services for which payment is required, with intent to...
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9th Nov
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Intimate Samples from a detained suspectAn intimate sample is:•a sample of blood, semen or any other tissue fluid, urine or pubic hair•a dental...
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9th Nov
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Civil investigation of tax fraudHMRC’s published policy in respect of tax fraud states that HMRC will seek to use a civil rather than criminal...
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Produced in partnership with Corker Binning 9th Nov
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Exceptions under the CJA 2003The admission of hearsay evidence is regulated by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003).See Practice Note:...
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9th Nov
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The offence of misleading omissionsEngaging in a commercial practice that is a misleading omission is made an offence by the Consumer Protection from...
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9th Nov

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Domestic Violence Disclosure SchemeThe Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), often known as Clare’s Law, was rolled out across England and Wales...
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28th Nov
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The offence of kidnappingKidnapping is a common law offence and is triable only on indictment. It may be classified in class 2A, 2B or 3—see Criminal...
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26th Nov
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The offence of riot was created by the Public Order Act 1986 (POA 1986). It is triable only in the Crown Court.Proceedings for riot or incitement to...
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26th Nov
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The offence of violent disorderViolent disorder can be tried in the magistrates' court or the Crown Court. These offences will normally be dealt with...
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26th Nov
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The offence of unlawful wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harmThe offence of unlawful wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) can be...
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26th Nov
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The offence of murderMurder is an offence that can only be tried in the Crown Court.Elements of the offence of murderThe elements of the offence of...
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26th Nov
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The offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intentWounding or causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent is triable only in the Crown Court...
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26th Nov
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The offence of threats to killThe offence of threats to kill is an offence which can be tried in the magistrates' court or the Crown Court. The...
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26th Nov
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The Sentencing Council (SC) produces guidance on sentencing for courts in England and Wales in the form of offence specific sentencing guidelines for...
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26th Nov
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Affray is an offence created by the Public Order Act 1986 (POA 1986). It can be tried in either the magistrates’ court or the Crown Court. The...
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26th Nov
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The offence of actual bodily harmThe offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) can be tried in either the magistrates' court or the...
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26th Nov
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The offence of false imprisonmentFalse imprisonment is a common law offence but it is more common as a civil action in tort (see Practice Note: False...
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26th Nov
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Gross negligence manslaughter is a common law offence and occurs when the offender:•is in breach of a duty of care towards the victim•the breach...
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Produced in partnership with David Travers QC and Nicholas Ostrowski, Barrister of 6 Pump Court Chambers 17th Nov
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The offence of supplying controlled drugs The section 4 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MDA 1971) creates several supply offences.Under MDA 1971, s...
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6th Nov
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Possession with intent to supply a controlled drugIt is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession, whether lawfully or not,...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 6th Nov
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BackgroundThe Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (PSA 2016) received Royal Assent on 1 February 2016. Originally, the provisions were set to come into...
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Produced in partnership with 25 Bedford Row 23rd Oct
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The Sentencing Council (SC) produces guidance on sentencing for courts in England and Wales in the form of offence specific sentencing guidelines for...
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23rd Oct
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The criminal offencesThe Protection of Children Act 1978 (PCA 1978), the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988) and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009...
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20th Oct
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The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) amended Parts 2 and 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003) so as to insert...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 2nd Oct
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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003), as amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014), at SOA 2003, ss 103A to...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 2nd Oct

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