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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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9th Nov
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The rules relating to the form of indictments and the procedure for their creation and adoption are contained in the following: •the Indictments Act...
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9th Nov
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The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide a general understanding of the offences under section 1, 2 and 6 of the Bribery Act 2010 (BA 2010). It...
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Produced in partnership with Joanne Kane of Carmelite Chambers 12th Jan
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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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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 12th Jan
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Checklist contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) among other...
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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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Elements of the offence of perverting the course of justicePerverting the course of justice is a common law offence which can only be tried on...
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Produced in partnership with Thomas Evans of 3 Paper Buildings 12th Jan
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The power of the court to order the forfeiture of property under the PCC(S)A 2000The Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 is the principal...
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9th Nov
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How to identify hearsayThe definition of hearsay is contained in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003). It comprises of four essential...
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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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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Checklist contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) among other...
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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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What are hygiene improvement notices?Hygiene improvement notices are used by enforcement authorities such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) or a...
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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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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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Involuntary manslaughter—introductionManslaughter can be classified as either voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter consists of those...
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15th Apr
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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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12th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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GeneralSimple criminal damage is triable either way unless the value of the alleged damage is £5,000 or less, in which case the offence will be...
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9th Apr
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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 9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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The offence of theft and mode of trialTheft is an either way offence; it can be tried in the magistrates' court or the Crown Court. Note, however,...
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9th Apr
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This Practice Note analyses the care worker offences brought in by sections 20 and 21 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (CJCA 2015). These...
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Produced in partnership with Jeannie Mackie of Doughty Street Chambers 9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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The ‘handling’ offenceHandling stolen goods is an offence that is triable either way.The elements of the offence are:•dishonestly receiving the goods,...
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9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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The offence of causing fear or provocation of violenceThe offence of causing fear or provocation of violence (threatening behaviour) is an offence...
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9th Apr
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ArsonDamage to property caused by fire is charged as arson. In R v Booth arson was not specified in the charge and the court ruled the indictment a...
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9th Apr
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Treaty obligations to protect the rights of victims of traffickingThere has been a sea-change in attitude towards prosecuting victims of trafficking...
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9th Apr
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The offence of assault PC or assault on a person assisting a constableAssault on a constable (assault PC) or on a person assisting a constable are...
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9th Apr
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This Practice Note explains the offence of causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress contrary to section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986 (POA...
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9th Apr
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The offence of assault with intent to resist or prevent arrestAssault with intent to resist or prevent arrest is an offence which can be tried in the...
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9th Apr
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What is domestic abuse?There is no statutory offence of domestic violence or domestic abuse, however, it generally refers to any incident of...
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