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This Practice Note explains the right of defendants who have been convicted in criminal proceedings to appeal against their convictions in the...
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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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Any informal request or formal application for the return of property seized by an investigating authority during a criminal investigation will depend...
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Discretionary life sentencesA discretionary life sentence is a life sentence given to an offender in respect of an offence for which life imprisonment...
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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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BackgroundThe concept of privilege against self-incrimination, which is commonly referred to as one distinct protection, actually arises from a number...
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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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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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This Practice Note explains the main fitness to practise hearing before the Health and Care Professions Tribunal (HCPT). It deals with preparation for...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other...
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Offence of conspiracy to defraudConspiracy to defraud is a common law offence which was expressly preserved by section 5(2) of the Criminal Law Act...
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9th Nov
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What is recklessness?In respect of some statutory offences and common law crimes the prosecution are required to prove a mental element of...
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Sexual risk ordersSTOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing Code,...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 15th May
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Sentencing for rapeThe Sentencing Council (SC) produces guidance on sentencing for courts in England and Wales in the form of offence specific...
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15th May
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Sex trafficking—Modern Slavery Act 2015The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) provides for an offence of human trafficking for sexual exploitation. It...
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Produced in partnership with Ben Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers 15th May
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Extreme pornographyPossessing extreme pornographySimple possession of extreme pornography is an offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and...
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15th May
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Categories of indecent images—summaryOffences pre-2007Before 14 May 2007, the guidelines for the sentencing of indecent image cases were to be found...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 15th May
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Sexual offences prevention orders [Archived]ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal and transitional provisionsSexual...
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15th May
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Sexual harm prevention ordersSTOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 15th May
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Foreign travel orders [Archived]ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal of foreign travel orders and transitional...
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15th May
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Possession of indecent photographs of a child and prohibited images of childrenOffence of possession of an indecent photograph of a childIt is an...
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 15th May
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Indecent images of childrenThe criminal offencesThe Protection of Children Act 1978 (PCA 1978), the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988) and the...
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15th May
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Sexual assaultThe 'old' law and the current lawThe old law is in three periods depending when offences were committed:•1 January 1957 to 21 December...
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 15th May
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Revenge porn—disclosing private sexual photographs and filmsOn 13 April 2015, section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (CJCA 2015) came...
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Produced in partnership with BCL Burton Copeland 15th May
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Sentencing guidelines for sexual offencesThe Sentencing Council (SC) produces guidance on sentencing for courts in England and Wales in the form of...
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15th May
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Obscene publicationsObscene publication offencePublication and distribution of obscene material is prohibited under the Obscene Publications Act 1959...
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15th May
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Risk of sexual harm orders [Archived]ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal and transitional provisionsRisk of Sexual...
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15th May
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RapeThe old law and the new law of rapeThroughout this Practice Note, reference is made to the old and new law of rape. The old law is divided into...
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15th May
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Notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003What are notification requirements?The notification requirements are a statutory scheme...
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15th May
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Sexual assault of children under 13The child sex offences are principally set out at sections 5–8 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003). These...
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15th May
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DeepfakesThis Practice Note considers the following legal issues, technical information and applications of deepfakes:•What is a deepfake?•How...
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Produced in partnership with Kelsey Farish of DAC Beachcroft 14th May
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On 8 March 2015, the power to make a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), formerly found in section 104 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA...
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Produced in partnership with Philip Rule 8th Jan

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