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What is an absolute discharge?An absolute discharge is the most lenient sentence available to the court and is imposed where the court is satisfied...
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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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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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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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Produced in partnership with Aine Kervick and Will Hayes of Kingsley Napley LLP 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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This Practice Note provides a summary of key corporate manslaughter prosecutions and convictions under section 1 of the Corporate Manslaughter and...
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9th Nov
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Specific intent—definitionOffences requiring specific intent are of two kinds:•where the mental element of the offence requires a purposive intent...
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9th Nov
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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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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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Sentences for fraud by false representationA person convicted of fraud by false representation in the Crown Court on indictment faces a maximum...
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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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Taking a conveyance without authority offenceTaking a conveyance without authority is committed when a person:•takes a conveyance without the owner's...
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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 12th Jan
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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 ‘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 Nov

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This 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 26th Feb
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Offence of possession of an indecent photograph of a childIt is an offence for a person to have any indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a...
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 26th Feb
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The 'old' law and the current lawThe old law is in three periods depending when offences were committed:•1 January 1957 to 21 December 1976 fall under...
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 26th Feb
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STOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing Code, regardless of the date...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 24th Feb
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STOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing Code, regardless of the date...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 24th Feb
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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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22nd Jan
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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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14th Jan
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On 13 April 2015, section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (CJCA 2015) came into force, making it illegal to show or distribute sexual...
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Produced in partnership with BCL Burton Copeland 11th Jan
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The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) provides for an offence of human trafficking for sexual exploitation. It came into force on 31 July 2015.The...
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Produced in partnership with Ben Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers 11th Jan
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The 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 three...
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8th Jan
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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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8th Jan
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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal of foreign travel orders and transitional provisionsForeign travel orders have...
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8th Jan
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Obscene publication offencePublication and distribution of obscene material is prohibited under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 (OPA 1959). The Act...
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8th Jan
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What are notification requirements?The notification requirements are a statutory scheme set out in Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003)...
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8th Jan
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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal and transitional provisionsSexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) have now...
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8th Jan
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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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8th Jan
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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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Offences pre-2007Before 14 May 2007, the guidelines for the sentencing of indecent image cases were to be found in the case of R v Oliver. This was...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 8th Jan
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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained. Repeal and transitional provisionsRisk of Sexual Harm Orders have now been replaced by...
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6th Dec
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Notification requirementsThe notification requirements are a statutory scheme set out in Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003) to manage...
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6th Dec

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