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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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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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A challenge to a decision of the lower courts can be brought in various ways, including by way of appeal, judicial review or an appeal by case stated....
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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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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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Voluntary bill of indictmentAn indictment may, exceptionally, be preferred (ie served on a Crown Court) by the direction or with the consent of a High...
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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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The right to bailThe Bail Act 1976 (BA 1976) gives a general right to bail to:•any person appearing before a magistrates’ court, youth court or Crown...
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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 Kevin Henry of Optimum Advocates and Stephen O’Rourke QC of Terra Firma Chambers 12th Jan
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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 compensation?A compensation order is defined in the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (PCC(S)A 2000), to mean an order which...
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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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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 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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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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Pre-sentence reportsA pre-sentence report (PSR) is a report usually prepared by the National Probation Service (NPS) with a view to assisting the...
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9th 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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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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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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Elements of the offence of possession of controlled drugsIt is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in their possession.The prosecution...
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9th Apr
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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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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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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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9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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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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9th Apr
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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 6th 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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1st Apr
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The offences of common assault and batteryTechnically, the offences of assault and battery are separate summary offences. An assault is committed when...
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30th Mar
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What is human trafficking?The accepted definition is found in the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women...
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Produced in partnership with Ben Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers 30th Mar
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Voluntary manslaughterVoluntary manslaughter consists of those killings which would be murder (because the accused has the relevant mental element for...
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24th Mar
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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 24th Mar

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