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Facilitating the performance of a duty by public officialsFacilitation payments, also known as facilitating or grease payments, are generally small...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Furlong of Carmelite Chambers 9th Nov
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Procedure for either-way offences not sent forthwith to the Crown Court for trial: plea before venue and allocationWhere the court decides that a case...
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9th Nov
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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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Produced in partnership with 25 Bedford Row 9th Nov
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OmissionA defendant must be shown to have had the relevant mental state of mind or intention at the time that the act comprising offence is committed....
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9th Nov
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The offence of possession of a bladed articleThe offence of having a bladed article in a public place can be tried in either the magistrates' court or...
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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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The introduction of trial by a single justice was a response to a belief, on the part of the government, that the use of two or three justices to deal...
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Produced in partnership with Quinton Newcomb of Fulcrum Chambers 9th Nov
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Competency—general ruleThe most common way for evidence to be adduced is through the testimony of a witness. A witness is said to be competent if they...
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9th Nov
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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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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes...
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Produced in partnership with Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court 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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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 civil recovery order (CRO) is an order available to recover the proceeds of crime through action in the High Court, rather than the criminal court,...
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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 Nov
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Forthcoming Change: The Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure and the CPIA Code of Practice have been updated and reissued but are not yet in...
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Produced in partnership with David McNeill of 5 St Andrew's Hill 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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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic....
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 25th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes...
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16th Nov
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This Practice Note explains how to appeal to the Crown Court against a sentence imposed by the magistrates’ court. It may be read in conjunction with...
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16th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes...
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16th Nov
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A confiscation order constitutes a sentence for the purposes of appeal. Accordingly, the defendant may appeal against the making or the amount of the...
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Produced in partnership with BCL Burton Copeland 10th Nov
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Reopening final determinations of the Court of Appeal Criminal DivisionThe Court of Appeal Criminal Division has an inherent jurisdiction in rare...
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23rd Oct
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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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22nd Oct
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Statutory basis for an appeal against conviction in the Crown CourtSection 1 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (CAA 1968) provides two routes to appeal...
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16th Oct
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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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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 6th Oct
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The interests of justice testThe single test for allowing an appeal against conviction is whether the conviction is unsafe. If the grounds of appeal...
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2nd Oct
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Prosecutor’s appeal against terminating rulingsPart 9 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003) (sections 57–74) gives the prosecution a right to...
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Produced in partnership with Eva Niculiu of Three Raymond Buildings 2nd Oct
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Trial in absenceThe issue for the court in R v Okedare was whether it was prepared to entertain applications for leave from those whose whereabouts...
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2nd Oct
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There are procedural requirements that practitioners must be aware of when appealing sentences imposed in health and safety cases to the Crown Court...
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Produced in partnership with David Travers QC and Nicholas Ostrowski, Barrister of 6 Pump Court Chambers 2nd Oct
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The bringing of an appeal does not automatically operate to suspend the effect of any requirement to pay a fine. The fact that an appeal is pending...
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Produced in partnership with Jamas Hodivala of Matrix Chambers 29th Sep
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A decision of the High Court in a criminal cause or matter may be appealed to the Supreme Court on a point of law of general public importance, by...
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28th Sep
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An appeal against conviction can be on points of law or fact. The single test for allowing an appeal is whether the conviction is unsafe. Commonly...
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28th Sep
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Draft JudgementFollowing any appeal hearing where the court reserves judgement and indicates that judgement is to be handed down at a later date, it...
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25th Sep

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