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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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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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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 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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What is a boiler room fraud?Boiler rooms are the names ascribed to high pressure sales environments. The idea is that the sales environment creates...
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9th Nov
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Lawful arrest—human rightsThe right to liberty is a fundamental principle of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998), which itself gives effect to 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 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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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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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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Offending behaviour programmesAn accreditation system for offending behaviour programmes (OBPs) was introduced by the prison service in 1996. OBPs are...
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Produced in partnership with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors 9th Nov
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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 9th Nov
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Application to dismissUnder paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 3 to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (CDA 1998), the defendant may (after the date when he is...
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9th Nov
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The police have wide powers to take non-intimate samples from a person under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984). Non-intimate...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note 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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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Checklist contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) among other...
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16th 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 16th Nov
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The current Criminal Procedure RulesThe Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has made rules for the criminal courts in England and Wales since 2005....
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16th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) among other...
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16th Nov
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Who is entitled to serve on a jury?Section 1 of the Juries Act 1974 (JA 1974) states that everyone is entitled to serve on a jury provided that:•the...
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Produced in partnership with Tom Flavin of 25 Bedford Row 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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Produced in partnership with Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court 16th Nov
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The Criminal Practice Directions (CPD) (as amended), at CPD I The overriding objective 1A.3 states:‘The Criminal Procedure Rules and the Criminal...
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16th 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 21st Oct
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The procedure for making an application to stay proceedings due to abuse of process is governed by rule 3.28 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI...
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21st Oct
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The power to award prosecution costsThere are several ways in which a prosecutor may obtain an order covering their costs of bringing a...
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13th Oct
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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 Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court 9th Oct
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For an explanation on what an indictment is, when an indictment is required as well as information on the electronic generation of draft indictments...
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5th Oct
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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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2nd Oct
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What amounts to the conclusion of criminal proceedings?A typical criminal case concludes with either an acquittal at the end of a trial, or a...
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Produced in partnership with Eva Niculiu of Three Raymond Buildings 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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For an explanation of when abuse of process applications may arise in criminal proceedings, see Practice Note: Abuse of process in criminal...
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2nd Oct
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, the...
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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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Where a party to criminal proceedings incurs costs as a result of another party’s unnecessary or improper act or omission, the criminal courts may...
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Produced in partnership with Terry McGuinness of Garden Court Chambers 2nd Oct
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Recovery of legal costs from central fundsThe Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO 2012) makes substantial changes to the...
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2nd Oct

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