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The offence of aggravated vehicle-takingA person is guilty of aggravated vehicle taking if:•they take a conveyance without the owner's or other lawful...
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9th Nov
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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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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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Serious crime prevention orders (SCPOs) were created by Part 1 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 (SCA 2007) and are civil orders used against those...
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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 12th Jan
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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 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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Changes under CFA 2017The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA 2017) received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and made various changes to Part 5 of the...
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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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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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Offence of cheating the public revenueThe offence of cheating the public revenue is a common law offence triable only on indictment. This means that,...
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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 12th Jan
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Obtaining services dishonestlyIt is an offence for a defendant to obtain, by any dishonest act, services for which payment is required, with intent to...
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9th Nov
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When do local authorities investigate environmental offences?Environmental offences cover a broad range of crimes which affect the surroundings we...
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Produced in partnership with Laura Phillips of 6 Pump Court 12th Jan
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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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The offence of misleading omissionsEngaging in a commercial practice that is a misleading omission is made an offence by the Consumer Protection from...
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9th Nov

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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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9th Apr
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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 9th Apr
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There is no defence of entrapment in English law but it is considered to be an abuse of the process of the court for state agents to lure a person...
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9th Apr
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Orders for costs against legal representativesUnder section 19A(1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (POA 1985), the Court of Appeal, Crown...
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9th Apr
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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 Apr
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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 Apr
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The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA 1996) sets out the disclosure duties of both the prosecution and the defendant in criminal...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court and David McNeill of 5 St Andrew's Hill 9th Apr
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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 9th Apr
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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 Apr
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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 9th Apr
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Breach of promise not to prosecuteThe duty of public authorities to act fairly and the rule of law which allows a person to predict the consequences...
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9th Apr
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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 Apr
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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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5th Apr
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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 1st Apr
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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 1st Apr
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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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30th Mar
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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 16th Mar
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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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12th Mar
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Fraud ProtocolThe procedure and management of fraud trials is determined by the Lord Chief Justice’s Protocol of 22 March 2005 for the Control and...
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11th Mar
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There are two kinds of burden:•the legal burden, and•the evidential burdenThe legal burdenA party has the legal (sometimes called ‘the persuasive’)...
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11th Mar

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