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The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (CJPOA 1994) permits the court to draw an adverse inference from the failure of a defendant, following...
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9th Apr
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What inferences can be drawn from failure to testify?Inferences can be drawn where a defendant:•having been sworn refuses without good cause to answer...
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The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (CJPOA 1994) permits a court to draw adverse inferences where a defendant relies on facts in their...
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