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Allocation and sending—either-way offences not sent forthwith to the Crown Court for trialProcedure for either-way offences not sent forthwith to the...
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19th May
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The FCA and financial crimeThe Financial Services Act 2012 (FSA 2012) significantly altered the regulatory landscape for financial services in the UK...
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19th May
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Intimate searchesAuthorising and ordering intimate searchesAn intimate search is the physical examination of any of the suspect’s body orifices other...
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19th May
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ConspiracyThere are three main inchoate offences in English law: •conspiracy—where at least two people have agreed to commit a crime•attempt—where the...
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19th May
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Possession of an offensive weaponThe offence of possession of an offensive weaponThe offence of having an offensive weapon in a public place can be...
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19th May
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Defence disclosure in criminal proceedings—defence statements and defence witness noticesThe Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court and David McNeill of 5 St Andrew's Hill 19th May
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NMC disciplinary processNursing and Midwifery CouncilThe Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulatory body for all nurses and midwives...
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Produced in partnership with John Donnelly and Sam Shurey of 2 Bedford Row 19th May
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Football banning ordersSTOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing Code,...
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19th May
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Dishonesty in the criminal lawDishonesty is a state of mind, which is relevant for the purposes of some criminal offences. Dishonesty provides the...
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19th May
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Reporting restrictions in criminal casesGuide for the judiciary and the media on reporting restrictionsThe fourth edition of the guide for judges and...
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Produced in partnership with Thomas Evans of 3 Paper Buildings 19th May
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Excluding evidence of bad characterExcluding evidence of the defendant's 'bad character' under CJA 2003, s 101(3)Where evidence of a defendant's bad...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court 19th May
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Serious crime prevention ordersSTOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the...
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19th May
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Obtaining disclosure of unused evidenceDuty of disclosure of unused evidenceThe pursuit of a fair trial based on equality of arms has resulted in a...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court 19th May
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Is an arrest necessary?Lawful arrest—human rightsThe right to liberty is a fundamental principle of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998), which itself...
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19th May
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Disclosure orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002What is a disclosure order?A disclosure order is, in general terms, an order authorising a...
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19th May
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Trials under the Scottish solemn procedureCoronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish criminal procedure has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic....
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Produced in partnership with Craig Findlater of Black Chambers and Stephen O'Rourke QC of Terra Firma Chambers 19th May

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What General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Regulation (EU) 2016/679 issues arise when instructing a third party expert in criminal proceedings?...
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Produced in partnership with Professor Dan Hyde of Harrison Clark Rickerbys 1st Aug
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Inferences from silence—failure to testifyWhat inferences can be drawn from failure to testify?Inferences can be drawn where a defendant:•having been...
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30th Jul
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Instructing experts in criminal proceedingsPart 19 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR) sets out the requirements for...
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30th Jul
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Competence and compellability of witnesses in criminal proceedingsCompetency—general ruleThe most common way for evidence to be adduced is through the...
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30th Jul
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The service of prosecution evidence in Crown Court proceedingsTime limitsWhere a defendant appears before a magistrates’ court charged with an...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court 30th Jul
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Victim personal statements in criminal proceedingsVictim personal statements—guidanceGuidance on the making, form and use of a victim personal...
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30th Jul
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Expert evidence in criminal proceedingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): This Checklist contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus...
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Produced in partnership with Thomas Evans of 3 Paper Buildings 30th Jul
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Witness evidence during a criminal trialCoronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020...
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Produced in partnership with Matthew Sorel-Cameron of Red Lion Chambers 30th Jul
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Burden and standard of proof in criminal proceedingsThere are two kinds of burden:•the legal burden, and•the evidential burdenThe legal burdenA party...
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30th Jul
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Defence disclosure in criminal proceedings—defence statements and defence witness noticesThe Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA...
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Produced in partnership with Hannah Thomas of 2 Hare Court and David McNeill of 5 St Andrew's Hill 30th Jul
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Special measuresPart II to the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (YJCEA 1999) (as amended by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (CJA 2009))...
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Produced in partnership with Thomas Evans of 3 Paper Buildings 30th Jul
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Special measures for the accusedCoronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act...
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