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Unlawful wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harmThe offence of unlawful wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harmThe offence of unlawful...
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19th May
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Committal for sentenceSummary of magistrates’ powers to commitA magistrates' court does not have power to impose a sentence of imprisonment or...
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19th May
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Proxy purchasing of tobacco and nicotine productsIn England and Wales it is an offence for an adult to buy or attempt to buy tobacco or tobacco...
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19th May
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Single justice procedureThe introduction of trial by a single justice was a response to a belief, on the part of the government, that the use of two...
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Produced in partnership with Quinton Newcomb of Fulcrum Chambers 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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Sexual risk 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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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 19th May
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Hygiene improvement notices under reg 6 of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013What are hygiene improvement notices?Hygiene...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Heller and Hannah Edwards of Drystone Chambers 19th May
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Dangerous drivingThe offence of dangerous drivingDangerous driving contrary to section 2 Road traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) is an offence that can be...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 19th May
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TheftThe offence of theft and mode of trialTheft is an either way offence; it can be tried in the magistrates' court or the Crown Court. Note,...
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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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Abuse of process in criminal proceedingsThe procedure for making an application to stay proceedings due to abuse of process is governed by rule 3.28...
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19th May
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Supplying a controlled drug and offering to supplyThe offence of supplying controlled drugs The section 4 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MDA 1971)...
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19th May
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Abuse of process procedureFor an explanation of when abuse of process applications may arise in criminal proceedings, see Practice Note: Abuse of...
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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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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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