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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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19th May
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Entrapment 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...
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19th May
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Intentional harassment, alarm or distressThis Practice Note explains the offence of causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress contrary to...
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19th May
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Handling stolen goodsThe ‘handling’ offenceHandling stolen goods is an offence that is triable either way.The elements of the offence are:•dishonestly...
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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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Aggravated vehicle-takingThe offence of aggravated vehicle-takingA person is guilty of aggravated vehicle taking if:•they take a conveyance without...
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19th May
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The defence of insanityWhat is the defence of insanity?Insanity is a common law defence to a criminal charge. A defence of insanity is available in...
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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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Breach of a suspended sentenceThis Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales (Sentencing Code) that...
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19th May
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Corporate criminal liabilityThis Practice Note deals with what is meant by corporate liability in relation to criminal law. It covers establishing...
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19th May
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European Investigation Orders (EIOs)—process [Archived]ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not being maintained. Following the end...
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19th May
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Grounds for refusing bailThe right to bailThe Bail Act 1976 (BA 1976) gives a general right to bail to:•any person appearing before a magistrates’...
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19th May
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Appeal by way of case statedA challenge to a decision of the lower courts can be brought in various ways, including by way of appeal, judicial review...
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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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Improvement and Prohibition Notices under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974Enforcement of Part I of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act...
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Produced in partnership with James Purnell, Abigail Cohen and Lia Moses of Henderson Chambers 19th May

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GOC—Mitigation What counts as mitigation and when can it be taken into accountMitigation evidence can include evidence about the circumstances leading...
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Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row 30th Jul
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GOC—interim ordersInterim ordersThe GOC’s Fitness to Practise Committee (FTPC) may impose an interim order in respect of a registrant if it is...
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30th Jul
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GOC Appeals, Registration/Restoration Appeals and CostsAppeals to the High Court from decisions of the Fitness to Practise CommitteeThe following...
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Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row 30th Jul
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Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row 30th Jul
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GOC Standard Procedural Directions TableStandard Procedural Directions Table—General Optical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules Order 2013, SI...
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Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row 30th Jul
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GOC SanctionsAvailable sanctionsThe principle objectives of sanctions are to protect the public, uphold the standards and reputation of the profession...
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Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row 30th Jul
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Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row 30th Jul
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