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Intimate Samples from a detained suspectAn intimate sample is:•a sample of blood, semen or any other tissue fluid, urine or pubic hair•a dental...
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9th Nov
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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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This Practice Note explains the right of defendants who have been convicted in criminal proceedings to appeal against their convictions in the...
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Produced in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers 12th Jan
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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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The right to bailThe Bail Act 1976 (BA 1976) gives a general right to bail to:•any person appearing before a magistrates’ court, youth court or Crown...
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9th Nov
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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 12th Jan
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Production ordersThe purpose of a production order is to obtain material relating to a known person or business, such as bank statements and...
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9th Nov
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What is a boiler room fraud?Boiler rooms are the names ascribed to high pressure sales environments. The idea is that the sales environment creates...
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9th Nov
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The offence of possession of a bladed articleThe offence of having a bladed article in a public place can be tried in either the magistrates' court or...
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9th Nov
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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 Nov
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This Practice Note explains the main fitness to practise hearing before the Health and Care Professions Tribunal (HCPT). It deals with preparation for...
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Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court 12th Jan
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What is an absolute discharge?An absolute discharge is the most lenient sentence available to the court and is imposed where the court is satisfied...
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9th Nov
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Pre-sentence reportsA pre-sentence report (PSR) is a report usually prepared by the National Probation Service (NPS) with a view to assisting the...
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9th Nov
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Facilitating the performance of a duty by public officialsFacilitation payments, also known as facilitating or grease payments, are generally small...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Furlong of Carmelite Chambers 12th Jan
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The principle of transferred maliceIf a person has a malicious intent towards X and, in carrying out that intent, injures Y, he is guilty of an...
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9th Nov
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Definition of automatismAn act is done in a state of automatism if it is done by the body without control by the mind, (eg it is a spasm or a reflex),...
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9th Nov

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STOP PRESS: The Department for Transport has introduced new statutory standards for taxi and private hire vehicles (PHV) across England and Wales to...
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Produced in partnership with Freddie Humphreys of Kings Chambers 9th Apr
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Defendant to raise their defenceA number of defences may apply in road traffic cases. These include:•automatism•insanity•duress and necessity, and•the...
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Produced in partnership with Daniel Taylor of Red Lion Chambers 9th Apr
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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 Apr
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If a person drives or is in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug in their body which is above the legal...
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Produced in partnership with Laura Stephenson of 2 Hare Court 9th Apr
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Driving disqualification for any offenceWhere the Crown Court or a magistrates’ court convicts an offender of any offence it may, instead of or in...
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9th Apr
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Definition of automatismAn act is done in a state of automatism if it is done by the body without control by the mind, (eg it is a spasm or a reflex),...
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9th Apr
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Offences which require obligatory disqualificationOffences which carry obligatory disqualification are set out in Schedule 2, Parts I and II of the...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 9th Apr
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Discretionary power to disqualify from drivingThe principal statutes that govern discretionary disqualification are the Road Traffic Offenders Act...
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Produced in partnership with Daniel Taylor of Red Lion Chambers 9th Apr
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The offence of driving with no insuranceIt is an offence to use, or to cause or permit another to use, a motor vehicle under the Road Traffic Act 1988...
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Produced in partnership with Daniel Taylor of Red Lion Chambers 9th Apr
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Police powers and preliminary testsUnder the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) there are three types of preliminary tests.These are:•a breath test...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 9th Apr
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What is an evidential specimen?Once a suspect has been arrested for an alcohol (or drug) related motoring offence, the police will require them to...
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9th Apr
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Consent to specimens of blood and urine at the police stationThe police have the power to request a sample of blood or urine instead of a specimen of...
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9th Apr
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Duress by threatsDuress by threats provides a complete defence to a charge of any offence other than murder, attempted murder and potentially treason....
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9th Apr
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The elements of the offenceCausing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs is an offence under section 3A of the Road...
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Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court 9th Apr
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Taking a conveyance without authority offenceTaking a conveyance without authority is committed when a person:•takes a conveyance without the owner's...
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9th Apr
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What are special reasons in driving sentencing?Special reasons are a category of mitigating arguments that can: •prevent a defendant from being...
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Produced in partnership with Matthew Sorel-Cameron of Red Lion Chambers 9th Apr
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In...
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Produced in partnership with Vikki Woodfine of DWF LLP 30th Mar
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The elements of the offence of dangerous drivingDangerous driving is an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988, s 1 (RTA 1988). This is an indictable...
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Produced in partnership with 18 Red Lion Court 18th Mar
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The offence of falsifying, altering or failing to make required recordsThere are a number of offences contained within the Transport Act 1968 (TrA...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 9th Mar

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