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The rules relating to the form of indictments and the procedure for their creation and adoption are contained in the following: •the Indictments Act...
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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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Possession with intent to supply a controlled drugIt is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession, whether lawfully or not,...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 12th Jan
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Competency—general ruleThe most common way for evidence to be adduced is through the testimony of a witness. A witness is said to be competent if they...
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9th Nov
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Bench warrantsThe Bail Act 1976 (BA 1976) provides that if a defendant fails to appear at court to answer bail, the court may issue a warrant for...
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9th Nov
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The offence of threats to killThe offence of threats to kill is an offence which can be tried in the magistrates' court or the Crown Court. The...
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9th Nov
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Voluntary bill of indictmentAn indictment may, exceptionally, be preferred (ie served on a Crown Court) by the direction or with the consent of a High...
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9th Nov
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How to identify hearsayThe definition of hearsay is contained in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003). It comprises of four essential...
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9th Nov
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Changes under CFA 2017The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA 2017) received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and made various changes to Part 5 of the...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Checklist contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) among other...
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9th Nov
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Offence of cheating the public revenueThe offence of cheating the public revenue is a common law offence triable only on indictment. This means that,...
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9th Nov
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In summarising the law of contempt of court, the Court of Appeal has stated:‘The law of contempt exists to protect the course of proceedings from...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Wayman of Pump Court Chambers 12th Jan
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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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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the Scottish government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For information...
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Produced in partnership with Craig Findlater of Black Chambers and Stephen O'Rourke QC of Terra Firma Chambers 12th Jan
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Exceptions under the CJA 2003The admission of hearsay evidence is regulated by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003).See Practice Note:...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020), among other...
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Produced in partnership with Kathryn Hughes of QEB Hollis Whiteman 12th Jan

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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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Failing to provide a specimenIt is an offence if, having been required to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis, a person fails to...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 5th Mar
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It is an offence to fail to co-operate with a preliminary test when required to do so, without reasonable excuse.This is a summary-only offence.The...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 5th Mar
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The Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988) creates a number of alcohol and drug related offences.The principal ones are:•driving with excess alcohol or...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 5th Mar
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This Practice Note explains how the proportion of alcohol in a driver’s system at the time they were driving, rather than at the time that the breath...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 5th Mar

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