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The offences of common assault and batteryTechnically, the offences of assault and battery are separate summary offences. An assault is committed when...
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9th Nov
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The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide a general understanding of the offences under section 1, 2 and 6 of the Bribery Act 2010 (BA 2010). It...
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Produced in partnership with Joanne Kane of Carmelite Chambers 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 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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Possessing extreme pornographySimple possession of extreme pornography is an offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008...
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9th Nov
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Lawful arrest—human rightsThe right to liberty is a fundamental principle of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998), which itself gives effect to the...
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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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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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The power of the court to order the forfeiture of property under the PCC(S)A 2000The Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 is the principal...
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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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Searches of premises during criminal investigations may be conducted on the authority of a warrant issued by a court, or without warrant under a...
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9th Nov
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Sentences for fraud by false representationA person convicted of fraud by false representation in the Crown Court on indictment faces a maximum...
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9th Nov
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Offending behaviour programmesAn accreditation system for offending behaviour programmes (OBPs) was introduced by the prison service in 1996. OBPs are...
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Produced in partnership with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors 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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Affray is an offence created by the Public Order Act 1986 (POA 1986). It can be tried in either the magistrates’ court or the Crown Court. The...
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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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9th Nov

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ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is for background information only and is not being maintained. No new financial reporting orders can be made in...
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26th Nov
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Why were the rules on rehabilitation of offenders changed?The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA 1974) was brought into force to support the...
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26th Nov
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This Practice Note explains the powers available to deal with anti-social behaviour in an environmental context, in particular those introduced by the...
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Produced in partnership with Jeremy Phillips and Charles Forrest of Francis Taylor Building 26th Nov
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The power of the court to order the forfeiture of property under the PCC(S)A 2000The Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 is the principal...
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25th Nov
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This Practice Note considers spent convictions and rehabilitation periods under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA 1974). It also considers...
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Produced in partnership with Will Glover and Angharad Hughes of 3 Temple Gardens 25th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been...
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Produced in partnership with Hardwicke Chambers 25th Nov
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What is a surcharge in criminal proceedings?When a court orders the payment of a surcharge, it is imposing a financial order on an offender. This...
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19th Nov
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This Practice Note explains the scope and purpose of the Sentencing Code which was created by the Sentencing Act 2020 and which, from 1 December 2020,...
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16th Nov
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The power to award prosecution costsThere are several ways in which a prosecutor may obtain an order covering their costs of bringing a...
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13th Oct
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Serious crime prevention orders (SCPOs) were created by Part 1 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 (SCA 2007) and are civil orders used against those...
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9th Oct
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What is compensation?A compensation order is defined in the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (PCC(S)A 2000), to mean an order which...
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5th Oct
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A fine is a penalty imposed either instead of or in addition to any other sentence. A fine can be imposed in the Crown Court or the magistrates’ court...
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5th Oct
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Collection of finesThe collection and enforcement of fines, as well as other financial orders such as prosecution costs, compensation and surcharges,...
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5th Oct
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The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) amended Parts 2 and 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003) so as to insert...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 2nd Oct
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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003), as amended by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014), at SOA 2003, ss 103A to...
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Produced in partnership with Monica Stevenson of 25 Bedford Row 2nd Oct
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What is a football banning order?A football banning order is a measure designed to prevent offenders travelling to football matches in England and...
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2nd Oct
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The youth justice systemThe law that governs the system of criminal justice in respect of children and young persons in England and Wales can be...
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2nd Oct
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Orders for costs against legal representativesUnder section 19A(1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (POA 1985), the Court of Appeal, Crown...
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2nd Oct
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Certain regulators maintain publically searchable databases of companies (and individuals) who have been convicted of certain offences. For example,...
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28th Sep
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As was noted in Phonographic Performance Ltd v Ellis (t/a Bla Bla Bar), the power to imprison for contempt of court arises out of the inherent...
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Produced in partnership with David Gardner of No 5 Chambers 28th Sep

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