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Possession with intent to supplyPossession with intent to supply a controlled drugIt is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his...
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Produced in partnership with Red Lion Chambers 19th May
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Absolute and conditional dischargeThis 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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AutomatismDefinition 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...
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19th May
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What happens when a client receives a custodial sentence?This Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales...
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Produced in partnership with Flora Page of 23 Essex Street 19th May
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Community order requirementsThis 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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Threats to killThe offence of threats to killThe offence of threats to kill is an offence which can be tried in the magistrates' court or the Crown...
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19th May
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Privilege against self-incriminationBackgroundThe concept of privilege against self-incrimination, which is commonly referred to as one distinct...
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Produced in partnership with Aine Kervick and Will Hayes of Kingsley Napley LLP 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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Indecent images of childrenThe criminal offencesThe Protection of Children Act 1978 (PCA 1978), the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988) and the...
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19th May
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Applying for the return of seized cashApplication by the person from whom the cash was seizedWhen cash has been seized, an application can be made by...
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False accounting and false statements under TA 1968False accountingA person who falsifies or conceals information required for an accounting purpose,...
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19th May
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Fraud by failure to disclose and abuse of positionFraud by failure to disclose information while under a legal duty to do so An offence of fraud by...
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19th May
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Controlling or coercive behaviour offencesWhat is domestic abuse?There is no statutory offence of domestic violence or domestic abuse, however, it...
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19th May
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Produced in partnership with John Donnelly and Sam Shurey of 2 Bedford Row 19th May
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Witness intimidationIntimidation of witnesses and jurorsIntimidation of witnesses and/or jurors is an offence under section 51 of the Criminal Justice...
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Produced in partnership with Thomas Evans of 3 Paper Buildings 19th May
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Extreme pornographyPossessing extreme pornographySimple possession of extreme pornography is an offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and...
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Sentences and the power to vary a sentenceCoronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the...
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6th Sep
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Calculating time spent on remand or on tagged bailTime spent on remandThe amount of relevant remand time to be counted towards a prisoner’s sentence...
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1st Sep
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The relevance and use of previous convictions in criminal proceedingsThis Practice Note considers spent convictions and rehabilitation periods under...
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Produced in partnership with Will Glover and Angharad Hughes of 3 Temple Gardens 31st Aug
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What happens when a client receives a custodial sentence?This Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales...
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Produced in partnership with Flora Page of 23 Essex Street 26th Aug
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Supervision of offenders post sentenceThe Offenders Rehabilitation Act 2014 (ORA 2014) introduces changes to the release arrangements for adult...
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25th Aug
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Community order requirementsThis Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales (Sentencing Code) that...
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25th Aug
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Sentencing individuals for food safety and food hygiene offencesThis Practice Note reviews the parts of the Sentencing Council’s offence-specific...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Heller of Drystone Chambers 22nd Aug
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Sentencing guidelines for corporate offendersSentencing corporate offendersThe Sentencing Council (SC), whose role it is to issue sentencing...
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22nd Aug
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Young offenders and the criminal justice system [Archived]ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. For information on...
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22nd Aug
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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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22nd Aug
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Sentencing Procedure in the magistrates’ and Crown CourtsThis Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales...
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Produced in partnership with Will Glover and Angharad Hughes of 3 Temple Gardens 18th Aug
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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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18th Aug
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Sentencing Council General Guideline—Overarching PrinciplesThis Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and...
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18th Aug
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Mandatory life sentencesThis Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales (Sentencing Code) that applies...
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11th Aug
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Sentencing fraud offences committed by individualsThe Sentencing Council (SC) has produced sentencing guidelines for fraud offences under the Fraud...
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11th Aug
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Sentencing for corporate manslaughterThe Sentencing Council has published an offence-specific sentencing guideline for corporate manslaughter which,...
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11th Aug
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Sentencing organisations for health and safety offencesThe Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA 1974) applies to employers and self employed...
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Produced in partnership with David Travers QC and Nicholas Ostrowski, Barrister of 6 Pump Court Chambers 11th Aug
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Sentencing individuals for health and safety offencesThe Sentencing Council (SC) produces guidance on sentencing for courts in England and Wales in...
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11th Aug
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Written basis of plea and Newton hearingsWhen defendants are guilty, they have a choice to plead guilty or to put the prosecution to proof. When they...
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11th Aug
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Victim personal statements in criminal proceedingsVictim personal statements—guidanceGuidance on the making, form and use of a victim personal...
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11th Aug

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