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Uncategorized / 30.03.2020

Covid 19 Lockdown - the law   The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 imposes several restrictions.   Over the last week, the police have been keen to enforce compliance, even calling out the MP Stephen Kinnock over social media for visiting his father on his birthday.   Given the...

Uncategorized / 23.03.2020

Covid 19 and Business Closure - Legal Obligations At 2 pm on Saturday 21 March 2020, a law came into force which forced the closure of some businesses. This law was enacted by virtue of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (and mirror regulations...

Uncategorized / 17.03.2020

  A defendant has the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time. In exceptional cases, a delay will lead to a stay of proceedings as an abuse of process.   A stay of proceedings is an extremely rare outcome, with the Court of Appeal making the...

Uncategorized / 12.03.2020

Intermediaries   The use of intermediaries during criminal trials is becoming increasingly commonplace. An intermediary may be used to assist any witness, including a defendant, give evidence.   The functions of an intermediary   "Intermediaries are communication specialists (not supporters or expert witnesses) whose role is to facilitate communication between the...

Uncategorized / 11.03.2020

    Criminal Justice and Coronavirus   As the UK prepares to move into the 'delay phase', changes are expected to criminal justice procedure. So, what might be expected to change?   Criminal Investigations   In the event of any public disorder, work on low priority criminal investigations may slow or stall entirely...

Uncategorized / 05.03.2020

  Circumstantial evidence is widely misunderstood, and many people cannot understand how a case can be advanced without primary evidence of wrongdoing.   To illustrate this, we can use two examples relating to burglary. Burglary can be committed in quite a few different ways, but the most common...

Uncategorized / 26.02.2020

  Forensic evidence   The Forensic Science Regulator regulates forensic scientists in England and Wales. The Regulator ensures that the provision of forensic science evidence across the criminal justice system is subject to appropriate standards.   The Regulator has recently said that there are gaps in quality that need to...

Uncategorized / 25.02.2020

  Jury Trial - Is 14 too many?   If you ask most people how many people are selected to sit on a jury hearing a criminal case, the answer from most if not all will be 12.   It can, therefore, come as something of a surprise to people...

Uncategorized / 04.02.2020

  End of automatic release for some persons convicted of terrorist offences   On Sunday 1st February 2020 Sudesh Amman wore a fake suicide vest and stabbed two people in Streatham. Amman had only recently been released from a prison sentence imposed for spreading extremist material; he had...

Uncategorized / 03.02.2020

  Money Laundering Update The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 came in to force on 10 January 2020, with the effect of implementing Fifth Money Laundering Directive into UK law. Money laundering is said to be a key enabler of serious and organised crime, which...