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Uncategorized / 14.10.2020

Encrypted electronic communications   'Encrochat' provided an encrypted telephone network that was said to be popular with criminals for its encrypted messaging.   Recent joint police operations in Europe allowed officers to hack into the software resulting in the arrest of 746 suspected criminals in the UK. Across Europe,...

Uncategorized / 23.09.2020

      The government has recently approved a proposal to reform the disclosure of criminal records.   A review of the sentencing system found that a critical element in reducing offending was having access to employment. Having unspent convictions can be a barrier to gaining employment, so the proposal...

Uncategorized / 16.09.2020

  This is the name of the paper presented to Parliament that proposes changes to the sentencing and release frameworks in the criminal justice system.   The paper sets out the "problems" they have identified in the system as being automatic release, improving confidence and addressing the causes...

Uncategorized / 08.09.2020

    In March, nearly 50% of courts were closed, and jury trials were halted to reduce interaction between court users dramatically. Although 90% of courts have re-opened there is a backlog of cases.   The government has announced a series of new measures to address the current delays...

Uncategorized / 07.09.2020

    An analysis of criminal appeals reveals that indictment errors, often undetected at the trial stage, can lead to significant injustice. However, the Court of Appeal will not quash a conviction merely because there was some unfairness in the trial process; it will only do so...

Uncategorized / 26.08.2020

    The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 makes provision for the surrender of certain weapons. Sections 44, 46, 54 and 55 of the  Act amend various pieces of legislation with the effect that it becomes an offence to possess certain dangerous knives, offensive weapons, firearms and ancillary...

Uncategorized / 21.08.2020

    Legal experts are warning that an onslaught of new cases is inevitable for the Serious Fraud Office amid the coronavirus-prompted recession.   "I envisage that much more serious fraud will be uncovered in the next six to 12 months. The SFO will be even more relevant than...