The Issues Surrounding Prison Contraband
202001.30
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The Issues Surrounding Prison Contraband

New Technology to be brought in to tackle prison contraband The government has announced further funding to strengthen security measures at several prisons. The funding will go towards advanced body scan technology, aimed at preventing drugs, weapons, mobile telephones and other prohibited items from entering the prison estate. The scanners were developed specifically for the…

Can You Take Photographs or Make Recordings in Court?
202001.23
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Can You Take Photographs or Make Recordings in Court?

Recording and Broadcasting in Court It has long been a criminal offence to take photographs or make recordings in court; even sketch artists have to sketch from memory rather than while in court.  In 2011 an 85-year-old man was sent to prison for recording court proceedings, and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (commonly known as Tommy Robinson) recently…

What’s New with Driving Disqualifications?
202001.23
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What’s New with Driving Disqualifications?

What Is Being Proposed for Driving Disqualifications The Sentencing Council is responsible for issuing guidelines on sentencing for the courts to follow. Guidelines must be followed unless it is in the interests of justice not to do so. New guidelines are now being proposed in respect of driving disqualifications. The guidance mainly relates to cases…

Date Rape Drugs and The Law
202001.15
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Date Rape Drugs and The Law

What Are Date Rape Drugs? GHB, sometimes referred to as the date-rape drug, is often used recreationally to reduce inhibitions. Reynhard Sinaga was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and sexual assault of 48 victims. The student is believed to have laced drinks with GHB to make his victims lose consciousness and have no…

Interpreters and the Law
202001.07
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Interpreters and the Law

Interpreters and the Law Why Are Interpreters Important for Court Proceedings? Many people face court proceedings who do not necessarily have a detailed grasp of the English language. A defendant mustn’t be a mere observer of legal proceedings and that they, as fully as anyone not legally qualified can, participate fully. It is therefore vital…

Criminal Law in 2020 – What Can We Expect
202001.02
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Criminal Law in 2020 – What Can We Expect

Changes to the Law in 2020: In legislative terms 2019 was a pretty quiet year with parliament being so heavily occupied with Brexit, there was little time for anything else. 2020 promises to be somewhat different, the government has a substantial parliamentary majority, and being ‘tough on crime’ seems once again to be a popular…