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…

What Are Passport Offences?
201912.20
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What Are Passport Offences?

The Latest on Passport Offences Immigration is a very political issue at the present time, and the hurdles facing those wishing to settle in the UK are getting harder to surmount, tempting some people to buy false passports to try and secure entry and in some cases gainful employment. Section 4 of the Identity Documents…

Investigating and Prosecuting Rape Cases
201912.19
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Investigating and Prosecuting Rape Cases

The Latest Findings About Rape Cases Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has published a new report in relation to the investigation and prosecution of rape cases. The significant findings are: Since 2016, the number of cases prosecuted by the CPS has fallen by 52%. This is despite the fact that there has been a…

Tracking Violent Offenders
201911.15
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Tracking Violent Offenders

How Tracking Violent Offenders Could Change A pilot is being carried out into electronic monitoring global positioning system. The aim of the pilot is to gain information to look at how existing and new electronic monitoring technologies could be used more effectively for tracking violent offenders. A specific pilot is also taking place in London…

Jet2 Court Proceedings: Lies and Easy Money
201911.15
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Jet2 Court Proceedings: Lies and Easy Money

Lies and Easy Money In a case this week involving Jet2 Holidays, Karl and Laura Hughes claimed that they had suffered sickness while on a package holiday. They said they had food poisoning as a result of eating contaminated food or drink or swimming in the hotel’s unsanitary pool. In witness statements, Mr & Mrs…

Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample
201910.14
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Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample

In some cases, the police need to take either a blood or urine sample from a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs. In almost all instances, the police opt for a blood sample. What Happens Next? Part of the problem is the procedure adopted by the police. The police do…